In simple terms, onsite search engine optimisation covers all the things you can do on a website to help it rank better in search engines. This is opposed to what is generally referred to as offsite optimisation which is all the things you do away from your website to help it rank. At Probity Web Marketing we believe that onsite optimisation is the most important part of a search engine optimisation strategy.
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The most obvious part of onsite search engine optimisation is the actual content: eg. Web Pages, Blogs, Announcements, FAQs etc. After all, it is the content on your website that website visitors are looking for and therefore is what Google is wanting to show in their SERPs. For this reason, it is also the most important part of onsite optimisation, but it can also cover the following:
Sorry for getting a bit technical there, but you did ask.
As we have discussed in "how search engines work", it is important that when you do a search with Google (or Bing etc) that they display a list of great websites that will have your answer. Otherwise you might change to a competitor and that affects their income stream. So what do we consider a great website? Is it a website with lots of great content that is easy to read and navigate; or is it a website with a minimum of content but lots of links to it? The obvious answer is great content. So that means that great content will always be important to Google and as they continue tweaking their algorithm (the program that ranks sites) they will always rate it highly. The reverse can be argued for links, particularly when there is a whole industry created around getting spammy links for SEO. So why wouldn't you spend the majority of your time, energy and money on creating great content (onsite optimisation)?
No. You will also need to do some offsite optimisation with things like online directories and profiles. You should also be working on your website optimisation to ensure that you convert as much of the traffic (visitors) that comes to your site. You can also consider Search Engine Marketing, Social Media Marketing and anything else that might increase your online leads and sales.