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On Page SEO Factors – What To Know

So, let’s say you’ve designed, developed, and launched a website for you or your business, and you want to rank well on Google and other search engines. Seems simple enough, right? In a perfect world, you would create content for a website. Then, search engines would automatically direct users to your well-crafted and informative business. However, that isn’t really how things work. Search engines are not omniscient beings that “just know” your content is worth directing users and searchers to. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t help signal to search engines that your content is relevant, authoritative, and accurately meets user search queries. As a result, you may find yourself asking: “How do I inform Google that my page is relevant?” Well, let’s look into that:

On-Page SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Factors

on page seo factors infographic On-page SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is a web industry term that means optimizing the content on your web pages (hence the “on-page” part of the term) for indexing and ranking by search engines. For simplicity, in this post, we’ll focus on what Google has expressly stated are on-page SEO factors for ranking a website on their search engine. Those factors are (in no particular order):
  • The content of the page itself
  • Title tags and other meta-information
  • The URL of the page itself
  • Relevant images with alt-attribute text (more on that later)
  • Links (both internal and external)
Now that you know the main factors for on-page SEO, let’s dive into the specifics of each category.

Optimizing The Page Content for Your Subject

The content of your page is the meat of it and should be hyper-relevant to the subject you wish to explore. For example, if your website is for plumbers, the page content you’re crafting should focus on plumbing and relevant sub-categories. You should clearly state the subject of your content in the following sections of your webpage:
  • The meta title tag
  • The URL of the page
  • The header (H1) of your page
  • At least one sub-header (H2) for your page
  • In alt attribute text for all your images

Creating Unique Content is Important

Optimizing on-page content for the subject in question is not the only thing to consider when writing your page. For instance, when you’re writing your page, provide some unique information on the subject of your choice. The more unique and in-depth the information your site offers, the more likely Google (and other search engines) will give your page a high-quality signal for ranking authority.

The Nitty Gritty – Meta Titles, Descriptions, and the URL

After creating unique, in-depth, and hyper-relevant on-page content for your site, the next step is to take care of the nitty-gritty things like your meta titles and descriptions.

Meta Titles

Meta titles are what search engines will read as your web page’s title. These are also the titles that Google and other search engines will display on your page in the SERP (Search Engine Results Page). The title should be:
  • Less than 512 pixels/65 characters in length
  • Hyper-relevant to your subject
  • Include your main keyword

Here is an example of a well-written meta title:

optimized meta title with title boxed in on SERP

Meta Descriptions

After you have written an engaging and attention-grabbing meta title that accurately depicts the subject of your page, the next step is to craft a meta description. The meta description describes what will be found on the page in question. Google (and other search engines) use the meta description for your page on the SERP. Your meta description should be:
  • Around 680 pixels/120 characters for mobile results
  • Up to 920 pixels/158 characters for desktop results
  • Contain your main keyword
  • Be hyper-relevant to the subject of your page

Here is an example of a well-written, topic-centric meta-description:

optimized meta description image with description boxed in on SERP

URL Optimization

After you have written engaging meta titles and descriptions for your page (following the guidelines above), it’s time to create an SEO-optimized URL. When assigning a URL to a webpage, follow these simple steps:
  • Make sure it isn’t too long. Optimum URL lengths are always less than 2,048 characters.
  • Include the subject of the page in the URL
  • That’s it.

Check out an example of a well-crafted URL:

optimized URL example image with URL boxed in on SERP

Images and Alt-Attribute Text

Another important factor for on-page SEO optimization is ensuring your content has engaging images containing alt-attribute text about your page subject. Web browsers use Alt-attribute text to describe visually impaired images when they visit your website. They also help optimize your images for ranking on Google image searches. The images you pick for your page are as important as the alt-attributes you assign. Images should load quickly, be visibly free of artifacts or problems, and be placed strategically in your content. They should also pertain specifically to the subject of the page. For example, don’t include pictures of air conditioners on your plumbing page!

Links – Internal and External

worldwide linking graphic showing link paths Probably the most overlooked yet the second most important aspect of on-page SEO is linking. You can think of links, like the currency of the internet. The more websites link to your website (and vice versa), the more authoritative your content appears to search engines. Websites use two distinct types of links. They are:
  • Internal
  • External

Internal Links

Internal links go from one of your pages to another on the same website. It would be best to determine what you want for your most essential pages to optimize your internal linking structure. Then, once you’ve determined what pages you want visitors to land on, you will need to ensure that the rest of the content on your site links back to those important pages. But don’t overdo it! Internal links distribute their authority evenly between themselves. The more links you have to one specific spot, the more spread your link authority becomes. Keep this in mind when structuring the internal links on your website. You will want to strike a careful balance between funneling visitors to your best and most important pages and ensuring that your link authority doesn’t become too diluted. Generally, the best practice for internal linking is to:
  • Link back to the category or parent of the page you’re creating
  • Link to the homepage of your website
  • Link back to the sub-category or parent page (if applicable)
  • Link visitors to your contact page (or area of your website)

External Linking

External links are links to sites outside your website or links that come into your site from an external website. You won’t directly influence who links back to your website, so let’s focus on which websites your content links out to. You don’t want to link to pages with a low page authority (don’t rank well). The more authoritative and trustworthy a website is, the better off you’ll be linking to it. Some examples of high-authority places to link out to include:

Sounding too Complicated? Contact Contractor-Advertising for Help

Well, there you have it: a breakdown of what good on-page SEO optimization is. If this seems too much for you to handle, or you don’t have time to ensure each of your web pages follows these guidelines, you can always hire the SEO professionals here at Contractor Advertising. Our team of on-page SEO specialists is always standing by to help. So call today or fill out the form below! Are they looking for 5-star Fontana air conditioning & plumbing services? Look no further than our fAVCO Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning! Friends They’re always standing by to lend you a helping hand!