Showit is an amazing website platform that has a no code front end experience as it is a drop and drag website builder. There is so much that you can design and do, that the control is so powerful and the possibilities are almost endless. You can design some pretty things and fun things to keep your visitors attracted to your site and keep them on the page. However, it has been my experience that something so powerful also has its drawbacks. So today I am going to go over the do’s and don’ts to help you get the best proper SEO design experience.
Now you’re probably thinking why would something have a draw back if I can design almost anything and keep my visitors on my site? That’s the whole point of a having a website.
It’s actually simple. Because you’re not coding your website and you are dragging and dropping your content in your site you don’t have full control over your own code. This can create a very messy code if you are not properly optimizing your website and design.
Do check, and fill out, all your page titles and descriptions
Do check all your text tags
Do check all your canvas title names
Do check all your canvas layer names
Do check all your canvas layer orders
Do check all your images titles and alt text
Don’t do a splash page
Don’t use canvas views for important information
Don’t use more than one H1 tag per page
Don’t break up text with script font in the middle on important key words and information
Each page on your showit website has a page title and description area. To see this area, make sure you click on the page then look at the far right of your screen and click on the SEO settings.
You can learn more about page titles and descriptions over at Moz https://moz.com/learn/seo/title-tag
This is one of the most important things that you can do to better your SEO. In showit you have built in tags based on your showit design settings. For example; when you add
Title text to your site you are adding an H1 tag.
When you add a heading that is a H2 tag
When you add a subheading that is a H3 tag
When you add a paragraph text you are adding a p tag
This is when things can get messy. Let’s say you are adding in extra content to your website but you are wanting the text to all be a title font because that’s what font you want to use. So you go and start adding. You have now just created a lot of H1 tags to your site. Yicks! Remember you only want one H1 tag per page. So how do you fix this? Click on the text, then look to right inside showit and click on Text Properties, then change the tag to what the proper tag should be.
Each page in Showit is broken up by canvases to help you keep your content in sections to easily organize it and have the ability to break things up. By default each canvas that is added as a new canvas is titled New Canvas. You want to make sure to properly name each of your canvases so that you know what each one has inside. For example you will see canvases names such as nav, menu, footer, header, reviews, about, ext… These let you know that inside each canvas are the items needed to create that section.
Inside of each canvas is built with what I call layers. These layers are creating used elements like text, images, galleries, icons, shapes, and even video. Every time you add something to your site, by default it will add the layer name and order. The layer name will change depending on what you added to the canvas and the order will automatically add it to the top of the canvas (this drives me crazy) because your layers need to be in proper order.
The correct order to your canvas should be from what is on the site from the top to the bottom, according to the mobile side. This is how your code is designed and how your site crawls on google! This gives you somewhat of a control on the code of your site. So you want to make sure that your code is clean and in order. Rename your layers according to what they are. If you have a title don’t say title. Name the layer what the title actually is. If you add an image rename that layer with an image title name like “wedding photo or portrait photo”.
Hover over the layer and click and drag it. Drag up to move the layer up or drag down to move the layer down.
Within Showit you can title your images and alt text on all images except those being used as a background image. Image titles and names are important factors in not just SEO but it’s important not to overthink this step or try to stuff the alt text with keywords.
Title your images whatever you would like. Using your business name is fine followed by a number sequence. Or if it is a set of wedding images you can use a location and wedding like pine-island-beach-wedding01. but this could get overwhelming.
Your alt text should be used to describe the image. Meaning if someone was blind and could not see it how would you describe it to them.
I don’t recommend that anyone do a splash page, or one page landing, or even just a one page website. A splash page is horrible for SEO as it tells google basically nothing about your website. Google needs solid information on what your site is for. It needs to know who you are, what you do, why you do it, who you serve and where you do it.
A true landing page is usually used to sell a specific service or product with a ton of information and that is good for SEO. But many people get a landing page confused with a splash page.
No one page websites. Again google needs information for your website. It needs pages to crawl. A one page website just isn’t enough.
Using canvas views for information is tricky. Google could not crawl those areas because it may or may not see them.
Golden rule is to only use one H1 tag per page.
I see this all the time especially in H1 tags. I will see a sentence and then in the middle of the sentence I will see a fancy word usually in a different font to get the reader’s attention. The proper way to do this is to use a full sentence or statement that is the correct H1 or H2 ext tag and then putting a block over a word and then adding another word as a div tag over the block.
SEO can be very challenging but worth learning and knowing how to optimize your site is going to have huge rewards! I hope this information was able to help you. If you have any questions leave them below.