Essential Pages On Your Website For SEO
For many businesses, and particularly e-commerce enterprises, their websites are their most powerful marketing tool and are unquestionably the key to success in the hotly contested digital space.
But remember, good website design is as much about satisfying the search engines as it is about satisfying the user. A website has to be properly structured with the right pages and the right content to get noticed where it counts – at the top of the search engine rankings. Good design is also important to make a site appealing to the user on a practical level. The website needs to be good to look at, engaging, quick and easy to navigate and simple for someone to transact on.
This article highlights which website pages are essential for SEO and provides some insights into the do’s and don’ts for each of these key pages.
Your home page should make your online audience feel….at home. It should reassure visitors that they are in the right place and it should establish credibility and trust. It should be sufficiently compelling and interesting so as to hold visitors’ attention, educate them if need be and encourage them to go deeper into your site.
Google and the other search engines will also be looking at your home page to see if it accurately reflects your business. Credibility and trust are as important to the search engines as they are to your online audience. In fact, Google has announced a heightened focus on E-A-T (Expertise, Authority and Trust) as a key ranking factor, so if you’re serious about SEO, you need to include elements that promote these qualities throughout your web pages.
- Do populate your home page with engaging content
- Do provide a concise summary of your business and what you offer
- Do have your focus keywords in the content
- Do have a compelling headline and use sub-headings
- Do link through to the main service or product category pages on the website
- Don’t clutter the homepage with unnecessary information, graphics, images etc.
Your about page establishes your business’s credentials as well as the credentials of your management team. It should reinforce your expertise and leadership, build your brand, show your authority and inspire trust. These are all crucial signals for the search engine rankings, so your “About Us Page’ is basically a CV for SEO!
- Do mention how long your business has been around for
- Do summarise what your business is about. Facts not fiction!
- Do set out your values, mission and corporate culture
- Do provide examples of your approach to business eg. problem-solving abilities, keeping within budgets, meeting briefs, innovative thinking etc. Provide a link to a case study if appropriate.
- Do incorporate client testimonials/reviews with a link to a review feed if possible
- Do offer a call to action if possible
- Don’t write a novel. Tell your story but don’t overwhelm the reader with too much verbiage
Individual service or category pages
Individual service or category (if you have an e-commerce website) pages are beneficial to your clients, but they’re also a must for SEO too. These are often some of the most important pages on the website from an SEO perspective.
It’s recommended to have a page dedicated to each service or product type that you offer (unless of course, you only have a single service offering). These pages give you the opportunity to talk to a niche audience and address any question you think customers may have in relation to the specific service.
Individual service pages also offer a great opportunity to demonstrate your expertise and authority in delivering that specific service. You can also strengthen your trust by including a review or testimonial relating directly to the service offered on that particular page.
- Do optimise the page for the relevant service only
- Do have category pages if you an E-commerce website with relevant content
- Do use specific keywords and phrases
- Do consider search intent when populating the page
- Do feature unique content about your service or product
- Don’t make your service pages too similar as Google won’t like it!
Separate pages for different areas you operate in
We’ve talked about individual service pages, but it’s good for your SEO to have separate location landing pages. These are aimed at customers from the specific geographical areas that you service.
These pages should feature unique, relevant content aimed at attracting ultra local traffic. They can be particularly beneficial for businesses with bricks and mortar operations which want to promote their various locations.
- Do remember one of the most basic SEO rules and add a title and meta description to each page, including your brand name, geo-specific keyword and keyword
- Do target the specific service area with unique and relevant content
- Do consider including original images, maps, a call to action, name/address of your operation, links etc
- Don’t have these separate pages just to draw traffic. Make each one unique and valuable.
A blog, news or resources page (eg FAQs)
Content is king for SEO. Helpful, informative and educational content that answers a user’s question (and which is a pleasure to read) is a key driver of SEO success – and you can capitalise on this with a great blog or news page.
These pages are an opportunity to showcase your industry leadership and demonstrate your E-A-T. A blog post, how-to guide or video tutorial, an article on troubleshooting or helpful tips are all ways that you can demonstrate expertise and authority to your users – and to the search engines for SEO.
- Do post fresh content regularly
- Do use graphics and other visual images to enhance your words
- Do use keywords strategically
- Do use strong headlines
- Do use social media for sharing your content
- Do proofread!
- Don’t post irrelevant content that erodes your credibility and your reputation
These are just some of the essential pages on your website for SEO which you need in order to establish and maintain strong online visibility and a competitive business edge.
If you have an e-commerce website also check out my info-packed “Don’t Miss These Top 5 E-Commerce Tips For Successful Websites”
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