Why having an SEO strategy is more important during COVID-19
Across the world COVID-19 has drastically changed our personal and professional lives, leaving economies stalled and people living and working at home. Some Australians are enjoying new relaxed physical distancing rules with the four-square-metre rule allowing venues to reopen.
Even so, consumers are searching online a lot, with Google receiving nearly 2.3 trillion searches this year alone. Search engine optimisation (SEO) has always been a key strategy in being present online, as it gives your business the opportunity to appear as a top result out of those 2+ trillion searches. During the pandemic, we have seen a growing reliance on search engines for answering people’s pandemic concerns, online shopping and access to essential information.
As Australia adjusts to life with COVID-19, all businesses should consider how SEO can help ensure clear communication with consumers during these extended periods of uncertainty. As search engines organise the world’s information, SEO helps increase qualified traffic to your website on the information customers need – such as ‘when will we reopen?’. This will also help identify highly qualified leads for your business.
An effective SEO strategy requires the right techniques to organise your website’s content and enable organic visitors to your site. With this in mind, we recommended giving your SEO strategy a quick check, ensuring it is up to date for the next potential wave of incoming traffic.
Understand your list of topics and keywords
Within your team, understand the list of topics you would like to discuss and what your customers are looking for over the next three to six months associated with your product or service. From here, agree on the specific keywords associated with these topics that could direct a variety of consumers to your website from related search terms. The more specific you are with your topics and keywords, the more chances you have to attract a consumer and turn them into a customer.
Complete an SEO content analysis on your website
It may seem like a tough task to try and analyse the quality and effectiveness of the content on your website however, it is important to address some key areas that could be improved. Checks include:
- the number of phrases ranking on each page
- checking your meta title and description
- identifying any indexed pages for search engines to read
- design modernity
- testing mobile performance
- tone of voice
It is important that your content is engaging for your audience and easy for the search engines to ‘crawl’ so they can index you. Learn how to perform an SEO content analysis with our guide.
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Maintain a blogging habit
Develop and stockpile high quality blog posts to be hosted on your website, offering the consumer a range of free information and insights. If possible, set out to publish a post at least once a week, as consistency will be key to ensure your keywords are ranked, and appear within the search engine.
Keep in mind what is happening in the market, and ensure your content is written for the audience you would like to attract. This also means keeping your keywords to less than three or four within the piece to ensure Google doesn’t penalise your website ranking. Don’t forget to consider link-building for your pieces across your social channels, public relation campaigns, and partnership websites.
Update Google My Business
The time has come to either create or update your Google My Business listing ensuring the content suits your SEO strategy. It’s important that this information is correct so consumers can find your business location through Google Maps, understand your old or new opening times, read reviews on your product and services, or scroll through an array of quality images and information to learn more about your business. Once you have completed the initial changes, ensure you continue to check for new updates released by Google so your content is timely for consumer searches.
Consumers don’t often become customers immediately; it takes multiple encounters to build familiarity and trust with a business. Consider this in your SEO approach, it will take some effort to ensure everything is optimised appropriately, but you’ll see results for months to come.
Preparing your business for online success
It’s impossible to predict where the COVID-19 pandemic will lead us next, but we can be sure a return to some form of normal business will come in time. Whether your business is ready to return, or you’re wondering what the best path forward is, Netregistry are here to help. With expert teams in SEO, PPC, Social and Websites – we have all the experience you need for a successful online business. To get started, call us on 1300 638 734 or submit a message online.