A major concern which comes up when talking to K-12 schools, colleges and educational institutes is that feel SEO is all about marketing and they do not want to market their schools.
My answer to them is that search engine optimization (SEO) is something which as essential as having a website. Do you consider having a website as marketing yourself? You do not. Similarly, you should not consider SEO as totally marketing. It is about ensuring your website is optimized to be better placed on search engine result pages (SERPs).
To understand this better, let us get into the discussion of why a school needs a website? Some of the major reasons for having a website are:
- Improved communication with parents, staff, students, potential parents, potential staff etc.
- Establish your school identity
- Reach out to global audience 24×7
- Central place to update things
A website is only useful if people are able to find it easily. With about 80% of the traffic originating on search engines, it becomes absolutely important for schools to be found there.
Search engine optimization strategies help your website reach out to your target audience easily.