Getting quickly indexed on Google’s first page is unarguably one of the most important aspects to building a website, and what’s the key to ranking your website highly on the big brother of search engines?
The answer is content optimization.
Content optimization is the process of arranging your content to encourage high search engine rankings. When the search engines take a snapshot of your site, they’ll be reading your content and determine where it should be placed in relation to the other billions of pages on the Internet. This is why web content is an essential part to your website and its ranking in the SERPs.
If you’re new to web content optimization, worry not, in this article we’ll be focusing on the simplest, yet the most effective method to optimize your content: keywords highlighting.
Having the keywords stand out from the rest of the text on a page gives more importance on them, thus making them more valuable than other keywords within the text.
The first and the most forgotten step is to craft an SEO-friendly title, which means that the title must contain the main keywords of the article.
Step two: include your keywords within the 6 predefined heading tags (<H1> to <H6>), because search engines will take these semantics heavily into consideration when scanning your pages for keywords or phrases.
Just like the <H(1-6)> tags, using effects such as bold, italic and underline to highlight keywords will also place more importance on them. So, make sure you use these formatting styles every once in a while. That’s step three.
Last, use inline text links to interlink all the pages within your site through keywords. This technique is good from SEO point of view and results into easy navigation structure.
You should make sure that only about 2% to 5% of your text is keywords. Be careful not to overcrowd your text with keywords cause you might get penalized.