The Ultimate Squarespace SEO Guide

You’ve designed your Squarespace site and are thinking about launching it, but you’ve always heard about Search Engine Optimization and want to make sure your website pops up on google, so you’re now super confused.

Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered! Below is a recommended list of action items to do during the pre-launch, launch and post-launch of your website!

Pre-Launch

  • Add a site title - Even if you're using a logo you should add a site title, as the text may be Indexed by search engines. We recommend you keep the title under 60 characters and include one or more keywords.

  • Add a site description - Add a short (50-300 characters), relevant, readable description of your site to your SEO site description. This text may appear below your site title in search results, depending on what your visitors search for.

  • Add your location - Your site has a better chance of appearing in searches for your area if Google and your customers can see your location. If you have a business with a physical location, we recommend you create a Contact us page with your address and a map. Alternately, in some templates your business information can display on your site.

  • Connect a custom domain - Using a custom domain (rather than the built-in .squarespace.com URL) strengthens your brand and makes it easier for potential customers to find you in search results.

  • Connect to social media - Set up social sharing to link to your social media profiles, push content as you publish it, and encourage people to share your pages.

  • Add social sharing images - Social sharing images display on social media when you or someone else shares your site. Add one to represent your whole site, one for each pageindividually, and one for each blog post, product, and event.

  • Add SEO descriptions - Ensure each page on your site has a unique SEO description. The text should be short and readable (50-300 characters), and describe the content of the page. You can also add SEO descriptions to individual blog posts, products, and events.

  • Check your page and title formats - Control how your page titles appear in browser tabs, social shares, and search engine results. You can set this for page titles, the homepage, and collection items (such as blog posts or products).

  • Create a custom 404 page - Customize the 404 Page with links to some of the popular or important areas of your site. This encourages visitors who encounter a broken link to stay on your site, rather than immediately going back to search results.

  • Choose your blog post URL format - If you're blogging, choose how your blog post URLsare automatically created. While you can choose any options that fit your needs, we recommend you always include the post's title.

  • Check URL slugs - It’s best to have URLs that reflect the content of the page. If you save a blog post, product, or event before adding a title, the URL slug will be a random string of characters. Check the slugs for each page and item on your site, and change any that don't use real words.

  • Ensure SSL is enabled - Confirm your SSL panel is set to the Secure setting. Sites without SSL may be penalized.

  • Review your content - Ensure you've followed our content best practices for all pages on your site.

Launch

  • Verify your site with Google Search Console - After you've verified your site with Google, you can manage your site’s presence in Google search results and see how visitors find you.

Post-Launch

  • Follow Google Analytics - Use our integration with Google Analytics for more visitor tracking and reporting.

  • Make updates strategically - Continue optimizing your site by following our content best practices.

  • Redirect changed or broken links - If you change the URL slug on a page on your site, create URL redirects to forward visitors who go to the old URL to the correct page.

  • Continue updating and adding content - Updating your site frequently helps search engines see your site as active site. One way to regularly add content to your site is to start blogging.


Learn more by reading Squarespace’s official SEO checklist here

Caleb Roche

Born and raised in Enid, Oklahoma, Caleb Roche is setting a new standard for how to create, connect, and inquest the business world. His inspiration and creativity stemmed from a mentorship with the former Oklahoma City bomber’s attorney. Learning the value of truth, dedication, and research, Caleb has taken his skills beyond courtrooms and incorporated them into business. He accomplishes every task with his extroverted personality and sincere care for the clients he encounters. Caleb looks forward to getting to know those he has the opportunity to meet and is excited about what the future holds.