How to rank your Vinebase site higher on search engines
While Vinebase does many things to help you rank higher in search results, there are still many additional things winery website owners can do to boost their rankings even more. This includes:
- Creating great content
- Making sure you're on "Google My Business" if you have a local presence
- Building backlinks
We'll briefly cover each one and give you additional resources to explore more.
Creating great content
Engaging, helpful content that answers a potential visitor's questions is a great way to improve your visibility in search results.
Creating great content can seem difficult at times, but it doesn't have to be. Here are a few tips for you to improve the content on your site so you can rank high on search engines.
Focus on the reader
When creating new content, create content that real humans would like and enjoy. Not content aimed at search engines (Google can tell the difference).
Not sure what to write about? Answer the questions your reader wants to know
Consumers typically have a lot of questions for you when they taste your wines in person.
These questions — particularly the ones that come up time and again are great starting points for your content. Vinebase gives you plenty of various content areas to answer these questions - whether it's in the main content section of the home or about page, details and fun facts about your wines, press mentions and team members, or the optional experience us page.
Write for the way people read
One metric search engines use to gauge whether people like your content is how much time they spend on a page. What makes you want to spend time on a page?
- Use a combination of images and text
- Write simply - avoid jargon
- Use headers and bullet points
- Don't say something in 60 words than could be said in 30
- Avoid "walls of text"
By following these rules of thumb, it's more likely your visitors will read through your content and therefore spend more time on your page.
Use tools to assess reading level
As mentioned before, writing for the web means writing simply. A reading level of grade 6 or below is recommended for content on the web.
There are a number of tools that can assess the readability of your website. Before publishing content your write on the web, try running it through an editor like Hemingway app.
Check your spelling and grammar
Another thing to check before publishing content in your spelling and grammar. Running your content through a tool like grammarly can fix any glaring spelling and/or grammar mistakes.
Contact your Account Manager
Need some extra eyeballs on your winery website content? Reach out to your account manager and they'll give you some pointers on how to create content that readers enjoy.
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Making sure you're on "Google My Business"
If you're a winery with a local presence like a tasting room, one thing you can do to boost visibility of your business is to use Google My Business. This will help you show up in searches in Google maps.
We've put together a comprehensive guide on how to get started with Google My Business in our Winery Marketing Guide.
A backlink is a link to your website from another website. Backlinks to search engines indicate that this other website thinks your content is good enough to include a link to it in their own content. It's a signal that others vouch for your content. Because of this, search engines rank sites with more back links higher.
The top way to get more backlinks organically is to create great content. This can take months or years depending on the quality of your content and how you promote your content.
There are also ways to speed up the process of getting backlinks. This includes:
- Finding content like resources and lists where wines/wineries like yours are mentioned and asking the writer to add yours
- Finding old, broken links and asking the site owner to update it
- Searching for unlinked brand mentions and asking the site owner to add a link
- Engage and build relationships with writers who create content prospective buyers may read
Building backlinks this way is a little more involved but well worth the effort. If you'd like to learn more about building backlinks, check out this guide.