The 4 Essential Elements of SEO

There’s a lot that comes with search engine optimisation. Many businesses feel overwhelmed at the thought of keyword research, link building, on-site optimisation, content creation, outreach plans, meta information and analytics. But, a good SEO strategy can be condensed into four essential elements.

When you use all four of these parts your website will earn higher rankings, which can bring you more traffic, sales and brand awareness.

Targeted Outreach

There are two main parts to SEO: on-site and off-site optimisation. To do off-site optimisation, you need to have an outreach plan in place so you can build links, publish content with links and obtain earned links that will help you increase your rankings.

Your outreach needs to be very targeted so that your content will reach your market and the links you build will be beneficial to your SEO efforts.

Market Research

Market research is vital if you want your SEO campaign to bring results. If your site ranks for terms that your market isn’t using or if you attract the wrong audience to your website, you won’t reach your business goals.

To make more sales, increase email subscription rates, decrease bounce rates or accomplish any other goal, you need to make sure your SEO tactics are highly targeted for the right market.
That means you need to know what kinds of keywords your market uses, what kind of content people are looking for and how you can appeal to their interests and needs to promote your business.

On-site Optimisation

On-site optimisation starts with a website analysis that will help you discover what your site’s strengths and weaknesses are. From there, you can fully optimise your site using keywords, efficient coding, logical menus, meta information and more.

This second half of SEO is very important. If you want to see your pages rank for keywords and your visitors convert to customers, you can’t ignore this element. This step does involve some technical know-how, so working with an expert can help you make sure your site is fully optimised so you will have a strong foundation to build the rest of your SEO plan on.

Quality Content

Content will always be a major part of any successful SEO plan. These days, search engines are very focused on the quality of content and making sure their search results are as relevant and helpful as possible.

This means that your business must use the highest quality content that is optimised for both search engines and readers. It must include keywords and links and be published in strategic places to increase rankings. But, it must also speak to your audience and inspire action if you want to reach your business goals.

Each of these four elements does include several sub-tasks. An SEO campaign requires several activities and tactics, each of which is essential to its success. But, when you focus on these four categories, your campaign will be well rounded and effective.

We help businesses with parts of their campaigns or with entire SEO plans and can help you use these four elements to rank your website and reach your goals. If you’re interested in learning how you can get more out of SEO at your business, contact us.