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We provide churches a complete search engine optimization guide to help increase organic traffic and reduce their paid advertising spend.

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We've been providing small business search engine optimization services for more than 19 years!

Over the years, we've offered churches and other industries a variety of search marketing campaigns, including franchise, enterprise, ecommerce, and local search engine optimization campaigns.

The way we go about our church search engine optimization services includes a mixture of technical, on-page, and off-page search engine optimization strategies. This helps provide a balanced approach to optimizing your WooCommerce, Shopify, or WordPress website placements on search engine result pages (SERPs).

If your church could benefit from an increased position in search engines, read on and start saving money on paid ads!

How to Rank Church Websites on Google

As a church, you want to reach as many people as possible and grow your congregation.

Here are some SEO strategies that can help improve online visibility and attract more visitors to Catholic churches, Protestant churches, Orthodox churches, Baptist churches, Methodist churches, Episcopal churches, Lutheran churches, Pentecostal churches, Non-denominational churches, Evangelical churches, Community churches, Mega-churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, monasteries, or churches.

1.) Technical SEO Tips for Churches

Technical SEO refers to optimizing your church website's infrastructure so it can be properly crawled and indexed by search engines, which includes aspects like site speed, mobile optimization, XML sitemaps, and structured data markup. This ensures search engines can easily access, understand, and rank the website's content.

We can help out with all of these items and more, or you can handle them on your own:

  • Ensure that your church website has a responsive design that works well desktop, small laptop, tablet, and mobile devices. There are a lot of screen sizes out there to accomodate. On a desktop computer, you can resize your browser window from large to small to see how different layout elements adjust for smaller screen sizes.
  • Check your church website's speed using a tool like Google PageSpeed Insights. Don't get caught up trying to pass Core Web Vitals. It isn't always possible on complex websites and might not be worth the investment. Instead, try to fix simple things to get a score of 60+.
  • Use HTTPS encryption to secure your church website. Most hosting companies offer free SSL certificates that you can use.
  • Create an XML sitemap for your website and submit it to Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools to help search engines crawl and index your website better.
  • Implement schema markup related to churches to help search engines understand the content on your website.
  • Use canonical tags to avoid duplicate content issues if you have the same content available on multiple URLs of your church website.
  • Regularly monitor your church website's crawl errors and fix them promptly. You can find such errors in Google Search Console.

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2.) On-Page SEO Tips for Churches

On-page SEO involves optimizing each page of your church website to rank higher and earn more relevant traffic in search engines. This often focuses on elements like keyword presence, meta tags, quality of content, user experience, page organization, and internal linking.

We can help out with all of these items and more, or you can handle them on your own:

  • Create high-quality, original content related to your church's mission and values that targets your audience's search intent. While ChatGTP is a popular content writing tool, don't rely solely on AI content. It is often generic, repetitive, and/or inaccurate. Be sure to proofread content before you post it.
  • Include relevant keywords related to your church's mission, vision, and services in your website's page titles and meta descriptions.
  • Optimize the headings and subheadings on your church website with relevant target keywords related to your church's services and values.
  • Use target keywords related to your church's services and values in image alt tags to provide context for your website's images.
  • Use internal linking to help search engines understand the structure and hierarchy of your website.
  • Use descriptive URLs that contain relevant keywords related to your church's mission and services on your website.
  • Display testimonials and stories of your church members prominently on your website to build credibility and social proof.
  • Scan your website for broken links and fix them immediately. You can use this free tool from Ahrefs to scan for broken links.

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3.) Off-Page SEO Tips for Churches

Off-page SEO involves all the actions taken outside of your church website to impact your rankings within search engine results pages (SERPs). This includes strategies like link building, social media marketing, and reputation management. Such efforts help increase your website's reputation, authority, and visibility online.

We can help out with all of these items and more, or you can handle them on your own:

  • Build valuable backlinks from relevant websites, such as community organizations, or religious blogs and directories.
  • Create and maintain a strong presence on social media to engage with members and build community connections.
  • Encourage church members to leave reviews on Google My Business and other relevant review sites.
  • Collaborate with other local organizations and businesses to build mutually beneficial relationships and increase your visibility in the community.
  • Create listings in local business directories and citation sites that are relevant to religious services to increase your visibility in local search results.
  • Organize community events and outreach programs to build relationships and attract potential visitors to your church. Use relevant keywords in your event descriptions and marketing materials to improve search engine visibility.
  • Create informative and shareable content related to faith, spirituality, or social issues that can attract attention and build engagement with potential visitors.
  • Make videos to showcase your church's services, activities, and community involvement. Optimize the video content with relevant keywords related to your church and faith to improve search engine visibility.
  • Monitor your church's online reputation and respond promptly to member feedback and reviews. You should respond to negative reviews, too - not just positive ones.

We can review your website and rankings, then provide a recommendation on which areas of technical, on-page, and off-page search engine optimization need the most attention. This will help establish a budget and scope for ranking you higher in search results!

Alternatively, if you don't need help improving your rankings, check out this guide on DIY SEO!

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Popular Keywords for Church SEO Campaigns

Looking for suggested keywords to target within the SEO campaign for your church? Whether you plan to hire us, or optimize the site yourself, we've got you covered!

Before starting an SEO service for a church, we like to scan the website and see what you've got to work with for content and link authority.

From there, we'll check to see what types of programs or services you'd like to promote. Maybe you're trying to attract more people to your Sunday worship services, or perhaps you want to promote a special event or charity drive.

Having this information helps us determine what types of keywords to focus on for content writing and link building.

Common Focus Keywords for Churches

  • Church services [city/area]
  • Christian church [city/area]
  • Bible study [city/area]
  • Youth group [city/area]
  • Sunday worship [city/area]
  • Prayer group [city/area]
  • Community outreach [city/area]
  • Charity drive [city/area]
  • Vacation Bible School [city/area]
  • Christmas program [city/area]
  • Easter service [city/area]
  • Choir [city/area]
  • Sermon [city/area]
  • Religious education [city/area]
  • Mission trip [city/area]
  • Prayer request [city/area]

Keyword Tip #1: Churches often target keywords related to their services and location. This helps you attract local people who are searching for a church in their area.

Keyword Tip #2: You should consider targeting long-tail keywords, which are more specific and less competitive. For example, "Bible study for kids in Nashville" may be easier to rank for than just "Bible study".

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Pricing for Church SEO Plans

The cost of our managed SEO campaigns is determined by the amount of time you're able to set aside in your digital marketing budget for SEO.

Although we're more than happy to work with budgets starting at $800 per month, many of our customers have significantly higher budgets that we work with regularly.

To obtain an estimate for the cost of your SEO plan, please utilize the pricing calculator provided below.

Church SEO Cost Calculator

Answer a few simple questions about your needs and our Church SEO cost calculator will show you how affordable our Church SEO packages can be for you. To receive a personalized quote, just call 800-796-8263 or send us an email.

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