Search Engine Optimisation
A popular myth suggests that adding your keyword phrases to the "meta tags" on your web site will give you great search engine rankings. In fact the meta tags only play a small part in getting your website pages well ranked.
To get good, sales producing search engine traffic for a page on your web site you need 3 key things:
Before you do this though, you need to identify a great keyword phrase.
Identify a Great Keyword Phrase
Choose popular keywords that are relevant to your product or service and you can create a flood of traffic - and a stream of sales that grows steadily.Use keywords that are not relevant enough and you could attract tons of people to your web site, who leave immediately because you are not providing what they expected to find.
Or if you get a top search engine ranking for a keyword phrase that nobody is searching for, you'll get no traffic and you've wasted your time.
So choose a keyword phrase that is searched for frequently, and about which you can offer expert advice.
For example, if you sell camping equipment then "camping gear" is a popular and relevant keyword phrase.
Good content on well constructed pages
We'll assume you have a great web site design company, so this will be covered.
If you prefer to do your own search engine optimization (and you don't mind a BIG learning curve), then search engine optimisation tools like WebPosition Gold give the best results. Otherwise hire a professional - it will save you both time and money and you are likely to get better results.
To get a great ranking you need to show search engines that your page is popular. That means getting plenty of links from other web sites that use similar keyword phrases.
To get ranked well for "camping gear", 10 links from web sites that talk about camping gear, are probably better than 100 links from web sites that talk about politics.
Effective ways to improve your link popularity include:
Traps to avoid (search engines may penalize you for these):
Remember - if you find a web site that you think is drivel and nobody would ever want to visit, then there is a good chance that a search engine will agree - so don't swap links with them.
Search engines want to return the best and most popular information to their customers - so make it your mission to produce it and make it popular!
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