What is Enterprise SEO?
By definition, Enterprise SEO refers to the optimization of large, complex websites with limitless pages and a ton of content. It generally requires a more extensive and sophisticated approach than regular SEO. An SEO specialist may segment different sections of a site to target specific audiences. And while all SEO efforts should strive to achieve this, the initiative and tasks assigned often track back to an overall marketing or business objective. It also may involve coordination between multiple teams and departments within an organization. Within large companies, different sections of a single website might be owned by different business units (BUs) within the company making such coordination necessary. Holistically, the term “Enterprise SEO” represents a more complex, managed, and emphasized effort (vs. regular SEO) to improve search engine results.
What Is The Difference Between Enterprise SEO and Regular SEO?
While Enterprise SEO really does represent a larger-than-normal SEO level of effort – here is a list of some of the activities that don’t usually occur when conducting regular SEO efforts.
1.HREFLANG: What it is and how it’s used.
Enterprise websites are more often run by companies operating in multiple geographies (aka “Geos”). Hreflang is an HTML tag that tells search engines which language you are using on a specific page and what other languages are available. This tag is used to indicate to search engines that a page is intended for a specific language or geographical audience, and it can help ensure that the correct version of the page is shown to users in that language or region. This tag is particularly useful for enterprise SEO services because it can help ensure that a website’s content is properly indexed and displayed to the right audience, regardless of the language or region. E.g., German language webpage results are shown in the German Google search engine index, Russian language webpages are shown in the Russian Google Index, and so on and so forth. This helps to increase website visibility and traffic for specific target audiences in their preferred language and in their specific region.
2. Localization: What is the difference between translation and localization?
Speaking of telling search engines which webpages are for which language and their appropriate locations, large to enterprise-sized organizations often have their content localized. Notice I didn’t just say “translated.”
Translation refers to the process of converting written text from one language to another. It is the act of converting the meaning of a text from one language to another without changing its intent, style or tone. Translation is a word-for-word or phrase-for-phrase transfer of meaning.
Localization, on the other hand, refers to the process of adapting content to meet the language, cultural, and other specific requirements of a particular country or region. Localization includes translation, but it also involves other cultural and linguistic adaptations, such as adjusting images, colors, and other cultural references. SEO formatting and layout changes may also be needed to better suit the target audience. E.g., the Arabic language usually requires formatting and layout adaptations as Arabic is read from right to left (vs. left to right). Localization takes into account cultural nuances, idiomatic expressions and references, customs, conventions and more to make the content (product or service) feel more natural and user-friendly to the target audience.
3. Information Architecture (& Taxonomy): What it is and how it’s used.
Website information architecture (IA) refers to the organization, structure, and labeling of the content on a website. It is the process of planning and designing the way that the different pages on a website are organized and how they relate to each other. The goal of IA is to help users find the information they need quickly and easily.
Taxonomy is the categorization and labeling of the content on a website, including the use of tags, keywords, and metadata. It is often considered part of information architecture (and under that umbrella).
Remember those business units we discussed earlier? There’s at least a handful in the smallest enterprise, and each “owns” a portion of its web presence (there are a lot of business units to account for in a large enterprise). Imagine one of them calls a widget a “waffle” while another BU calls it a “flapjack.” Now these business units still have to work together – it’s made much more difficult if they don’t have a common understanding of what the widget they share is called!
IA is critical as it helps ensure that the website’s content is properly structured and labeled. And It can help improve the website’s visibility and ranking in search engine results. A well-structured website will also make it easier for users to find the information they need, leading to a better user experience.
4. Accessibility: What does it mean for a website?
Website Accessibility is the process of making the website easily navigable for users with disabilities. The goal of website accessibility is to ensure that all users, regardless of their abilities, have equal access to the information and functionality of a website.
How is SEO involved in website accessibility? Website accessibility involves designing and building a website in a way that it can be used by people with a wide range of abilities, including those who may use assistive technologies, such as screen readers or keyboard-only navigation. This can be achieved by following the guidelines provided by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and other accessibility standards (standards an experienced SEO specialist should be versed in).
By implementing accessibility features and best practices, a website will be more user-friendly for all people, including those with disabilities and it helps to avoid discrimination based on abilities.
Enterprise SEO is SEO at Scale
There’s a plethora of SEO activities that still need to be done for Enterprise SEO (just the same as domestic or regular SEO activities). They just need to be done on a larger scale. It’s also important that you understand all the business units and stakeholders involved. Everyone can have their cake and eat it too – collaboration is paramount and everyone will need to work together. You’ll need a darn good project manager as well. Someone to manage priorities and expectations across the board. And it will require your entire team to work with developers as well; believe it or not, large companies have large development teams for their websites.
The gist? Consider the level of effort (LoE) on your larger SEO projects and scale it up to cover all the basis of an enterprise seo effort.