Search engine optimization has come a long way from the days when tempering content through metadata fine-tuning and keyword padding enabled websites to rank high enough on search engines for furthering business objectives. For the past few years, Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines have been using a new set of parameters for evaluating a website before according it a rank on the SERPs. How many visitors are visiting your site on a periodic basis? How long do the visitors stay on the site? Do they explore only the home or landing page or check out the other pages as well? Are visitors revisiting your site?
Bear in mind that Google uses these yardsticks for assessing the user-friendliness of all sites stationed on their servers. So if you’re an oral surgeon, orthodontist or dentist exploiting a website to promote your business, high rankings on search engines does not necessary mean that you’ll get a high volume of traffic for converting into patients. Since the majority of local patients will be first browsing the net to find you, what steps do you need to take in order to add more teeth to you dental SEO strategy and thereby attract more visitors/patients?
Abide by the following dentist SEO practices so as to engage with more prospective patients and keep your practice flourishing:
1. Inspire patients to connect with your site
There will always be two distinct types of patients who’ll be visiting your site-current and steadfast visitors and prospects who might become your patients in the foreseeable future. Your current and potential visitors will have to complete a few specific actions so that they can accomplish their objectives. By effectively carrying out these actions, they’ll be able to know details regarding your practice, hours of operation, contact forms, and so on.
On your end, you can help your visitors get in touch with you by uploading ‘buttons’, ‘contact form/newsletter’ and ‘contact numbers’. See to it that a button’s text is crisp and clear. Encourage the visitor to fill up the contact form or sign up for the newsletter by underscoring the quality of the service they’ll receive if they do so. Finally, ensure that the phone number that you insert is in working order so that the reception can convey the info the visitors are looking for.
2. Making your site smartphone friendly is a sine qua non
The significance of making your site smartphone/portable device friendly does not need to be emphasized. Nowadays, more than 70% of patients logging into dental websites do so from their mobile devices, mostly smartphones. Therefore, making your site’s design responsive for devices across the board including desktops, laptops, and smartphones is indispensable, and hence must be part of the dentist SEO technique. Having a user-friendly site means the pages load fast and are convenient to navigate through.
3. Keep an eye on SEO basics
There are numerous dental portals that still flounder when it comes to adhering to the dental SEO basics. These basics or fundamentals involve inserting a meta-title and a meta-description of maximum 70 characters and 155 characters respectively. Next, you should accord to each and every page a pertinent title. To say the last but not the least, keep the URL as simple as possible.
4. NAP consistency is crucial
Surely, nothing would be more disastrous than your patients turning up at your competitor’s address instead of yours. So, make sure that the name, address and phone number (NAP) of your practice is correct and if you’ve more than one site, ensure NAP consistency across the portals. This is another dentist SEO aspect that you must bear in mind.
5. The footer matters equally
At the same time, doubly crosscheck and ensure that the footer or the bottom of the webpage is identical across the web and all social media platforms.
6. Content still reigns supreme
Make sure that content in your site, be it visual or textual is original and creative. Also, keep refreshing the content on a periodic basis so that visitors get a reason to come back to your site.