Semalt: How To Write Home Pages For SaaS Brands?
Homepages are fundamental for any and every website. While every page on a website is important, the home page often determines whether or not a user will move on to other pages on the website. For SaaS brands, homepages are very critical.
Your SaaS brand home page is not just a landing page.
Why Is The Home Page So Important For SaaS Brands?
When it comes to SEO, the homepage tends to be particularly difficult for many SaaS brands. Most early-stage SaaS brands have their website consisting of a homepage and a few other supporting pages that do not contribute much value to the SEO of the site.
Even with more established SaaS companies, their SEO teams struggle to harness the benefits of having a good homepage.
In this article, Semalt will be letting you in on some of its secrets to optimizing your SaaS company home page.
What Is So Challenging About Homepage SEO For SaaS Brands?
When it comes to optimizing the homepage, everyone gets confused at some point. Whether as a Saas company, or another type of business, many web admins struggle to figure out the secret of optimizing their landing page. Simultaneously, the homepage is also one of the pages on the website with the most amount of investment.
The homepage is primarily a landing page regardless of the traffic source, which causes it to perform many roles for the website. The homepage is such a vital asset because it:
- Welcome visitors.
- It gives the first impression of a brand.
- Describes the purpose of a company or brand.
- It gives readers and search engine bots an idea of what visitors are most likely to benefit from being on the site. It shows the company's value and gives reasons why the company and products are special in the market.
- Provides many links to point visitors to where they can find more information on a certain topic.
What Makes SaaS Brands Homepages Unique?
Many early-stage brands do not have any other commercial assets. For many SaaS companies, the homepage plays a significant commercial role. In several cases, the homepage is the only commercial page on the site.
Another reason why the homepage is so complicated with Saas brands is the issue of brand recognition. Have you ever heard of Asana, Drift, or HubSpot? These are companies who use fancy taglines in their meta title tag to get away with it. As for other keywords, these companies have thousands of pages targeting their keyword phrases.
However, if you are a relatively new SaaS company on your way to establishing yourself as a worthy competitor in the industry, trying to beat more competitors as you focus on kick-starting your business growth, hoping that someone will search your name on Google search to find your website and visit your business is most likely not take you far. And this is where we come in.
The Role Of Homepages In SaaS SEO Strategy
The importance of homepages for SaaS brands goes far beyond the fact that there are no other pages you can optimize on the website for the time being. Your homepage explains what your product does, defines its category and the value users derive from using your product. The clearer you can explain all these details on your homepage, the easier it will be for search engines to figure out how to rank your website in its results.
As a new business in SaaS, your page attracts most of the organic traffic your site receives. Whatever mentions or PRs you acquire, they will most likely attach links to your homepage.
Initial link-building strategies like digital PR, guest posting, submitting your site to the SaaS directory, or podcast appearances will all draw traffic back to your homepage.
When other sites link to your homepage, they contribute PageRank, which is then distributed across your site, and it helps other pages on your website get found by search engine bots.
Homepages also function as the central hub for links. Smart internal linking usually takes place on the home page. Doing this properly will help you pass along the benefits of the PageRank your homepage has acquired onto new pages as they get developed.
What Keywords Does Semalt Use In Optimizing A SaaS Homepage?
While we treat every website as a unique entity, there are three primary types of keywords we focus on while writing a SaaS home page. The first type of keyword is obvious because it has to do with your brand. The problem, however, is finding the right phrases for the other Keyword types. To be able to pull this off and enable it to appear natural, we need to do some keyword research.
Despite the need to focus on other keywords, such as the product you're selling, it is still important that brand-related terms are used sufficiently and naturally on the homepage. At the barest minimum, we include the company name and the product name in the homepage's title tag. Using the company's or product name at the end of the tag ensures that the main focus of the tag is on the primary target keyword.
Generally, we try our best to sprinkle the brand across the page, but we do not overdo it. We mention the brand/product in the meta description, include these terms in some of the subheadings, under the tagline, and in the alt text for some of the images.
This is where we position your website for maximum impact to drive commercial traffic. The product category-related keywords we use to describe the primary category that also defines the products your website offers.
The keywords used may not always be the right keywords for defining the project's attributes or functionality but provide a generic view that tells users what the function of a certain product is. Product category phrases are used to describe a product to investors, clients, various stakeholders, or investors.
These types of keywords are the terms you'll read in those emails you get from salespeople or materials.
Where Do We Use Product Category-Related Keywords?
Considering that this is the primary keyword we would be using on every page, there are several parts of a webpage where it can be optimized:
- For the alt tags
- On the page, content body
- For the H1 tags
- In the meta tags
An exception would be when the keyword has a different user intent from the homepage.
In certain situations, the user intent of a product category-related keyword is different from the phrases you can use on the homepage.
Even if these phrases might appear to have a commercial intent at first, we may realize that they rank for various intents after inspection. Using keywords that cover a wide range of user intent would be unwise for new SaaS businesses. That is because ranking a homepage would be extremely difficult or even impossible for lesser-known SaaS brands.
When this happens, we present our clients with two options.
- Find a way out by identifying a different product category-related keyword. Using a keyword category keyword closely related to the original product category can be a way out for most brands. In this case, we can create a separate page that targets the original keyword you intended to use with content relevant to its intent.
- Focus solely on the brand. We usually don't advise clients to do this because it's too much of a compromise, especially for an early-stage start-up. Here, we focus solely on the brand and completely ignore the product category keywords.
Keywords Relating To The Product's Core Offerings
Once we've covered the brand and product category, we now need to focus on the other keyword phrases that describe your product. Certain keywords describe the product features and functionality, which is important to your homepage. While we do not classify these phrases as "primary keywords," we still consider them to be important, and we will find ways to weave them in.
What's more, is that you can use the home page to support other pages that will carry these phrases as their keywords.
Your SaaS brand's homepage is not just a landing page for your inbound traffic. It is a place that satisfies branded-related queries and serves as the central terminal to your entire site. We make it our duty to understand how your homepage can impact your organic search rankings for different types of queries now and in the future. We show you how your homepage helps you make good use of opportunities to come your way in the future.