Friday, September 9, 2016
Search engine optimization - the process of tweaking webpages to get better rankings on the search engine results pages - is not just a matter for the most technologically-savvy webmasters. There are simple tips that any website owner can use to dramatically improve their website's search engine performance. This article shares just a few of them. One of the undisputed best ways to reach the top of the search engine results page is by having great content. People will naturally want to return to your site if you consistently offer interesting or entertaining information. If you struggle to come up with great content, it may be beneficial to hire a professional writer. If you're new to SEO, consider using a pre-made template for a blogging system like WordPress. These templates add professionalism to your site, which, with good content, can attract human-created backlinks. WordPress in particular also has plug-ins that do useful SEO-related things like auto-generate a sitemap for your site on demand. Unfortunately, there are some great technical aspects of websites that can hurt your search engine optimization. For instance, you should avoid Flash plug-ins if you can allow it. Flash uses images, and search engines only read a site's text to determine its relevance. Even if you have great text content within Flash, most search engines won't be able to detect it. Your meta description should make an impact and demand a call for action from the searcher. Use words and phrases that get people to respond in a motivated way. Incorporate phone numbers or specific sales dialogue that create a buying atmosphere before they even click through. Keep it short and to the point at 155 characters. When describing your business or its products or services on your website, you want to keep search engine optimization in mind. However, your first priority should be your potential customers, not the search engines they may use. Place keywords strategically within your descriptions, but don't go overboard. Your text should flow smoothly and be user-friendly and easy to read. There are many ways to help buyers find your website, but repeating the same keyword phrase ten times within one paragraph isn't the optimal way to do it. Give each page on your web site a different title, in order to attract more attention from the search engines. Vary your use of keywords and phrases in the titles. Be sure not to use more than 65 to 70 characters in each title and include the most important words, early in the title. There are a lot of marketing and SEO services out there that claim that they can work wonders in promoting your site or products, but you have to be very aware of scams in this area. A service that promises to direct a large volume of traffic in a short period of time is probably too good to be true. Always get the opinions of others before parting with your money.There are several good forums where you can go for advice. Hopefully this article has illustrated that SEO is not a mysterious process set aside for the technologically illuminated ones of the online world. Good SEO is not a matter of arcane practices or total devotion; a webmaster at any level of technical know-how can easily implement basic SEO tactics and see a dramatic improvement in search engine performance.
Posted by Mike De Long at 9:34 AM