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Herb Plus | 03.29.2023

How A Cannabis Brand Can Get To The Top Of Search Engine Results

Appearing in the top search results may seem like a challenge, but these tips will make it easier for your cannabis brand.

In the cannabis world, brands need to have a solid and well-established online presence in order to reach their audience effectively.

One way to achieve this is through search engine optimization –SEO-, which helps your website appear in the top search results on Google or other search engines. This means that when someone searches for your business keywords, which are related to the industry, you will appear in the first place to solve the user’s question or query.

This is one of the best and most organic ways to reach a wide audience and raise awareness of a brand, especially cannabis, as it is a hyper-regulated industry both legally and marketing-wise.

Keyword Research For Cannabis Content

The first step in search engine optimization is to perform keyword research. But it’s not just about searching for keywords willy-nilly. It’s about identifying which ones apply to the brand, the business, the product, and in general how they can be matched with the entire cannabis digital marketing strategy.

By conducting keyword research, you can identify the words and phrases people are searching for on Google related to your cannabis business and make sure your website content is optimized for those keywords.

When we talk about keywords you have to keep in mind that they can be of different types and lengths and it will all depend on your overall digital marketing strategy.

It is important to keep in mind that not all keywords are the same. Some keywords may be more competitive than others and may be more difficult to rank for in search results. Also, some keywords may have a different search intent, so it is important to select keywords that are relevant to your cannabis business and your audience.

It is also important to have first identified the target audience that you want to reach with the keywords, or that may search with these words so that you can effectively focus your keyword research.

To perform effective keyword research for your cannabis content, you can use tools such as Google AdWords, Keyword Planner, or SEMrush. These tools will show you the number of monthly searches for a specific keyword and also give you ideas for new keywords.

Remember that keywords can change throughout a marketing strategy, as the target audience is also changing constantly.

Optimize Your Website Structure

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A clear and easy-to-navigate website structure is important for search engine optimization. Make sure your website is organized into logical categories and that it is easy for visitors to find what they are looking for.

It is also important to make sure your website is compatible with mobile devices and has a fast loading speed. Websites that are difficult to use or take a long time to load can negatively affect your ranking in search results.

Think about what your target audience will find when they enter your website and what you would like them to find. Websites that are well-structured, user-friendly, and load fast have many plus points when evaluated by search engines.

It is also key to take into account issues such as technical SEO, which make a fundamental part of the marketing strategy and strengthen the organic growth that allows to better position a cannabis brand in search engines.

Technical SEO involves optimizing the technical aspects of a website to improve its visibility and search engine rankings. Some of the technical SEO practices that should be considered when optimizing the website structure include optimizing loading speed, proper metadata configuration, implementing header tags, and proper use of backlinks and links.

How To Use Links And Backlinks

Links and backlinks are important for search engine optimization. Internal and external links can help increase the visibility of your website and improve your ranking in search results.

Backlinks are links pointing to your website from other websites. These links are a way of telling Google that your website is valuable and relevant.

You can get backlinks from other cannabis brands or cannabis-related websites, such as news publications or blogs. You can also create high-quality content that other websites will want to link to.

Also, be sure to include internal links on your website. Internal links are links that point from one page of your website to another. These links can help visitors navigate your website and are also useful for search engine optimization.

Some useful tips include the following:

Internal Links: These are links that connect pages within your own website. Use internal links to connect related content and make it easy for users to navigate your website.

Create Quality Content: Quality content is more likely to receive links from other websites. Make sure your content is informative, useful, and of high quality to increase the likelihood that other websites will link to you.

Get Backlinks From Relevant Websites: Backlinks are those from other websites that point to your website. Get backlinks from relevant cannabis websites, such as blogs, directories, and forums, to increase your website’s relevance to search engines. It is always better to have few but quality backlinks than to have a lot of low authority or poorly ranked sites. Avoid spam links and make sure that all links and backlinks point to relevant and high-quality content.

How To Use SEO Tools

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Another way to appear at the top of search engine results is to use SEO tools to help you optimize your website and track your progress. There are several tools available, such as Google Analytics and Google Search Console.

These tools are useful when you want to measure how well your search engine optimization strategy is working and how well you are doing. It also allows you to have control of the strategies used and which ones are working better than others.

Two of the main tools available include the following: 

  • Google Analytics will help you track how much traffic is coming to your website and where it is coming from. You can also see which pages get the most visits and why.
  • Google Search Console is a tool that will help you optimize your website for search engines. It will allow you to see which pages of your website are indexed in Google and what keywords your website is ranking for.

These are just some of the tools that the search engines themselves have to measure and track the process, but there are many SEO tools available online that can help you optimize your cannabis website and improve your ranking in search results.

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