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The Best SEO Strategy These Days? Back to Basics.

The back-to-basics SEO approach has returned to the limelight these days. More and more people are broaching the subject of search engine optimisation, which often leads to information overload. That is why understanding the basics of SEO is all the more important for businesses that are new to this digital marketing field. By sticking to the fundamentals, your company will be able to zoom in on effective strategies. The following comprise what essentially is a good SEO strategy:

1. Plan and Research for Relevant

Make a solid foundation for your strategy by identifying keywords, or the things your customers often search for online. Use these keywords, phrases or information to address your customers' unmet needs. Even without advanced SEO knowledge, you can come to an understanding of keywords by imagining the search behaviour of your competitors' users. One effective keyword strategy is adding long-tail keywords to your content to boost your site's authority and reach out to new customers. Long-tail keywords are more specific, but may sometimes appear as related search terms when you use an SEO research tool. If you view the bottom of any Google results page or its autocomplete results, you will find a list of related searches. You can also use these terms to increase your online presence.

2. Build External Links (Off-Page SEO)

Off-site optimisation pertains to efforts outside of your website such as, but not limited to, submitting guest blogs and building links on third party sites with high domain authority. Though usually time-consuming, off-site link building is one of the most effective SEO strategies out there. Even a well-optimised website will often rank beneath a competitor with consistent link building efforts.

3. Optimise your Website (On-Page SEO)

Optimising your website bridges the gap between keyword research and incorporating keywords into your web content. Note that your homepage should focus on the most keyword most relevant to your business. On landing pages, you can use the other keywords or secondary search terms. There are many ways to incorporate keywords to optimise every page of your website. Basic SEO teaches us to always place important keywords within meta titles and descriptions. For better results, however, make sure the incorporation of keywords sounds natural and engages audiences. After all, meta tags will appear on search engines whenever someone searches for a keyword. Another ideal area for incorporating logical keywords into your website is a permalink or a page URL on your site.

Final Thoughts

Over the years, SEO grew to be the complicated and multidimensional field we know it to be. But its basics will always remain simple. When you think about helping companies grow online, SEO is undoubtedly one of the most cost-effective methods of promoting your business online. Several companies have achieved growth by integrating SEO with other digital marketing tools and techniques. If you are intimidated by the jargon, then remember that the basics will be more than enough to get started.      
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Arthur Choi

Arthur Choi

SEO Strategist

70% technical SEO, 30% offsite optimisation. Loves to strategise and build organic SEO campaigns for plumbers, excavators and e-commerce clients.

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