Search engines use the meta title tags to determine the topic of your webpage content. These title tags are the text that the search engine users see as the title of your webpages.
Meta title tags are usually the first thing that search engine users see in the search engine results. The users often decide in a fraction of a second whether to click on your link or not. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that a good meta title tag captures the essence of your webpage content. A good title tag, with the right keywords, can increase the relevance of your content to different search queries and hence, improve your page ranking.
However, the title tags should not be misleading in nature. Otherwise, it will seriously bring down your click-through rates, which negatively affects your page ranking.
Meta Descriptions provide a concise summary of your webpage content to the search engine users. Meta descriptions appear right below the clickable links in the search engine results, which are meta title tags, by the way.
Search engines have stopped directly using meta descriptions in their rankings. But, most of the search engine users glance at the meta description content before they click on the links. Therefore, they continue to be relevant and useful. A good description is not too long, because search engines only display meta descriptions up to a certain word limit on the results page. Also, the text in them should be designed for the readers and not for the search engines.
If your readers find relevant content in meta descriptions, more of them will click on your link in the results page, which improves your relevance for the respective search keywords. Also, if your meta descriptions are on point, then your click-through rate will also improve. Therefore, meta descriptions continue to be relevant indirectly for your search engine rankings.
Headings are meta tags that give structure to your webpage. The headings range from H1 to H6. H1 is the main heading of your webpage, which is usually the title. Then, H2 is the subheading, H3 is sub-subheading, and so it goes.
Headings help the search engines easily understand the main topics of your post, which is essential when you have posts longer than 1000 words. In the age of HTML5, the headings have relatively lost their earlier dominance, but they still continue to be important for page rankings. Optimal use of relevant keywords in the headings is known to improve search engine rankings significantly.
Heading type <H1> is considered the most important part of the web page.
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Heading type <H2> is second most significant part in SEO header tags. You can use it to add visual weight to sub-headings.
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Heading type <H3> is a good choice for "Quick Links", "Useful Links" or other relevant resources of text.
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This section helps you discover what your visitors are looking for when they found your website. It lists the keywords used by your visitors on search engines when they found your website. The significance of this is that Google thinks that these are the keywords that are most relevant to the content on your website.
Google’s algorithms are smart enough to eventually improve the relevance of different keywords for your website. But, it is a slow process. To save precious time, you can get rid of or minimize the usage of such irrelevant keywords on your webpages. Also, use more relevant keywords, which your visitors can use to find you. As your keyword relevance increases, so does your page ranking.
Your website may contain a few pages, a few hundred pages, or thousands of them. It is important that all the customer-facing pages are indexed by the major search engines. Search engine users will be able to find your webpages only if they are indexed. After going through all the efforts of creating webpages, and performing on-page optimizations, if the search engine users cannot find your webpages, what’s the point of it?
The Indexed Pages section gives you a legend of the total number of webpages indexed by the major search engines. To ensure that you reach maximum audience, make sure that the search engines have indexed all the webpages that you want your audience to see. This has other benefits as well. Search engines think that as the wealth of content on any subject increases on your website, you are a good authority on the respective topic. With more pages indexed, you are perceived to be a stronger authority on the topic by search engines. Your website’s subject authority is one of the most important metrics used by search engines to decide your page rankings.
Sitemap, as the name indicates, is a map of your website. You create a single XML file, which captures the complete structure of your website – lists URLs to all of your website’s pages, displays the links between them, and even shares meta data of your webpages with the search engines. This makes it extremely easy for the search engines to crawl your website entirely.
Sitemap is one of the most useful and powerful tools for your website. Its benefits are many. For instance, search engines may not be able to find some of your webpages, because they are not linked to other pages on your website. A sitemap helps the search engines index such pages too. Sitemap shares meta data such as the type of content located at some links (video, audio, etc.), the age appropriateness of such content, and a lot more. Also, if you make any changes to your website like add new pages, delete some pages, and so on, search engines can easily discover this using sitemaps, which makes the indexing process faster.
