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Top Three On-Page SEO Tips

Top Three Tips for On-Page SEO

Site content is important to Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and these three content tips will help Google and other search engines put you near the top.

Appropriate Content

When your audience searches online for something related to your business, they enter words or phrases (key words), and search engines give them a list of sites. To be on that list, first you need content that’s relevant to the search. You need text (mostly) and pictures.

For SEO, include some of those key words in your text, and include synonyms and related words.

If that’s all you do, your content will seem robotic, so write your content for people, too. Using an appropriate tone for your business, write paragraphs and headlines that give your audience information they need and want. That is, write for people, not just search engine spiders.

The concept of “key words” is a good way to think about it. Make a list of phrases your audience will search for, and include those in the text you write for your audience. And write content appropriate to your products and services.

HTML Page Titles

Web pages include a semi-hidden title that search engines use. It should include the most important key words for that page.

The term “title” is used several different ways in web design. I’m talking about the “HTML title” specifically.

In WordPress, the WordPress page title is often the HTML title, but it depends on the theme used. All Pacesetter Media sites use the Yoast SEO plugin, and that makes the HTML title a separate entry for each page.

However your site is built, make sure the HTML page titles have important keywords.

HTML Headlines

Web pages can have a kind of headline that’s important to search engines. It’s about more than making text big and bold; headlines should be done with H1 tags (and H2, H3, H4…). These tags are mostly hidden. In WordPress, these tags are added by applying headings to a paragraph or block of text.

The Important Bit: These headlines should have some keywords relevant to that page.

In 2014, I wrote a few articles about headings and content. They’re still relevant today.

The Key to Optimized Content: Heading and Paragraph Tags

How Important is Written Content on a Website?

Other Factors

There’s lots more to on-site SEO like image alt tags, URL keywords, and on-site linking, In my experience, these three are among the most important factors.