In this article, you are going to learn the basics of optimizing your site for search engines. If after completing these steps, you would like to further optimize your site, then we recommend reading through part 2 of how to optimize your church website.
Your Sharefaith church website is already search engine or SEO friendly, but there are some steps you can take that will help the search engines rank your site more effectively.
Submit Your Site to The Search Engines
If your site is new or on a new domain name (i.e. www.my-domain-name.com), then you’ll want to submit it to the search engines. Here is how:
Change Your Site Title
- Click on the Settings tab in Sidekick.
- In the Website Title field at the top, add the complete name of your church followed by your city and state:
- Click Apply Changes.
Verify Privacy Settings
- Click on Settings Reading.
- Make sure that you do not have the box checked to discourage search engines:
- Click Save Changes.
Add Your Contact Information
Submit Your Site to Local Search Directories
Important: You will need to verify the listing before it is made active on Google and Bing. They’ll either call you within a few minutes and provide a confirmation code or they’ll send you a postcard with a confirmation code. Opt for the phone call if you are near the church phone as it means you can complete this step in one day.
Add Content to Your Site Using Keywords
Thank you for visiting the Athens Baptist Church website in Athens, Georgia. We are a Baptist Church that serves the Athens, Georgia community through prayer, fellowship, and various outreach activities.
Thank you for visiting the Athens Baptist Church website. You are invited to join us during our following services:
Sunday 9:30-11:30 AM
Wednesday 7:00-8:30 PM