How Exactly Does SEO Work?

Updated: Feb 10

As of 2018, the total population of Michigan was 9.996 million. Of this, approximately 9.187 million people have access to the Internet, and an estimated five million people use social media.

These statistics are a clear indication that going digital is the most logical approach for businesses. This makes digital marketing with an established Online presence among businesses in Michigan very important. The two main ways businesses and websites can maximize their Online presence is by using SEO and SEM.

What is it and how does it work?

What is SEO? Search Engine Optimization or SEO is a way to get a better view of search engine results. With the help of SEO, the site grows and is indexed in search engine results on the homepage. One of the most important goals of SEO is to be on the top of search engines (e.g., Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.). Therefore, SEO is very important and to take care of a site, one must always adhere to SEO principles. It is a collection of activities that a business can use to improve their Online presence. It can be described as the quality control of Online content and websites, which is tasked with making sure users are directed to the relevant pages. By implementing the different elements of SEO, you slowly build a positive reputation with search engines. As your reputation grows, the ranking of your page improves. If your site is on the first page, more people are likely to see it and visit it. Simply put, SEO is the cost you have to pay to get to the front page of search engines where more people can notice you and your business.

Here are some of the most important SEO principles.

Page Title It’s important to use keywords in the page title, strive for the first eight words to be keywords. Meta Description The meta description is a snippet of up to about 155 characters–a tag in HTML–which summarizes a page’s content. Search engines show the meta description in search results mostly when the searched-for phrase is within the description, so optimizing the meta description is crucial for on-page SEO. Internal Links Internal links are links that go from one page on a domain to a different page on the same domain.

Photo Alternative Text Using alternate text for photos (the ALT photo feature), the search engine reads and rates the photo description. Therefore, it is very effective in ranking keywords. How Does SEO Work? To guarantee relevant results, search engines are continually changing their SEO requirements. However, there are many approaches to SEO that a site or business can adopt to help them improve their ranking.

Success in SEO is often the result of using the best SEO strategies and a little bit of trial and error. Unfortunately, SEO laws are not formally incorporated anywhere, and these laws and tactics are constantly evolving. There is no specific formula for SEO. Only with trial and error can you figure out which method works for your site and which doesn’t work.

The secret of SEO is very simple when you look at the bigger picture.

You have to learn how to mix and test different methods then analyze the results.

Keep in mind that many of the things you do may be time-consuming, as Google is constantly changing its algorithms. Your competitors also play a key role in this.

In this process, you should continue to use positive tactics and stop doing things that have no benefit. Then practice and repeat. Keep in mind that one-dimensional strategies may be able to rank your website very well in a short amount of time, but these methods are usually dangerous. Google is always looking for ways to deceive users into its algorithm. However, achieving your SEO goals can be very difficult in reality.

Amanda Honeywell of HMG

I make creatively bold brands, experiences and solutions.

A. Honey

Chief Everything Officer



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