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Make Your Website Search Engines Friendly to Grow Your Online Business January 26, 2011

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Search Engine Optimization is the biggest challenge for today’s online business. If you want to grow your online business, you need to make your website search engines friendly.

At first you should think about your business goals before proceeding website optimization. If your business goal is clear, you can achieve great success in your business.

Second thing is optimization. Optimization for whom? It should be the basic question before initiating website optimization. Answer is very clear, optimization for search engines to derive audiences and to complete business goals.

Google is the biggest Search Engine as we already know. It receives around 500 million search requests every day. Google has approximately 110 million unique websites and more than 1 trillion URLs.

In this situation, there is the biggest challenge for SEOs to put a website at the top of a search engine’s results, ensuring that it is seen and visited by a large audience.

SEO plays the vital role in modern advertising. In these conditions, there are some tips to grow your online business through SEO practices:

Make Hierarchal Architecture for Your Website:

Architecture is the root for any business. It is just like a plan. It is the idea how to explore your products on the website or webpage.

Make Meaningful Title with the Most Searched Keywords:

Title is the biggest aspect to get ranking in Search Engines. It should be meaningful, short and optimized with the most searched keywords.

Analytical Content:

Content is always known as the king on the web for the Search Engines. Content should be related to your web products and should be written with analytical approach.

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How to Make Effective Meta Tag Descriptions? May 15, 2010

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Title of the web page is not all things. It is able to say the whole content of the the web page. It is only the name of web page targeted by popular keywords. Keywords are the identification of the web page by which we find that page in search engines. Meta description is the introductions of the web page. It gives an overall synopsis about the products or content of the web page.

Meta descriptions are also appeared in the head sections of the web page just like Meta title or Meta keywords. It is also an HTML tag. Meta descriptions are useful for the web pages. It defines the web pages. Search engines show – Title, URL and Descriptions for any searches. Title gives 1st attraction, descriptions 2nd and URL 3rd. However, we already have discussed about the importance of keywords in search engine optimization.

Descriptions Tag:

I think most of the visitors derive to the site reading the descriptions of that search term. What exactly we are looking, says the descriptions. That description comes from our pages. About the Meta descriptions, I have seen many mistaken. People don’t make that on the basis of the given information. They include something else also which is not on the web page. For example – We have an SEO News site; we make a Meta like this – “Get news about SEO in India. Search Engine Optimisation news and tips are from the web page” or related to it. I think it is right. But if you make it as – “SEO, Online Marketing, Web 2.0 and Link Building Services in India. News, reviews about seo and seo services from the web site.” Is it right? I don’t think it is right.

What are the mistakes? They include other things also in their descriptions. On the other hand, there are already pages in their site related to online marketing and link building.

Another thing, descriptions should be descriptive and short. Repetition of keywords should be avoided. Should be used synonyms also instead of repetition.

An Opinion about Static URL and Dynamic URL February 24, 2010

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We can say that static URLs have physical existence and it display same information for all users. The page really exists on the server. Basically, HTML files are known as static URL.

Benefits of Static URLs:

The URLs are known as cache and search engines friendly.

These get higher ranking in search engines.

These are Ideal for promotion in search engines.

Disadvantages of Static URLs:

If the site is very large then it is very difficult to maintain static URLs.

Portals, big sites or e-commerce sites are not possible with static URLs.

Dynamic URLs:

These are not like static URLs. Dynamic URLs have not its own existence. It comes from server. .ASP, .PHP, .JSP, .ASPX etc. are the well known name of dynamic URLs.

Benefits of Dynamic URLs:

For portals or e-commerce sites these are the best.

You can easily maintain 1000 of URLs and updates them dynamically.

Disadvantage of Dynamic URLs:

Dynamic URLs sometimes are not cache friendly.

These are long and create query string URLs.

Dynamic and static URLs depend on your business requirements. If your business is big and it deals are related to customer oriented products then you need to develop a dynamic web pages or dynamic sites. Now, most of sites are on the dynamic scripts. Dynamic pages use Clint side script and server side script to browse a web page.

In the dynamic web pages contents, image, script, web design are separate on the server and when a user request an id then all the things come jointly on the browser.

For the informative and small sites static web page is right.

URL of static pages looks like this: http://www.example.com/seo.html

URL of dynamic web pages looks like this: http://www.example.com/seo?id=102

Now, the concept of about dynamic URLs and static URLs are very clear. Dynamic URLs contain long queries and parameters while static URL is simple with file name.

Importance of Keywords in Search Engine Optimization December 1, 2009

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Recently, a news came in light about the keywords meta tag. Google announced that it doesn’t consider Meta tag keywords for web ranking. About the Meta tag keywords, Google has written an article on webmaster central blog. I had read an article on search engine land also about Meta keyword tag that was also fabulous.

What is keyword?

For users – Keywords are search term to find out the appropriate results in any search engines.

For SEO – Keywords are the topic of the web page to get higher ranking in any search engines by the targeted keywords.

