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Offsite SEO Techniques: How to Optimize and Improve Your Rankings

What is Offsite SEO?

Offsite SEO (a.k.a. off-page SEO) refers to actions taken outside of your website that help to impact your rankings on search engine results pages (SERPs). When you optimize for off-site ranking factors, there are a few key components involved. These include improving user perception of a site’s popularity, authority, trustworthiness, and relevance.

Links

When it comes down to it, building backlinks is at the heart of Offsite SEO. Since Google/other search engines use backlinks as identifiers of the quality of the linked-to-content, sites that have many high value backlinks tend to rank better compared sites with fewer backlinks. Overall, there are three types of links you can use to help your site rank better: manually built links, natural links, and self-created links.

  • Manually built links-These are created through link-building activities you deliberately do like asking influencers to share content on your site or getting people to link to your website.
  • Natural links-Are given without any actions by the page/website owner. For example, a blogger adding a link to a post directing people to learn more about a specific topic is a natural link.
  • Self-created links-These are created by techniques like adding a backlink to an online forum, press release, blog comment, or online directory along with anchor text that can be optimized.

Not only this, those that have the most equity generally contribute the most to SEO efforts. To help maximize equity, you should make sure your link has a “freshness” or unique quality that sets it apart from the rest, has strong anchor text, and has a great relation between the linking site topic to the site you are being linked to.

Non-link Offsite SEO Techniques

There are other ways you can use offsite SEO to optimize your website other than links. Some of these options are:

  • Guest Blogging-This is a technique used by blog owners to increase traffic to their sites by offering to write content for other similar blogs in their industry.
  • Social Media Marketing-This is the use of social media platforms (like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn) to help reach your target audience to help drive website traffic, increase sales, and spread the news about your brand.
  • Influencer Marketing-This is a marketing type that centers around using key leaders/influencers to help reach a larger market and increase your brand’s message.
  • Unlinked and Linked Brand Mentions-Unlinked brand mentions include online mentions (citations) about your brand or anything related to your brand on published sites that do not give a link back to your website. Linked brand mentions are those that include online mentions about your brand and link back to your site.

 Offsite SEO Tips

Looking to improve your Offsite SEO techniques to improve your rankings and drive more traffic to your site? Below I have included five helpful tips!

  • Link Building is CRITICAL! This is the most popular marketing technique used by professionals all over the world. Like mentioned above, having more backlinks often leads to higher rankings on search engines. To generate more natural links, having amazing content is very important, which leads into the next bullet point…
  • Creating Shareable Content is KEY. 😊 Having great content is extremely important when it comes to search engine optimization. Make sure to keep updating your content often and find ways to make it fresh and unique.
  • Social Media Engagement is crucial if you want to generate buzz and interest for your website/blog. If you don’t spread the news about your website, nobody will know about it. Having a strong social media presence on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. will help you generate more backlinks and help grow your business.
  • Influencer Outreach can help you reach a larger audience…if you have good shareable content then don’t be afraid to reach out to other influencers in your industry to help drive user traffic to your site!
  • Transparency is a must-have when it comes to helping build trust for your site. If people don’t trust that the content you are discussing is legit or they think you are deceiving them with catchy titles but zero quality content, then they will not likely share your site link. Being perceived as an untrustworthy source definitely will not help increase your organic traffic. A good way to check your users’ level of trust with your site is to get business/site reviews!

Interested to Learn More?

If you are interested to learn more about SEO Techniques, you should check out my post on the other half of SEO, titled, Michigan Dearborn Onsite SEO Techniques! 😊

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Michigan Dearborn Onsite SEO Techniques

What is SEO?

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. According to moz.com, this is “the practice of increasing the quantity and quality of traffic to your website through organic search engine results.” There are two different types of SEO: On-Site and Off-Site SEO.

  • On-Site SEO (a.k.a. on-page SEO) is the art of optimizing aspects on a website in order to help generate more traffic from search engines and rank higher on search engine result pages (SERPs). Just like the name implies, it includes things you can do on your website. Some of these include optimizing both the HTML source code and content on a page.
  • Off-Site SEO (a.k.a. off-page SEO) includes acts outside of your own website to help impact rankings and generate website traffic.

Although there are two types of SEO, in this post we are going to be focusing on some of the best On-Site SEO techniques to help boost your website rankings. Ultimately, the goal of this type of SEO is to help make your website user-friendly so visitors can quickly understand:

  • What the webpage is about
  • If it’s useful for what the user is trying to search/worthy of ranking
  • Whether the page is relevant to the search query used

Here are 5 key On-Site SEO techniques:

Page Titles:

  • When it comes down to it, page titles are one of the most important SEO features on a website. Having unique titles is key as it helps differentiate your posts and pages from the rest. The unique title should include main keywords from that page/post and not be presented in a passive manner. Good titles will help you rank for a keyword and help make the user want to click through your page.
  • However, if your content is duplicated or copied from another site online, that can negatively impact the chance of your site ranking high on the SERPs. You want to make sure your title is inclusive enough to include a wider range of keyword searches for the topic you are writing about while also being unique to you. For help crafting great page titles, check out the site SEMrush.

Meta Descriptions:

  • These are tags in HTML which summarize a page’s content. When the searched-for phrase is within the description, the search engine will show your meta description, so this is a crucial aspect to optimize for On-Site SEO. This article on the site Yoast provides a helpful overview of how to create great Meta Descriptions.

Meta Tags:

  • These are snippets that work as descriptors to help tell search engines what a web page/post is actually about. The most important form is title tags which have a big impact on search rankings and are the first impression many people have of your page since they are visible to users. Title tags appear at the top of your search engine result page as the clickable headline for a search result and at the top of your web browser (as a placeholder).
  • Make sure your title tag is descriptive of what your page/post is about and stays between 50-60 characters. If you are interested to learn more, Moz provides an insightful overview on meta title tags.

Keyword Density:

  • This is the number of times a keyword appears on a webpage as a percentage of the overall word count. Thus, it is important to include relevant keywords relating to your topic throughout your content. This helps search engines decipher what your content is about. However, keyword density should be kept to roughly 2-5% because you don’t want to excessively repeat or overuse the keywords since this could lead to Google penalizing your site.
  • In addition, keyword rich headlines are more useful than generic ones and help increase Google’s crawling process of your page. To learn more about this topic, check out Keyword Density: Does It Still Matter for SEO? on WordStream.

URL Structure/Internal Linking:

  • It is highly recommended to include user-friendly search engine URLs for your pages. All in all, they lead to better Google crawling and make it easier for users to find your website. You want the user to be able to understand what your site is about by looking at the URL. It has been found that shorter, easy to understand URLs /URLs that include targeted keywords perform better in search results.
  • In addition, placing links to your other website pages can help improve your site. Internal links make it easier for users to navigate around your site to see all your content. It also helps build relevancy of a page to relevant keywords/phrases and helps make sure all the pages on your website get properly crawled. To learn more about URL structure, check out this article published on the Search Engine Journal titled The Ultimate Guide for an SEO-Friendly URL Structure.

As you can see, On-Site SEO is key to optimizing your website. These techniques described above should be used in conjunction to increase traffic and rankings. If you are interested to learn more about optimization, you should check out my post on Michigan Google Ads Campaign Optimization. 😊