Search Engine Optimization has always been considered to be more of an art than science, and the landscape of SEO is constantly changing as Google changes its algorithms. That’s why it’s always a good idea for most businesses and website owners to have an SEO expert on hand to guide them in their SEO campaigns.
For those who don’t employ an SEO expert, keeping up with the changes in current SEO best practices can be tough, but at least the basic best SEO strategies can be identified. If you rely on a website for business and an income, here are some of the main best SEO strategies that you need to be aware of in 2017.
Improve the user experience
Even if you do get your website ranked highly in Google, if visitors to your site leave as fast they arrived, you won’t keep that position for very long. Making sure that a website is easy to navigate and is attractive is as important as the content and back-links. High bounce rates and low click through rates will both get your site demoted by Goole.
Optimize your site for mobile
Optimizing for mobile has been important for a long time, but now it is essential. Towards the end of 2016, mobile views overtook desktop views for the first time and now, Google has switched to using mobile versions of websites as the primary index source.
Keyword research is still important
Optimizing your site for keywords is still important for SEO, but Google is getting smarter at recognizing synonyms and related keywords. It’ no longer enough to stuff your content full of a few keywords, you now need to use long-tailed keywords and related phrases that will increase the relevance of the content to the main keywords.
Link building still matters
Links to your site are still important and Google has confirmed that back-links are one of the top three ranking factors, so a link building strategy is still relevant for SEO in 2017. Links alone, however, will not guarantee a high-ranking for a site and they won’t compensate for poor quality content or a badly designed site.
Optimize for voice search
As the accuracy of voice recognition improves, so the use of voice search will increase, so now is the time to add voice recognition optimization to your search engine optimization to-do list. Think about how people will speak their search, rather than type it, and then start including those spoken, long-tailed search terms in your content.
Check the speed of your site
With the growing importance of mobile, the speed of a site is going to become even more important in SEO. It has been estimated that, if a site visited on a mobile doesn’t load within three seconds, more than half the users will quit and search for another site.
Think about user intent
Search engine optimization is not just about getting people to visit a website, it’s a about getting the right people to visit a website. Think about what long-tailed keywords will attract the people who are more likely to turn into customers, rather than the casual browsers, who are great for the stats, but don’t actually buy anything.