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The Top 5 SEO Activities to Do When You Launch a New Website

The Top 5 SEO Activities to Do When You Launch a New Website

Launching a new website is an exciting time, but it’s also fraught with potential pitfalls if you aren’t prepared. After all, when no one knows about your website yet, how will people ever find you? That’s where (SEO) comes in.

This guide to the top 5 SEO activities to do when you launch a new website outlines the basic steps that should be performed from the moment you launch your site until it becomes well-known by both customers and search engines alike!

 

Step 1) Set up your blog

Setting up your blog is one of the most important things you can do when launching a new website. By taking the time to do this, you will ensure that your site is properly indexed by search engines and that it has a chance to rank for relevant keywords.

Here are the top five SEO activities to do when you launch a new website 

1) Set up your blog - As mentioned above, setting up your blog will make sure that it's indexed and ranked appropriately.

2) Create content pages - Once you have set up your blog, you should create content pages on the site with in-depth information about different topics. The more content pages you have with unique titles, the better your chances of ranking for those terms on Google or other search engines.

3) Optimize meta tags - Use keywords in all of your meta tags (title tag, description tag).

4) Link out - One thing I often see with newer websites is an overabundance of internal links. Make sure to link out to reputable sources like Wikipedia, Harvard University, etc.

5) Connect social media profiles - Sign up for social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter and link them from your website so people can easily find you.

 

Step 2) Register Your Domains

No matter what kind of website you’re launching, one of the first things you need to do is register your domain name. This is the name of your site i.e that people will type into their browser to find your site, in short words it is the URL of your site. It also needs to be unique and not already taken by someone else.

Registering domains isn’t cheap; they cost anywhere from $10-$20 per year (or more) depending on how long you want it for and where it’s located. But even if you don't buy the domain name right away, make sure you reserve it now so no one else can snap it up before you're ready to launch.

 

Step 3) Optimize Yoast SEO Settings

If you're using WordPress, one of the first things you should do is install and activate the Yoast SEO plugin. Once you've done that, there are a few key settings you should optimize to help your website rank on Google.

First, go to Settings > General > Title Settings. Here you can enter the title for your site and add meta description text that will show up under your site's title on search engine results pages (SERPs). Next, under Social, fill out all available fields with links to your social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube.

And lastly, under Advanced, make sure all URLs contain HTTPS.  In order to use this, you'll need an SSL certificate from either Let's Encrypt or a paid provider like Cloudflare. It may seem like it takes more time upfront but it helps increase your website's rankings by improving trust and boosting click-through rates.

 

Step 4) Create an XML Sitemap

Creating an XML sitemap is one of the most important things you can do for your website's SEO. This map helps search engines find and index all of your website's pages, making sure none are missed. Plus, an XML sitemap makes it easier for Google and other search engines to understand your website's structure and hierarchy.

Here's how to create one Create a list of every page on your site that you want to be included in the XML Sitemap. Use this format: URL (Description) or Page Name (Description). Separate each URL with a comma.

Once you have created this list, open up your preferred text editor and paste in all of the URLs from Step 1 into their own line separated by commas. Then save the file as sitemap.xml. Be sure to make this file available publicly so that it can be accessed by search engine crawlers.

Next, you'll need to submit your newly-created XML Sitemap file to various directories and services like Google Webmaster Tools, Bing Webmaster Tools, Yahoo Site Explorer, Baidu Webmaster Tools, Yandex Webmaster Tools, and others in order for them to crawl your site.

These sites will help identify any errors or broken links on your website, alerting you if there are any issues so they can be fixed right away!

Step 5) Get Indexed

1. Check Google Search Console to ensure your website is indexed.

2. If it’s not, submit your website URL through the Add a Property form.

3. Once you’ve verified your website in Google Search Console, take a look at the Coverage report to see if there are any issues that need to be fixed.

4. If there are any errors, fix them and resubmit your sitemap.

5. Monitor your website’s progress in Google Search Console on a regular basis so you can spot any potential issues early on and take corrective action as needed.

6. If you notice an issue with links pointing to your site, get in touch with the webmaster of each site linking to yours and politely ask for a link exchange.

7. One of the best ways to stay on top of these things is by using Google Alerts which sends an email every time it finds something matching your search query.

8. Be sure to update your robots.txt file so search engines know which pages should be crawled more often than others (e.g., blog posts).

9. Review all content posted and add rel=canonical tags where appropriate (e.g., multiple versions of the same page).

 

Conclusion

SEO is vital for any website that wants to rank in Google, but it's especially important for new websites. That's because it can take months or even years for a new website to start ranking organically. So if you want your website to be successful, you need to start with a solid SEO foundation.

I hope you have found our post helpful. Make sure to leave your feedback in comments section. 

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