Importance of Meta Keywords:

For users: Nothing. The user can’t see the tag on the web page.

For SEO: Everything. But now it is nothing because Google has declared its concept about it.

Importance of Keywords:

For users: Users always needs related information whatever he performed in search engines.

For SEO: It is everything but there is a proper way to utilize it. Yes, keyword is everything for an SEO but how to use it on a web page is the biggest aspect for any SEOs.

How to Use Keywords on Web Page:

Keyword research is the biggest chapter in SEO field. So, an SEO should know what the most searches keywords are. We as an SEO should recognize what the trends of keywords are. What is customer, what is product and in what geography we have to interfere are the other things about the keywords research.

Keyword is used in title tag. So, an SEO should recognize about the density of keywords in title tag. Title is quite different from keywords so, don’t be confused about the title and keywords.

Keywords have greater importance on the web page within content and within product, alt tag, header tag etc. so, you have to know the proper density of keywords within content. Right placement of keywords within the content is everything.

Overall, Meta keywords tag are nothing for web page ranking in search engines but keywords have the major factors for web page ranking in any search engines.

An Opinion about Robot.Txt File October 29, 2009

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The chapter of Robot.Txt is not a new but recently, it came in light again when Matt Cutt talked about it on his blog. Robot.Txt file is known as to restrict the access to our site’s pages by search engine robots to crawl.

Use of Robot.Txt File:

Robot.Txt file disallow the pages to crawl by search engines that are restricted. Now, there are some questions – why we should restrict to crawl pages by search engine’s crawler, is it helpful to restrict pages etc.?

How to use Robot.Txt File:

This is the basic things about robot.txt file that how to use it. Many people still don’t know about the uses of it. It is used in dynamic and static both sites. It is always used in root directory.

Robot.Txt file is a txt file that contains some code of disallowing to index. You should need not to mention about allowing pages. You should write only disallowing pages in text file.

Importance of Robot.Txt File:

Robot.TXT is the best option to control over your own site’s pages. The pages that are not necessary for search engine, you can restrict them by robot.txt file.

For example:

Suppose, if you have a dynamic site. You are selling a product that offers 200 another products. You keep 20 products on a page. You make 10 pages to show the offers and products. You make a title for first page but the title goes to another 19 pages also. Now, there is a problem for search engine to rank your pages. Search engine understands different URL but there is same title on another 19 pages. Now, you can use robot.txt pages to disallow another 19 pages.

Another example:

Your site provides session IDs during the login; you can restrict session IDs also by the using robot.txt file.

How to Make Robot.TXT File:

Open a notepad and write these codes:

Example of Robot.TXT File

You can write many codes also to disallow your sites pages. You can validate your robot.txt after making it.

Some Basic Aspect of Search Engine Optimization August 30, 2009

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We already have discussed on various topics of Search Engine Optimization but still there are some more topics which are remained. In SEO, there are the biggest factors as On-page optimization and Off-page optimization. We already have discussed about those chapters. I need to explain some more basic chapters of SEO which is being ignored by many SEOs.

I have to deal Server Side Factors and some general topic of SEO. In Server side factors, the main topics are – 301 and headers status code.

Many times we face the problem. There is main problem with page redirection which is known as 301 URL directions also. There are big question on this topic. It should be redirect or remove? What is the purpose of redirection? Is redirection will work?

Yes, all these are right questions. From my point of view removal of URL and redirection of URL both have own importance. We should choose those URL to remove which have no visitors and nothing importance from search engine point of view. On the other hand, a page which has high PR or high visitors should be redirected. Redirection is not the last things. There is need of webmaster submission also. There is Google webmaster where all the redirection should be submitted to make known Google crawler about the redirection.

Another thing is Server status code. You should monitor your page server status code. What is it? It is 200 errors or 404 errors? In both situations you have to work on those.

Many times we face large page size also which make pages very slow to browse. So, proper page size should not be exceeded from 110 KB.

There are many browsers so; your page should be passed with each browser properly. All things should be appropriate in each browser.

Some other things are appropriate style sheet, appropriate templates and metadata should be checked, standard navigation, HTML and XML sitemaps and analytical code.

So, all these are basic things of SEO which should be passed properly through SEOs. These are helpful in crawling and ranking.

How to Get Higher Ranking in Organic Searches Your Site by Targeted Keywords June 19, 2009

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Today, in search engine optimization industry, the question is very hot. How to get higher ranking in organic searches a site by targeted keywords? It is the basic question of this industry. We, as an SEO can’t guarantee of #1 position but we always try to reach on #1 if we are ethical.

Unethical practice can reach us on #1 but it can be temporarily not for permanent. We, as an SEO analysis, research and study of search engines algorithms and try to follow that. We know that no search engines give their algorithm but we try to know that like a doctor to see the ups and downs in this industry.

I have always said that to get higher ranking by targeted keywords is not a vast task but I say here this word in another way that it is not an easy task also. There is only one fact to get higher ranking – keywords research and placement of those keywords in right way on the web page.

