There are many ways to drive traffic to your website, including email marketing, social media and traditional PR. While these approaches are useful and effective, they all share one critical weakness:
You’re reaching people who weren’t looking for you.
Why SEO is an Absolute Must for Your Nonprofit
Optimizing your website for search allows you to reach people precisely when they are looking for you! This means that they’re probably more likely to donate, volunteer, or at least join an email list.
With this in mind, following are 5 ways to increase your site’s SEO.
1. Understand How Your Supporters Search For Your Cause
Enter the keywords you’ve decided on in Google, and notice what Google suggests as you type (as shown below). Write your title with these words – in the same order they appear.
Also study how your current supporters talk about your cause at events, on Facebook and on Twitter. Notice the lack of jargon used in your board meeting?
2. Understand How Browsers See Your Website
Once you understand how people are searching for your cause, you need to understand how search engines display your website in those search results. Check your website with SEO-browser.com and get all sorts of useful info about how your site is indexed (shown below).
3. Put Your Keywords Towards The Beginning Of Your Page Titles
Put the keyword you wish to rank for towards the beginning of your title.
You’ll optimize how you’re found via Google Instant, and when you do show up on page one, users will more easily notice your title as they scan down the results.
4. Keep Your Titles Short
You don’t want your title to appear incomplete, and you certainly don’t want your keywords cut off by search engines!
Keep your title under sixty characters. Most search engines will only recognize up to sixty characters, and truncate the rest (like the example below).
5. Create Killer Content
Always remember to put your readers first. When you do this, you will naturally increase the number of inbound links from other websites, and the number of shares on Facebook and Google Plus. Search engines use this information to assess how valuable a piece of content is. When you put readers first, you’ll also optimize your articles with keywords in a way that’s natural – not forced.