How SEO Affects Website Design

Have you ever heard the saying “Design follows copy”? If not, you need to! What content is on your site will dictate design, and you should never have the design of your website done before you have copy! But one of the most important parts of content is SEO, and if your design isn’t good for SEO it’s not going to help you make money online. But, hey, who cares about SEO? Here’s why you should:

There are two sites online that are selling personal security products like hidden cameras. One retailer has opted for a CMS called OpenCart but never bothered to implement even basic SEO on his website design; the second retailer is using WordPress with an SEO suite that makes sure all of his pages are tagged correctly, that his keyword appears 3-4% of the time on every page, and that high PR websites get pinged from time to time. The first retailer fails and never gets customers to his site because no one knows he’s even there. The second retailer who paid attention to SEO and worked hard to get in the good graces of the search engines like Google and Bing is highly successful.

When you pay attention to SEO, you’ll be able to be successful online. But how do you know what you’re doing is right, and what is SEO anyway?

What is SEO?

SEO is a set of different methods that get you link love from Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines! When you play by their rules, you’ll start showing up for your keywords and get much more traffic than if you just handed out business cards and hoped that people just come to your site on their own.

What do SEO and Design Have to do with Each Other?

Web Design and SEO seem like their worlds apart,  but they’re not! Design is the visual representation of your site, but design alone can’t drive sales and signups. SEO pushes people to your website, but if your site looks cheap no one is going to buy anything. These two things work together in tandem so you’ll be able to get the results you need to be successful online. You can’t be successful with a pretty site and no SEO, and you won’t be able to drive sales with great SEO and an ugly site. You’ll want to make sure both of these are taken care of before you launch your website.

What is Good Design?

Now that you know what good SEO is, you need to know what good design is:

  • Appealing to your audience
  • Good navigation and clean coding (loads quickly and people can find their way around)
  • SEO optimised content
  • Images that are tagged and relevant to the website
  • Prominent logo and contact information

Your design should put your potential buyers at ease. With great web design, great SEO and all the information they need about your product at their fingertips, they have no excuse not to buy!

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