Friday, September 9, 2016
The Organic Way To Search Engine Optimize Your Site
If you had a dollar for every service available on the market that says it can take your site to the top of the rankings in just a few weeks, you wouldn't even need to be in web business. You'd be wealthy already. Stay away from those services and handle the SEO yourself. It's not hard to do, especially if you just follow these SEO tips to get you started and help you to stay on track. Create unique content on your site to get found. Think about what everyone else is saying in your field and say it in a different, more powerful way. You don't want to blend in and under your competitors by writing something similar to what they do. You'll probably never get found that way. Keep your writing fresh. To reach the top of the search engine results page, your site needs to offer regular, fresh content. One good way to keep a stream of new content is by including a blog on your site. This will show the search engines that your site is active, and if your blog is interesting, it will naturally bring in more human traffic. 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. Even though you want to search engine optimize your website, write for readers first and search engine bots second. Google, MSN, Yahoo, etc., now have some very intelligent bots crawling the internet, but bots don't buy goods in online stores, sign up for newsletters or inquire about your services. Humans visits have the potential to do all of those things, so while you need to include keywords in your text for SEO, keep the page readable. Determine if the keywords you are using in your site are conducive to internet searches. You can test this with any "pay-per-click" search engine. Type in your keywords and see how many other people are searching for those terms. Play around with your vocabulary, and see if you can get a key phrase that contains words that most people will search for. When you modify your keywords using this method, more people will find your site using a search engine. Use analytics to track collect data. This will provide large amounts of very useful data about the traffic on your site. You will be able to see were the visitors of your site had come from, how long they are staying on your site and what it is that they are doing on your site. As you can see, SEO isn't hard at all. It might all be Greek to you at this point, but given a little bit of time, the mystery will start to unravel and you will understand what it expected of you by the search engines, if you want your site found among the similar sites in your category.
Posted by Mike De Long at 9:35 AM