Just about every business has a website these days, regardless of the size of the company or the products or service being offered. If you have a website, you are almost certainly paying a hosting company to host, or manage your site and of course you want potential customers to actually visit your website. The right use of SEO – or search engine optimization – can make a huge difference to the success of your site and ultimately your company. Good search engine optimization can help you to retain existing customers, as well as attract new ones to browse your website.
In its simplest form, search engine optimization means using on your website the words and phrases that people search for when carrying out an online search. This can be as simple as including the phrase ’emergency plumber’ on your website if your site promotes an emergency plumbing service. Of course, there is more to it than simply stuffing your text full of certain words, and good SEO also incorporates the right graphics, photographs and links to and from other sites. In short, search engine optimization is all about making sure that the search engines can actually find your site when someone is looking online for the service or product you offer.
Using search engine optimization effectively will ensure that your website appears towards the top of the search engine results; in other words, that first page that you see after you have typed in your search query and hit the submit key. You probably know yourself that if the results you are looking for are on that first page, why spend the time and effort looking beyond that? By not using the tried and tested techniques of SEO, you may find your website languishing several pages back in the search results – a place where you don’t want to be. Although these rankings are important, there is more to effective search engine optimization than just that. Good SEO can also ensure that your site is easy to use, easy to read and that the content is topical, well written and informative.