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Search Engine Optimization – 11 “Golden” Tips

Search Engine Optimization is the single most powerful tool available for webmasters and bloggers to promote their business. People “Google” all the time and it is said that if your website is search engine optimized, almost 3/4th of your work is done.

So What All Things Are “Essential” For SEO?

These are the “Golden” rules one must comply with to get the best result –

The Title Tag Is Critical

The title tag is the single most important piece of content for people who search. Keep it short: Keep it to roughly 8-10 words (60 characters approx with spaces). Lead with the most important care word for that particular page. Always start off with what is specific about the page and move to what is general. Many websites begin their title with their brand or organization name, and then follow with what is unique about the page. (This is a very common mistake, so check out your website).

The Description Tag Is Recommended

The description tag is not nearly as important as the title. However, it does have some value. Write it as a summary and keep it also small, say under 30 words. It should be written in a compelling, clear manner clearly explaining in a short and sweet way what your blog is all about.

Light Pages, And Lean, Quality HTML

The less HTML code you have, the better, as it makes it easier and faster for the search engine to index your page. Aim for a total page weight of 50 KB for any page (that’s including graphics). Certainly, anything over 100 KB is going to be slow, and some search engines don’t like pages that are over 100 KB.

Have A Site Map/Index

People like site maps/indexes, and so do search engines. Make sure that the site map is available on the homepage, that it is presented in a text-based format, and that it is kept up to date.

Avoid Flash

I’ve nothing against Flash design except for the fact that I generally detest it. It’s such a waste of time; fourth rate TV advertising by people who will never get the chance to do a real TV ad. Search engines don’t like Flash either and find it very hard to index Flash-based pages.

Build Your Website In Static HTML

You don’t need a “dynamic” website unless you have dynamic content, such as airline seat availability and pricing which needs to be dynamically published from a database because it constantly changes. You may store your website in a database but you’re better off publishing it as a static HTML website. It’s cheaper, the pages will download faster, and search engines will find it easier to comprehensively index your website.

Avoid PDF’s

One of the sure signs of a badly managed website is that it has lots of PDFs. Publishing content in PDF is usually a shortcut. Search engines have got better at indexing PDFs but it is still recommended that you publish a heading and summary in HTML.

Avoid Frames

Frames are a very bad idea.

Watch Your JavaScript

Any links that you have in JavaScript should also be published in HTML, otherwise, the search engine won’t be able to follow those links. Rollovers are cool but they cause nothing but problems, so unless you have a brilliant technical team, avoid them.

Alternative Text

As a rule, you should have alternative text for every single image. However, the only alternative text that search engines recognize is for those images that are linked. Make sure you use descriptive, care word-rich text.

Keyword Tags

Over the years, some websites tried to trick search engines by stuffing keyword tags with lots of popular words. Because of this, most search engines give very little value to keyword tags value to keyword tags

Summary

For small to medium-sized Web sites, search engines are the most important source of traffic. Unfortunately, getting noticed in the search engines isn’t an easy job. A Web site manager can spend months getting a site listed in an engine, only to find it ranks 50th in their search results. It’s hard to give universal tips for improving search engine ranking because each engine has its own set of rules. In general, though, a page will rank well for a particular query if the search terms appear in the TITLE tag, the META

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