SEO consists of two major parts: on-site and off-site (also called on-page or off-page) optimization. Just focussing on one of them means neglecting the opportunities that the other one opens up. It is fatal to think being perfect with on-site leaves room for neglect in the off-site optimization. This is sooo not the case.
On-site and off-site optimization are a team. And there is a reason why people say "Never change a winning team".
On-site optimazitaion reiter to all SEO done directly on the website that is to be optimized. This includes adjustments in the HTML-Code as well as in the editorial content. Because I do not consider myself an expert in technical SEO, I will focus on editorial content as well as some HTML tactics to better your on-site optimization.
Off-page optimization is the opposite to the on-page optimization, as the word indicates already. But let me break it down: Off- (the) -site optimization reiter to all measures undertaken outside the own website. Often it is misunderstood as pure link building. Although link building is an integral part in SEO, it is not the main ingredient in the optimization mix.
Off-site SEO is a mix
I am referring to off-page optimization as a mix, because there is more to it than links. If you have all the links in the world, but fail to master all the other implications in off-site SEO a lot of potential is theby neglected. There is more to it than just (spammy) links in directories and social bookmark platforms. Even building a content network is not enough. While many agencies still operate this way, off-site SEO has gone further than just links from blogs.
But what ARE the ingredients in that mix? Other than links there is one major area often referred to as social signals. Social signals simply means what is the response in social networks towards your website, your content, a subpage or a posting. The more people talk about you in their social media feeds, the better it is for your website. Good social signals or a large quantity of them might not automatically lead to a high ranking, but it definitely adds some spice to the mix.
Ultimately, social signals are also links. Because talking about something in "social media terms" means sharing, commenting, posting and liking. Ultimately, those social signals create links as well and thereby add to the link mix of a site.
Source by Stefanie Paul