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Let's say you want to grow your business in the next year. You could start by investing some money in an SEO agency, but that seems like an overwhelming task for someone who doesn't have technical skills!
cPanel SEO was designed to provide immediate value for your personal website or your clients’ sites, from an initial site audit through recommendations to improve your search engine results.
You don't have to be an SEO expert to improve your business's Google rankings. cPanel SEO will identify the best keywords for your business while also keeping an eye on the performance of your competitors.
SEO is an acronym for Search Engine Optimization. It is an essential online marketing strategy dedicated to driving prospective customers to your website. Its goal is to optimize a website to gain top positions for selected keywords on search engines. This goal is achieved by strategically employing measures to improve the website's technical setup and contents and obtaining backlinks from other domains.
SEO is divided into three general categories:
SEO specialists apply measures to meet the search engine's ranking factors for each category. Search engines use ranking factors to determine the position in which it lists a website in search results.
Every day, millions of people use search engines to find information or services from all aspects of life: Recipes, guides, products, flights, navigation, tickets, entertainment, and more. Most people navigate the web using search engines to find answers to their questions and solutions to their challenges.
A study shows that 68% of the web's traffic comes from search engines. 53% of this traffic has its origins in organic search—search results that are not ads (paid search) and can be improved through SEO.
In other words, organic search (SEO) and paid search (SEA, ads in search results) make up the lion's share of traffic on the web.
Even where we go offline is significantly influenced by search engines: We use Google and Apple Maps and local search results to find places and nearby services like hairdressers, supermarkets, restaurants, and doctors. We choose our destination based on online reviews. And we instruct search engine-based services to guide us there, be it by car, public transportation, or on foot.
Now, imagine if your business, products, and services are not listed in search results. Imagine people can't find you online to buy your products or find their way to your brick-and-mortar business. Instead, they will most likely choose your competition.
With the help of SEO, users can find your business, products, and services online—and buy them. As mentioned, that means that people can find you online and much easier offline, too.
SEO maximizes your chances to be listed in top positions for keywords crucial to your business. The better your position, the more people will find their way to your website—preferably on the first page (or top ten) of search results.
Why Page One?
Good question. Studies have shown that 31.7% of users click on the first organic search result (position one); a whopping 75.1% of all clicks go to the top three search results. After that, the number of clicks shrinks rapidly with every following position.
This behavior shows that users rarely look at page two or lower results, let alone click on any of them.
That's why businesses need to be present on the first page of search results, at least for relevant keywords.
In short: It's crucial for freelancers and business owners to
Keyword is a technical term for search queries (words, phrases, sentences, and questions). With their help, users find content that answers their questions and provides solutions. Put simply, a keyword is the link between users and your website. Search engines compare keywords with websites, looking for content with the highest relevance.
A big part of SEO lies in identifying keywords that have the potential to drive relevant traffic to your website—in other words, bringing in prospective customers. To do that, you need to identify search terms (or keywords) people use when searching for offers like yours. This process is called keyword research. Ideally, keyword research provides you with a list of keywords covering search queries across the entire customer journey.
So we know that relevance is a crucial factor for a top position in search results. To create relevant content, you want to deal with the topics and questions around a keyword on an individual subpage or URL. Then, make sure your keyword appears in crucial spots on your page.
Let's say you are in the ice cream business. One of your keywords is s'mores ice cream sandwich. Now you focus on everything that has to do with a s'mores ice cream sandwich.
What you want to do is create a recipe page for a s'mores ice cream sandwich where users find an easy-to-follow recipe, pictures or videos, and answers to questions they might have. S'mores ice cream sandwich is your focus keyword that should appear in your page's URL, title, headlines, and more.
Providing a dedicated and keyword-optimized page makes it easy for search engines—and users, too—to determine what your page is all about. That way, they can list it in good positions in related search results.
First, check out the advisor's board by clicking Advisor in the top navigation bar. It is a Kanban board helping you organize your tasks by status. Your tasks are color coded by importance:
You can drag and drop as you complete tasks, assign tasks to other users (depending on your plan), and filter by the assignee.
As mentioned above, tasks are a mix of standard basic SEO measures and issues found in weekly automated audits of your website.
