And why it’s VITAL for Sales Growth!
In part III of our “Search Engine Optimization” series (part I and II linked here), we distill the top 4 “keys” to boosting sales with SEO. Here, you’ll find the breakdown of actions you could take today to increase your store’s visibility on search engines like Google – and they aren’t complicated! SEO may not be rocket science, but it does take strategic, effective marketing strategies on your part.
Read below for the 360 degree, step-by-step guide to learn the practical application of SEO strategy!
1. Favicon design
Favicons are those little picture designs that appear in the corner of your website tab. Some popular ones are the multicolored “G” when on Google or the red “play button” icon on Youtube.
These little guys may seem unimportant, but they carry a lot of weight for SEO ranking! Simply put, they provide brand awareness, credibility, and customers an easier way to recognize your site. Even if you have incredible goods in your store and provide top-notch service, customers subconsciously judge you right away if you don’t have a favicon like other sites.
Picture a dilapidated, old storefront – looks like a tornado just hit it. Even if the goods inside are amazing, and the store owner is a peach of a guy, chances are you won’t go in! It looks too worn-down on the outside. You make a snap judgement to move on.
That’s exactly what will happen to your store without a favicon! Get one designed asap to increase sales to your Shopify store.
2. Descriptive heading tags for well-organized site categories
We’ve mentioned in an earlier article the importance of descriptive heading tags to better organize your site’s web pages. Here’s why that is so essential. Not only do users feel better browsing, Google’s “crawl” software won’t get confused indexing your site. The clearer the web page headings and the better classification of your info, the more SEO-friendly Google will consider your site… and you will be rewarded with a better ranking 😊
Sometimes, these headings are referred to as “H tags.” Make sure to keep your ducks in a row when building the content on each page. It should always start with a clear, descriptive, but not-too-wordy title! That’s a major key to growing your Shopify sales.
3. Detail meta and product descriptions
On top of good headings, remember that breaking up your info with easy-to-read product descriptions is essential for SEO best practices. If you have any product listed on your site unaccompanied by at least a few lines of descriptive text, you are doing your online business a disservice!
Make sure you remember that new potential customers browsing your site (as well as Google’s web crawlers), are not experts on your industry like you. If you can find a way to give them good information, segmented into different tabs on the product description, you give yourself the best chance to land on the first page in Google rankings.
4. Research backlinks through Google Search Console
This final key may be the most difficult to implement, as it involves some pretty serious market research: backlinks. Backlinks are essentially hyperlinks that connect your site to another. Consider when you look for, say, a new toaster online. You find a site that lists the “top 10 toasters,” and there are hyperlinks leading to each option – those businesses successfully have been “backlinked,” linking them to more web pages across the web and increasing their visibility.
Now, when starting off green, finding the right sites to reach out to for a backlinks “shoutout” can seem pretty daunting. So, we recommend starting by checking out Google Search Consoles information on backlinks here. Make sure to check out what backlinks competitors have, and from there, you can begin your own marketing campaigns to increase the number of affiliate sites that offer a “backlink” to your Shopify store. More quality backlinks, more sales for your Shopify store 😊
If you feel you would benefit from some SEO expertise to set up your store for success, reach out to try a free demo from Ad360 today! We can provide a free consultation to evaluate how effective your SEO practices are, and what we can do to bring you up the Google ranks 😊 Cheers, we hope you enjoyed the 4 keys to SEO success!