If you’re here you’ve probably been feeling pulled to start learning SEO for your website! But my guess is you’re feeling a little intimidated by the “techy-ness” of it all. My other guess is you’re here because you feel like you “have” to be…not because you’re pumped up about meta descriptions, h tags, or Alt text.
(But if you are, hey, who am I to rain on your parade!)
While it might not be the most riveting topic in the entrepreneur’s space, SEO is a powerful tool we can wield to truly reach our ideal clients. It’s how we tell Google (and other search engines) “hey, here’s this thing I’m doing. Here’s what I talk about most often, here’s what I offer, and here’s who I do it for”
In this three part series we’ll be simplifying all of the SEO jargon that makes your head spin. You’ll walk away with crystal clear steps to start implementing SEO practices in your website copy, on your website pages, and in your content.
Let’s get into it!
Perhaps you’ve seen the symbols: <h1>, <h2>, <h3> before while working through your website or any word document editor for that matter. (And if those symbols are completely foreiqgn to you…that is A-okay!)
These are what we call “H Tags” or “Heading Tags.”
Headings are used to separate information on a page. This makes it easier for the reader to take in all of the information by breaking it up into sections. It also helps Google understand what the main ideas on that page are.
This is where SEO comes in. The headings on any website page, whether it’s your home, about, or a blog post, highlight the most important things the reader should take away.
Think of H Tags as sticky labels that we can apply to each heading. (It may help to visualize a gold, silver, and bronze sticky label to help you remember the importance of each).
Now what about the numbers? Let’s take a closer look at that!
H Tags aren’t something your reader will be able to see. They are something you set in your backend to communicate with Google.
H Tags have a hierarchy of importance in descending order. H1 being the most important (a gold sticky label if you will), H2 being secondary (a silver sticky label) and so on.
H1: The Most Important Thing Your Reader And Google Should Know About That Page.
The heading “Asheville North Carolina Holistic Health Coach for Women” will likely be at the top of a home page. This heading should be assigned an H1 tag because it contains the main idea of the page. It also uses location and industry keywords.
Someone very well might search for “holistic health in Asheville North Carolina.” With that H1 tag applied to it, Google is ready to recommend that page to anyone who searches for it.
H2 And H3: Smaller Ideas That Help Break The Page Up.
In addition to a hierarchy of importance, H tags also have a hierarchy of font size in descending order.
The heading given and H1 tag will be the largest font on the page. Headings with H2 tags will be a bit smaller and so on. The font you use for your body copy (the section you’re reading right now) will be the smallest of course. And guess what, there’s a special tag for this kind of text as well!
Headings aren’t the only bits of text that require tags! You will also run into tags that look like <p>, <div>, and <nav>.
Text like “Hey there” that’s placed before your name on your about page would be given a <div> tag. While these bits of witty or on-brand copy are great for connecting with your audience, Google doesn’t need to pay attention to it.
Applying H tags and the additional ones we mentioned is very easy in the backend of your website. For Showit:
Now that you know how to set your tags for improved SEO on your website, it’s time to learn about page titles and meta descriptions (it’s not as scary as it sounds!).
Head on over to part two of this blog series to read the post.
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