As an e-commerce business, it requires more work to stand out from the crowd, which is why the sale of a product relies heavily on in-depth descriptions and customer reviews. It is important that each product has its own page, this not only allows more room for more detailed information but it also provides space for more product-specific keywords, and in turn the particular landing page can appear in a more specific item search. For example, you might own a costume shop and a customer is looking for an astronaut costume in particular. When Google searching for ‘astronaut costume’, there is a slimmer chance of your website showing up if there is no individual page for this item. Let’s say your site did show up, but it links to your homepage. This creates more work for the customer to navigate through your website to find the astronaut costume they were originally looking for, this also means there is more of a chance that the customer will click off your site due to unnecessary time spent searching. Whereas if you had an individual page for this item, there is more of a chance that the particular landing page would show up if you use the relevant keywords effectively (‘astronaut costume’ title tag). This also makes the user experience timely and efficient.
It is also important for service-based websites to have individual pages for what they offer but this is primarily so the potential customer knows exactly what they are paying for. When searching for a service, the keywords are more vague. For example, if you are needing someone to come and fix a broken pipe you would just search for a ‘plumber’ for home maintenance rather than a ‘pipe fixer’.
Although your item might be what the customer is looking for, a product review is what will encourage them to add it to their cart. If the review shows the demographic (age, gender, country) of the customer this makes the potential customer more likely to trust the authenticity of the review. Reviews are just as important in service based websites however those can be focused more towards the quality of the service provider than the service itself.
In terms of driving SEO results, it’s important to encourage people to review your business on your Google My Business (GMB) page as keywords in this will help optimise search queries to your GMB listing.
Imagines are essential for all online businesses, whether it's an image of a product, or an image of a service being undertaken/the result of a service. Would you consider buying from a website that had zero pictures and just pages and pages of words? I didn’t think so.
Before uploading your images, ensure your file names consist of relevant keywords. Yes, this is important. Believe it or not, these minor features do impact your search engine optimisation. If it’s a picture of a product, use the product name and main keywords, if it’s a picture of someone working, use the name of the service and again, a main keyword.
Blogs are becoming increasingly popular for all types of websites, more so for SEO purposes. They provide an opportunity for inbound and outbound links, and impact your websites linking profile. Guest blogs are just as effective for e-commerce and service-based websites as the owner of either business can revert people back to their own site from another. It is evident however that blogs are more prominent on service-based websites than e-commerce. As mentioned previously, when searching for a service, customers may be more concerned with the character and profile of the business brand itself and the quality of their services rather than the range of what they can actually offer. One way to represent your brand is by publishing blogs relating to the niche of your business, anything from meet the team blogs to How-To tutorials. How-to guides are also great for gaining new clients/customers if your free tutorial worked for them. For example, you run a real estate business. A blog idea could be a ‘How to’ or ‘Tips’ for arranging your kitchen for an open-home. If the client believes your advice helps them sell their property, they may use your agency services in future.
There are multiple differences between SEO for e-commerce and service-based websites, however many of the same tools can be used to optimise both. The aim of SEO is to rank higher in the search engine and be one step ahead of your competitors. By using the strategies more specific to your industry, e-commerce or service-based, you’ll have the advantage of refining your target market and watch your ranking results improve in all the right places.