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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Avoid These SEO Practice

Using your keywords improperly

Search engines are very clever, but they aren’t so smart that they can’t be tricked. Search engines do search sites for content, but they can’t exactly read the content the way that human beings can. Some web sites bury their keywords around a bunch of other words, in text that has no form and makes no sense. Long strings of text with random words like “boating fishing hunting outdoor adventure fish boat hunting the great outdoors forestry fishing rock climbing boating water onboard Alaska” come up all the time. Search engines may only be looking for the words “fish” and “fishing” and since those keywords appear within what seems to be content, a false ranking is given. But don’t do this! Customers don’t like this, and in the end “tricking” a search engine is never a good idea. Your keywords should appear within real content on your web site. Then you will get a genuinely high ranking.

Improper use of META tags

META tags are part of the html code that is used to create a web page. The META tags are what you use to tell search engines what keywords are on your web site, what keywords you want potential visitors to use when searching for your piece of the Internet. Some may use META tags to try and “trick” search engines in a similar way as described above. This won’t work long, however, and search engines do not look by META tags alone. Search engines always search content.

Having false content

“False” content are long strings of text that make no sense, that are only on the site to make use of keywords for search engines. While it’s important to impress the search engines and get that high ranking that’s so valuable, it’s more important to impress your visitors. Visitors like great content, too, and they’re going to be put off by a bunch of text that doesn’t make sense and isn’t a good read. While it’s true that most of the content on web sites is only skimmed over briefly by viewers, you still want that content to make a little bit of sense to them. Have good content, at least real content, and make the most out of your keywords using that content. That’s how to get a truly high ranking with a search engine, ethically.

Tips to Pick the Right SEO Content Writer

There are almost as many SEO writing techniques out there as there are SEO writers, so it is important that you look into the exact style that will be used. While some writers have a specific keyword pattern that they use, others simply make certain that they sprinkle the keyword throughout the webpage, and yet others include sub-keywords as well.

Everybody has his or her own idea of what works best with the different search engines, and while none of these have necessarily been proven to be the best, you may wish to find out about the results that the SEO writer may have achieved in past projects. Some of the questions that you may wish to ask along those lines are as follows:

– How long has the writer been writing SEO?
– How long has the writer been using the specific SEO style that s/he feels works best?
– Has s/he ever received the highest ranking for a keyword article written?
– Has s/he ever received second to fourth place with keyword articles written?
– Will the writer provide samples of keyword articles written in the past?
– Is the writer able to work with strange sounding keywords that aren’t necessarily grammatically correct or spelled properly?

Many web designers believe that for good SEO, the writer must have a background or experience in the precise field about which he or she will be writing. Surprisingly enough, in the majority of cases, this is not true. The reason for this is that keyword articles are generally not written for informational purposes as much as they are simply there for their keyword placement. Though SEO content may contain accurate and useful information, it is usually more general in its topics, allowing a non-expert to write about it. The focus of these articles is writing a general, accurate piece that uses the keyword properly. Anything too in depth will not allow an SEO writer to properly utilize the keyword in the correct pattern and the right number of times.

Therefore, it is important that when you are hiring an SEO writer, you need to understand that any information included in the articles you’ll receive will not likely be anything too innovative, but will rather be information that can be easily gathered using a search engine, or information that you have provided the writer. Keyword article writing and standard article writing are two different art forms.

The final factor that you should consider among SEO writers is price. When looking at the prices offered, make sure that you believe that the price you’re paying is fair, but don’t undervalue the product that you’ll be receiving. If you are expecting a superior product that will achieve the best results in search engines and web directories, then you will likely be paying a little bit more due to the experience and skills that are necessary to provide such results. Consider your SEO content an investment that will serve your website and your business well. It will give your site a good start at achieving high ranking on search engines, and will continue to provide traffic for your site into the future. Furthermore, if you find a good quality, dependable writer, then you’ll always have someone to use when more SEO content is needed. Considering how much it takes to find such a quality writer, that alone is well worth a few extra dollars.

 

The Worst SEO Mistakes

Here are some issues where everyone agrees. Among these, the most prominent are:

– Not having a web page title
– Using too many graphics, images, or flash animation on a given web page
– Having a menu system that is prohibitively complex

It is extremely important that every web page on your site has a title. Without providing a descriptive title that is search engine optimized with the right keywords, you’ll not only hurt your ranking, but you’ll turn visitors away. Consider it the equivalent to owning a store without a sign and with blackened windows. To make sure that you’re doing your best on that level, make certain that each web page on your site has its own unique title that is specific to its content. Try to make sure that it includes the primary keyword for that page, to ensure proper SEO for search engine spiders.

