So you've finally established a web presence and you're up and running with a great website. But now you're faced with the process of optimizing your website so people can find you. Website optimization involves certain techniques that are used to drive visitors to your site. There are tons of ways to optimize a website, but it's easier to understand if it's narrowed down to a couple of important aspects - accurate descriptions and relevant keywords.
So why are descriptions and keywords so important?..
Using words that are relevant to your main topic is arguably the most important part of optimization. Having an outrageous design is one thing, but how do you get people to see your design if the words you use to describe it are not getting attention from Google? And if your site is ecommerce, how do you get enough people to go to your site to make money? Words are a powerful tool when advertising on the Internet, so let's examine the use of certain types of words that will help your website move forward in the search rankings.
Keywords (and key phrases) are words that you assume people will use when they search for a certain topic that corresponds with the content on your site. If the purpose of your site is to sell sporting equipment, then you could effectively include sports equipment" as part of your list of keywords. The relevant keywords that you use can be inserted into a number of different places within your pages to attract search engines when your site gets crawled. The page title, headers, lists, and links are a few strategic locations where your most important keywords can be stuffed. Crawlers are small contained software bots that actively seek out the purpose of your site by looking for what they think is important and relevant. Although crawlers look for pictures and links, they're also looking for what they think is relevant to your sites' purpose by reading or parsing your text. When they're finished, they carry this information back to the search engine machine to place your relevant topics into an index array.
To find out if your website has been included into the Google index, perform what's known as a "site:search" for your site's URL. For example, if your site is www.mywebsite.com, then simply substitute the 'www' for 'site' and submit. Ex: "site:mysite.com." If your site is currently indexed, then a SERP page will display every page in your site directory in an indexed fashion, and with only your pages showing up.
What is SERP?
When potential visitors (web surfers) enter their chosen search words, the search engines gather up a bunch of URL's that relate to those specific search words and display them in a list on a search engine results page (SERP). The list of URL's are accompanied with short descriptions and allows a visitor the opportunity to select the website that most appeals to him/her based on how well their search words matched the keywords in the pages.
Remember that while optimization is an effort to appease the search engines, there are other ways people will find your website. People will also find you through word-of-mouth, email, traditional advertising, the traditional media, news group postings, web directories and links from other sites. Although these forms are not organic (built in), many times these alternative forms are far more effective draws, depending on how hard you work them, than are search engines.
Links from other websites..
Another way to get the attention of search engines is to get quality links to your website from other reputable Internet addresses. Just any old links won't do however, they must be roughly the same subject matter and rank well on the search engines. This can be one of the most difficult parts of the optimization process, but if your site is informative and full of rich content, the links will eventually come as you attract other website owners who are looking for websites with quality content.
This process is known as "link building" and involves building a network of links to and from other websites. It requires dedication and consistent effort and is the most difficult and time-consuming task of search engine optimization. If done right, it performs well to get a website ranked high.
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