6 Examples of Strong Homepage SEO Optimization

We just finished conducting an SEO Site Audit for one of our clients, grading them on everything from navigation to URL structure, headings and content. We're happy to report (and they were happy to find) that they made it out of the site audit without a failing grade. It doesn't do much to point out the areas in need of work without some suggestions on how to improve. So, we gathered up six homepage examples that are exceptionally put together and optimized for SEO. What are some of the key elements that make up an all-star homepage?

3 Elements of an SEO Optimized Homepage

Headings:

The most important rule you should follow when creating an H1 tag: make them highly relevant to the content on the page. Don't make your visitor dig to find out who you are and what you do. How many should you use? It's an age-old SEO best practice to only use one H1 tag per page. Adhering to this rule and formatting content in a clear hierarchy ensures you are doing your best to assist search engine indexing and conforming to W3C guidelines.

Calls to Action:

Calls-to-action (aka CTAs) are finally getting the attention they deserve. You've built a website for a reason and your site visitors should actually do something when they arrive. Building in clear, action-oriented CTAs are the best way to lead site visitors down your intended conversion path. 

Content: 

Considering the rapid pace at which the Google search algorithm is changing, it can be difficult to keep pace. Panda and Penguin, which placed priority on keyword-rich content linked to or from other sites, have been replaced by Hummingbird. The new algorithm is focused on specific queries phrased as questions and is striking down the keyword-rich content and lauding unique content that is helpful, genuine, and relevant. What does this mean for you and your website? It's time to believe all of the talk about the value of meaningful content creation. Updating your site on a frequent basis with unique content that aims to solve your users problems has never been so important.

1. SproutSocial

Sprout Social Homepage 

Why it's exceptional:

  • Strong, to-the-point, non-branded H1 tag: "Schedule. Publish. Analyze"
  • Good use of H3: "Trusted by agencies, relied on by businesses."
  • Clear call to action: "Start your free trial"

2. MuleSoft

MuleSoft Homepage

Why it's exceptional: 

  • Good H1 tag: "Transform your business with API-led connectivity"
  • Very prominent call to action: "Get Anypoint Platform"

3. Cloudbakers

Cloudbakers Homepage

Why it's exceptional:

  • Direct call to action: "Talk to someone who does"
  • Secondary call to action: The three thought bubbles below the main CTA link directly to their products page, allowing the user to learn more information if they're not ready to talk to someone, as suggested by the primary CTA.

4. HubSpot

HubSpot Salesforce Landing Page

Why it's exceptional:

  • Strong, clear H1: "Hubspot Salesforce Integration"
  • Concise descripton of the product/service below the image
  • Good use of H2 tag in explaining the product/service

5. OpenHallway 

OpenHallway

Why it's exceptional:

  • Clear, straight to the point H1 tag
  • Prominent call to action (also called out with a different color in the main navigation)
  • Concise description presented in a list structure. The description is supported by the "Features" and "How It Works" headings and the embedded video.

6. Mouseflow

Mouseflow

Why it's exceptional: 

  • Good H1 tag: "Do You Understand Your Visitors?" 
  • Good H2 (including bolded words) that also serves as a concise description of the product
  • Eye-catching call to action (the video and also within the main navigation bar)

This post was originally published May 9, 2014 and was updated with new information February 22, 2016.

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