If we work as an SEO on a web site then we should understand very clearly our work. Our work starts from URL research and navigation of URL properly. URL research and navigation of URL is the biggest work for a site.

If you understand difference between dynamic URL and static URL then you will get succeed soon. You have to put your dynamic URL within static pages.

If the work of URL is done by you then you should proceed with keywords research and placement of keywords within content, title and overall webpage in right way. This is the basic and final work as an SEO which will guarantee to get higher ranking of your web page in organic searches by targeted keywords.

In this way, we have to cross some technical works also like – use of h1, h2…h6, use of fresh and unique content related to the web theme, use of alt attribute, use of anchor text etc.

Nowadays, in the SEO industry there is big problem of unique and fresh content. There is another big problem of optimized page and optimized content. If we solve these basic problems then surly we will get any web page in higher position in organic searches by targeted keywords.

On-Page Factors are The Biggest Challenge for SEOs May 7, 2009

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Many times, we have written about each and every factors of SEO. In my previous post I have written about search engine optimization and beginners guide for SEOs but here specially, I want to explore something different on the on-page factors which are the biggest challenge for SEOs.

Recently, I am facing big problem by URLs. After 3.5 years having worked in an online marketing company as an SEO now, I have joined in a new company which has never done SEO for its website. The website has been developed by developer and designers on contract basis. All the URL of the website (on which I am working) is in different languages like – .HTML, .ASP, .ASPX etc. Some URLs are browsing in pop-ups, some in JavaScript and some are in frames. URL structures are related to neither users’ point of view nor search engines.

During the work, I learnt about the proper structure of URL which is the biggest challenge for SEOs. Now, I think for a better site it is necessary to research and analysis of URL structure.

URL should be in proper naming conventions. Other problems are related to navigational structure. How to optimize a better navigation? It is the basic things to go through the 20 top sites with related industry. Better navigation structures derive – loyal visitors, returning visitors, increase leads and decrease bounce rate.

Title tags are the keys of websites. Unique and descriptive title and Meta tags related to the web page themes are also one of the biggest challenge for SEOs.

We have analysis and seen most of the sites are not including H1, H2 and H3 tags because they don’t know their importance. The tags tell the users and search engines, all the things are in proper and optimize way.

In most of the websites, there are same title and Meta tags with different URLs. Title tags in most of cases are not in a proper sentence. Most of the people include only keywords in title tags which look like spam and nothing else.

Some SEOs don’t know the uses of robots.txt also. The file tells the search engines what pages have to index and what not.

These are some on-page factors which are as challenge for SEOs. If we complete these works properly then most of the web pages can get higher ranking by their targeted keywords.

Content Factors in Search Engine Optimization April 20, 2009

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In the search engine optimization content has greater importance for a web page than other things. Content is known as king for the web page. But what should be criteria of best content? Search engines always find better and unique information on the web page to guide in right direction to users.

For the better content there should be some criteria – content should be theme related, content should be unique, content should be fresh, content should be informative and content should be correct by grammar.

Now, on the web page content should be in optimized way. For the content optimization SEOs should analysis the theme of web page and content with related keywords. Keywords should be placed in right way within content. Keywords density within content should not be more than 5-7%. Duplicate content are not allowed for better ranking so, it should be avoid.

For the better ranking it is better to place content in the main body after H1. Scrappy content prevent whole web page so, before placing content all factor should be in mind. There should be standard of web page content, article content and blog content. Web page content should be fully grammatically correct, fresh, unique, informative and theme related.

If a web page offers well established content on the web page then there is no need to put Meta description or keywords but title should be unique and related to that content. Content and title two things can guarantee for better ranking of a web page in any search engines.

Develop a Site from SEO point of view March 11, 2009

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I have already mentioned designing aspect for a site in my previous post. There is another aspect that called development. There are some topics to develop your site from SEOs point of view to get better ranking in major search engines.

In the development aspect you have to check junk codes which have not importance on the web page. Junk codes make a web page larger and they are not useful from search engines point of view. Mostly junk codes take place on the web page from designer or developer ends. SEOs should check that unnecessary codes time to time. On the web pages there could be unnecessary spaces also. Those spaces can be harmful from ranking point of view. So, in during the development of a web site you need check very carefully junk codes and unnecessary spaces to remove them.

Another thing includes with URL structure. During the web page development you need to create web folder or web URL. You have to care that in the URL never includes _ (underscore) or – (double hyphens). From the search engines and users point of view in URL you need to include – (single hyphens).

If your site provides logged in option then you need to disallow session IDs to crawl boats. You can include robots.txt file to allow bots to crawl your sites without session IDs.

You need to check always your site on different browser and load timing. Load timing should be exceeded. If load time is high then your site’s bounce rate will be higher.

There should be installed tracking codes in every static page of your web sites. This is analytic codes to track your sites behaviour. The code will let you know how to improve your site, from what sources visitors are coming etc.

Most of the people add Meta refresh tag on the web page. It should not be added on the web page. Meta refresh tag always restrict to show the original content when a visitors request to the web site.