Positioning In Search Engines
Positioning in search engines is a very important factor for any serious online presence.
To begin with, let's make sure we are on the same page with regards
to the definition of the term "Positioning In Search
Engines". When we talk about positioning in
search engines we are referring to how well your web site
is ranked in the major search engines for the keywords and phrases
related to your web site.
In order to acheive good positioning in search engines
there are several steps that must be taken including the careful selection
of keywords and phrases related to the subject matter of your web
site. The integration of those keywords and phrases into the content
of your web site, and the application of a number of technical procedures
that ties everything together. This overall process is referred to
as Search Engine Optimization
the objective of which is to assist the search engines with aligning
your web site with the Internet users that are performing web searches
using those same keywords and phrases.
Let's take a closer look at some of the most important steps that
must be taken in order to acheive good positioning in search engines
for your site...
Keyword Selection - Choosing the best keywords and phrases is the
foundation upon which you will build in order to get your web site
some excellent positioning in search engines. Unfortunately
though, one of the most common mistakes made when trying to establish
good positioning in search engines is targeting the
wrong keywords and phrases in the first place. Many web site owners
simply make some assumptions about what keywords and phrases they
think people will punch into the search engines when looking for their
products or services. The are a few problems caused by making assumptions
instead of performing a thorough analysis of what keywords and phrases
are best based on some facts. A proper analysis will provide you with
the following pieces of information which are vital to getting favourable
positioning in search engines for any web site:
- Exactly what words and phrases related to your website's subject
matter are actually being entered into the search engines by Internet
- How frequently are the words and phrases related to your website's
subject matter being entered into the search engines compared to one
- How many other web pages appear to be targeting the same terms?
Once you are armed with the facts you can proceed with selecting the
best keywords and phrases so your web site will get good positioning
in search engines. The best keywords and phrases are the
ones that strike a balance between being used most frequently and
being targeted by the fewest other web pages. This is because is it
is much easier to get high rankings in the search engines when there
are fewer other web pages competing for the same keywords and phrases.
If you decide to tackle the project of getting good positioning
in search engines yourself there are a couple of excellent
online resources you can access that will assist you in your research
for the best keywords for your web pages.
The "Search Term Suggestion Tool" at Overture.com
is free tool that is somewhat limited in terms of its functionality
but is helpful and... Free!
A more powerful and comprehensive suite of keyword research and analysis
tools are provided by WordTracker.com.
The service they provide is not free but is certainly affordable and
in the end will prove to be an excellent investment for anyone trying
to improve their web site's positioning in search engines.
Web Site Content - Once you have completed your analysis and have
decided on the best keywords and phrases for your site the next step
is to include them in the main content pages of your site. This will
dramatically improve your web site's positioning in search engines
for those keywords. Search engines appear to give favour to web pages
that contain a minimum of 200 words of text. Your carefully selected
keywords should be sprinkled generously throughout the body copy (text)
of your site's pages. They should not be repeated over and over again
relentlessly but rather, used as frequently as practical without adversely
affecting the quality of the content or the readability of the page.
Technical Steps - There are a few things that can be done as part
of the programming of the site that will improve your web site's positioning
in search engines. We touch on the most important of them
- Page Names - Whenever possible, the name that you give each page
on your site should be relevant to the content of that page and include
the keywords you are targeting for that page. Use hyphens or underscores
to separate the words.
- Page Titles - Each page on your site should be labeled independently
and the title should be relevant to the content of that page and include
keywords you are targeting for that page.
- Meta Tags - Although declining in importance with many of the major
search engines they still contribute to a site's positioning
in search engines and should be utilized according to current
guidelines. Of particular importance is the "Description"
- Image ALT Tags - You have the option to include descriptive text
that will be visible to anyone that holds their mouse over images
on your web pages. The text should be relevant to the image and its
purpose on the page. You have written a good ALT image tag if the
text is helpful to anyone viewing the page but was unable to see the
image itself. Whenever practical, work your keywords into the alt
text, this will add, however slightly, to your positioning
in search engines.
The list of steps above is by no means complete but they are considered
by most experts to be some of the most important technical steps that
should be taken as part effort to improve the positioning
in search engines of any web page.
List Your Site - The process for getting your site
listed in the major search engines varies depending of the search
engine in question. Many of the big search engines do not allow you
to add your site to them yourself. Instead, they add your site automatically
over time after their automated web-surfing "bots" visit
your site and "read" it to determine what it is about and
how to rank it vs. other pages for certain keywords. These bots most
often get to your site from other sites that contain a link to your
site (more on linking below). Some search engines do allow you "add
your site" to them by completing an online form. Some allow you
to do this at no charge others require you to pay. Still others will
allow you to list your site for free but provide an option to have
your site listed with them more quickly for a fee.
It is very important to also add your site to the relevant cateogories
in the major "directories" on the web such as DMOZ,
others. Not only do Internet users visit them to look for web sites
in a categorized fashion but many of the search engines use the listings
in the major directories to generate their listings and search results.
Reciprocol Links - Arguably one of the most important and cost-effective
methods of driving targeted traffic to your site and the positioning
in search engines of your site. This refers to the process
of getting the webmaster of another site to place a link to your site
from their own in exchange for the same from you. The effect of a
reciprocol link strategy is improved exponentially when the site you
are exchanging links with is related in some way to the subject matter
of your own site. There are two major benefits to this. The first
is that visitors to the other site that click on your link to visit
your site will be more qualified and highly targeted. The second key
benefit is more directly related to your site's positioning
in search engines. Some of the most important search engines
count a link to your site from another to be a sort "vote"
for your site's relevance and importance. More weight is given to
links that are located on other web sites that the search engine considers
relevant to the subject matter of your site and the perceived "importance"
of that site which again is related to the number and quality of related
links pointing to that site. An ongoing link building campaign should
be part of any web
site marketing strategy and Search
Engine Optimization effort.
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