Search Engine Optimization Tips

There are many search engine marketing companies that are passing themselves of as search engine optimization companies and will guarantee you they will get you ranked number one on Google. They are full off it! There is no way to guarantee a number one position on any of the search engines for any amount of money. Refer to our search engine marketing versus search engine optimization page for an explanation of the differences. The best way to ensure a high ranking with the search engines in order of importance is to have good quality content, a popular website (which means a large number of back links), and one that is free of code errors. There are numerous other factors that help with website search engine ranking and any good web developer or SEO company will know about them.

Good Quality Content

For proper search engine optimization (SEO) the most important thing is to have good original content. I can not stress this enough. Each page of your website should pertain to only one keyword or concept. Each page that deals with a keyword or concept needs at minimum 250 to 500 words of text. Depending on the competition for your keywords you may need substantially more text. This basically means that you need to write an essay devoted to the keyword or concept of the web page just like you did in English 101. A good SEO company or web developer can help with suggestions as to what the content should be on what pages and you should consult with one but they are not experts about your business, you are!

Back Links

The second most important thing to have for proper SEO is a large number of back links to your site. The number of other websites linking to your site affects your search engine ranking. The greater the number of links to your site indicates to the search engines the popularity of your site. If there are two websites with essentially the same content the one with more inbound links will be ranked higher. The number of websites you are competing with dictates how many inbound links you need, at minimum it should be at least 100. The quality of the links is important also. For instance Google ignores links from Yahoo's business directory. The best links to have are from websites that are similar to your own. If you have a carpet cleaning company the best inbound links would be from other carpet cleaning companies. Of course if the reciprocal links are from competitors in your area then they would be useless. However, links from carpet cleaning companies in other states would be very beneficial.

Free of Code Errors

The third important thing is to have a site that the search engines can actually index. The pages should be error free. While many types of page errors will not cause a problem with the search engine robots, there are many that will. The W3C Markup Validation Service is an excellent resource to check web pages for errors. Pages can and should have text hyperlinks. JavaScript and Flash menus can not be followed by the search engines and the over use of them will cause pages to load slowly. Slow loading pages can cause the search engine robots to ignore the page and they are also irritating to human visitors to your site.

There are numerous other factors that help with search engine optimization and
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