As you might recall, I started writing a series of search engine optimization tips. I started with search engine optimization tip number one, the title tag. Now, after 35 search engine optimization tips, I thought I would do a quick wrap-up of all of the SEO tips so you can reference what I’ve written about so far.
- Title Tag
- Meta Description Tag
- Keywords on Your Web Page
- Meta Keywords Tag
- Linking to your Home Page
- Keywords in your URL
- Anchor Text of Internal Links
- Keywords in Alt Tags
- Checking External Links
- Linking Out to other Web Sites
- Keywords in Heading Tags
- Text Surrounding Links
- Remove Unused Meta Tags
- Fix Duplicate Content
- Adding Content to your Web Site
- Add a Breadcrumb Trail
- Review Links and Reputation
- Linking within Sentences
- Whois on Domain Name
- Redirecting Traffic to Your Site
- Link Building Using Coupons
- Issue a Press Release
- Links Across Multiple Domain Names
- Use the Canonical Tag
- Check for 404 Errors
As I’ve said before, each one of these SEO tips should not take a long time to fix (or to check to see if you are following the search engine optimization best practices), and will be rather “short and sweet” and directly to the point. Take a look through the list and see if there’s anything that you might have missed.
Probably one of the most important search engine optimization ranking factor, the title tag must contain the keyword that you’re targeting on the web page where it appears. All web pages need a unique title tag.
Always use a unique meta description tag on your web pages. Don’t use the same one, use one that is unique to the web page where it appears. Make sure it is custom-written for that web page. The meta description tag is often used in the search results, especially if they keyword someone searched for appears there.
Use the keywords on your web page in your copy. If your web page is about SEO, then mention SEO several times on your web page. Don’t just mention it once, mention it more than that. But don’t overdo it.
Link to the real home page of your web site, this is http://www.yourdomainname.com/ and not http://www.yourdomainname.com/index.html. That’s pretty simple and make sense: I’m amazed at how many web sites do NOT do that.
Name your web pages appropriately. If your web page is about search engine optimization, I would expect it to be called “search-engine-optimization.html” or something similar to that. I wouldn’t expect that web page to be named 12363.html.
Pay attention to how you are linking to your other web pages on your web site internally. Describe each web page using the appropriate anchor text. The anchor text of the link should match the main keyword(s) in the title tag of the page you’re linking to.
Not only will this help your web site be more ADA compliant by helping blind people read your web site, you will help the search engines learn more about the images on your web pages.
From time to time it’s important to take a look at who you are linking to. You might have a link on your web site that used to be pointing to a great resource: but it since might have gone away and some domainer bought the domain name and pointed it to a site where you don’t want to link. Check your outgoing links.
Not only is it important to link to your own internal web pages, it’s important to be a good internet citizen and link out to other trusted web sites. I always try to link out to a trusted source like Wikipedia or another trusted source: directly to a resource on the topic you’re talking about. So, if your page is about search engine optimization, link out to the Wikipedia page about search engine optimization like I just did in this sentence.
Heading level tags like the H1, H2, and H3 tags are important to use on your web pages, and it’s important to put your keywords in your heading tags. Just don’t overdo it.
Carefully watch the text that surround the links on your site and the links to your web site. That text is imporant, as it can help the search engines figure out what your site is about and whether or not they will “count” your link or not. Read this tip to learn more.
There are a lot of meta tags that you just do not need on your web site. I only really recommend that you have a meta description tag on your site and a few others. Remove the meta tags that are not necessary.
Adding a breadcrumb trail on your site is not only a good idea to help your visitors see where they are. It is good for the search engines, and you may be able to include link text that will help rankings.
The search engines are looking for links that make sense, those links that are in the middle of a sentence. It’s better to have a link in a sentence rather than have a link buried in a footer or somewhere where someone won’t see it.
Moving code off of your web page and into an external file can help with “code bloat” on your web pages. Focus on putting the content that matters on your web pages.
Check the whois listing on the domain names you own; if they’re not correct then make sure they are correct. Sometimes we overlook things like this.
Consider issuing a press release and distributing it not only via press release distribution sites but send it directly to those who you think will be interested in it, including the reporters who have written about you in the past; and don’t forget the bloggers out there.
It is important to make sure that you don’t have a lot of links from the same domain name. I recommend trying to get one or two links from one domain name, and spreading out your links across multiple domain names. One link from one web site should be sufficient.
If you have a website that is dynamic in nature, you might want to read up on the canonical tag and how it can possibly help you deal with issues like duplicate content on your website.
You could be missing out on traffic, visitors, and links to your website that you do not know about. View your 404 errors and see which URLs on your website you need to redirect.
So, there you have it, an overview/wrapup of all of my search engine optimization tips that I have added to the blog so far. Take a quick look and perhaps bookmark this post as a reference. I certainly have, as I refer back to it quite often when optimizing a web site. I am certainly not done with these tips, so as I add more in the future I will continue to update this web page with the tips. So, stay tuned…
Our other SEO Tips:
- Search Engine Optimization Tip 36: How to Remove a Page from Google
- Search Engine Optimization Tip 35: Use the Google Wonder Wheel
- Search Engine Optimization Tip 34: Find the Best Page for Your Keyword
- Search Engine Optimization Tip 33: Find Deep Links to a Web Site
- Search Engine Optimization Tip 32: Focus on Keywords that Convert
- Search Engine Optimization Tip 31: Use SEO Friendly URLs
- Search Engine Optimization Tip 30: Promote Those Who Link To You
- Search Engine Optimization Tip 29: 404 Errors
- Search Engine Optimization Tip 28: The Canonical Tag
- Search Engine Optimization Tip 27: Expand Your Best Website Content
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