Search Engine Placement favors Active Websites


Prettymuch you can kiss the concept of meta tags (or keywords) good-bye.  Asit turns out, the days are done for encoding meta tags into the sourcecode of your site. Google simply does not place value on them anymore.

Now that’s not to say that placing keywords in otherparts of the source code is not important.  Key words should appear inat least 3% of the total content of your website. In addition, Iencourage the use of keywords to name your web page and image files. Forinstance instead of using the generic aboutus.html or services.html,name your files to denote your company name or specific service.

So let’s take a guy named Joe, who owns a Crab Shack inNewport Beach. I would suggest to Joe that he use joes-crab-shack.htmlinstead of aboutus.html, or fine-sea-food-dining-in-Newport.htmlinstead of services.html.  For images, instead of pic01.jpg bemore specific and use files names such as crab-cake-with-fries.jpg.

These tactics will help you climbthe search engine ranking, but be mindful of your nearby competition.Knowing Newport Beach, there are other seafood places there that arevery good and equally priced. They also may be using the same keywordsJoe may be using for his website, as well as following the same tacticsmentioned above.

So what may help Joeovercome his competitors when it comes to search engine rankings? Simply maintain a lively site that is always changing content!

Hereis how to achieve that and have fun at the same time.

  1. Blogging
    Blogging is considered to be a website’s best friend. Why? Because it is the easiest way to keep content flowing which is heavily favored by the search engines. You don’t need a web master to write for you. It is as simple as logging in, entering the content, saving it, and your content is updated.The popular software used for blogging is WordPress, others include Blogger, TypePad, Blogware, and Expression Engine. I highly suggest making sure that whatever software you use for blogging, that it is installed in your web server and under your domain name. So you should see, http://www.your-website.com/blogs/ or http://blogs.your-website.com/.  Having a site outside of your domain name is okay except that the search engines will give credit for the number of visits to blogging domain and not to your own, which will not help you the search engine rankings.

    You can find my blog at http://blog.webtipstv.com for all the info on improving your Internet strategy.

  2. RSS Feeds
    Okay so you may not to blog because you are simply too busy or just may not want to. If that is the case then I suggest finding a way so that other people’s articles can magically appear on your website.This is the magic of RSS feeds, which automatically updates news and articles about a topic. A great source is Yahoo News Groups. Just log in to http://news.yahoo.com/page/rss and you will find an entire library of events and news sources.

    Now the trick is to have the news feeds appear on your website. That requires special coding. Your webmaster should be able to help you there. Otherwise contact me and I will be happy to assist.

  3. Video
    Remember the song, ‘Video killed the Radio Star.’ That was the first song ever played when MTV launched. Now it’s ‘Video Killed the plain boring websites.’Adding video to your website, especially if the same video is uploaded to YouTube, will certainly help your search rankings. Of course, the video has to be fun and entertaining.

    Create a bunch of videos. Not just one.

A lively site is a site the search engines are looking for. Give a reason for your audience to keep coming back.

Any questions feel free to contact me at jimh@crystaldi.com.

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