Improving SEO rankings

13 Effective Ways to Improve Your Rankings

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear about the term ‘SEO’? What are the things you put your mind into when you are trying to improve the SEO ranking of your website?

A lot of people channel their attention towards “keywords” and not on anything else.

Nevertheless, if you are working effortlessly on keyword optimization and yet you are not getting the results you want, you may need to look at other factors that do affect SEO ranking.

Search engine algorithms don’t only rate the importance of your keywords on pages, and in the Metadata, in line with a user’s search terms, but they also review information which includes the amount of time each visitor spent on your site, the bounce rate, broken links, pages visited, inbound and outbound links and many more.

Finding a way to make users stay on your website and engaging them with your content can help you improve website ranking. This can be done by improving the user experience of your website.

Making use of keywords to get visitors to scroll through your site is not just all. If you approach SEO as ‘utilizing your website for people who do make use of search engines’, the impression of user-friendliness becomes a more vital factor.

This article tends to take a look at the different aspects of website usability that does have an influence on website ranking.

What is Website Usability?

One thing about Website usability is that it cuts across so many elements of website design, which are mostly related to conversion.

How Does Good Website Usability Improve SEO Ranking?

A user-friendly site always gets rewarded by search engines. This implies that they do have high usability. Google always cherishes sites that are not just rich in terms of keywords but can also showcase higher user engagement.

SEO rankings do increase when visitors stay much longer on a site, view more pages, and repeat their visits. The more user-friendly your site is, the more likely this will happen.

Let’s take a good look at 13 elements that do increase usability and also help to promote SEO rankings.

  • Effectiveness: Can your website make users achieve their goals and objectives? For instance, can they get the information they really need, make orders for the product they desire or meet the company for customer service?
  • Efficiency: Aside from being able to meet up with their objectives, how fast can a user complete a task? If visitors are unable to get what they are looking for on your website, there is a high probability that they will scroll and navigate away. The limited-time they spend on your website may have an adverse effect on your SEO ranking.
  • Learnability: How easy is it for users to navigate your website quickly? When visitors spend too much time trying to get used to your website, they are spending less time digesting your content or checking your products. When they can’t find what they really need, it is most likely they will get frustrated, scroll away, and never come back.
  • Memorability: Can users locate your website the next time they go onto the search engine? One of the t6 things that can help you boost your traffic is repeating traffic. Sometimes visitors may navigate away from your website for so many reasons; they may remember and decide to come back and search again for it. Is the keyword attached to that very search memorable enough so they will be able to locate your site once again?
  • Error Prevention: Some errors can affect not just the user experience but also SEO ranking; for example A 404 page-not-found error, a link that reads one thing but displays another thing entirely or also a broken link that is no more valid.

1. Useful, High Quality, Relevant Content

Dwell time is the full period of time visitors spend on your site and it can impact SEO rankings.

When you come up with a useful content piece, visitors tend to spend more time on your website to consume the information, and this will, in turn, increase the dwell time.

Going by research, content pieces ranging from 2,000 – 2,500 words do appear to rank more in search engine results.

Thus, word quantity is not a priority in the SEO world; no one will continue reading your content if it is not really helpful and reasonable.

Longer content always provides that avenue to spice up your content with more keywords, add more outbound links, and get people spending more time on your website. And these will, in turn, increase your dwell time.

One more reason you need to create a highly useful and resourceful content piece is that when visitors save or bookmark your content on chrome, this will increase and improve SEO rankings of your website on Google.

2. Page Load Speed

Google and Bing always reckon with page loading when it comes to website ranking algorithms.

Users will lose interest and decide to leave your site if they’d have to wait for even an extra few seconds for each page to load. That will really affect your dwell time, increase your bounce rate, and limit the number of pages viewed. All these will have a negative effect on your SEO ranking.

There are so many ways to improve page load speeds; some of which include making use of caching plug-ins, making sure the code is clean and streamlined, utilizing image sizes, reducing the number of plug-ins, and reducing redirects.

