Anyone who's heard Bert Le Clos talk about his son - recent Olympic gold medallist Chad Le Clos - will know how much hard work this young man has put into his swimming in order to be the best. It's a classic tale of how constant work and a never-say-quit attitude really pays off in the end. The same can be true for your SEO strategy - if you're willing to put in the effort.
As with training for the Olympics, optimising a website is an ongoing process that includes:
- The right foundations - Firstly, you need to have the proper raw materials. If you think about it, the top swimmers all have broad shoulders and long arms, which help them to move through the water more effectively. In the same way, your website needs to be built properly with simple navigation and a user-friendly interface.
- A proper plan - Just jumping into the pool and swimming lengths isn't going to be effective enough to get you to the big competitions. Similarly, putting up a website and hoping for the best won't get you noticed by Google or your target market. Just as the top athletes have a complete training programme, you should put together a well-thought-out SEO plan.
- Getting help from the experts - It's tough to do anything alone. Even a seasoned swimmer and Olympian like Michael Phelps has a team of professionals - from coaches to nutritionists - to help him reach his peak. There's no reason you shouldn't have designers, developers and SEO analysts helping your website.
- Keeping your eye on the end goal - While you may not be training for the pinnacle of sporting achievement, you still need to have something to aim for. This could be to improve user experience, reduce your bounce rate, improve your rankings on the search engines and increase conversions on your site. All of these will contribute to a higher number of leads from your website, which is good for your bottom line.
- Not resting on your laurels - Reaching the Olympics isn't where the hard work ends. Athletes have to stay focused and make it through all levels of competition in order to get to the final and gold-medal glory. The same goes for your website. Once it's working well, your user-experience has improved and your rankings are bringing in plenty of traffic, you have to keep it there. This requires adding new content to your site, as well as keeping up with your keyword research and SEO analysis.
- Being ready for anything - Search engines are constantly refining their processes for indexation and ranking algorithms. Additionally, technology is always changing to provide users with better online experiences. This means that you need to be ready to adapt your strategy, just like top athletes do in the sports arena at every competition - they adapt to the current situation.
It doesn't matter how big or small your company is, you can still get something positive from putting in the time and effort necessary for effective website optimisation. Just look at Chad Le Clos - no one was expecting this 20-year-old from South Africa to beat the world's greatest swimmer in a race he has dominated for two Olympic games, but he did.
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