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  • 1.
    • SEO Checklist: 10 tactics to rank higher
    Written by Scott Fasser and posted on Optify.net/blog
  • 2. Search Engine Optimization – Open the Black Box
    • Search engine optimization (SEO) is a black box for most people. The reality is that SEO can be boiled down to some very tactical best practices for your website. Here’s an SEO checklist you can share with your editorial and development teams to keep on task for optimizing pages to rank highly in search engines.
  • 3. 1. Identify your target keyword(s) for each page
    • Each page should target only one primary keyword phrase. In addition, each keyword phrase should have only one primary page with it as a target. Maintaining a rigorous focus for each keyword and each page will help you rank higher for that phrase. The keyword phrase should be relevant to the content, be supported by the content on the page and be a term that will help drive your business.
  • 4. 2. Use the target keyword in the page name/URL
    • The URL or page name is one of the top content signals for the search engines. Including the target keywords in the URL is a great strategy for optimizing the page.
    • For example, if your target keyword phrase is “portable ultrasound”, a great URL would be
    • http://www.portableultrasound.com or
    • http://www.medicaldevices.com/portable-ultrasound.html
  • 5. 3. Use the target keyword in the first four words of your Title Tag
    • The first four words of the title tag are most important and should contain your target keyword and NOT your company name or brand. You will be found for your brand name regardless of its position in the Title tag so use this valuable slot for your focus keywords. If you want to include your brand name in the title tag include it after the target keyword separated by a "|”.
    • An example title tag targeting the term "portable ultrasound": "Portable Ultrasound | Acme Medical Devices"
  • 6. 4. Keep your title tag to less than 65 characters and make it unique
    • The search engines only display the first 65 characters of a title tag in the search engine results. If you have more characters than this, you get an ellipsis with the Title Tag content which cuts off your marketing message. The Title Tag should be relatively tight anyhow so edit it down to 65 characters or less.
  • 7. 5. Use a single <H1> style tag for your page headline
    • <H1>, <H2>, <H3> are content styling tags used in HTML that changes how text looks on a page when the browser displays the content. Search engines look at these tags as information hierarchy that helps them determine which content is the most important on the page. The <H1> tag is seen as the highest priority and should be used only once on each page to display the headline. <H2>s & <H3>s can be on a page multiple times for sub-heads, captions, etc.
  • 8. And 5 more tips For more details on these tips see our full SEO checklist
  • 9. More Tips
    • 6. Include your target keyword in the <H1> tag
    • 7. Make sure the body copy includes the target keyword
    • 8. Write a unique, compelling meta description that includes the focus keywords
    • 9. Create a network of cross-linked pages wherever target keywords are used
    • 10. Use alt-text and descriptive file names for your images
  • 10. Optify
    • Optify can help you analyze and track how well your website is optimized for search engines and covers almost everything on this SEO checklist. Start your 30 day free trial today