It has been inferred from research that making use of good and standard quality images can improve the conversion rates.

Optimizing your images properly can help you take advantage of using photos to build trust, improve a visitor’s experience without tampering with the load time which could affect your SEO ranking.

3. Image Optimization

Aside from image file format and resizing, there are some other ways to make sure your images are working for you on the SEO front.

You can send signals of the relevance of your content to search engines by using keywords for your image file name, alt tag, description, and caption.

4. Header tags

Nobody fancy reading through a wall of text; proper formatting of your content does help to improve the user experience of your website very rapidly.

It does make readers be able to spend more time reading your content and coming back for more. This will make your signal relevant to search engines.

Good use of header tags will help you break up content into sections that are easy to comprehend and utilize.

It is simple to insert header tags in WordPress to help improve the user experience and boost SEO rankings of your site.

Search engines also value keywords in header tags more importantly, by including useful terms in your header tags, You are also improving your SEO ranking against those keywords.

5. Outbound Links

You may also link out to authority sites for more in-depth information; this will make your content more useful and relevant.

Connecting to well-respected authority sites will not only improve the usefulness of your content and the time readers do spend on your site, but it is also trusted to send signals to Google and help improve SEO rankings.

However, more is not that encouraging; so many outbound links can serve as distractions and make the content hard to get through.

6. Different Multimedia

Image, videos, slideshows, and audio can help boost the user experience and give room for you to deliver information in the most appropriate way to your visitors.

They do signify quality content to search engines; you will need to make your content look good and interactive.

Video marketing is gradually becoming an important element in engaging users and conversions.

From a study, websites that do make use of videos can achieve a 4.8% higher conversion rate in comparing to a 2.9% average on websites that don’t make use of videos.

7. Broken Links

Nobody wants to get a 404-page error after clicking on a link! Broken links lead to bad usability.

Search engines do consider a large number of broken links as a signal of an old site that can influence SEO ranking.

You also don’t have to scroll through every page on your website and test the links manually. There are so many tools and apps to make sure that your site is devoid of broken links as such as:

8. Readability

It doesn’t matter if you have a well-learned audience. They don’t want to be going through some complicated content each time they visit your website and go through your content.

You wouldn’t want them to lose interest when reading your content and click away simply because it is too difficult to comprehend.

Always make your content simple and easy to read; this will make the content useful for readers. Some experts are of the opinion that Google prefers readability when ranking web pages.

You can make use of diverse tools to test for your content readability.

9. Layout and Formatting

Good formatting and a user-friendly layout can help improve user experience and make content so easy to scan and consume. Readers tend to stay on the site longer to read and digest website information.

Formatting does help to improve a web page’s usefulness by making the content easy to read.

  • Make use of font size and typography that are easy to read.
  • Ensure to use bold type and colors – sparingly and strategically – to call out important information and make the content easy to scan.
  • Try to use short paragraphs and ample line spacing in between – nobody likes a wall of text.
  • It is advisable to use bulleted or numbered lists for clarity.
  • Features such as tabs, sliders, structured grids, progressive layouts, rollover elements, modal windows, mega drop-down-menus, and accordions should be used to organize content and add interactivity.
  • Divide content into sections with subheads.

10. Contact Page

With reference to Google document (p.98), websites that contain enough contact information are considered to be more trustworthy, and, with that, it will rank so high by search engines.

Include a Contact US page on your website and including the link in the navigation will make good user experience and also help to earn some Google juice.

It has been established that a well-designed contact form does increase user participation through a company’s online presence. It does also help to come up with new business ideas and opportunities and improve services and many more.

11. Site Architecture and Navigation

Visitors are likely to leave your website the moment they realize that they can’t find what they need or something useful. Their absence will contribute to a high bounce rate, reduce the dwell time, and limit the number of pages viewed.

You may likely lose some audience members on your website simply because visitors may decide to leave if they don’t find what they need right away.

