Five Fundamental SEO Basics for Beginners
You will learn the five fundamental SEO basics for beginners. No, we don’t talk about details like title tags or meta descriptions. From these 5 basics, all the details then arise for you. Have fun!
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But let’s get started with the SEO fundamentals. Point 1 (preferably and most often ignored) is goal setting. Put simply: What do I want to achieve with SEO? But that’s not a request concert, with the restriction: For what is my offer relevant? And just to give an example of what relevancy means: Let’s say we’re looking at the search results for a specific search query and if everyone that appears in the search results here has a huge selection of products on their If you have category pages and you only have two products per category page, then you are not relevant here.
That means you won’t be able to rank here and there’s no point in trying to rank here and hoping for a miracle. So. The goal setting, why is it so important? Because: It decides all your further decisions in the later course of search engine optimisation and other marketing measures.
That means: What do you want to achieve through SEO?
I now have a few example goals (without specific numbers, because that’s a generic example for you): What can a goal be? For example: I want more visibility/more traffic. Simply so that my company is more visible online in a certain subject area. That means you would choose topics and keywords that have a lot of search volume and the whole thing is independent of conversions , i.e. that you sell something or that you generate any inquiries. Another goal could be: You want to make more sales or profit. Then of course you would optimise for keywords that are close to the sale or close to the request and that would be your focus.
Another goal: You want to generate more visitors as a local business. A local company can also be a chain, it doesn’t matter now.
That means you optimise for local keywords on your website, maintain your Google My Business profile and collect business mentions. Then, maybe as a leader in an area, you have that one important ego keyword that you want to rank for. That means your goal is to rank better for a specific keyword. Then you would, in a sense, generate content around that keyword. We call this content hub in the SEO section and you just optimise that hub.
The other bells and whistles doesn’t matter. You only do that.
Or you are concerned with brand building. What is important then: Of course you want to cover the entire customer journey in order to become the point of contact for your topic. And as you can see here, depending on the objective , an SEO campaign and an SEO strategy look completely different.
In short: What does the goal tell you? To a certain extent, it implies which key figures then make sense to measure in order to measure success and which strategies make sense or don’t make sense at all.
Then we come to number 2: From keywords to topics/goals To put it simply: What is my target group looking for and where is the demand? What is very important, in the field of SEO is often an extreme keyword focus, that you think of these words all the time. These words are super important because these are the words that your target audience is using and I can use them to measure how great the demand is.
But what it’s really about is: What does the user want to achieve by entering this keyword? And that is very important as a mindset. That’s why I say “From keywords to topics/goals” So. If you now do keyword research, what we very often see in practice, what we see with our customers etc. is that people often don’t quite understand what a Keyword research is.
Keyword research is not just a list of keywords, it also includes the website structure, i.e. which URLs are actually on this website and in which hierarchy they are. Then: Keyword research also actually includes the content strategy. That means it’s also about which words does my target group use, where is the demand, for which search terms is my offer relevant, what content needs to be written and then of course: prioritisation.
That means, depending on what my objective is, other topics need to be written first and of course based on how the website is structured , other content needs to be written first as well. That said, what does keyword research tell me? It tells me: Which search terms are interesting for me? Where is there real demand? How should my website be structured?
& What should my content strategy be? Now, keyword research isn’t something you learn in 5 minutes. That’s why I’ve written an incredibly comprehensive guide here.
Really handy with screenshots where I use different tools. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you’re using SEMRush, Ahrefs, Sistrix , Keyword Finder, or whatever.
It’s about you understanding the concepts, and now we come to an incredibly important concept in this context, which is: Number 3: Understand search intent Put simply, we do n’t see it as just any keywords and we need to create some kind of page there, rather we want to deliver relevant content that matches the demand of the target group. Never forget, and that’s such a catch phrase that everyone always says but nobody really understands: never forget, you optimise for people and their goals.
Not for one or more search engines. That’s easy to say, but still everyone falls into this trap of losing sight of it. It is always important to understand that we have now done our keyword research and we know approximately which pages we need – it is important to understand what users want to see on this page for this search term.
