You invested serious time and money to create a beautiful healthcare website, so you want patients to find it. Hyperlinks — both internal and external — are important for a good website ranking, so you need an SEO strategy that includes both.
If your website doesn’t have a structured plan regarding both internal and external links, it’s time to make one. Use this guide to learn more about establishing links that will boost your search ranking.
Embedding internal links between different pages on your medical practice website helps establish authority throughout the site. This practice also helps create a site architecture that makes it easier for search engines crawling your site to find all the pages.
Internal links can also give PageRank — a formula that assesses the value of a webpage by examining the quantity and quality of other pages that link to it — to key pages on your site. Essentially, this is a must for boosting your Google ranking.
A few best practices from Google to keep in mind when developing your internal link plan include:
Additionally, all pages on your site do not hold equal weight, so decide what’s essential and include the most links to these pages. This should be content you want patients to find when searching for topics you specialize in, according to Yoast.
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As noted above, when trusted online sources link to your medical website, it presents you as an authority in your field. These links also help Google understand what your practice does, which increases your ranking power.
A higher rank can direct prospective patients to your site, so it’s important to garner as many quality, relevant external linking opportunities as possible. Here’s a citations checklist that includes online directories where you can link to your practice.
Your social media profiles are also an important place to include a link to your healthcare website. Facebook is a valuable online directory noted above, but don’t stop there.
All of your social media profiles should be linked to your practice website. This includes LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and any other relevant channels.
Writing captivating social media posts that include links to your site is also important. When content resonates with your followers, they’ll like it and share it with their own networks.
Google doesn’t consider social media a direct ranking factor, but research from Optinmoster has shown a correlation between high-ranking websites and a robust social media presence.
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Inbound links — i.e. backlinks — are hyperlinks to your site from external websites. This is important because quality of content is part of the Google algorithm used to display search results.
Links to your healthcare website from other prominent sites are considered a sign you’re a trusted source. Your website will likely rank higher in search results if you’re considered an expert in your field.
External links to your healthcare website are deemed a strong signal to search engines because taking this step requires time and attention from the site administrator. Beyond that, a link to your site essentially endorses your brand and invites users to leave the existing site for yours.
Clearly, inbound links hold serious weight, so it’s important to garner as many quality, relevant linking opportunities as possible. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Your healthcare website doesn’t add much value if patients can’t find it, so linking should be an essential part of your SEO strategy. Create a comprehensive plan that includes both internal and external links because they work together to boost your search engine ranking.
Want more medical practice website content? See the blog post “Understanding Google search ranking factors for healthcare websites.”
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