Onpage SEO for Subscription Boxes

SomethingI’m pretty proud of is that I no longer rely on Facebook Ads or PPC to gettargeted customers to my Subscription Box website. Each day I get between60-100 unique visitors (about 3k per month) to my Subscription Box websitethanks to Google, all for free. And this is pretty much all thanks to goodonpage SEO

For thosethat don’t know SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation. This is the processof getting Google or Bing (or whatever your search engine of choice is) to rankyour Subscription Box website higher in the search rankings, you are aiming forthe coveted Number 1 spot. OnPage SEO is the process of making sure yourwebsite can be read by google easily and it actually KNOWS what your site isall about.

Now thisisn’t something that happened overnight. In fact, it took a good 3-6 monthsbefore I actually started seeing any fruits of this labor, however it wasn’treally that hard to accomplish.

THE DISCLAIMER

Before webegin going into specifics, I want to make it very clear: I am not an SEO. Iknow nothing about SEO other than what I have read and self-taught. I havenever paid anyone to do any SEO work on my website nor have I paid for anybacklinks. My expertise has always been Facebook traffic and will continue tobe Facebook traffic, but I believe that the foundation for seeing amazingresults with Facebook PPC for your Subscription Box is paved in good SEO. So if I say something that is against typical SEO convention or some “oldschool” way of doing thigs, don’t shoot me. This is just what has worked forme.

Now that the disclaimer is out of the way lets get on with the show.

How it works


For Google to want to rank your website it really comes down to these fivethings:

  1. Having enough relevant information on your website so Google knows exactly what your website is and who is it for.
  2. Having unique information – now this doesn’t mean everything has to be unique to only your patch on the internet, it just means that your website has to have different things on it – it can’t just be the same words pasted over and over again.
  3. Good images with the correct elements and text applied
  4. Mobile friendly – this means it needs to look and work well on all mobile devices AND load quickly
  5. Site Security – SSL certificates are becoming more and more important towards determining the trustworthiness of your site.
     

Now I’mnot going into everything listed above. But I am going to show you the simpleways of getting some quick wins for your site.

Basic Onpage SEO – The Text


One of the first things you want to be thinking if you are going to invest timeand energy into SEO is “What is it that I want to rank for? What phrases, termsand types of questions are people going to be typing into Google that arerelevant to my Subscription Box?”

So togive you my own example, I run a Whisky Sample Subscription Box called TheWhisky Order. So my own line of thinking went something like this:

Peoplewho want to enjoy whisky samples might be typing in something like:

  • Whisky Samples,
  • Whiskey Samples,
  • Whiskey taster,
  • Whisky taster,
  • Sample Scotch Whisky,
  • Sample Australian Whisky and so on.

I knewthat these queries and statements would be very relevant to someone who maywant to sign up for my subscription box. In fact, this is the exact terminologyI wanted to rank highly for in Google.

If youare stuck for ideas too you can use tools like the Google Keyword Plannerto expand on your initial keyword thoughts and give you some ideas (plusaverage number of searches)

So, thefirst thing I could now do is: Make sure that these terms are covered off in myhomepage. Now this didn’t mean plastering just these phrases onto my homepage,no, it just means that I now had a variety of terms and phrases I could use onmy homepage.

GoogleLOVES content. It wants you to have heaps of content. So give it what it wants!Make sure your homepage has 500-600 words at a minimum and covers off on 2-3key phrases that you ultimately want to rank for. These keywords only need toappear 2-3 times in total, so don’t go overboard.

Helpful Tip:

  • If you are using Shopify, install a tool called ReloadSEO
  • If you are using WordPress, install a plugin called YeostSEO

Thesetools will give you helpful hints and tips to ensure your webpages areoptimised for the keywords you want to rank for. Including – All your pagetitles,  your meta tags, Keyword Density and amount of total text. Prettymuch just do what it says and you will be all sweet. Both tools are well worththe investment.

Once youare done with your homepage text we move onto…..

Basic Onpage SEO – Your Images
 

Imagesare a must for your Website. You just plain ole have to have them, because howelse would a person know what it is they are buying. But those ultra highresolution images you just downloaded from ShutterStock are HUUUUUUGE. 1.5mb isjust way too big for an image. It takes forever to load for your customers andslows your whole site down.

You needto make sure those image file sizes are tiny. Use a free tool like ImageOptimizer. This can reduce the image file size by over 50% on some files.

SmallerFile Size = Faster Loading Time (and happier website visitors).
Once you have finished reducing the file size of your images you need to makesure each image has a couple of little tweaks done to them. Remember how wewere talking about having unique content on your site earlier? Well thisapplies to your images too.

Havingall your images called “Untitled Design (232434)” isn’t a good look in Googleseyes. In fact it’s confusing and infuriating to Google. So don’t do it.

Give youimage a nice unique name, one that is descriptive to the actual content of theimage.

“box ofwhisky samples.jpg” “scotch whisky samples.png” are MUCH better than: “untitleddesign (1).png”

Now, tocontinue with our naming convention you also need to take into account AltTags. Alt Tags are primarily used for people who cannot see a screen OR can’tget images to load on a website. They are the description of the actual image.So, GIVE IT A DESCRIPTION! Use Alt Tags to include some of those keywords youwant to rank for AND describe the actual image “Whisky Samples sitting in a boxon a desk” “A whisky order subscription box tasting set”

MORE Onpage SEO – Blog Posts
 

You werewaiting for this one right? It’s the first thing that pops into everyone’sbrain when it comes to SEO.

Yeah –you are going to have to start writing BUT if you are like me and you are hellalazy then there are ways around this if you have a little bit of coin.

Once youstart to identify the types of queries that people have relating to yourwebsite you are going to want to start creating helpful articles around this.Now it might now bring a huuuuge amount of traffic to you but if you start toaccumulate a steady flow of traffic from a few keyword optimised posts, youwill be thanking yourself in the long run.

So tomake my article creation a simple process, this is what I do:

  1. I go to Reddit / a Facebook group relating to Whisky
  2. I type in “beginner / newbie / help / I suck / where do I start” or something like that
  3. I find all the questions and past them into a document
  4. I get all the answers and past them under the questions
  5. I then go to TextBroker or UpWork and hire a freelancer
  6. I tell the freelancer – Go forth and create me a 600 – 800 word blog article relating to this problem and solution. Make it fully sic bro.
  7. I get an article, I run it through the ReloadSEO checks and add in any additional keywords I need.
  8. I now have a fully optimised Blog Post and I didn’t do anything
     

Ok sothere you have it. I’ve spilled my guts on my secret sauce. No not really. It’sjust a neat little trick that has helped me with content creation. I still havea few tricks up my sleeve but I’m saving those for future articles.

If youliked what I have written today, please check out my other content. As always,if you have any questions please comment below.

Steve