By using too many graphics, images, or flash animation, you may be pleasing the eye, but search engine spiders won’t see it the same way. Search engines focus on the text content of your website. Their spiders crawl through your site looking for text, keywords, and other indications of purpose. They cannot, however, understand images or flash animations, nor will they ever understand their appeal. Therefore, though images are great ways to add appeal to your visitors, by adding too much to any given web page, you’re decreasing the value of your search engine optimization. To reduce this problem, try to create a balance on your page where the text content is given the true priority, and images, graphics, and flash animations are only a compliment, not a focus for the page. You can also help your website by adding alt tags to each of your images so that you are providing the search engine spiders with a bit of text, even when it’s an image that actually shows up on the page.

The menu system of your website is the key to being able to properly navigate around it. Search engine spiders are typically considered to be relatively basic programs and struggle with anything but the most primitive menu systems. For example, if your menu involves JavaScript or a Java applet, the search engine spider will not be able to recognize any of the features, and will not be capable of properly navigating the site. Certainly, these can be very appealing to people, but search engine spiders don’t have the same ability to interpret the features of a website as people do. For proper search engine optimization, a simple textual link is your best option as it is the easiest for a search engine spider to understand. It makes your site much more likely to be seen in full by the spider, and therefore receive the best indexing and ranking results. Furthermore, the majority of the time, an extremely complicated menu system can quickly be replicated and implemented using textual links and CSS. This will make an enormous difference in your SEO results, and will be welcomed by all of your visitors who are still using dial-up and other slow connections.

If you must use a complex menu or site navigation system, then make sure that you at least provide a site map that is readily available via a text link from the home page. This site map should use text to clearly link to every one of the other pages of your web site. This way, even if a spider is unable to use your regular menu system, it will be able to reach all of the pages by way of the site map.

By carefully watching to make sure that you’ve avoided these mistakes, you’ll be making a big difference in your odds of achieving high ranking due to your search engine optimization efforts. You’ll refrain from working against your own SEO efforts due to simple errors, and will enjoy much larger amounts of traffic to your website.

 

Common Mistakes that Could Affect your Ranking on SE

Optimizing for the correct keywords – Basically ‘Get real’ about what keywords you feel your website can be ranked for. If you have a ten page website in a highly competitive market then ranking naturally for the major terms will be close to impossible. Use the Overture keyword tool together with the number of results on Google to find out what keywords are searched for and how many other websites are targeting them. If you are lucky then you might even find a popular keyword that not many other websites are optimized for. Alternatively a good tool for this job is Wordtracker from Rivergold Associates Ltd.

Code validation – If your html code is not valid then this could make it very difficult or even impossible for a search engine to separate your page content from your code. If the search engine cannot see your content then your page will obviously have no relevance.

Frames – Even though most, if not all, major search engines now index frames and even with the use of the NOFRAMES tag you run the risk of your pages being displayed in the search engine results out of context. As each individual page is indexed separately, it is likely that your website visitors will not see your pages within your frame and will effectively be stuck on the page they arrive at.

If you must use frames then create a ‘Home’ link on each of your individual content pages and point the link at your frameset index page.

JavaScript navigation – If you use JavaScript to control your website navigation then search engine spiders may have problems crawling your site. If you must use JavaScript then there are two options available to you:

Use the NOSCRIPT tag to replicate the JavaScript link in standard HTML. Replicate your JavaScript links as standard HTML links in the footer of your page.

Flash content – Currently only Google can index Macromedia Flash files, how much or how little content they see is open to debate. So until search engine technology is able to handle your .swf as standard then it would be advisable to avoid the use of these. Again if you must use Flash then offer a standard HTML alternative within NOEMBED tags.

Dynamic URLs – Although Google and Yahoo are able to crawl complicated URLs it is still advisable to keep your URLs simple and avoid the use of long query strings. Do not including session IDs in the URL as these can either create a ‘spider trap’ where the spider indexes the page over and over again or, at worst, your pages will not get indexed at all. If you do need to include parameters in the URL then limit them to two and the number of characters per parameter to ten or less.

The best SEO solution for dynamic URLs is to use Mod-rewrite or Multiviews on Apache.

No sitemap – A sitemap is the search engine optimisation tool of choice to ensure every page within your website is indexed by all search engines. You should link to your site map from, at least, your homepage but preferably from every page on your website. If your website contains hundreds of pages then split the sitemap into several categorised maps and link these all together. Try and keep the number of links per page on a sitemap to less than 100.

Excessive links – Excessive links on a given page (Google recommends having no more than 100) can lower its relevance and, although it does not result in a ban, this does nothing for your search engine optimisation strategy.

Be careful who you link to – As you have no control over who links to your website, incoming links will not harm your rank. However outbound links from your website to ‘bad neighbourhoods’ like link farms will harm your ranking.

As a rule ensure as many of your outbound links as possible link to websites that are topical to your field of business.