This is the final post in a 4-part series highlighting steps you can take to improve your website’s search engine optimization (SEO). This guide was written by Ramya Raju, an experienced freelance web design writer from India. If you missed any of the first 3 posts, you can review them here.
Search engines like Google are influenced by social media profiles, especially Google+. As Google’s own social network, Google+ carries major weight in boosting rankings on the largest search engine in the world. Its profiles are very helpful in personalizing search results that go beyond the local search results. If you wish to personalize searches, then carry out the following steps:
- Create a Google+ profile for personal use and a business page.
- Give a +1 share to the websites that you wish to generate rankings for. You can also share websites on the profile page and link to them using the personal information boxes in the recommended websites section.
- Completely fill out the personal profile, so it comes up in appropriate searches and draws interest from other people.
- Update your status regularly, and keep the status of your profile information public (for better search results).
- Share interesting information from other people so you’re not entirely self-promotional (and to help connect with others).
- Network with people who you feel can benefit from seeing your website in the search results. You can use the search box on Google+ to search for people and add them to your circles.
The idea is to gain popularity on Google+ so that you can get better rankings in personalized search results.
Keeping Track of Your Results
After all the hard work and effort taken to achieve better SEO of your website, it only makes sense to keep track of the results. You can use the following two tools to monitor such results easily:
- Authority Labs – very effective in tracking keyword rankings that are used for your website and helps to check whether they have moved up in the search results or not. The account comes with a fee but has a 30-day trial period to test it.
- Google Analytics – an all-around solution for SEO monitoring. It helps with monitoring visitors to your website, checking organic search traffic sources and understanding which keywords are used by people to find your website on search engines. This tool also tracks the keywords that can lead to people visiting your site and joining a mailing list, purchasing a product and other actions you want them to perform.
There are many tools and resources available to improve your SEO but the above two can help start off your campaign in the right direction.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this 4-part SEO guide to help you improve your website’s search engine optimization efforts. A special thank you to Ramya Raju for writing the guide and sharing it with CCC’s readers. For more on the first 3 parts or Ramya, see below.
- 1/09/14: A Simple Step-by-Step Guide to Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Part 1
- 1/16/14: Content Is King and Other Essential Elements of SEO, Part 2
- 1/23/14: Link Building to Success: Optimize Your Website, Part 3
Ramya Raju is a freelance web design writer with 8 years of extensive blogging experience on a variety of online publishing and social media platforms. She generally writes high quality articles on travel, photography, SEO, web design, English courses and other general topics as requested. Ramya, an extrovert with a passion for photography and anthropology, enjoys travelling to different countries to discover new cultures and experience life with the locals. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her online at http://www.colorcharacter.com/uk/.