SEO on Baidu, how does it really work?
Baidu, the largest search engine in China in 2023
Baidu is the main search engine in China as Google is blocked by the Chinese government. It is really important in China, even more, important than Google for the rest of the world because it controls more than 65% of the market share. Thus, it holds the flow of information for most of China’s 1 billion internet users who are confined mostly to Baidu results.
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Baidu is not Google
First, as a Chinese company, Baidu is compliant with the local laws and censorship of the state government. It is limited and cannot share all the contents desired.
Then, the search engine is only in the Chinese language that is more complex because some words have multiple meanings.
That is why the SEO strategy has to be adapted to this particular search engine. As a company, you need to know the specificities of Baidu to know how to increase your website ranking on the search engine. Here is some advice that could help you in your Search Engine Optimization strategy.
Optimizing your website on Baidu is a different task, some tips to succeed
Use the Chinese language
The first important thing to note is that you must use the Chinese language particularly the simple mandarin on your content. You should avoid words in Pin Yin because you target Chinese people that do not read Pin Yin. Most of the Chinese do not speak English very well so they will not read your article or website if it is in a foreign language. Moreover, Baidu will not reference your website if it is in English because all its algorithms are in Chinese as well.
Use a domain hosted in China
After, even if “.com” and “.net” sites are ranked on Baidu, the search engine favors the “.cn” domain. Thus, if you have a physical address in China, Baidu will list in a higher position your website on a search page.
Then, having a localhost server will improve the speed of your website.
Respect the censorship
Then, Baidu respects the government rules and the censorship so you cannot either criticize the government or talk about censored topics that attack the policy of the Government for example. You cannot either do connections with blogs with censored content otherwise your own website can be removed. Due to the strict censorship, if the local institution sees a site that does not meet their criteria, Baidu will simply refuse the listing of your website in its database.
Use relevant meta-tags
The search engine pays close attention to the meta-tags that your website uses. These meta-tags include the Title Tags which have to include your keywords like your brand name, the Meta-Descriptions, the relevant alt-tags to the post, and the H-Tags, every page should have 3 tags.
New and Unique content
Baidu does not tolerate plagiarism content so you have to use the WSA Spider to check Plagiarism on your site. The originality is prime and you have to deliver unique content.
Quality content but quantity as well
With good quality content, you will increase your chances to appear among the first pages of the search engine. Moreover, it will give you more credibility and help to develop your brand image.
But Baidu pays also close attention to the quantity of information that you provide, it does not mean that you have to offer quantity over quality. Both quantity and quality content must be provided.
Get a License from the Chinese Internet Publishing
In order to have your website in China, you have to first get authorization from Internet Content Publishing (ICP). It takes generally a month to get a license.
The main job of SEO is to make the website popular, and how does Baidu recognize a popular website or page? By the number and quality of the backlinks to this page or site.
How to get backlinks in China?
- PR With quality press release that you send to online news.
- Quality Blog / website : by publishing quality content to targetted website
- Company / Partners : to integrate links to partners or other companies.
- Forums : to publish short news or animate conversation on Forums
- Comments on Blogs , website
Having a specialised agency
It is not easy at all to optimize a website on the giant Chinese search engine. That is why we are here to help you with your SEO strategy. We are a team of professionals specializing in digital marketing. If you have any requests do not hesitate to contact us.