SEO for Dentists Simplified
Many SEO consultants would like you to believe that dental website SEO is some high art; a secret society with special handshakes and insider information. That may help them extract their high fees, but how to properly optimize a website is well known. In fact, Google would rather see attempts to “game” their algorithm disappear, taking a dim view of aggressive overtures.
At Smile Marketing, our SEO specialists optimize your dental practice website and your overall online presence using local SEO best practices to make you findable online. Rest assured that we rely entirely on “white hat” techniques recommended by Google, assuring lasting value into the future as their algorithm continues to evolve.
Here’s how Smile Marketing delivers effective white hat SEO for dental offices, included as part of our service based on the Service Plan you choose.
Dental SEO Marketing Starts With Great Content
Long gone are the days of keyword stuffing and metatag manipulations. Instead, Google and other search engines measure what website visitors actually do on your website.
- Do visitors arrive and then quickly leave?
- Do visitors explore more than one page?
- How much time do they spend on the site?
- Do they watch videos or engage with the content?
- Are they repeat visitors to the website?
These metrics are far more reliable indicators of a website’s authority than questionable link building techniques and other dubious overtures used by mercenary freelance SEO consultants.
Smile Marketing starts with high-quality, relevant content, presented in an easy-to-browse format that addresses the real-world concerns of prospective new patients.
On-Page SEO Best Practices
Of course, dental search engine marketing isn’t all about engagement. After all, you first have to get visitors on your site in order for them to engage. On-page SEO refers to the factors you incorporate on your pages to improve rankings. Here are some simple best practices we follow when optimizing client pages:
1. Begin with the right keyword
The proper dental SEO strategy is critical to be findable in Google. The idea is to hone in on your “money” keywords and then work from there by adding related keywords. All the while, you must do this without diluting your content. If Google sees that you are trying to manipulate its algorithm by stuffing keywords unnaturally, you could get penalized. Say you are located in Columbus, OH and you are optimizing your home page. Your money keywords might be “dentist columbus, OH” and some related keywords might be “columbus teeth whitening,” “best dental care columbus,” and “quality dental care in columbus, oh.”
2. Watch your headings
Make sure to include headings (H1, H2, etc.) throughout your content. This makes your site easier to scan for Google’s algorithm. It also creates a more user-friendly experience, which is essential if you want visitors to engage, and ultimately, convert into new patients.
3. Link your pages internally
Linking to other pages on your site provides multiple benefits. First, it improves engagement by encouraging users to visit multiple pages. Second, it helps search engines to crawl various pages of your site more easily. For example, if you mention teeth whitening on your main services page, make sure to link internally to your dedicated “teeth whitening” page.
4. Use outbound links sparingly
Linking out to other websites within your niche is a relevancy signal to Google. You can also link out to websites that focus on your local community. This will help you rank for local-based keywords, in addition to dental-related keywords you're trying to rank for.
Which Channels Actually Produce New Dental Patients?
Search engines aren’t the only source of new patient traffic. While they are the number-one driver, there are other ways you can attract more new patients through SEO.
The in-house Smile Marketing SEO department studies the tea leaves to see what channels are delivering website visitors that actually become new patients.
Directories – Essential directory listings improve your citation profile.
Review Sites – Our New Patient Tracker tells us which review sites to use.
Social Media – Cultivating Facebook and the rest can stimulate referrals.
We let the numbers do the talking. If a particular channel is performing well, we go after more. Because there’s far more to Search Engine Optimization these days than fighting over the top three slots on Google. Remember, you want new patients not rankings, traffic or “hits.” That's why we offer proven ROI with our New Patient Tracker.
"We Used to Be At the Top…"
High search engine rankings for your dental website don’t automatically translate into new patients. This assumption has caused many dental practices to squander untold thousands. Remember, conversion is the key, not traffic.
Worse, this strategy often backfires.
Aggressive attempts at securing links from overseas websites, link farms, irrelevant blogs and other questionable sources have caused these overly-optimized websites to fall away in the rankings.
Now they have to spend even more time and money for “link pruning” services to undo hundreds of dubious links that produced an unnatural link profile.
The point? The in-house Smile Marketing SEO department is world class. You have a professional reputation to protect. And so do we. Our dental website SEO strategies stand the test of time, painstakingly pursuing quality traffic that converts into new patients.
Dental SEO Is Part of Our Website Service
Local SEO for dentists is a big conversation. Which we’d love to have with you when you contact us by phone or email. You can also learn more about our dental SEO company philosophy by reading about our "Dandiest Dentist" experiment.
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