20 Tips to Improve your SEO

SEO can seem like a losing battle during some stages of the process, but there are quick ways to boost SEO without spending hours hunched over the computer. 435 Digital has compiled a list of tips that will improve search engine optimization. Check them out, and feel free to add your favorite tactics in the comments section.

20 quick tips for SEO

1) Set up a Pinterest account (if you don’t have one) and start pinning relevant content. This is an easy, day-to-day task that can help  build a greater online presence.

2) Find free directories to submit your company’s events. Some businesses have ongoing events posted on their site. These can be added to Patch and other geotargeted directories with a link back to the event on your site.

3) Revisit meta descriptions and image alt text — sometimes these fall by the wayside during site launch. Are these optimized to the fullest and do they convey what your business wants to achieve with its site?

4) Clean up duplicate content or meta descriptions/titles that are too short or too long.

5) Clean up the backlinks — run the site through Majestic and look for fishy backlinks or links that are clearly expired or irrelevant.

6) Do a Google image search – do all of these images that show up in the search engine have credit back to your site? If not, contact the person who posted the photo and ask for credit.

7) Create a competitive backlink spreadsheet to share with your team (include notes about each link, contact information and why it’s important to your business) — there’s a lot to be learned about what links to go after versus which links to avoid.

8) Write a blog post with relevant content that can be linked internally to your site. Do you have any special events or any vendors/partners you’d like to spotlight?

9) Make your local listings stand out — upload quality photos and include relevant information to all local directories. Do all addresses/phone numbers/other contact information show up the same on all platforms? Are the pictures of high resolution? Are the hours correct? Is there a thought out description of your business?

10) Set some Goals in Google Analytics. Brainstorm, write them down, and present them to your team in a way that shows their value.

11) Make a list of top bloggers in your business field. It’s a good idea to ensure that the bloggers are in the same area that your client wants to target.

12) Review the anchor text on your backlinks. Do these convey what you’d like them to? If not, request new text for these links.

13) Title Tags – what are they and do they need an update? Top-level keyword research could give you better titles, and therefore better SEO results.

14) Set up Google Alerts on the email you created to use for your SEO efforts. Check for industry changes, news that would be deserving of a blog post and anything else that’s relevant to your niche.

15) Take the time to follow blogs/forums/discussions within your niche and start posting on relevant topics/answering questions that would be in your field of knowledge.

16) Does your business have a YouTube page? Start optimizing the titles of videos, adding tags and descriptions or posting fresh content.

17) Does your site’s blog have relevant categories and tags? Add these in if they aren’t there.

18) Post your blogs to your Google+ Business page. The more content on here, the better!

19) Proofread your site. Are there misspellings? Awkward wording? Is the site lacking in keywords? These are all things that could be updated quickly.

20) Do you have an active presence on Twitter? Even if you’re not keen on tweeting, create an account and start following relevant people in the industry. You’ll learn a lot and have news and press releases at your fingertips.

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  • James

    Great post! Do you mind sharing a little deeper by what you mean in tip #5? Interested in what it means to “Clean Up the Backlinks”.

  • Laura

    Hi James, in regards to tip #5–I’d suggest using a software tool like Majestic SEO to go through your site’s current backlinks. Are there any that appear to be suspicious or spammy? In the past, we’ve come across accounts where clients have purchased links before it was heavily punished by Google. Competitors could also be pointing bad links to your site. It’s a good idea to check out your backlinks just to make sure you’re not at risk to be penalized. We try to remove these links manually first by contacting the site providing the link and asking them to remove it. As a last resort we’d suggest Google’s Disavow tool. I hope this helps answer your question!

  • http://www.evenmag.com/ evenmag

    Thanks for useful tips.

  • John Carter

    It’s really a useless conversation to go into the specifics of to fix any particular elements in PPC or landing pages etc…there are so many ins and outs to online marketing nowadays that the most important thing you can do as a business owner is start working with a company that really knows what they are doing, has solid communication, and is able to work with you to make sure key metrics are being measured and more customers are being sold your products at the end of the day. Honestly, this stuff changes every day. Also, are you willing to work hours every day to block the bad keywords, block the bad sites, create and experiment new display banners, and research new keywords? Most business owners burn out trying, I tried to keep up with it for a while, but i ended up calling Simon after one of my friends referred me to have his team setup some remarketing for my shopify store. Doubled my sales in under 90 days. Simon’s number is 219-733-4687, I’m always willing to pass along a referral to someone who takes pride in what they do.