SEO Web Hosting
Choosing a company to host your website is a decision that should not be taken lightly. There are a number of things to consider when choosing a web hosting company and one of the most important is its SEO friendliness. While every web hosting company will make it possible to optimize your site for search engines, some are better than others at doing so.
At StatCounter, we provide our members with accurate data about their website, including where their traffic is coming from and how visitors interact once on your site. In this, we understand the importance of search engine optimization and choosing a web host that allows you to SEO your site easily and often can make things much easier.
Before you sign up for StatCounter, or upgrade to our Growth plan, let us fill you in on the importance of SEO web hosting and how to choose the right web host for your website.
Of course, if you know cloud hosting isn’t right for your business, or you’d like to explore other options, check out the articles we’ve provided below:
Importance of SEO in Web Hosting
While web hosting is important, not all web hosting companies are created equal. In fact, some web hosting companies are better for search engine optimization than others. Web hosting companies that are SEO friendly are easy to find, although it will require a bit of research to determine which hosting provider will suit your needs while simultaneously making SEO easier to perform.
Some web hosting companies have low prices, however, this often comes with downfalls, such as slow page load speed, which can hinder your SEO efforts. Website load speed is immensely important to your SEO efforts because the longer it takes for a page to load, the more likely a user is to leave immediately. This is known as a bounce and a high bounce rate often results in lower search result rankings.
Security also plays a large role in SEO and is directly related to web hosting. If you collect sensitive or private information from your users, such as credit card information, you will need an SSL certificate. Some web hosting companies include an SSL certificate in their hosting packages, while other do not offer it at all. If security is important to your website, choosing a hosting provider that offers SSL certificates could be the deciding factor. Poor website security can also result in lower search result rankings.
Search engine optimization (SEO) is the act of optimizing your website’s content and other aspects to perform better in search engine results. There are a number of SEO companies that can help you in this endeavor, or you can check out some of the helpful SEO articles we have here at StatCounter and learn how to SEO your website on your own.
Choosing a Web Hosting Company
When looking into web hosting providers, it is important to keep in mind that there are countless hosting providers and not all of these companies provide the same benefits for your website. Some of the most popular web hosting companies are detailed below to help you get started in your web hosting research.
One of the most popular web hosting companies is GoDaddy, and it is possible to SEO your website if you host your site with them. You can use keywords in the header tags and on page content to improve search result rankings and there are a number of add-on features that can help your SEO strategy succeed. GoDaddy can even help keep your site secure with SSL certificates too!
Another popular and well reputable hosting company is 1&1. With low monthly hosting rates for shared, dedicated, VPS, and cloud hosting, 1&1 also gives users a free SSL certificate to ensure their site is secure. Better yet, 1&1 has an SEO Spotlight tool which can help you identify areas of your SEO strategy that could be improved, including how your site is performing for the keywords you have targeted in the Spotlight tool.
BlueHost is another popular web hosting company that makes SEO easy for website owners. With a variety of tools and resources, BlueHost has a breadth of information for you to indulge in and use for your SEO strategy. BlueHost also offers some low priced and efficient web hosting plans for you to consider.
Web Hosting SEO Services
In addition to web hosting, many hosting companies offer SEO services as well. BlueHost, for example, can help you get connected with an SEO service provider. Often times, if a web hosting company does not offer SEO services themselves, they have a partnership with a company, or companies, that can help your website succeed in search engine results.
Additionally, many web hosting companies have resource pages and SEO tools for you to utilize when building your SEO strategy. While web hosting is their forte, most web hosting companies understand that providing resources to help websites succeed in search engine results can help keep their clientele base, as well as bring in new users.
Track Your Progress with StatCounter
At StatCounter, we focus our attention toward analytics that can help website owners see how their website is performing online. From the most popular pages of their site to where their traffic comes from, StatCounter has the resources to help website owners fine tune their SEO strategy. If you have any questions about StatCounter, or need assistance setting it up, please contact StatCounter member support by completing the form below.
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