Thinking About Hiring a Website Designer? Here is Everything Need to Know About SEO Before You Do

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If you're thinking about having a website built or updating your current website then you have probably heard the term “SEO". SEO is making sure your website gets found on search engines like Google. These day's there is very little point in having a website without SEO. If you don't want to go it alone with the website design and seo work then you will need to hire a professional.

This is our guide for hiring the right company to build your website and look after the SEO.

First of all, let’s have a look at what SEO is.

SEO is a process that is applied to a website while it is being created and then after the website has been built. It involves making sure the websites build is SEO friendly and then doing off-site SEO work. Off-site SEO involves creating backlinks, registering the website with Google and monitoring the websites progress.

Different uses of the term SEO by Website Design Companies

The term SEO can be commonly misused by less ethical firms, this can often lead a person into purchasing a website package that does not have proper SEO.

Here’s some of the common terms used and questions you should be asking.
"SEO Included", SEO Friendly", “SEO Compatible", “SEO Ready"

These terms can mean anything, it can mean that there will create backlinks, create content or just make sure that there are meta tags(useful but not great).

Here are 10 important questions you need to ask your Website Design Company.

  1. 1. Is the Website Mobile Friendly?
  2. 2. Will there be keyword research?
  3. 3. Will you be creating the content?
  4. 4. Will the URL structure be SEO friendly?
  5. 5. Will there be any structured data?
  6. 6. Will the website have an SSL certificate?
  7. 7. Will the title, and description tags be optimized?
  8. 8. Will the image Alt tags be optimized?
  9. 9. Will you be creating backlinks and will I be given a list of the backlinks after their complete?
  10. 10. Will the website be registered on Google and Bing?

Remember that proper SEO, includes keyword research and choosing keywords that need to be targeted. This will need to be added to the website's content: title, meta tags, headers, links, and content. The most important page is always the home page however the other pages will also need to be optimized for specific keywords.

Thanks for reading.

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Hi, I’m Derek McAuley, a freelance web developer, based in Dublin, Ireland. I've spent the past few years as a freelance web programmer for Wonderful Websites. I am a tireless seeker of knowledge, occasional purveyor of wisdom and also, coincidentally, a Web Developer.