SEO Settings for Square Online Websites
|Note: We do not provide SEO consultation in our Support Centre. For more information on SEO for your specific website’s needs, please consult an SEO expert.|
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) allows you to optimise your items and categories for search engine results, but you can also add SEO information to your Square Online site to help it rank better. One of the first steps to take is to edit the SEO settings for both your entire site and the individual pages that make up your site.
Note: It can take a number of weeks for new Square Online sites to be indexed and unindexed in search engine listings, and even longer for a site to show up in the results for specific keywords. Check out our Ultimate SEO Guide, which walks you through the ins and outs of getting indexed in search engines and improving your search ranking.
Although we don't provide SEO consultation for your Square Online site through our Support Centre, here are some suggestions to help you grow your website traffic:
Index Your Entire Website
The SEO settings for your entire site are located in the Square Online Overview page in Website > SEO. These settings are particular to your website's homepage, and what you enter here will sync to the SEO settings for the homepage found in your Square Online site editor.
Index Your Individual Site Pages
SEO settings for each individual page are located in your Square Online site editor within the settings panel for each page.
Verify Your Site with Search Engines
One way to help get your Square Online site indexed is to verify your site with search engines like Google using Google Search Console. You can also learn how to verify your domain using the HTML tag method in Google's support centre.
Although Google is one of the most well-known search engines out there, there are several others to note such as Bing by Microsoft. Learn more about how to verify your site with Bing on the Bing website.
Index Your Images
To set up SEO for non-background images on your Square Online site:
1. In your Square Online site editor, open up a page containing non-background images, or add a new section with images if you don't already have one.
2. Select the section that contains images, and select an image to open up the image menu in the editing panel.
3. Enter in alt text to describe the image.
4. Publish your site to see the changes live.
Image descriptions, commonly known as alt text, help search engines explain what an image is about, especially when the image doesn't load or a site visitor can't see it. Learn more about adding images to Square Online.
Your website also has a search feature that indexes your site's content. The site search feature allows your customers to search content and items found on your Square Online site. To enable site search:
1. In your Square Online site editor, select your website's navigation menu.
2. In the editing panel under Content > Icons, tick Search icon.
3. Complete any other edits, and Publish your site to see the changes live.
Note: Hiding the search icon disables search functionality on your site.
If it appears the site search feature isn't working properly, please contact Square Support.
Search Engines Not Updated
Since search engines aren't updated in real time, their search results won't immediately display any recent changes you've made to the SEO title and description of your Square Online site. It can take anywhere between a few days to several weeks for a change to be reflected in search engine results.
That said, if a visitor selects a link to your site provided by the search engine, they'll always see the newest version of your site. It's only the preview area shown in the search engine result that takes time to update.
If you see outdated search results appear on Google and would like them removed, you can learn about removing outdated content from Google search results in Google's support centre.