SEO Basics Made Simple: Despite The Hype
Search Engine Optimization - SEO isn't just 'tricks of the trade' for getting found on the web. It's how to present your copy across your entire website. Treating SEO as a baseline goes a long way to ensure that everyone - new, returning visitors, and search engines - find and grasp your website content.
Basically? SEO is:
1) distinct sentences infused with keywords and descriptive phrases usually placed in specific 'fields' on your site.
2) the same injected throughout the copy on each of your web pages.
Today, search engines look at various elements involving your website to return you in searches (SEO descriptions, backward links, fresh content, mobile friendly, traffic, social media presence...) Initially, you're found - among other factors - by how well a search engine understands the content on your pages - thus, understands you.
Attached below: simple spreadsheets to help capture SEO across your entire website and in social media
Keywords have been around forever. They are descriptive words and short phrases that identify you by terms, skills, niche, industry, location, and other indicators. Examples: Squarespace, Web Design, Website Builders, Websites, Content Curation, Wix, Facebook, Wix, Twitter, Social Media, New York City.... the more specific, the more honed, the more these help you and your website be understood.
Every website has a behind the scenes site description: two to three sentences that describe you - as much as your website. While one sentence may only show up on a Google snippet, the description can be longer, as Google scans this description and 2+ helps search engines understand you more than just a displayable search result snippet. (Succinct elaboration is key.)
Every page can have an SEO page description. In most cases, you use this to define the overall content on the page - versus the entire website. The same approach applies: the first sentence encapsulates the content on the page - remaining sentences support. Again, while only 1 sentence (depending on length) will show up in a Google 'snippet' - you can use 2 or 3 sentences to help search engines distinguish one page from the next.
Pages: Headings and Copy
Headings do matter. Heading 1 is usually reserved for page titles. Heading 2 and 3 are more structurally helpful in identifying paragraph content but also aid SEO when keywords or phrases are infused.
From Panda to Hummingbird, Google continues to focus on text on the page - more than ever. Search engine algorithms - like the company in general - are focused on quality content.
SEO SNAPSHOTS: NEW WEBSITES | EXISTING WEBSITES
These spreadsheets capture SEO descriptions, relevant SEO page content, and keywords - all in one place. It's a great idea to organize these descriptions so you can see the whole picture - across your entire site, throughout your social media accounts.
If moving an existing site to a new one, Existing Websites helps store and refine your existing SEO. Simple Excel spreadsheets, nothing fancy. Because SEO expands across multiple website pages and into social media - these spreadsheets come in handy to store, review and edit SEO. When you're ready - simply copy and paste them into your website or social media.
Basically, you're crafting - then refining - 2 to 4 distinct description sentences - once for your entire site (site description), and then for each page (page descriptions). You're also looking at all relevant copy on each page to reinforce keywords and descriptions. The last field in the spreadsheet is for keywords - to make sure you're incorporating them across everything.