Taking Your First Steps In Search Engine Optimization

business_seo_3-642_webA lot of start-up web business people are being sucked into dangerous traps today. They’re opting to use hosted sites provided by large companies, and they’re ignoring tried-and-true SEO tactics and are allowing these large hosts to do the “work” for them. Don’t become one of the unseen. Follow the tips so that your site can be found.

Search engine optimization is perhaps one of the greatest marketing tools to come about online, but without proper article submissions it won’t work out to your liking. That is why it’s imperative to search and find the best article directories to submit your hard earned work and watch the numbers start to add up.

Taking advantage of the opportunities that SEO presents means taking advantage of the various content directories scattered across the web. These great sites are specifically for submitting articles and reaching the public’s eyes. Having well written and targeted articles submitted to these sites will mean the right people read your article and more potential sales are created.

If you operate a WordPress blog, the best way to handle SEO is to grab one of the server’s many plug-in options. Instead of looking around and reading articles, you can handle everything on-site. A lot of the difficult steps of the past have been automated on a site like WordPress, so tinkering with the site a little bit, can turn you into an SEO aficionado.

Try creating a robots. txt file and placing it into the root directory. This disallows certain files to be accessed through search engines.

Make your descriptive tag engaging. Google and other search platforms will use it to create that little blurb about your site. Users often read these before deciding whether or not to visit a site. Concise, descriptive blurbs draw visitors to your site, sometimes even before sites that rank higher than yours in a search.

Insert a keyword phrase on the URL to your website. Search engines will assign a higher value to your URL when they are determining the sites to spit out on searches. The more popular the keyword phrase of your URL, the higher frequency that your site will appear on searches.

Make URL’s with easy, simple and user-friendly keywords. Visitors will have a general idea of what your page is about without even clicking. Search engines will take these pages and rank them under those keywords, thus improving your ranking and getting you closer to a top page listing.

Site maps and videos are great opportunities to enhance a site’s SEO. You can use videos to familiarize your visitors with your staff and with your product. Post such videos to your site with keyword-optimized labels. Once your video sitemap is complete, Google Webmaster Tools can be used to submit your URL using Google Webmaster Central. Once you have done that, display the video on other sites, such as Yahoo, YouTube and Metacafe. Then, sit back and wait for your customers to come calling.

You read at the start that these large companies are offering business websites. After reading these tips, you now know why you shouldn’t go that route. The things you do to optimize your site will not be done by these big companies. They will only list in their own directories. Build your own site by using these tips if you want to be successful.  For more details, see this great article, “What is SEO“.