There are different approaches how you can find out. This can be surveys, this can be your own research, this can be a survey of your sales people, you can look at the competition, …
But at the same time it is important to understand what Google understands by a search term.
To do this, you need to look at the search results for that keyword. There’s a video where I really explain exactly how to do it. What I think is often a mind blow for companies when it comes to search intention: It’s not about the view from the inside (i.e. from the company to the outside – how do we see the world), but: How does the world see our area?
That means: What is important to the user? What does the user want to achieve? And how, if I can’t deliver that now , how can I deliver that? That means whenever you create a page and write a text and so on, keep asking yourself honestly: Are you really the best answer to the user’s question? Because at the end of the day: every keyword implies a question.
So. What does search intent tell us? Exactly, all these details that everyone always asks, even though they are not at the point yet. Namely: What should the Google snippet look like (i.e.
title tag and meta description)? How should the site be structured? What content do we need? Text. How long should the text be?
Photos. Do we need graphics? Do we need any mini tools and so on. Sefa, a senior copywriter for us, has written the ultimate guide to search intent. Where she really explains exactly how to analyze the whole thing step by step.
I would strongly recommend to everyone. Point number 4: Referrals are power or influence As I said, in the SEO field, of course, we call referrals backlinks. To put it simply: backlinks, i.e. references from other domains to your website, are to be seen as recommendations.
It could also tend to be seen as a stable currency, i.e. more stable than the euro and dollar, for example. Provided, of course, that the referring domains are reputable. That said, if these are some shoddy, bogus spam sites, then those referrals aren’t that valuable vs.
these are any authorities in your field, then those referrals are insanely valuable.
Very important, because very often in the SEO area there is a discussion that this is no longer important. Let’s say there is now only the content or relevance factor. That would of course throw the search results into chaos, because in principle anyone can write a relevant article on a critical topic (including a medical topic). But how do we know that we have the necessary qualifications and authority?
Google can only measure this via backlinks.
This means that you cover your search intentions or the goals of the user with relevant content (these were the first points). They are the basis for ranking on Google. That means if you haven’t even covered your keywords then you ca n’t rank anyway because what should Google play out? But many have semi-relevant content and since every single keyword is a competition , it just so happens that in many cases backlinks separate the wheat from the chaff.
If you don’t know about backlinks yet, then there’s this guide, where our Head of Digital PR, Basti, explains in detail how to approach the whole thing from the ground up and then there’s a video of me, where I show if you really start with a new website , how to build your first backlinks. And then we come to our last SEO fundamental, namely number 5: Healthy marketing mix This is extremely important to me.
To put it simply: SEO must not be your complete marketing. That may sound ridiculous to you now , but a lot of people think: “SEO” And that was the marketing concept – that ‘s not a strategy, that’s called madness. Because the visibility of your website on Google and other search engines is not only influenced by classic SEO measures (i.
e. what kind of content you write and what you write in your title tag and whether you build backlinks), but also by: How is your brand generally strong in the minds of your target group? How’s the reputation of your brand? What are your products, services and your product and service selection? Is it big or small?
Then of course the perceived customer and user experience on your website and so on.
And of course your other marketing measures. That said, SEO is influenced by everything. SEO doesn’t exist in a vacuum. This means that if all of these points that have now been mentioned are sparse or non-existent for you, then your SEO results will also be sparse or non-existent.
Accordingly, very important: SEO is not a marketing ploy. SEO is there to serve a channel. Namely organic search and that’s not the easiest channel. The simplest channel is: I run a campaign in Google Ads and off we go. But of course SEO has an incredibly good return on investment (ROI) in the long term.
That means it’s a long-term thing. Should I only do SEO? No, because then I don’t get any money in the beginning. That means I always want to run SEO and Google Ads in parallel, because Google Ads gives me data about which keywords convert well and I can then apply that to my SEO campaign and with Google Ads I can spontaneously control how much I get in and I can then scale the SEO in the long term and so on.
To conclude: Very, very important, if you haven’t done it yet: Watch the video about “Learn SEO”, where I just provide resources for different levels and the video about “Create an SEO strategy”.