If you’re hiring a Seattle SEO company to help you with your search engine optimization, then you’ll probably come across a few new terms. If your SEO company is any good, then one of those terms should be backend optimization. While it is important that your SEO service offer this type of optimization, it’s also important that you understand what is included, so that you can decide if you want to pay for it or do it yourself, and so you can understand what it is you’re paying for. We’ll go over the basics here, but services may vary slightly from company to company, so be sure to ask your company for an exact list of services provided if you aren’t sure.
Backend optimization involves the back end of your website including site structure, html, meta data, site tags, and your server. By optimizing your website speed descriptions, pages, and architecture for search, you not only conform to best practices for coming up in search, but also ensure that search engines are able to find you and as many of your pages as possible.
Site hierarchy or architecture is important for your SEO because if it’s not organized, search bots won’t be able to find all of your pages, and therefore your pages will not come up in search. Best practice involves creating a quality sitemap, ensuring that all of your pages are linked into a category or menu, and making it easy to find pages from natural links within the site. This ensures that search bots like Google’s bots can follow your pages and track natural links to new pages, and add them to search results.
Meta data is easy to abuse, so it is important that you approach it with care. By optimizing your site keywords, descriptions, photo descriptions, and information, you can help your website come up in searches for relevant content. Of course, over-use of meta tags and data is usually flagged as spam by large search engines like Google, so you don’t want to go overboard.
Your site speed, URL history, the quality and location of the server you are on, and various elements of your pages, such as how many links you have per page and how many ads you have on the page all affect your on-site SEO. It is important that you optimize this so that you come up in search. For example, Google prefers to rank websites which load in 3 seconds or less, as most mobile users will click the back button if the site isn’t loaded in that time. In addition, having too many ads on the first screen of your page (known as the fold) can count against you and make your site look spammy. Other issues, like bottlenecks in your server, php issues, and even too many incoming or outgoing links can affect your website’s SERPS (Search Engine Results Pages).
Backend SEO handles all of these features, and many more. It’s called backend, because usually, the work is done on the technical side of your page, rather than on visible content and photos. While you won’t notice it as much as you will notice optimizing your text for keywords, it can be considerably more valuable to your site.
Want to learn more about backend SEO? Contact Rory Martin to find out what we can do for you.