SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. It’s the practice of optimizing web content to be discovered in a search engine’s organic search results. The largest search engine out there is Google, but you should know that there are dozens of other ones like Bing, DuckDuckGo, Ecosia – and even Youtube is a search engine, but for video discovery.
What’s behind a search engine?
Search engines use sophisticated and unique series of algorithms to return the best and most relevant results for any given term in a fraction of a second. According to Google’s documentation, these algorithms look at many factors such as the wording of your search query, relevance, freshness of content, UX, domain authority, location and settings.
SEO Main Benefits
An efficient SEO strategy will help you rank higher in search engine results pages – also known as SERP – increasing the quality and the quantity of traffic. The organic traffic you get from your SEO efforts is free, consistent once you reach in the top results, and targeted. People who land up on your page are already interested in the content you offer, therefore your **will have a bigger chance to **increase conversion rate.
How To Implement an Effective SEO Strategy
The main pillars for a successful SEO strategy are:
- Keyword Research: understand what your audience wants to find, using tools like Keywords Google Planner, Ahrefs, Semrush.
- On-Page SEO: optimize your written content for users and search engines (title tags, content, alt-tags, UX, internal links and URLs.)
- Technical SEO: optimize your website for crawling and indexing.
- Link Building: to earn trust and authority with search engines, you’ll need other credible sources linking to your pages. This will make Google trust your website more and help you rank higher.
Exercise: Optimize Images for SEO
Image optimization will help you fully optimize an image for search engines, helping you increase your ranking and speed up page loading, which is crucial for UX.
SCALE YOUR IMAGES
Images with a higher resolution and large pixel dimensions slow down your page loading time. That’s why you need to resize your images to be in line with your site’s max-width dimensions. Let’s say we need to scale down this image to 720px in width.
We’ll use a free tool, Adobe Photoshop Express.
NAME YOUR IMAGES
You need to name your file with a relevant short title that contains your target keyword. Let’s say we want to optimize for “paleo pancake recipe”. The name of the image should contain our keyword like this: “paleo-pancake-recipe”. Use hyphens to separate the words.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT FILE TYPE
For photos or illustrations, it’s recommended to use .jpeg because it will give you a smaller file size. If your image has transparent background, use .png. For logos and icons, always use SVGs. In our case, we’ll use jpeg.
REDUCE FILE SIZE
USE DESCRIPTIVE ALT TEXT
The “Alt tag” is crucial to image optimization and ensuring that a descriptive text will appear in case the image can’t be loaded. It’s also important for visually impaired people that use screen readers. Be descriptive and specific. Example: ”Plate of fluffy pancakes topped with fresh blueberries, raspberries and powdered sugar.”