Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of organically increasing your website’s visibility on Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs). You can leverage this process by defining how your landing pages are displayed on search engines and shared on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. This will in turn rank your website higher in searches and drive more end-user traffic through brand awareness and trust.
Customize SEO for Your Course & Bundle Landing Pages
You can start optimizing your SEO by customizing the title, description, and course keywords of your course/bundle landing pages. It's important to make sure your content is understandable, accessible, and value-driven to catch the end-users' attention.
- Select Courses under the Manage Learning Content section of your Dashboard
- Click on a course/bundle that you would like its landing page optimized
- Click on the Settings tab and select SEO
- Fill out the SEO title and SEO description fields, and optionally, the Course Keywords field
Customize SEO for Your Home Page, Default and Custom Page
For all other landing pages, you can customize the title, description, and thumbnail image in the settings area for each of the pages in Site Builder. By default, if you do not set a title, description or image for a page, it will inherit and display these values from your home page.
These values are available to be customized on all public pages that are capable of being crawled. These pages include:
- Home/Site Landing Page
- Sign In Page & Sign Up Page
- Collections page
- Any of your Custom Pages
- From your Admin Dashboard, select Design Your Site
- In Site Pages, select a page to open in Site builder by clicking the pencil icon
- Once Site Builder has opened, click on the cog icon on the top-right
- Fill out the Page title, Page description, and Thumbnail image field
- Click Save
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the best dimensions for my images?
Different platforms use different dimensions and can change their default dimensions at any time. We would recommend that you research the preferred dimensions used on your anticipated platforms of choice (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Reddit). The image picker in Thinkific was designed so that you have the ultimate control over what dimensions work for you and your business.
Why is my image or SEO information previewing incorrectly?
Old content may be cached, meaning that your updated SEO information may not present correctly when shared. For example, if you recently changed the image on your SEO image field, when shared to Facebook, the image may not update. This is because Facebook has not crawled your link and updated the fields accordingly. Many online sharing sites, like Facebook, have a debugger where you can re-run the link which re-crawls the content and updates it. We would recommend searching the relevant platforms of choice and seeing if they have a debugger available.
Why isn't Google pulling in my most recent SEO changes?
It takes between 4 days and 4 weeks for your site to be crawled and indexed by Google. If you are seeing outdated data, you can request Google to recrawl your site.
Learn more here: Ask Google to recrawl your URLs
You can find your sitemap here: What is my sitemap?
Where can I find more help on SEO best practice?
If you are looking for best practices, check out our blog for some tips!