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March 18, 2021

9 Easy Ways To Improve Your Website's Onsite SEO

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Josh Attwood

Search Engine Optimisation is one of the most important factors when it comes to getting results for your website. You can learn more about the basics of SEO in our previous article.


"Onsite SEO is optimising pages on your own website as opposed to links on other website pages known as Off-site SEO."


Following these simple methods to improve your on-site SEO will make a big impact on your page rankings for the relevant keywords you're targeting.


In this article we'll cover the following methods to improve on-site SEO results;


  • Page loading speed
  • Ensure content is focussed on keywords
  • Use correct html heading tags
  • Optimise page images
  • Alt tags images
  • Ensure mobile responsive
  • Meta Titles and Descriptions
  • URLs
  • Internal links


Page Loading Speed


Page load speed is one of the biggest influences on on-site SEO. 1 in 4 visitors will abandon a website if it takes longer than 4 seconds to load, this in turn increases your bounce rate. Bounce rate is an indicator to Google that visitors are not engaging with the content on your webpage and have simply visited the homepage and left. For one page sites this is normal, but for websites with multiple pages this is a percentage you need to keep low. 56% is considered a high bounce rate and the optimal range would be between 26-40%.

So how do you improve your page speed? There's a number of ways and each varies from website to website, but to get the best indicator you can perform a site speed audit using a tool like Google PageSpeed Insights.


Google Light


This tool will give you a good idea of ways to improve, and even gives you a guide on how to fix certain elements. Obviously some of these suggestions are more technical than others and may not be any use to a business owner or marketing manager that aren't involved directly with their website maintenance, but it's a good idea to check this and discuss the results with your web developer.

Google Audit The Digital Engineers Repair


Ensure Content is Keyword Focussed


When someone enters a query on a search engine such as "dentists bahrain", Google will display a result that it thinks is the closest match. After all, Google is a business that's providing a service and it wants to give its users the best possible results. Simply put, it will display a list of DENTISTS in BAHRAIN. The order in which these are displayed is based on their SEO ranking and there are a huge number of factors that affect this that we won't go into in this article. The way a page begins ranking for these keywords (dentists bahrain) is producing content (a page or blog post) on their website that Google will pick up and add to the list.

Search for dentist bahrain on Google


Ranking for keywords takes time, depending on your Domain Authority this can take anywhere from 6-12 months for brand new websites.


Use Correct HTML Heading Tags


Heading tags tell a web browser how to display a page's content. A H1 being the most important and usually at the top of page, down to a H6 for the least important titles and headings. These are also used to improve accessibility for certain people who have difficulty reading screens. For example, on a dentist in Bahrain's homepage, their H1 may be something like "Top-Rated Dental Services in Bahrain".

H1 Tag Example
The Red Arrow Shows A Good Example of a H1 Tag


Correctly labelling heading tags throughout your page and website will have a positive impact on your overall ranking.


Optimise Page Images


One of the easiest and most often disregarded ways to improve your SEO results. I'd say at least 70% of small business websites I've visited recently haven't optimised their images, resulting in over 10s page load times. Quite simply, before any image is uploaded to your website, compress them. There's a number of free image compressors on Google that take less than 2 minutes to use so there's no excuse to avoid this one!


Alt Tags on Images


Another quick and easy tip, once you've uploaded your compressed image, make sure to add Alt Text to an image.  This text should describe what the image is displaying, like in the image below.


Doritos Alt Text Example
The Yellow Highlighted Text Shows The Alt Text For These Doritos


Ensure Mobile Responsiveness


Up to 50% of web traffic worldwide in 2020 was done through a mobile device. This is huge for websites that haven't been developed responsively and optimised for mobile devices. Often overlooked by small business owners, it's important that you check how your website displays on different devices such as desktop, tablet and mobile. Fortunately most website builders now do this automatically, but adjustments will have to be made to certain elements to ensure they display correctly. Websites that haven't been updated in the last 10 years usually show a minimised version of the desktop display, making it impossible to click on links or read any of the information.

Mobile Responsiveness
Bad vs Good Responsiveness


Meta Titles & Descriptions


Meta titles and meta descriptions are what show up for a web page when displayed on search engines. Making sure you have text that is related to your keywords will have a good impact on your rankings. This can easily be adjusted from your page's admin panel. Check out this article for more information on meta descriptions.

Dentist Bahrain Meta Tags
Red Arrows Represent Meta Titles, Blue Represent MetaDescriptions


URLs


A page url is the text that shows in your search bar when on a certain page, such as https://www.thedigitalengineers.co/website-design. This gives search engines a general idea of the content of your page. It's also worth noting that URLs that are too long and over 74 characters will appear truncated and cut off, so it's best to keep them short and to the point to increase your click through rate.

Dentist Bahrain URL Truncated
Example of a Truncated URL


Internal Links


Internal links on a website is when a certain line or word of text links to another page within your website. When one web page links to another page on a website, this indicates to search engines that the page contains high quality content. This is the same for external links known as 'backlinking'. Backlinking is a lot harder to manage and isn't considered on-site SEO so we won't go into it in this article.

The Digital Engineers Footer Internal Links
Examples of Internal Links

Link value is passed around between pages. Usually a website homepage will have the highest link value because it has the most backlinks. That link value will then be shared between all the links found on that homepage and so on.


These are just some of the easiest ways to improve your on-site SEO and by doing so you'll eventually notice a positive change in your website results. If you're interested in more information regarding SEO check out our blog, or our dedicated SEO services page.

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