How much money and time have you spent on your website? If you haven’t spent much time on search engine optimization, or SEO, whatever work you have done on your website was a waste. If no one knows your website exists because it’s on page 9 of search results, how will they visit it? Here are a few ways to make sure that the search engines bring visitors right to your url address.
There is no sense in optimizing your site for “hooded sweatshirts” if your target market calls them “hoodies.” You simply must know what words people are actually using, not what you think they use. One invaluable tool in your quest is Google Insights, which will show you, in incredible detail, patterns of Google searches, either globally or by country, stretching back to 2004. Get a solid handle on the words people ACTUALLY use to find what they’re looking for and you can have confidence in the keywords that you choose for SEO.
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 making URL names for each page, keep in mind that search engine spiders cannot decipher dynamic language and session id names such as /page_id=59. Search engines won’t get anything out of this, so make sure that your URLs have meaningful language and keywords.
Be true to yourself and true to your readers. If you are putting content on your site that links to a product or service you don’t actually believe in, or that just brings you money, savvy people will see that greed and not want to come back to your site. Worse yet they will stop referring others to you.
The text on your site should be large enough for most people to read. In order to climb up the page ranks, you need to include accessibility features and optimize your website for text-to-speech readers. This is excellent for both your readers with impairments and disabilities, and your search ranking, as well.
If you choose to include Flash on your website, only use one Flash animation. Too much of this can take away from the focus of your description and information transfer, and also does not benefit your search engine optimization. One Flash animation will suffice to create a contemporary aura to your website.
You should always write good meta description tags for each of your pages. Description tags provide good value, because Google uses them to create short blurbs that are displayed under a page’s title on its search engine results pages. A very good description can be beneficial to you, as it may help lure visitors to your site instead of the competitions.
SEO is the best way to raise your ranking with the search engines so that people become aware of your website. Don’t spend most of your time tweaking design and content, if you aren’t gong to spend as much time on SEO. SEO can be the difference between everyone knowing who you are and no one knowing you exist.