SEO 101

Oct 18, 2022

What is SEO? 

SEO, or search engine optimization, is the technical process of ensuring a website meets the standards Google expects in order to rank in their algorithm. It increases the visibility of your website by appearing higher in organic search engine results. 

Organic vs. Inorganic traffic 

Organic traffic is driven by content and keywords on your site that most closely match a consumer’s search. It requires no ad spend and is strictly based on the experience your site provides. Inorganic traffic is traffic that is the result of paid advertising. This is when a company pays to have their site ranked as a top result for a specific keyword.  

Organic traffic is important because it is a cost-free way for you to connect with your target audience and provide the unique experience that inorganic traffic cannot. 

Why does it matter? 

SEO is what allows your website and business to appear in the top rankings of these search results, driving consumers directly to your business. 

  • 93% of online interactions begin with a search engine 
  • 62% of consumers use search engines to learn about a new business, product, or service 
  • 41% of consumers use a search engine when they are ready to buy

What affects SEO? 

There are a number factors that contribute to a site’s SEO score. This includes factors both on and off page: 

  • Quality and consistency of content publication 
  • Location details 
  • H1 Tags 
  • Metadata 
  • Keywords 
  • Image optimization

What can I do to start? 

Update Metadata 

Metadata consists of page titles and descriptions. These can be managed for each individual page on your site under the Properties tab and under Metadata. 


  • No more than 60 words 
  • Keywords that describe what's on the page

For example: 

Your Agronomy page title might look like: Agronomy Services | Precision Agronomy | Crop Protection | 


  • This is what shows in search results 
  • No more than 160 characters  
  • Long form description of the page

For example: 

ABC Cooperative offers a full suite of agronomy services including crop consulting, precision agronomy technology, seed, nutrients, and crop protection. 

Add H1 Heading Tags 

Each page on your site should have one H1 tag. These are found in your actual page content, not in other header fields, and are established in site styling. Add an H1 (or Heading 1) to any page by checking the Enable H1 Header Tag box in a feature or hero widget. This will automatically set the Header Text for the widget as the H1 tag for that page.

You can also add an H1 by formatting text in a WYSIWYG widget using Headline 1 from the paragraph format drop down.

Be sure to only add one H1 tag per page! Contact the ATLAS support team for further assistance.

Develop Location Details Pages

Each of your locations should have a Location Details page with content specific to that location. These should include information such as hours, services offered at that location, and any other content specific to that location. 

Interested in diving deeper into SEO? Talk to your Winfield United Digital Experience Manager about our SEO audits and programs or contact the ATLAS team at

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