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10 Clear Ways to Help People Find Your Site

Search engine optimization, also known as SEO, is the process in which you rearrange your site to get a higher ranking in the search engines, thus making it possible for more people to find your site.  There are many things you can do to optimize your site for more exposure in the search engines.  There are also many things you should not do because you and your site could be penalized.

Accurate and efficient SEO is critical to your site as most sites are found via search engines.  Search engines have evolved and are now much more selective in what they look for in a site.  Your SEO must adapt to this evolution to keep up your rankings.

While SEO methods can get complex and confusing, there are basic and clear things you can do to increase your chances of showing up in the search engines.  By integrating the following optimizations into your site your rankings and your traffic should increase.  Take note of the things you should not do as well.

1.  Keywords – Many professionals will tell you that keywords are one of the most important factors in successful SEO.  When choosing keywords you need to zero in on your business as much as possible.  For example:  if you sell jewelry, using the word jewelry will more than likely not be enough.  You need to target your products in more detail.  What kind of jewelry do you sell?  What attracts people to your jewelry?  What would you search for when searching for jewelry?  You can find out what keywords people use the most when searching for products by using Google’s keyword suggestion tool. 

DO NOT be too repetitive in your use of keywords.  This is called keyword stuffing and is very much frowned upon by the search engines.  Use a Keyword Density Tool to make sure you have not overused your keywords.

2.  Page Titles – Page titles are important for your SEO because they let the search engine spiders know what the page is about and in doing so make your webpage easier to index.  When writing a spider-friendly title it all comes back to keywords.  Choose some of your most effective keywords but be sure to make the title appealing to human eyes as well.  Be sure your title makes sense and reads clearly.  For example: jewelry diamonds, rubies, emeralds, rings, bracelets and more, is not a title but a string of keywords.

DO NOT make your title more than 70 characters because the excess will not show up in the search engines.  You will then get one of these ………. which does nothing to get people to click on your page.

3. Quality Content – The search engine spiders are always looking for quality content on the websites they index.  Don’t make your site a giant advertisement.  Provide tips, information, resources and more pertaining to your business.   If you own a home décor site, provide decorating tips, ways to save money with home decorating, etc. 

DO NOT let your content go stale.  You must add new information on a regular basis.  This is critical to your SEO success.

4. Quality Links – Getting other quality, high-ranked sites to link to your site can be substantial for your rankings.  Always link to sites that will be helpful and beneficial to your visitors and to you.  Find high ranked authority sites and contact the webmaster.  Offer to place their link on your site if they do the same for you. 

DO NOT link to junk or spam sites just to get more backlinks.   A good thing to do is to ask yourself if you would find the site helpful.  Would you visit this site or spend any time on it?  Does it actually provide any useful information or content?  If not, don’t chance damaging your reputation by linking to it.

5.  Clean, Clear and Concise – Make sure your site is clean, easy to use and read.  Have you ever been to a site that just takes you round and round and you never seem to find what you’re looking for?  I call them merry-go-rounds and leave as quickly as possible.  To me, they are about the worst kind of site.  Be sure your site provides clear and concise navigation to all your products, content and other aspects of your site.  Provide links to all your pages organized in a user-friendly way.  Keep your site clean and clear of too many ads, clutter and junk.

DO NOT load your site with flash or frames.   Both of these can cause problems for the search engines.

6.  Image Alt Attribute – Search engine spiders cannot read images so be sure to use alt attribute to add keyword rich image descriptions. 

DO NOT make your image description too long.  A few words are usually sufficient but you could use a short sentence or two if appropriate.

7. Site Map – A site map will help make your site much easier to read for the search engine spiders and your human visitors.  A site map is simply a page that lists and links to some or all of the pages of your website.  Using an XML site map will make it much easier and effective for the search engines.

DO NOT put too many links on your site map.  This could confuse the spiders and they might mistake you for a link farm.  Stay within a 25 – 40 link range. 

8.  Social Networking – The astronomical rise of social media has had a huge impact on SEO.  Be sure to get involved in social media and link to all your social sites via your website.  Be sure they are all connected.  My favorites are Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.  Get on over to those sites and get connected!

DO NOT join too many social sites.  Find a few that work well for you and focus on participation and building your brand. 

9. Page Speed – The speed at which a webpage loads is not the most important factor in your site ranking but making the speed the most efficient it can be will be well worth the time.  Many visitors will leave a webpage in about 10 seconds or less if it does not load.  Clean up your pages as much as possible.  Make excessively long pages into two or more shorter pages.  Reduce the size of your images.  Fortunately there are many things you can do to improve your page speed.

DO NOT load up your site with special effects, flashy lights and other unnecessary clutter.  You want your site to look sharp and professional, not like the Vegas strip.

10. Broken Links – If you have excessive dead or broken links on your site the search engines will consider your site to be a poor quality site and it will affect your ranking.  If you have a lot of external links on your site, be sure to check them regularly.  Sites do die out and the links are no longer valid so you want to make sure you check them often. 

