7 quick SEO wins for dental practices

September 25, 2015

SEO can be very complicated, but there are quick wins you can take advantage of to gain higher visibility in Google organic search without a huge investment.

 

SEO can be very complicated, but there are quick wins you can take advantage of to gain higher visibility in Google organic search without a huge investment. Here are seven ways your dental practice website can make rapid improvements. 

 

SEO can be very complicated, but there are quick wins you can take advantage of to gain higher visibility in Google organic search without a huge investment. Here are seven ways your dental practice website can make rapid improvements. 

1. Get a mobile-friendly website

Google has fallen in love with mobile-friendly websites. Mobile-friendly sites not only rank better, they convert better - this is crucial for dental practices, because a growing number of people are using mobile phones to schedule appointments and otherwise communicate with healthcare providers. For dental practice websites, going mobile-friendly is simply a matter of changing templates and can be done in a matter of days … and at little cost. If you are in this situation, make the change right away.

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2. Optimize meta titles

Meta titles are “behind the scenes” content that enables Google’s crawlers to determine

what website content is all about. Title tags are the single most important on-site ranking

factor, and should be optimized with unique, important, relevant keywords. Many dental

websites are poorly executed in terms of title tags: here are instructions on how to do

them properly.

 

3. Create and optimize a Google Plus page

A Google Plus Business Page is great for local SEO, free, and, perhaps most important,

underutilized by dental practices. By encouraging patient reviews and adding content to

your page weekly, your website is more likely to appear in Google’s prominent “Local

Pack” listings and other highly visible parts of the SERP (search engine results page).

 

4. Display NAP information to your website properly

NAP (name, address and phone number) information must be properly displayed on a

website for local optimization. At minimum, NAP for every physical office location should

appear as text, either on every page of the dental practice website or on separate pages

dedicated to each location. Even better is to use “Schema” (structured data) to create

NAP content. Because the data is structured with underlying code, Google and other

search engines can understand it and display it more prominently in SERPs. Sound

complicated? It is, but here is a Schema generator to help make it easier.

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5. Optimize URLs

Website URLs with strings of meaningless letters, numerals and symbols confuse Google

- and human visitors. For some reason, dental practice websites often have weaknesses

in this area. By optimizing URLs with strategic keywords and user-friendly text, Google

can better understand what the page is all about, and therefore rank it more often and

more visibly. Here is a recent technical guide for optimizing URLs.

 

6. Improve meta descriptions

Meta descriptions are little snippets of text that appear under the link of a Web page in a

SERP. By writing unique and effective Meta descriptions for each website page, or at least

important ones, you can persuade search engine users to click on your link. Here is a

complete guide to writing Meta descriptions I wrote a few years ago that still works.

 

7. Get local citations

Local SEO is all about getting mentioned. Google figures your dental practice is reputable

and worth showing its users if people are talking about it. In addition to obtaining reviews

on Google Plus, Yelp and other websites, mentions of your practice in local business

organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, local online media, and local blogs send

powerful, positive ranking signals to Google. In addition, these citations often have highquality

links to your website - another extremely important ranking factor. Many citations

are there for the taking. All you have to do is ask.

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Why do any of this?

Because SEO is so complicated, it’s easy to forget why it is worth doing in the first place.

The advantages of greater organic search visibility include increased credibility, more

inquiries, more new patients, more appointments scheduled, and greater ability to attract

interest in important or new services. Even though social media seems to be getting all the

attention, we shouldn’t forget Google is handling over one trillion searches a year - far

too big a pool of opportunity to ignore.