By now, I’m sure you’ve heard enough about on-page optimization to last a lifetime. I don’t want to repeat the same mantras you’ve been hearing since last year. Yes, on-page SEO has become more important (I can hardly remember a time when it wasn’t), and yes, on-page SEO can make or break your chances at ranking high on Google SERPs. But what has changed is the way we perceive and behave toward on-page SEO.

Most SEOs tend to think of on-page optimization as a very specific technical influx of code. You know the drill: meta tags, canonical URLs, alt tags, proper encoding, well-crafted, character-limit-abiding title tags, etc.

Those are the basics. And at this point, they are very old-school. They continue to appear on the on-page SEO checklist, but you and I know that the whole demography of SEO has changed vastly, even though the basic premise has remained the same. Because of that change, the way you perceive on-page SEO has to adjust as well. That’s what we’re going to look at now.

On Page SEO: The Foundation

If your website isn’t properly optimized on-page, your efforts off the website (link building, content marketing, social media) probably won’t yield substantial results. Not that they won’t generate anything at all, but more than half your efforts may end up going down the drain.

There’s no clear rule book that says: do X, Y, and Z in on-page optimization and your rank will rise by A, B, or C. On-page optimization is based on tests, analytics and errors. You learn more about it by discovering what doesn’t work than what does.

But of all the things to keep in mind, there’s this: If you don’t take care of your on-page SEO, you’re likely going to fall or stay behind: in rankings, in conversions, and in ROI.

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Riaan Aggenbag

Owner / Online Marketer / SEO at More Clicks
My passion is guiding companies to online success. My expertise are search engine optimisation, pay per click advertising & social media marketing. How can I help you? Let's talk.