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Engine Optimization - A Must
By : Alec Duncan
As you surf
the web take a look around at many of the sites you see. Do you notice
anything that seems strange? Well, let me point it out to you. There are
hundreds of thousands of web sites that just don't get much traffic. Some of
these sites house hundreds of articles, reviews, tutorials, tools, products,
forums to mention a few things, yet still they do not receive large amounts
of traffic. What is their problem? They have the content. What is left?
The problem is these sites aren't optimized for the search engines. SEO,
Search Engine Optimization, SE Friendliness, however you refer to it doesn't
matter, the fact is it works and I'm going to tell you what's involved.
Before we continue let me familiarize you with some relevant terminology in
my own words.
Search Engine Optimization
Search engine optimization can be referred to as the addition and
modification of all variables and extended variables of a web site in hopes
of achieving a better position in the search engines. By variables I mean
components of a website such as META tags and content. By extended variable
I mean things such as links from other sites.
Different SEOs, search engine optimizers, may have different opinions on
this but alas this is only my own.
What is a Search Engine Optimization Company?
A search engine optimization company is a company that offers the service of
creating and adjusting all the variables involved in search engine
optimization in order to get your web site the best ranking they can
achieve, during the designated project period, for all the major search
Search Engine Optimization Hurdles
Back to the question of why these sites rich with content aren't bringing in
the numbers. There are several reasons why sites small and large aren't
optimized for the search engines, fortunately these can be remedied.
1. Many webmasters/site owners believe in "If You Build It They Will Come".
This attitude will get your web site no where fast. Sure if you build it you
will get users maybe even a decent amount of users but you will not be
unleashing the real potential of your web site.
2. Not feeling that your site can do better than it is. Websites can always
be further optimized. Search engines change their algorithms all the time so
what worked 2 months ago may not work as well or at all in present times.
For any of you that fee you can get your site optimized better, think of the
story of the Little Engine and don't think you can, KNOW YOU CAN.
3. Laziness is also a major contributing factor. Many webmasters feel it is
just too hard or too time consuming to do search engine optimization.
This is partially true. Search engine optimization is not easy but then
again, anyone can do it. It does take time though and time is a precious
commodity. In situations where you just can't devote the time to search
engine optimize your site I would recommend seeking the services of a
professional search engine optimization company. You can choose one here
4. Time + cost = a deterrent. For a situation like this I would recommend
optimizing little by little on your own. Eventually you will become better
and better at it and be able to accomplish more in less time.
5. Another problem is many people think "Well my site is only a small site,
there is no way I will be able to compete with the larger sites that have
top spots in the search engines". If you think like this I'd like to say
this to you. It is possible that that if you optimize your web site you may
not be able to compete with the larger sites and may not be able to get a
page 1 or 2 ranking in any of the search engines, BUT, what if you did.
Always shoot for the stars so if you fall short you will at least hit the
Now for those of you who plan to better your websites via Search Engine
Optimization here are the stages you need to follow in order to have an
efficient and effective SEO campaign.
Planning Your Search Engine Optimization Campaign
Planning is an essential factor in your SEO campaign. Knowing exactly what
steps you are going to make and in what order and how you are going to go
about achieving each of those steps will save you not only time but it will
save you frustration as well. Planning is essential.
Researching the Most Effective SEO Strategies
What works and what does not. You will need to learn as many optimization
strategies as you can that are currently effective with the search engines.
This will be one of the most time consuming steps in your SEO campaign as
you will have to sift through information as well as participate in SEO
related forums to get additional information from professional. You can take
this process in stages and apply your newly gained knowledge as you get it.
There is also some useful software available both free and paid that will
greatly help with this effort. WebPosition Gold is one of the more popular
Search Engine Optimize Your Site
This should be done in stages so you can see the effectiveness of the
applied strategies you are using. Don't change your entire site all at once,
instead, change a few areas at a time and see what results they produce. If
you are satisfied with this then move on and optimize another section.
Search engine optimization does not only deal with your site it also deals
with the relationship other sites have with yours and yours with theirs.
Keep this in mind when utilizing your link building strategies.
Monitor Your SEO Progress
There are many ways to do this you will have to find the best method for
you. You will need to monitor your search engine ranking for the keywords
you are targeting after each update. Changes should be recorded and used as
references to monitor progress and for strategy adjustments. There are many
tools for this process as well. I recommend SEOCount.com for monitoring your
progress on the Google search engine as it is very easy to use and you can
monitor several domains and keywords all from within the same account. It
also gives you the option of viewing the number of backlinks.
These steps follow the Plan Do Review methodology which is a proven strategy
for engaging in any task. It is again unfortunate that there are so many
webmasters who overlook this entire process; hopefully this article will
stop you from making this same mistake. For more information on search
engine optimization visit
About the Author :
Alec Duncan is the founder of Li'l Engine a search engine
optimization site. Get more great SEO tips at
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