• What is Search Engine Optimization?

    SEO stands for “search engine optimization”. Search Engine Optimization is the process of improving the visibility of your website in search results. In other words, SEO is the technique of making the content of your website more legible and attractive to search engines, so that they can both find and rank your site higher than the millions of other sites in response to a search query.

    Good SEO results in a high page rank in search results for your name, business, or keywords connected to services you offer. However, keywords are a competitive market and SEO requires a long-term outlook and commitment.

    Top companies spend thousands of dollars to ensure their keywords come up top. Wix guarantees that all of the text and meta tags on your site are being scanned by search engines, however we cannot guarantee that Google will choose to rank your website highly, this part is up to you.

    One thing you can do to immediately improve your SEO is to connect your own domain name to your Wix site. You can do this via upgrading. Learn more about upgrading your website here.

  • Planning and organizing your website content with SEO in mind

    Be aware that it can take anywhere from 1 to 3 months for Google to update its database and for your new website to be indexed. Finding your site using your relevant keywords may take even more time.
    Therefore it’s a good idea to plan and organize your website's content with SEO in mind ahead of aesthetics.
    The steps on this page should help you get started.

  • Choose and own the right domain name

    Often overlooked as an important consideration in connection to SEO, but both owning and choosing the right domain name is something that you need to give forethought to.
    Remember, you want the domain name of your website to appeal, not just to your human visitors, but to the crawl bots as well.
    Consider the following:

    • Unless your company name is an acronym, avoid using them

    For instance, if your company name is Best’s Sushi Tokyo, don’t abbreviate it to bst.com when BestsSushiTokyo.com is both:

    a) Not too long to remember – which make humans happy.
    b) Includes the entire business name – which makes search engines happy.

    • Be wary of using hyphens

    Contrary to what you might think, hyphens between keywords in your domain do not make them easier for search engine bots to read. In fact, too many can damage your domain names credibility, not to mention how difficult they make your domain to type.

    • Avoid Copyright Infringement

    Sounds obvious enough, but you would be surprised how often this mistake is made. Check that the domain name you wish to use isn’t going to lead you straight to court. Visit copyright.gov before you register.

    • Consider adding keywords

    Your domain name is a great place for a keyword or two, but again, provided that it doesn’t make the domain name too long. If your company name is slightly abstract and doesn’t actually tell you anything about what you do, consider adding one of your keywords i.e. company name is Big Corp, the domain name could be BigCorpBuilders.com.

    Once you’ve chosen your domain name, register it!
    Wix currently offers .com, .org, .net,.biz, .co.uk and .info extensions.
    For more information about purchasing Wix domains, click here.

  • Think Keywords

    Keywords: words or (groups of words) entered into search engines in order to get matching and relevant results.
    Brainstorm and make a list of keywords to focus on when you begin adding content to your website. Try and imagine what users would type into Google, to find your type of product or service. Each “keyword” can be 1-4 words long.
    These keywords are what you want search engines, like Google, to recognize as being important in connection to your website. For example, if you are a car dealership, just having the keyword ‘jaguar’ would be lost as there are so many alternatives. Instead, consider using ‘jaguar cars’, ‘jaguar parts’, etc.
    Check out the Wix Blog post on the topic here.

  • Check out the competition

    Remember, there are literally millions and millions of website out there, all competing for recognition from search engines. It’s good to know what you’re up against!
    There are also several tools that can help you determine the best keywords for your particular website. Google’s Keyword Tool is free, while WordTracker requires pay. These tools take into account the popularity and competition of your keywords, so you’re not wasting time and effort competing for a keyword that is so popular you simply will not rank the highest for.

  • Local Optimization

    Who is your target market? Are you planning on selling your services locally or globally? These are all things that need to be considered when optimizing your website.
    If your services are localised, then mentioning your geographic location or listing the areas you provide service for is advisable. The more search engines understand about who your customers are, the more likely you are to appear in the right search results, in the right locations.
    Also, check out what local online business directories you can subscribe to. These local directories can provide you with valuable backlinks to your website.
    Finally, a free listing on Google Maps makes it easy for them to find you. Use Google Places to create your free listing via the following link. When potential customers search Maps for local information, they'll find your business: your address, hours of operation, even photos of your storefront or products.

  • Quality over Quantity

    How many times have you heard this: It’s not the size that matters, but what you do with it. Well, when it comes to the relationship between SEO and your websites content, this happens to be true.
    Text quantity is the number of words appearing on your webpage. The minimum recommended number of words on your homepage is approximately 400 – so make them count! The text needs to be of quality, not just in terms of the distribution of keywords, but also for informative and useful to your visitors. It’s a fine balancing act.
    Take the time to write the homepage content on a Word doc and use their word count tool to keep track of how much text you are planning to add.
    Finally, keep an eye on your keyword density!
    Keyword density is the percentage of times a keyword or phrase appears on a web page compared to the total number of words on the page.
    Many experts recommend that your keywords density be roughly 3%, more than that and search engines might consider your text to be ‘spammy’. Too little, and the keywords can become lost within the text. It’s a bit of a balancing act.
    Luckily, there are several tools you can use to keep track of this: the Wix SEO Monitoring Tool is one.

