الثلاثاء، 12 نوفمبر، 2013

Growing Your Audience With Search Engine Optimization

By Margene Woliver


Search engine optimization is often explained in complex terminology when it is simply a way of increasing your website's chances of ranking highly by manipulating your web content to include the words that your target audience might use to find your website. This article seeks to simplify the explanations so that search engine optimization becomes less intimidating.

In order to improve your search engine optimization, use as much natural language as possible. Don't pack your text full of keywords as search engines will count this against you, knowing it has been a trick to boost search rankings in the past. Instead, use carefully chosen keywords sparsely throughout your text.

To make your website more "crawl-able" for search engines, you should ensure that your website has a complete site map. If you do not know how to make one, you can find free site map generating tools online. Making your site more search engine friendly will give you a better chance of increasing your site's rankings.

When you are deciding what phrases to use throughout your site, use this quick Google test to see if your page has a chance of being a "top result." Search each of your potential key-phrases (in quotation marks) individually. Choose the key-phrase that retrieves the least amount of results. This way, you will have less competition within your search result pool.

Don't do any more SEO until you have web analytics in place. You need web analytics software so that you can clearly see which SEO methods are working and which are not worth your time. Without this software, you will not be able to optimize your SEO effects and could waste a lot of valuable time and money on methods that don't bring any results.

When optimizing your website, be sure to optimize your description meta tag as well. Some experts believe that keyword meta tags are nearly worthless today, as search engines no longer use them, but that descriptions will usually show up under your page title on the results page, and they are also involved in the indexing process.

Courting media attention for your website can be a powerful tool to optimize its search engine performance. You don't need to seek out national or international press. Local and industry-specific media are more likely to pay attention anyway - and may even give you better results. If your site is mentioned and linked by trusted media sites the effect with search engines will be significant.

Whenever it is possible, use your keywords in your URL. Search engines pick up on keywords that are placed in the URL. Instead of using numbers or text in article URLs, try to use a CMS that will use real words. These should be the keywords that readers will, most likely, search for.

Never use "hidden" links that visitors cannot see. These links are a holdover from the very early days of search engine optimization, when search engine crawlers would blindly follow the links and improve a website's ranking accordingly. Today search engines are smart enough to avoid hidden links, and some will even penalize you if they find them on your website.

Maybe some people make a fair point that wealth should be more evenly distributed, but regrettably, that type of thinking doesn't do much to pay your bills. You just need to focus on doing what you can to take care of things. Apply these SEO tips so that your business stands an even better chance of longterm success.




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