DO NOT underestimate the impact of broken links.  If you let them go unchecked and amass too many of them your site will suffer.

Don’t be intimidated by search engine optimization.  There are many small things you can do that will make a big difference in your search engine ranking.   Take some time to learn how to do these not so complicated steps and watch your site start rising to the top!

About the Author:   
Don’t be one of the statistics who fail at their online business.  Terri Seymour
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10 Tips for a Spider Friendly Website

What exactly is a spider?  Electronic spiders, also known as bots or crawlers, are how the search engines find your site.  These spiders are sent out on a mission to find information on the millions of websites that exist.  These spiders crawl through the web making lists of words found on websites.  These words are the key to people finding the information for which they search.

The spiders will begin crawling through the most popular of websites.   They will then begin building their list of keywords and will extend their search by following every link on each site.  If there is a link to your site anywhere on the web, the spiders will find it. 

Each search engine will have its own rules and standards but the process is basically the same.  The spiders, however, can only read textual content and cannot click buttons or use drop down menus.  They have limited power and capabilities.

Once the spiders retrieve the information, it is collected in a database which is how the search engines determine your ranking.  This information is what people find when they use keywords to search for websites. 

So with this in mind, you want your site to be spider friendly so they visit you often.  There are things you can do to invite the spiders to visit your site.

What the Spiders Like:

1.  Robots.txt file – The first thing the spiders will do is look for a robots.txt file.  This file will let them know which pages of your site they need not bother with.  All sites should have this file even if it is blank because it is the first thing the spiders look for.  Not only does the robots.txt file let the spiders know what not to look for, it is like an invitation for them to come into your site.

2.  Head Section – Once the spiders find the robots.txt file, they will move onto the head section of your website.  Here they will look at your title, meta tags, and keywords.   Be sure your title includes descriptive keywords and is not too long.  If you want your entire title read keep it at 60 – 70 characters.  Your meta tag description will let the spiders know what your site is about.  Make it clear, descriptive and keyword rich.  This is what will usually show up in the search engines when people do a search.  When listing keywords, be sure that these words will also be in your site content.  Do your keyword research to find out the best words to use for your site subject. 

3. Website Content – Next on the spiders journey is your website content.  Be sure to add fresh content to your site regularly.  Several times a week would help encourage the spiders to visit often.  Within your content, you need to have the keywords and meta tags that are listed in your head section.  This is what the spiders will be looking for.   They will also look for and follow links within your content. 

4.  Site Map – Having a site map on your site will enable the spiders to easily navigate through your site and index more of your pages.  Your site map should contain only text links to all your pages. 

5.  Backlinks – Backlinks or inbound links are very important because it elevates the importance of your site in the eyes of the spiders.  The number of quality backlinks to your site is greatly considered when ranking your site.  You want backlinks from sites that are relevant to your site and have good rankings as well.  If you participate in reciprocal linking where you place a website’s link on your site so they place your link on their site, be careful to only link to quality, relevant sites.   Linking to sites just to get more inbound links can hurt your rankings more than help. 

What the Spiders Do Not Like:

1. Javascript Navigation – Javascript might be a great idea for the design of your website but unfortunately it is invisible to the spiders.  If your links are invisible to the spiders, they will be unable to crawl your site and index your pages thus hurting your ranking.    To remedy this, either do not use the javascript navigation or add text links somewhere on your page.   

2.  Doorway Pages – Doorway pages are standalone web pages visible only to the search engine spiders.    Doorway pages are useless and irrelevant to human visitors. Because of this, the search engines consider them to be manipulative and could get your site penalized or banned. 

3.  Frames – I am with the spiders on this one and will immediately leave any site that is built with frames.  They are hard to navigate and hard to read for both humans and spiders.  The spiders will only be able to navigate your homepage and will not be able to properly index your site.   There are ways around this but the best thing, if possible, is to not use frames at all. 

4.  Images – Images are very important on a website but unfortunately the spiders cannot read images or the text within the image.  Not using images could be very damaging to our sites so when you do use images, be sure to add ALT tags.  ALT tags are a way of adding text to an image so the spiders can read what the images are about.

5.  Flash – Flash can make a website very dynamic and innovative but again the spiders cannot read or understand it so your site will not be indexed as it needs to be.  Using some flash on your otherwise html-based site could be considered ok but if your entire site is built using flash, don’t count on any traffic from the search engines.     

See your site as the spiders see it by using a free search engine spider simulator.  Just enter your URL and see what the spiders see.  You, of course, want to make your site pleasing and easy to use for your visitors but remember it is also important to make the spiders happy which in the long run will increase your ranking and make you happy!  

About the Author:   
Don’t be one of the 95% of people who fail at their online business.  Terri Seymour can help you make money online.  Find out how to increase your traffic and sales with her popular “How to Build Your Online Business” ebook for FREE at:  ==> http://www.SeymourProducts.com