7 Ways to Achieve Better Search Results and More Visitors

If you set up a new website it’s quite likely to appear in the search results and then almost immediately disappear again.

Here’s the thing: initially, new sites often do appear quickly in the natural search results.

But then they bounce up and down a bit, going from maybe a top 20 position down to 10 pages back, and then back to the top 20 again.

After a while the results performance will settle down. Where it settles, though, is entirely up to you and how you manage your site, especially in those early months.

How to Achieve a More Consistent Search Results Placing

Here, then, are some suggestions on the best way to achieve a solid and more consistent search results placing:

1. Make sure all your on-site SEO is in good shape.

That means meta title, meta description, image alt and image title tags are all in place, H tags (down to h3) are properly used, relevant internal linking is in place and permalink/page URLs are optimised.

I’ve written more about on-site SEO here and a different take on SEO here.

2. Do not stuff keywords or write for the search engines.

I thought people had got out of this habit ages ago, but I was asked to look at a newly developed site just last week which was written entirely for the search engines.

Don’t do it! Write for people.

Get your base SEO structure sorted out and then forget the search engines.

3. Don’t buy links.

And don’t outsource link building unless you’re very sure the people you’re outsourcing it to are not going to use spammy link-building practices.

Avoid link exchanges.

Build your links naturally (forum postings, guest posting, commenting on other blogs, etc.). It takes time but it’s worth the effort.

4. Produce valuable content.

I hate that expression. It means completely different things to different people and it’s thrown around all the time, but here’s what I mean by it:

Write articles that are well researched, detailed, well structured, grammatically correct, spell-checked and take a position. If you write something based on your experience spill the details – all of them.

Valuable content means practical stuff that people can follow, step-by-step, to enable them to do something they could not do before – and do it properly.

Or stuff that provokes meaningful thought and discussion, and changes people’s minds.

5. Make sure your content is well structured.

I wrote back here and here about how I use categories and tags in WordPress, and internal linking, to make my site as intuitive as possible to visitors.

If it’s easy for people to find their way around your site, it will be easy for the search engines.

6. Focus on building up as much quality content as you can.

Whether it’s articles, videos, audios or images, build up as much high quality (valuable!) content as you can. But beware! Don’t burn yourself out.

You’re better off writing 1 or 2 quality articles a week than 6 or 7 crappy ones. The emphasis must be on quality – there’s enough rubbish online already without adding to it.

See point 4 above for what I mean by ‘quality’.

7. Don’t outsource your article writing.

Outsourcing your article writing is like giving away the core of your business.

In many cases people who take on article writing contracts are re-spinning articles they’ve already written, because that’s how they scale their business.

The more that happens the worse the quality will be, and the less unique (and useful) the content on your site will be.

If you don’t like writing, or aren’t a good writer, use video or audio to deliver your content.

If you do outsource your writing restrict it to one person so the writing style remains consistent and gives your site a distinct voice.

And make sure they write good stuff.

Summary

Search engine optimization is a lot different today than it was just a couple of years ago. And it is continuously evolving.

Google, in particular, is focusing a huge amount of resource on improving their ability to find and present high quality, detailed articles to searchers.

Google doesn’t care about keywords. It cares about quality content.

So the best way to achieve better search results is to forget about the search engines and concentrate on producing good quality content.

Write for people. Concentrate on developing your site into a really good, high quality resource for information on your subject.

Cheers,

Martin Malden

Martin Malden
Owner – WealthyDragon

Website owner: Martin has been working online since 2006 and focuses on two areas: 1) affiliate marketing and 2) designing and building websites based on WordPress. He has his own WordPress agency, and serves clients in Hong Kong, Australia and the UK.