Getting To Page 1 of Google: Ranking Factors
Every business wants to rank highly for search engines, particularly for semantic searches (general terms describing your product or service). At Online Amplify, we work with clients to optimize their online presence with two key objectives in mind:
- To achieve high placement in the search results
- To respond to user needs when visitors clicks through to the client website
The process is complex, because search engines (like Google) use a multifaceted and proprietary algorithm to sequence search results. While a fair number of the factors are generally recognized, Google continually adds and tweaks the weighting of factors with the goal of serving the best results to users.
There are literally hundreds of ranking factors which may impact your site’s placement in the search results. While even 100 is an overwhelming number of factors for most business owners to consider, a review offers valuable insights worthwhile of your time. In a quest to offer a consumable summary which may be more manageable for business owners, we offer the following 10 highlights to explore for your own website:
- Domain – Your rank is impacted by how long your site has been active and whether the url contains relevant keywords
- Keywords and Metatags – Are your title, description, keyword and alt tags coded appropriately?
- Content – To achieve high rankings, your content must offer value. Is it unique, well-written, keyword-rich, and updated frequently?
- Links – Does your site link to and from relevant (well respected) sites, and do you have internal links within your site? Are your site links contextual?
- Word Count – Generally, sites with more content and pages outrank very lean sites — but content must be useful and of high quality
- Usability – A logical and well designed navigation and a site map which documents it are important factors influencing search engine ranking
- Mobile Friendly – Utilize a responsive design to optimize your site for mobile devices to earn points with search engines
- User Analytics – Strong website metrics associated with visitor time on site, page views and bounce rate signal a higher quality site, earning a higher ranking
- Social Influence – A higher number of social shares, likes and pins of your pages indicates authority and quality
- Legitimacy – Credibility signals such as a robust Contact page, active social profiles and website listings in directories are positive ranking factors
Check your site rankings in a few search engines for various search terms. If you aren’t ranking well, consider the items above and contact us if you need help.