There are over 400K sites hosted on Webflow as of 2020, making it one of the most popular SaaS website platforms globally. Webflow's popularity lies in its ease of use - Webflow has made the process of web development easy by giving users the option to quickly select prebuilt themes, modify them, and get started.
But building a website is just one side of the coin. The website must attract organic traffic from search engines for a business to thrive. And that's where SEO comes in.
This article gives you a step-by-step guide to optimize your Webflow site for search engines. Whether you are an independent developer or a Webflow design agency, building a Webflow site by incorporating these 5 steps is essential.
The secret to SEO is relevance and ease of use: how relevant your content is to the user's query and how easily that user can find what they are looking for on your page or blog. Every Webflow design agency should focus on these two aspects because they exactly are what search engines look for when ranking a page on SERPs.
Create a content hierarchy before you begin drafting content or designing a page. The design and content should be the outer facade, and the hierarchy should be the inner structure.
The page needs an H1 title (do not add more than one and make sure you include your core keyword), a couple of H2 and H3 titles, optional H4 - H6 titles, and paragraphs. You automatically get a hierarchy when you break your content down into headings and subheadings.
Having a content structure makes it easy for the user to quickly scroll to the section they need and get the answer they want. In addition, it makes the pages easy to use, which, as we mentioned earlier, is one critical requirement for ranking.
When you start drafting the content, you want to follow these SEO best practices to increase the chances of raking on the first page:
Adding meta content on Webflow:
Once you have a content strategy in place, it's important to make that content available to the user in the best possible way. Plan out your website navigation structure during the UX design phase of Webflow development.
Have a clearly defined header menu. Add menu items that will give your users all the information they need to know your brand, find the product/service they are looking for, and get other information like pricing.
Use dropdowns to group links together. A menu bar with excessive options will quickly overwhelm the user.
Links added to the body of the page should be clearly visible - underline and bold anchor words.
Add navigation links in the footer for good measure.
Webflow developers have one advantage over others: Webflow provides site optimization features within the platform.
Head over to Project Settings → Hosting → Advanced Publishing Options and switch on the following:
These settings will increase site performance and optimize it for search engines, saving you time on technical SEO.
Next, head over to Project settings →SEO tab → Sitemap and enable the auto-generated sitemap. Webflow will automatically create a sitemap and update it for you.
Lastly, set the robots.txt file. Navigate to Project Settings → SEO → Indexing and create a robots.txt file.
Google's Search Console is a great product offering you actionable SEO insights. Integrating Search Console (and many other third-party products) with Webflow is simprewarding and straightforwardrstly, create a Google Search Console property for your site:
Next, head over to your Webflow project to connect Search Console:
Search Console may take a few days to populate data, after which you can analyze URLs, site coverage, traffic performance, search queries, sitemap status, interlinks, and more.
While this is not an SEO tip per se, an important step 6 is having patience and staying consistent. SEO could even take a year to deliver results, depending on your business niche. Results, however, can only be achieved through consistent SEO work by consistently posting optimized content that adds value to your visitors.