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SEO Checklist

Image blog WebSelfSeeing your site at the top of Internet search results is your dream? It can now be a reality! However, search engine optimization (or SEO for short) takes some time and effort, on several fronts, since numerous factors impact your ranking.

To help you, WebSelf offers a SEO checklist in your site’s dashboard. Step by step, we’re going through the best ways to improve your ranking, as well as the mistakes to avoid.

1. Choosing your keywords:

A keyword is a word or group of words, typed in by a potential visitor, so as to search for and find a website. Indeed, you should choose yours wisely and decide which words should point to your site.

Tip:

  • Put yourself in your visitor’s shoes: which word would they type to try and find you?

  • List all the important keywords or groups of keywords

  • Establish a Top 10, to focus only on the most relevant words.

2. Your domain name

Take a moment to choose your domain name, as this hugely impact the visibility of your site and brand. It can indeed help with SEO.

Tip:

We encourage you to use dashes (-) if you have several words in your domain name: each one will be more legible. Similarly, try and avoid long names and special characters, to make memorization easier.

3. Your page’s URL address

Your page’s URL address is the pathway to your page. By default, it’s based on the name of the page. The full address of your page will be in the format: https://www.YourSite.com/Page-Address

For SEO purposes, you can tweak it, as it’s advisable to use keywords directly in your URLs.

Tip:

  • Choose a URL address that contains keywords specific to that page.

  • Avoid run-away name for easier memorization.

  • Use dashes to single out each word (-).

​​4. Title Tag and meta-description

The title tag is the first detail analysed by search engines and the most visible. It’s displayed for each entry on the list of search results, and must thus concisely and precisely describe your main topic. The main title tag of your site is your home page’s.

Take a few minutes to think up a short title that fits the content as much as possible. As always, a text field, like the title tag, is an opportunity to slip in a keyword or two, so as to improve SEO. It’ll be much more efficient if a page’s title tag is specific to that page and only that page.

You can add the title tag in the SEO settings tab, from the Pages menu situated in the left-hand column.

The meta-description is also displayed in search results. Add your short description of the page’s content in the SEO settings tab, from the Pages menu in the left-hand column.

Tip:

The description must be short, in between 70 and 160 characters, but still read like a natural-sounding paragraph. Indeed, include as many keywords as you can, but still add them as a real text, and not in list form. For more tips on meta-description, visit our dedicated article.

5. A page’s main title (H1)

Now that you’ve created pages your WebSelf site, you must clearly display their titles in the site itself, not just in the search results. A good title will contain the keywords you’d like visitors to find you by, as well as guide your visitors’ gaze through your site.

6. Alt Texts (Attribute)

These are texts describing the images and photos on your site. If a picture cannot be displayed (due a server issue or a bad connection) or simply cannot be read (like by screen-readers for visually-impaired users or by a search engine), then the alt text will be used instead and the loss of information will be minimized. This makes this field very important for your site’s ranking in search results.

For each new image module added to your site, the Alt Text field can be modified: just add a quick description of said image.

7. Favicon

A favicon is a computer icon used to identify a site in the url bar, the title bar, a list of browser bookmarks, a browser tab, or any other shortcut.

Tip:

A favicon is part and parcel of your site’s branding; using it help users associate certain graphics or colours more closely with your site. That’s why your logo generally makes for a good favicon; otherwise, WebSelf offers you a wide selection.

8. Content

Lots of website owners start on the SEO only once the site is done. However, if you should start considering SEO as soon as you’re starting on the content: indeed, content are a prime target for search engines and are heavily used in deciding your ranking.

You already identified your main keywords during step 3: now, simply keep them in mind as you write: the more you can weave them naturally in your texts, the more the search engine robots will recognize them as relevant to your site.

9. Talk about your site

Not all SEO endeavours happen on your site. The more visits to your site you can arrange for, the better your ranking. Don’t forget to add a link to your site in your emails’ signature, on your business cards, on pamphlets, and all other branded material.

10. Direct links to your site

When using organic SEO, a big deciding factor between two competitors is the number of sites pointing to your own.

 They are crucial in your SEO strategy. First of all, they bring more visitors to your site, and secondly, they boost your ranking. Indeed, search engines consider that the more numerous the other sites that promote your own are, the more interesting and relevant your content is. And search engines’ algorithms just love relevancy!

Mistakes to avoid:

  1. Duplicated content

  2. Misspellings

  3. Awkward names for your pages

  4. Generic and unfocused keywords

  5. Forcing automated music on your visitors

  6. Broken links

  7. Too many illustrations, compared to actual content

  8. Too many colours

  9. Too many widgets and animated gizmos

  10. Too many ads or pop-ups

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