The importance of sitemaps is utmost for large websites with many webpages, new websites that have few backlinks, websites that feature lots of rich content like media, and websites that are not structured properly. In all of these cases, properly designed sitemaps make sure that search engines can index your pages as easily as possible. After all, your webpages will appear in the search results and be ranked by the search engines only if they are indexed.
The Robots section is for the exact opposite purpose of the Sitemap section. Your Robots.txt file is a text file that tells the search engines which webpages should not be indexed. It should be noted that this file does not force the search engines from indexing your webpages, but merely inform them. Search engines can simply dismiss the instructions from Robots.txt. In other words, although most search engines listen to the instructions from Robots.txt, they are not bound by it.
Robots.txt is one way of ensuring that your website’s sensitive content does not appear in the search engine results. However, the only effective way of ensuring complete security of your sensitive content is to avoid putting it on the website.
That being said, there are times when you may need to use Robots.txt. One such instance is when you have created new pages for an upcoming event or a product launch and those webpages need to go live only after a specific date. You can use Robots.txt in such cases to prevent search engines from indexing your pages until that date arrives. Another instance is when your server bandwidth is low, and you do not wish to choke it with crawling. In such cases, you can use Robots.txt to prevent the search engines from indexing heavy images, videos, and other huge files for the time being.
In the Blocking Factor section, you can see different factors that are adding overhead on your website loading. In other words, you can check what is affecting the loading speed of your website in the Blocking Factor section. Typically, the use of flash, frames or some plugins is the cause of overhead on your website.
Loading speed is a powerful factor that affects the user experience of your visitors. Loading speed is the amount of time it takes for your website to load on the user’s device. That could be your home page, sales page, landing page, or any other page. The longer it takes for your webpage to load, the more restless the users get. Mind you, most of them simply don’t bother to wait, when the entire internet is waiting for them. They’ll simply quit your website and go to another site. So, you lose precious visitors. More visitors leaving your website after clicking on your link means lower click-through rate, which directly affects your search engine ranking.
You can improve the loading speed by making your web page heavy. Apart from getting rid of flash, frames, and heavy plugins, you can also remove high-resolution images, or at least compress them to decrease their size.
The Blog section lists direct links to all the blog articles you have created on your website. In today’s digital era, blogs form an important component of audience-outreach system viz. the social media. Blogs offer value to your audience and give them a strong reason to visit your website regularly.
For consumer-oriented businesses, it is crucial that they have a strong social media presence. It is not enough to just create a social media page and spend thousands of dollars on social media ads. In order to engage your audience with your business or website, you need to offer them value. Whatever you offer should be valuable enough to check your social media pages, follow them, and even visit your website. Blog articles are a powerful tool to achieve all of this without spending anything. These blog articles can be shared on social media to expand their reach. The more your audience reads your blog articles, engages with your brand, and visits your website, the more trust you develop in the market.
The Blog section helps you track and manage all your blog posts to ensure that you are reaching the maximum audience with your social media strategy.
Page Speed is another impressive tool to help you improve your visitor’s user experience on your website. It will display the time taken for your webpages to load, and also the size of the web pages.
If the Page Load Time (as displayed under the Page Speed section) of the web pages is high, then it means that the users are being made to wait for longer durations until their pages load. The other metric, ‘Page Size,' denotes the size of the page. The lower the Page Size, the faster will increase your web page load. Together, the two metrics give you a good idea of how slow or fast your webpage is loading.
The metrics are also accompanied by average page load time and average page size. These averages offer a lot more information than what is immediately obvious. If your page load time is well below the world average, and your page size is also well below the global average, then the problem could be the server where your website is hosted. Perhaps, your website is receiving more traffic that what its server is capable of handling efficiently. Thus, this section is crucial for analyzing and improving the user experience of your website visitors.