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Six steps to SEO success

There are hundreds of ways to improve how Google indexes a website. Out of these hundreds here are six key areas to consider and improve to help your websites SEO success...

1. Find keywords.
Pick a list of words relevant to your business. Think about which words are most likely to get people to do what you want them to do (convert into leads) and focus on those words. Then pick a handful of words (or phrases) to use on one page of your site.

2. Put keywords in page title.
The page title is one of the most important things that Google and other search engines evaluate to determine what is on a web page.  Put your keyword(s) or phrase in the title, keep it short.

3. Put keywords in Page URL.
Google and other search engines also use the text of the URL of the page to determine the content of the web page.  You should use your keyword or phrase in the URL of the web page - either the folder/directory structure or the web page name itself.

4. Put keywords in metadata.
While the page metadata (page description and keywords) are not nearly as important as they used to be, they still count.  Take advantage of them by putting your keyword or phrase there. The description should be readable by a person and make sense. The keyword metadata should focus on your keyword or phrase - do not make it long, less is more.

5. Put keywords in your H1 text.
The H1 text is usually the title of an article or some larger bold text at the top of your page.  Google and the smaller search engines can see this and they put extra importance on the words in the H1 text. Make sure your keyword or phrase is there.

6. Use keywords in the page content.
Putting the keyword in your page content also signals to search engines that the page is actually about the keyword and should show up in search results.  You should use your keyword anywhere from 4-6 times to 10-12 times. My advice is to just write naturally as possible.

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