December 9, 2019 at 8:45 am #8917rocklakeParticipant
When searching for our Lake Association on Google search (rock lake improvement association wi), our website shows up on page 6 or 7. Some searches have this text attached to it; “there is no information for this page available”. If I search more generic, for example “rock lake jefferson county wi” it does not show up even after 13 pages of search results. Since we want our lake organization to be available to everyone, how can I have our WordPress website hosted by lakekit.net move close to the top of the list? (rocklake.org)
December 10, 2019 at 10:10 am #8918Karen ReynoldsKeymaster
Here are some ideas from my daughter Elizabeth, who has worked in the SEO (search engine optimization) field.
When thinking about Google rankings, it’s helpful to understand that Google is an AI that ‘reads’ your web page, and it can only understand what you are feeding it. Google reads the coding of your page behind the scenes to understand what a page is about, and then ranks how your page will show up for different keyword combinations in the search bar. As a result, words you use more often are given more weight.
Therefore, a page all about your lake, but not mentioning the lake’s name or location, will not be ranked for those words. Google can only understand what you feed it. In this example, the words “rock”, “lake”, “Wisconsin/WI” need to exist, and show up often on the page in order to rank highly.
It might seem strange to be repeatedly mentioning the name of the lake on the page, but there are some tricks to using the keywords more often without sounding ridiculous. Remember, most people will not be reading every single word on the page, so a bit of repetition is fine.
Here are some tips on how to work the name and location of your lake into the page more often.
The names of all your pages could include the words you want ranked. Instead of having the page be called ‘Management Plan’, or ‘Information’, make them ‘Rock Lake Management Plan’, or ‘Rock Lake Information’. Even your contact page can be named ‘Rock Lake Contact Info.’
Words in headers/titles on pages are weighted more heavily than regular text. Including the words as often as you can without sounding ridiculous is important.
Images are a great place to use words you want to rank for. The actual name of the image in your Media Library (i.e. Rock Lake, WI Sunset) will be read by Google’s engine, so adding Rock Lake to the name of every image will help.
Within the library you can also add ‘tags’ to the picture, which should include both the words and their combinations (i.e. rock, lake, rock lake). To add a tag to an image in your Media Library, go to Media > Library and click on the name of an image. Scroll down and on the right-hand side of your screen, under Categories, you will see a section for Tags. Add the words and their combinations to the Tags section and click Add.
When linking to other pages in your website, the words that are hyperlinked (i.e., colored differently) will weigh more heavily toward the destination page’s ranking. For example, if you link to your lake management plan from your homepage, using the words Rock Lake Management Plan to create the link will weigh in that page’s ranking.
Hopefully this helps your site to start ranking higher. Keep in mind it may take a bit for Google to ‘reread’ the page and re-rank it for keywords, but this should get you on your way.
December 12, 2019 at 10:41 am #8921rocklakeParticipant
Karen pointed out that on my dashboard I had a box “Discourage search engines from indexing this site” checked. If you want your site searchable for the public, you may want to see if this is checked on your dashboard, as it is often active when first setting up a site. I have unchecked this. I am also in the process of implementing some of the advice from Karen’s post above.
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