  • Create a Site Plan

    You know what your keywords are and you know who the market is. It’s time to structure this information into a Site Plan, before you start creating your website.
    A good Site Plan will not only save you time when updating your content and make the website easier for visitors to use, but it will help you organize how you would like to optimize each of your websites pages.
    Draw up an idea of what Headings you want and a rough idea how much text you want on each page.

  • Multilingual SEO

    Below you will find some tips regarding how to optimize a multilingual website so it is found on search results for multiple languages. The instructions are written for a bilingual website but they also apply to sites with three or more languages as well.

    1. Choose one language as the main language, which should be the language of the site's home page. Our tips will help with both languages in regards to SEO but will help the main language more than the secondary. 

    2. Search engines strongly recommend to only use one language per page. Make sure not to include multiple languages within text on the page, an image with file names, titles, and descriptions, and keywords in more than one language. 

    3. It is best to link each corresponding page instead of having one universal link. For example, the About page in English should link to the About page in Spanish, rather than the Home page in Spanish. Instead of having a row of flags that appear on all pages of the site and link to every language's Home page, it is better to have a row of flag buttons that appear several times, one time per page and link to the corresponding pages. 

    4. To help build SEO power to each language separately, you should consider adding external links from other websites that have the same language. For example, a Spanish page on Wix is recommended to only have links to exterior websites in Spanish.

  • Illegal SEO Techniques

    There are certain SEO techniques that people try to employ in order to get a higher PageRank. These techniques are often referred to as Black Hat.
    Google, being a robot and not a human, may not pick up on the use of these tools immediately, but eventually your website will be penalized.
    Using SEO techniques that try to fool or deceive Google can lead to your site losing its PageRank or being removed from the Google search altogether.

    What are considered Illegal SEO Techniques?
    The following are some SEO techniques that, if applied to your website, will eventually result in your website being penalized by the Search Engines. Undoing the damage caused by having your website reprimanded is not worth the initial gain of using these techniques.

    Hiding Texts and Links
    If a text is visible to Search Engines only it is considered spam. So what does Google consider hidden text?
    • Any text written in the same color (or close to) as the web page background.
    • Any text situated in an area of the page that has been defined as hidden or invisible using CSS.
    • Extremely small fonts that are not legible to internet user.
    • Any text that is being hidden behind an image.

    Spamming the keywords
    Using the same keyword over and over without any real content involved.
    If you keep your keywords density at the recommended 3%, then you cannot be accused of Spamming, i.e. if your webpage contains 100 words, your keywords should appear no more than 3 times.

    Selling Links for PR
    Lately, websites that have integrated a practice where they sell links to other websites (meaning, website x pays website y to include a link to it) have been losing ground fast. This is done in order to increase the PageRank and is also considered deceptive.
    For further information on Spam and Illegitimate SEO techniques, click here.

    100% Frames
    A 100% frame page is a page covered completely by a frame that consists of different content from the rest of the website. End result – Google sees one thing on which it bases its page ranking and the user sees something entirely different.

    Using Redirects to Manipulate Google PageRank
    An illegitimate redirect is a one that occurs automatically when you approach a certain URL. As you click on the link to that site, the page URL (address) will appear for a short while and then automatically redirect you to the main site. This technique is used to increase the number of times the website will appear in search results, as it will appear through different domains.
    Google’s crawlers will see a different page than the users, fooling the robot into giving a false PageRank.

    Not all redirects are considered spam, there are several redirect types that Google accepts and acknowledges e.g. 301 redirect

    My site is indexed, but doesn’t appear for certain keyword searches
    This does not necessarily mean that your website is being penalized for Black Hat activities. The site may just appear further down the search results, or perhaps you haven’t done enough to optimize your site for those specific keywords.

    Once you have established that your website has been crawled and indexed, getting the search results you want is the next big step and something that takes time and consistent effort – even for the most experienced SEO Experts.

    Remember, the more websites Google has on a certain subject, the further down the list your website will be.

    We also suggest you try using the Wix SEO Monitoring Tool to analyze your website’s performance in connection to these specific keyword searches.
    However, it’s worth knowing what tactics are considered ‘illegal’ so that you know to avoid using them on your website. These tactics are detailed above.

    Site was removed from the index, what do I do?
    Whether you intentionally or unintentionally used illegal SEO techniques, it doesn’t make much difference to the Search Engines that have penalized you. Now you will have to divert your energies towards undoing this damage.
    Here’s what you need to do:

    1) Remove all Black Hat activity from your site
    Go through the list above and look at what techniques may have hindered this process, as well as if you stopped your optimizing. Some Search Engines will inform you of what mistakes were made. You will not be reconsidered without first removing the offending content, so get it off your site.

    2) Add new and reliant content
    Google loves new content. Continue to add content to your website, social network sites and blog e.g. articles, information, updates, videos, images etc. Remember to keep using your keywords within the content you add. Make sure your content is relevant and of good-quality. Steer clear of spam.
    Please read our continually updated blog.
    Improve your site's SEO with the Wix SEO Monitoring Tool.

    3) Submit your website for reconsideration
    You can submit your website for reconsideration with Google here.

  • Index of Terms

    For an index of SEO terms, please click here.