When you search for something on the internet using a search engine, how often do you go past the first page of results? If you’re like most people, you don’t need to go past page one to find what you want. And that’s why your website needs search engine optimization, or SEO. Here are a few ways to make sure your site shows up at the top of the list.
There are limits to what a webmaster should do to optimize search engine indexing. Some strategies for SEO can be pushed too far, resulting in spam-like, content-free web pages. Not only are these kinds of pages not appreciated by visitors, search engines will discount them in results rankings and can even drop a website, entirely, if it appears to use unethical SEO tactics.
You may be looking to optimize your site to cover every contingency, but you would do better to focus on a smaller, manageable number of keywords, and claim the top search spots, then to overextend yourself and try to conquer too much search territory. Pick five to ten keywords, do your homework, and then optimize your pages with that focused set of words in mind.
Try a DIY approach to learning SEO. There are many resources available. For example, books are available, and there are many websites that are quite instructional.
Include the most important keywords for your site in the left-hand navigation bar and title of your homepage. These texts will be searched before the main text on your website, so you should include the keywords with which you would like your site to be most closely associated with..
Visit your site and check to make sure that the title tag at the top of your window describes the content that you are looking at. Be sure that it contains the keywords that you want readers to associate with your website. If you are a small local business be sure that the key local search words are included in the title tag.
It is important to produce and add new content frequently. Set a schedule for releasing content and stick with it, whether it’s daily, a few times a week, or just once a week. The more content you pump out, the more often search engines will index your site. Sites that have new content on a regular basis tend to rank higher in the search engine results
Don’t post duplicate content. This could happen by accident. When you use the same description for a product across many pages, it can save you time, but search engines may consider it spam.
If you are running an internet search, it is useful to know, that the first page of search results, are the ones that have the most pertinence to your query. As such, clicking on them, should provide you with the best answers about the topic of concern.
SEO is the best way to make sure your website gets to page one of those search results so that people will see your site and hopefully purchase your product or service. Following these tips will keep your site rising until it’s number one on the search engine results pages.