Infographic: What You Need to Know About SEO

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) strategy is key to the success of any business in the digital age. Here’s how to nail it.

We can hardly pinpoint a precise date when SEO was “born”. Rather, it evolved gradually as search engines developed into the modern form we’re all familiar with nowadays. A major milestone, however, happened around 1994 when people discovered they could actually sell things via the Internet.

A couple of years later, people started discovering and applying a few tricks that they found could get their websites higher rankings in search engines’ results. Some of these have evolved and adapted over time, becoming what we call today White Hat practices.

White Hat practices are meant to make a website easier for visitors to discover, but how does that work? A search engine sends a crawler (a bot) which evaluates just how much would a visitor enjoy their experience of site. If the results are good, it means you get a higher ranking.

Some of those practices have become redundant, irrelevant or insufficient, and were replaced by new criteria over the years. And this still happens — search engines change their algorithms as many as 600 times a year to make sure no one cheats or buys views. This means as often as twice a day!

So it’s no wonder that many people find the prospect of optimizing their website confusing and even daunting. Getting it wrong could land you penalties and see your site relegated to the hinterlands beyond page 3, where nobody ever dares to venture.

This all makes the process of keeping your site properly optimizing a rather time-consuming one, and there is no getting away from the fact that you should budget resources appropriately (both in terms of time and money) to make sure you’re covered.

But despair not. There are still best practices that you can adopt — and pitfalls you can avoid — to give you the best chance of getting ahead of the SEO game. And even if you decide to recruit professional help in optimizing your site, information is power and familiarizing yourself with these tips can only make your content better, and easier to find:

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Originally published at Tech Trends.