Tips for Improving SEO on Baidu

SEO Baidu

In the West, Google has virtually the monopoly on Internet search in most countries. But in China, Baidu (百度), HaoSou (好搜) and Sogou (搜狗) search engines are dominating.

Baidu is the most popular search engine in China. As of May 2021, it accounts for 72% of the Chinese search engine market share. 

If your website is registered under the .cn domain, then below are some tips to keep in mind for improving your website’s SEO :

Creating unique content 

Baidu will highlight unique content, so make sure not to duplicate other versions of your content elsewhere on the web, otherwise Baidu will shadow the duplicated contents.

Use simple URLs 

– Avoid special characters, numbers and dashes into the URLs

– Use popular keywords

– Use SEO friendly words for news pages related

Pay attention to quality and quantity 

Make sure that your publications have a minimum of 300 words on each page.

Think about mobile optimization

In China, 61% of the Internet traffic is made on the mobile phone, consequently all your website pages, articles and social media posts should be optimized for mobile, below are some requests for mobile version : 

– Report your website on Webmaster Tools 

– Highlight the visual quality of the web page 

– Produce qualitative content 

– Make responsive design for the accessibility of the website and pages 

– Ergonomics and optimal UX experience are important

– Good readability of the page is pleasant

– Fast loading time (between 1 and 3 seconds) is highly recommended

– No error pages displayed 

– Use the meta tag “location” by mentioning the province and the contact details of the company to allow the mobile website to be located 

More information for mobile content adaptation on this website.

Take a look at research trends 

By using Baidu Index, you can determine what are the research trends in China. You can refine your search by provinces, cities, age groups, gender, socio-professional category…

Get the official website icon “官方” which shows validation by Baidu 

Validation icon of Louis Vuitton on Baidu

Validation icon of Louis Vuitton on Baidu

Showing this “官方” icon off will increase your click rate and your trust rank for a better e-reputation. More information on this site.

Display advertising

Advertising on Baidu’s display network is a powerful way to increase brand exposure in China. By setting up advanced targeting advertising, you could reach the right audience that could be interested in your website.

Creating traffic from your social medias to your website

Florasis' Wechat account

Florasis’ Wechat account

From your posts published on Wechat, QR codes or on the Wechat’s account menu bar, all of these tools should redirect to your official website.

Digital marketing is also for B2B in China

Digital marketing is also for B2B in China. With WeChat marketing, you can build your brand in China.

If you are not present on Chinese Social media, you do not exist in China. And this trend is even more true post Covid-19.

In B2B, the communication between companies is also between people who are used to consume and be on digital for their life.

(read also Is WeChat worth using in a marketing campaign for B2B ? )

China is a digital and mobile country.

Email is not the right channel to communicate with customers or suppliers. And employees are also using platforms such as WeChat for work and communication.

At the foundation of a good marketing strategy, there is the education of the market to create awareness of your brand and products and services. Social media are also the right solution for market education. Then seminars, fairs can be run together to increase touching points when back to normal time after Covid-19 crisis.

Herein the basics of a marketing strategy:

The double We: Weibo and WeChat for lead generation and to nurture your leads.

You need to open official accounts for both Weibo and WeChat. Official account is a trusted account which has been certified.

Weibo is good tool to attract leads to your WeChat account. On WeChat, you will nurture your leads through personal interactions.

WeChat groups will help you to educate the market thanks to the sharing function. Companies can communicate and answer to their leads and customers on the WeChat platform.

It is also easy to show your products on WeChat thanks to H5 pages or mini programs.

Make sure that the accounts are manned, that questions are answered quickly.

Baidu: the search engine to implement SEO and SEM strategy .

Google does not work in China. Potential customers need be able to search for your products on Baidu.

You need run a Baidu PPC campaign to make sure that your ads can show on the top position where you target your leads. This will drive traffic to your website or platforms.

You can invest in a quality chinese website that meet B2B customers just to be ranked on Baidu to let customers find you. The website can be done after few months from China entry.

Zhihu: equivalent to Quora.

It is the professional platform in China and also quite a good place to educate market. Many experts are using Zhihu in China. You can ask questions to get answers

Linkedin:

For leads generation if your community is very well connected with Western world. Linkedin is a good B2B platform, unfortunately many Chinese companies are not using it

Digital marketing is also for B2B in China such as WeChat marketing. And this is different from western countries.

Find out more:

Emotion Digital can help you define your B2B digital marketing roadmap and implement it effectively. You can follow us on Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/company/emotion-digital . And contact us for a first free consulting call to support you about your Chinese B2B journey.Book your call here: https://bit.ly/33oADAg

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us at project@emotionchina.cn

We can propose you customized digital marketing services according to your needs.

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