Keep in mind that you do need a Project for the Advisor feature to work. Also, most of the Advisor's tasks are tailored to a Project's website (usually yours or your client's). If you manage more than one website, you'll need to create an extra Project for each of them.
To add or switch to another project, click the Projects menu in the top navigation bar. Depending on your plan, you might need to upgrade it to add another Project.
To assign a task to other users, you'll need a plan that allows additional users. If your plan includes additional users, you'll find the Assignee menu in your Advisor and tasks. Simply choose a user to assign a task or filter the Advisor by. To add a new user, click on your profile avatar and then click Users. If your plan does not include additional users, you won't see the Assignee menu in your Advisor or tasks. Upgrade your plan to add users.
There are two reasons why you might see tasks you've already solved or covered. As mentioned above, tasks are a mix of basic SEO measures and issues found in weekly automated audits of your website.
First, the tasks covering basic SEO measures are the same for everyone and are not tailored to your website or business. For example, we don't know whether you created a Google account for your business and set up Search Console or if you installed SEO plugins. If you already did—great work! Simply flag those tasks as Done.
The second reason is that the Advisor is automatically updated based on the results of automated weekly Site Audits. In other words, if a Site Audit identifies any issues concerning a task you completed in the past, it will automatically be updated and pop up in the Open section.
Maybe you already stopped to think, “Wait, but I don't care about my visibility for keywords that have nothing to do with my business.” And you are right. While Visibility is a great score to get an idea of your overall performance and compare websites in general, it's not tailored to your specific keyword set.
That's why we provide Project Visibility. This metric is calculated the same way as Visibility, but instead of using 500,000 cross-industry keywords, Project Visibility is exclusively based on keywords in your Rank Tracker.
In other words, Project Visibility is a custom visibility score for the unique set of keywords relevant to your business.
You'll find Project Visibility here: Projects → Rank Tracker → Visibility.
As you might already know, you can also track your competitors' rankings in your Rank Tracker. That way, you'll get Project Visibility for them, too, allowing for a much more realistic comparison. So, even if they have a slightly different product or service portfolio, Project Visibility accounts exclusively for keywords you actually share.
Use your Visibility score as an indicator of your overall SEO performance, problems, and potential for optimization.
1. Get An Idea of Your Overall SEO Performance
You can track rankings for single keywords and know which position you rank on. It's an important thing to do. However, rank tracking does not give you a bird's eye view perspective of the overall improvement of your rankings—but Visibility does. When your SEO measures are effective and rankings improve, so does your Visibility score.
2. Diagnose SEO Problems
A sudden drop in your Visibility indicates problems in your SEO performance. Use Visibility like an alert. If it drops significantly, start digging for what happened.
Here's a list of common reasons:
For example, check robots.txt and .htaccess for accidentally blocked pages, increased 404 status codes, faulty 301-redirects, and internal links.
Run a Site Audit or check your Advisor for open technical tasks.
Check your hosting account for outdated, recently updated, or incompatible plugins that may cause havoc.
Please check with our technical support team to see if our Infrastructure team recently made any changes or migrated your hosting account to a new server.
You can check System Status to see if your host machine is experiencing technical difficulties.
Keep in mind that this list is not exhaustive. One or more of those reasons can apply simultaneously. Or there could be other reasons altogether.
3. Competitor Comparison
Visibility is a great metric for a quick comparison of two or more websites. Check your Visibility against theirs. Who is out-competing who? Has a competitor outperformed you in the past or vice versa? Who's leading the field, and how big is the gap between you and your fiercest competitor? Answering those questions will help you develop an SEO strategy to come out (and stay) at the top of your niche.
4. Track Visibility Development Over Time With Historical Data
Want to know how a website fared over time? cPanel SEO provide historical data (free of seasonal fluctuations) that date back to 2009. That way, you can track and compare historic Visibility and see their development over long periods of time.
Short answer: Don't make improving Visibility a goal in your SEO strategy.
Long answer: Visibility reflects the quality of your rankings in a single metric; it won't lead to better rankings. Make it your goal to improve your rankings for relevant keywords that prospective customers actually use to find products and services like yours. Improving your rankings will improve your Visibility, too. But it's your rankings that really matter.
As a rule of thumb, your Visibility score will be higher if