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Take a monetisation first approach to SEO

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Creating evergreen content is as simple as staying away from topics that no one will care about in the foreseeable future, and focusing on keyword research. Alt attributes are the text alternatives to your image which will appear if your image fails to load, or if the user is accessing your site with an assistive device such as a screenreader. Because web crawlers don’t have eyes, they’re also what search engines “see” instead of an image, making them important for both accessibility and SEO. Besides voice search and Google’s focus on that, more is changing in and for Google. Specifically: a few new technologies and a profound new way of looking at the web. Keyword density is no longer important and you should stop any and all strategies aiming at stuffing keywords into your content.

Quality Content

Which articles and posts get the most clicks? Not surprisingly, posts containing countdowns and Top 10 lists are heavily clicked. Not only do they get an enormous wave of traffic when first launched, but they’ll continue to attract traffic for months and even years later. A popular practice, and thought to be best for SEO, is to include your target keyword as close to the start of the page title as reasonably possible (so that it still makes sense). When choosing anchor text, select phrases that make sense to the reader within the context of the content. These phrases may even contain exact match words. In a nutshell, the combination of seamless user experience with quality content can have a very positive impact on your SEO rankings.

Avoid SEO Attacks

Don’t overstuff your page with keywords and phrases, while shoe-horning in as many variations as possible. Instead write something a reader can genuinely engage with and enjoy or learn from. Links aren’t the only factor of importance; you also need to make sure your on-page SEO is up to scratch and that your keyword targeting is on-point. Optimizing for local SEO means more than just making sure your location is clear. You can also use it to show opening hours, reviews and phone numbers (which smartphone users can click to instantly call). In the earlier days of SEO, the organic search engine optimization discipline was more of a technical skill, of making sites crawlable. Then the focus switched to creating quality content where keywords were used in a natural way.

Search engine health check

By highlighting your website, you help Google better understand your site’s data. Data highlighter allows you to highlight parts of your website through Google Webmaster Tools, without having to make any code changes. If you want to generate traffic through search, it’s best to do keyword research before you start writing. This way, you can focus on keywords for which a certain amount of search volume already exists. When choosing keywords, be specific without being obscure. Never try to optimize for a single word: instead, think of a string of words that accurately describe what you do. You can use various free online tools to get ideas. Gaz Hall, a UK based SEO Specialist, commented: "Site speed is an essential element of any campaign and for good reasons. You’ve also got to prioritize index and site structure when reviewing your technical SEO – obvious choices but absolutely paramount."

“Monetisation first” approach

Information Architecture allows people and search engines to better understand the content structure on a site. Meaningful content that operatesas part of a wider digital marketing strategy, with the likes of social media and blogging all playing a part, is now key. Beware, excessive linking, either internal or external can lead to the exact opposite results. Make sure that every link serves its own purpose in your content. Google scores ‘fresh content’ that’s updated regularly in a different way to a news article that doesn’t change.

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