12. Mobile Optimization

As of April 2015, Google has been penalizing sites that are not mobile-optimized by cutting down their search engine rankings.

Every day there are more and more users that use their mobile devices to access content and websites, and not being mobile-optimized will really affect user experience and conversion.

It is really necessary for B2B marketers. Research has indicated that about 77 percent of executives do make use of their smartphones to check for products or services for their brands or business.

13. Social Sharing

SEO rank often gets influenced by the number of Facebook shares, Tweets, Pinterest pins, and other social media mentions.

It will be much easier to share your content pieces if you can install social sharing buttons on your website. This will, in turn, improve user experience and can also help you rank higher on searches.

Nearly 4 in every 10 Facebook users give feedback that they have gone from liking, sharing, or commenting on an item to actually buying it, Also, about  43% of people who use social media have purchased a product after sharing or liking it on Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter.

11 thoughts on “13 Effective Ways to Improve Your Rankings”

  1. Thanks for putting this out here, there’s no use for a website that is not ranked by search engines, it has literally nothing to offer and it’ll be very difficult to monetize such a website, what makes a website useful and successful is the amount of traffic it generates and this article will definitely help in making that possible because getting your website ranked high automatically affects your traffic.

  2. Hello Olatunji, thank you for this very detailed and informative post. Though I am new to this whole online business and the use of internet for marketting and all, but it’s very important I gaather all the information I will need because I am working on my site already and I don’t wanna kick start without having proper knowlede of what I am going into hence my research.

    Thanks for posting.

    1. Israel Olatunji

      Always try to read through the content properly before leaving your comment lest you always get disapproved. Anyways, thanks for visiting!

      Israel Olatunji

  3. Hello, a big thanks to you for sharing this insightful post on how to improve SEO ranking immediately. Goods rankings does have so many advantages and benefits, it helps to boost your business’s ability to generate traffic and leads and it also increases the degree to which one’s audience sees his or her business as authentic. These are really reliable steps in improving SEO ranking. Thanks once again. 

    1. Israel Olatunji

      Hey Sheddy, you have all the tips in this post to follow to ensure that you improve your search rankings in no time. SEO isn’t just about creating great content alone, but about making the content visible to the right audience.

      Israel Olatunji

  4. Hello Olatunji, thank you for this very detailed and informative post. Though I am new to this whole online business and the use of the internet for marketing and all, it’s very important I gather all the information I will need because I am working on my site already and I don’t wanna kick start without having proper knowledge of what I am going into hence my research.

    Thanks for posting.

    1. Israel Olatunji

      Thanks for stopping by! Achieving great milestones in the online world isn’t feasible without first learning what SEO is about and how you can improve it for your site. Thanks for reading!

      Israel Olatunji

  5. The great review you’ve got here on how to improve SEO rankings immediately! search engine optimization goes a long way to effectively get your website ranked by search engines such as Google, Yahoo, blink, and others, being ranked on this search engines gives you an ultimate power of attracting high traffic to your website, with high traffic you are assured of high income… these tips given here we go a long way to help you get ranked by the search engines if properly utilized.

    1. Israel Olatunji

      Thanks for your comment, Evans! Much appreciated! You can easily and quickly improve your rankings by following the pro blogging fundamentals shared in this post. Thanks for your visit!

      Israel Olatunji

  6. Hello!

    These are great tips, thank you! I am currently building my websites, and using SEO. I focus much on separating paragraphs to make sure that the reader has a good experience on my site, and I recently cleaned the cache on one of my websites. How can I resize images? Is there a good tool for that?

    Which social media platform do you recommend for sharing? I use Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I am not a fan of Facebook, because they want you to pay to get more exposure for your business posts. 

    I have a contact page on one website but I get mostly spam through there, Is there a way to avoid that? 

    1. Israel Olatunji

      Thanks for your comment! You can explore Ultimate Social Icons to share posts on social media. And as for reducing image sizes, you can use the Kraken plugin. Thanks for your visit!

      Israel Olatunji

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