In this week’s post, we’ll be taking a look at expert SEO guidelines for building new websites. As you would expect, each website is unique in many respects, however, the general advice we offer here can be widely applied to any business in any industry.
Though you may already have some sort of an idea of what kind of websites you like and dislike when it comes to building your own website, be sure to do a proper survey of other sites for similar businesses.
Be sure to look for those sites which are directly competing with you, and which come up at the top of search results for the same keywords that you plan to use. Consider design, content, structure, as well as what tools and utilities the sites use. At this stage, you should also start making a list of strengths and weaknesses in order to cherry pick only the best qualities to emulate for your own site.
Running a website is a long-term job, and you can’t expect everything to be perfect at first. You will continue to develop your site over the years, adding new elements, and constantly improving your existing content, design, and so forth. This is why when you first put a website together you should focus on building a simple, yet highly functional base. In other words, don’t over complicate things.
If your site is great, but a little basic, you can always experiment, try new things, add new features, and if they don’t work then you can always undo the change. If on the other hand, you start by creating an overly complex website, you may find many problems down the line.
Quality content may seem obvious, but all too often does it end up being overlooked. It’s all too easy to get lost in designing a really fancy website but remember at all times that everything you do online is essential for the purpose of hosting… Content!
Use a blog
Last but not least, there’s never a better time to build a blog than when you first launch your site. Custom blogs are incredible SEO tools, and will also help to attract new business in your early days.