In your HubSpot account, navigate to your blog, landing pages, or website pages.
Hover over an existing page or post in your dashboard and click Edit.
On the left panel, click the bar graph icon to open the Optimize tool.
- Click the Core Topic dropdown to select a topic. If you don't have a topic related to this page yet, select Add core topic. Enter the name of your new SEO topic and click Save.
- If this content is your topic's pillar page, click Attach to topic. If this is support content for a subtopic keyword:
- Select the Is this supporting content? checkbox.
- Click the Subtopic keyword drown menu to select a subtopic keyword. If you don't have a subtopic keyword related to this page yet, select Add subtopic keyword. Enter a subtopic keyword and click Save.
- Click Attach to topic.
To edit the topic or subtopic keyword your content is attached to, click the X next to the topic or subtopic keyword at the top of the Optimize panel.
Below your content's topic information is a To Do list with recommendations to optimize your content for search engines. Recommendations are listed in order of how much they can impact SEO. Click a recommendation to expand more details.
Recommendations are populated by a HubSpot crawler that reviews the HTML markup of the page for the following:
- H1 tag: your page should contain exactly one H1 tag to make it easier for search engines to know what your content is about.
- Image alt text: adding alt text makes your images accessible to visitors who use screen readers and helps SEO crawler read your page. The alt text should match the file name, without dashes, e.g. Inbound Marketing Software.
- Inbound links: search engines give more authority to pages with inbound links from authoritative and relevant external websites.
Please note: for an internal link to be detected, it must be hosted on the same subdomain as the URL of the page you're scanning. This subdomain must be a tracked domain in your reports settings. The tool can't detect internal links between your pages if there's a redirect set up between the two links, or if there's a query string appended to the URL.
- Number of images: good content contains a mix of written content and images. There should be no more than 50 images on a page.
- Number of links: good content contains links to quality internal and external resources, while too many links make your content appear less reputable. There should be no more than 100 external links on a page.
- Page title: the page title appears as the blue, bolded, underlined text on a Google search results page and across the tab of your web browser. Your page title should be less than 70 characters, and each page title on your website should be unique. It's recommended to feature your subtopic keyword or topic phrase in your title.
- Subtopic phrase: content attached to a subtopic keyword should feature that phrase and related keywords in the content and meta description.
- Word count: each page or blog post should contain at least 330 words. To improve your site's ranking with search engines, your content should contain keyword phrases and original content. Keep in mind that these are general guidelines, so it's OK if your word count is lower for certain pages (e.g., a Contact Us page).