Mastering search engine optimization or SEO in 2015 should be a top priority. In fact, it’s one of the most important factors in making or breaking your website’s success. There is no time to waste if you plan to better your search engine rankings, surpass your competition, and increase your ROI. Here are the top five ways to do it.
Five Things You Must
Do To Stay On Top
1. Be Mobile Responsive.
Google has a new algorithm update coming out as of April 21, 2015, which suggests that any website that is not mobile responsive will risk losing its search-engine rankings. If you’re reading this and your website isn’t mobile friendly yet, start developing that pronto. You can test your site’s mobile friendliness here.
2. Forget About Backlinks And Focus On Content.
Google has yet another algorithm update in the works that focuses on the accuracy of the content on your website. After this update, Google will not be putting as much weight on the quality of your backlinks but will determine the trustworthiness of a web page by the number of facts it contains.
Google will begin using what they call a “knowledge-based trust score.” They do this by cross referencing the information on each of your website’s pages with the facts that are stored in their knowledge vault, a database of billions of facts that have been extracted from the internet over the years. The more factual information each of your pages contains, the higher your search engine rankings will be. If there isn’t much information about your particular piece of content, Google will use other determining “trust factors.”
3. Be Fast.
How fast your website loads is another factor Google uses to determine your search-engine rankings — not to mention the fact that site speed will also increase your conversion rates and improve the user experience.
According to Moz:
– A site that loads within 5 seconds is faster than about 25% of other websites
– A site that loads within 2.9 seconds is faster than about 50% of other websites
– A site that loads within 1.7 seconds is faster than about 75% of other websites
– A site that loads in 0.8 seconds is faster than about 94% of other websites
So how does your site stack up? Test the speed of your website here.
4. Diversify Your Social Media.
Everyone has heard of Facebook and Twitter, and a smart marketing team will already be using both of these. But in 2015, Facebook and Twitter simply aren’t enough any more. Different social-media platforms work better for certain businesses. Know what works best for your business, and don’t be afraid to branch out into social-media outlets like LinkedIn. It’s growing quickly in popularity as the go-to social-media source for business and networking.
Pinterest, Tumblr, and Instagr
5. Be Consistent.
A website that continually shows new information that is building on what was already there is an indication to the search engines that your site is providing its visitors with new and helpful content, giving the searcher what she was looking for. After all, that’s a search engine’s job: to give the searcher the best possible information it can. If you’re making that search engine look good because you provided the searcher with exactly what she was looking for, the search engine will give you a higher ranking in return.
The Bottom Line, SEO is constantly evolving, and in 2015, it’s necessary to stay on top of the current trends, as well as the upcoming changes that haven’t even happened yet. You need to be fast, be mobile, be diverse, and make sure that you are providing real quality content consistently.
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