Do you have an event planning website or, maybe you’re in the process of designing one now?
It’s important to have an online presence so your clients can find you. I use my site to advertise in online directories, forward to potential clients and use as an advertising piece for people who were looking for an event planner in my city.
And it’s much harder to get clients when they can’t find your website in search engines like Google or Yahoo.
Trying to learn about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for your event planning website can be overwhelming and seem like you have to learn a new language which can be frustrating (at least it was for me!). That language can be strange, and everyone seems to have conflicting opinions (and often bad advice) about what the most effective SEO techniques are.
But, SEO is critical if you want your website to come up in the search results when someone is searching for an event planner in your area.
Quite honestly, I don’t know much about SEO and how to finesse Google so my site and blog posts show up in search engines, but Sean, my SEO guy pictured here, certainly does. That’s why I hired him to be apart of my team and, even though I don’t know what he’s talking about sometimes ;-), he’s helped rank my site and is helping build my business.
My recommendation: If you’re not good at something or don’t like it, hire someone who is good at it and loves doing it! That goes for every aspect of what you’re doing.
Your Event Planning Website & SEO Tips
SEO can be technical and a lot of jargon is often used.
For example: what the f**k do analytics, black hat, bot, META tags, or PPC mean anyway?
Don’t let these terms scare you. You don’t need to know everything about SEO but it’s a good idea to know something as you build your business.
For a complete list of SEO terms, use this as a reference: http://moz.com/blog/smwc-and-other-essential-seo-jargon
In this post, I’m going to share the 8 most important (and easiest) event planning website SEO tips you want to consider when building or updating your site or blog.
I base these easy SEO tips on the many hours I’ve spent learning about SEO since I built my first site nearly a decade ago.
- Use keywords in your domain name or page URL where possible. A “keyword” or “keyword phrase” is something you think people will type into a search engine to find what they’re looking for. When the actual keyword phrase appears in the URL (the actual address of the page), your page is more likely to come up higher in a search result for that phrase. For example, my site is www.eventplanningblueprint.com – key words are event planning. Can you spot the URL for this bog post?
- Page titles should include keywords. Don’t call your portfolio page “portfolio.” More effective would be “Toronto event planning portfolio” as an example.
- Repeat keywords in headlines and subheads. Can you guess which phrase(s) I’m using in this article?
- Link keyword phrases within your pages, it helps search engines know what your site is about. Plus it encourages people to spend more time on your site. For example, in many of my posts you’ll see a link to another event planning blog post I previously published.
- Get relevant and well-established websites to link to your website. If you’re the preferred event planner for a venue or other vendor, ask them to link to your site.
- Don’t over stuff your pages with keywords, keep it under about 5% of the total words on the page – a good rule is to use your keyword or keyword phrase every 200-300 words in your post.
- Include relevant and interesting content on your event planning website so that people visit multiple pages on your site, share your content through social media, comment on your event planning blog, etc.
- If you’re offering your event planning services in a specific geographic area, don’t try and compete for the very general and competitive phrase “event planning.” Narrow your keyword phrases further by being more specific. For example, by including the areas you serve: “Event planning Seattle” or “Atlanta event planning.”
Entire books, thousands of websites and many businesses are devoted to SEO techniques and services. It’s important to understand that no one really knows the exact formula search engines (like Google) use to determine how websites are ranked in search results. And the formula always changes to prevent companies from cheating the system.
If you stick with the 8 basics I’ve shared here, you’ll be further ahead than many of your competitors’.
Can You Guess My Keyword Phrase?
Can you guess what keyword phrase(s) I used for this page? How many times do they appear within this blog post? Share your guesses in the comments section.
As always, thank you for reading and sharing your comments below.
P.S. Sean’s rates start at $400/month, so if you want more info, visit his site at http://topsearch.ca
About Melanie Woodward:
Melanie Woodward created Event Planning Blueprint based on her career as an event planning expert. With more than a decade of experience, she’s worked around the globe with companies such as Honda, CanWest Global Communications and HGTV. Woodward has managed events with over 30,000 attendees and planned events for everyone from celebrities to professional athletes.