Written by Joel Walsh

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* Anchor text, like bulleted lists, boldface text, headlines and subheadings, has a higher chance of being read thanrepparttar rest ofrepparttar 149902 text. People tend to scan computer screens rather than read text word for word. Eyes will be much more likely to slow down from scan mode and actually read anything that stands out fromrepparttar 149903 page, especially hyperlinks.

* A web page will rank higher for a keyword in search engine results ifrepparttar 149904 anchor text of links to that page has that keyword.

Blunder Number 4: Only including an HTML-formatted link with "anchor text"

You really want that anchor-text link, but it is foolish only to provide that link. No matter what you do, a substantial number of publishers will reformat your article as plain text, and your link will simply disappear. That's why you need to have both an HTML link with anchor text and a URL written out in this format: http://www.yoururl.com/page

"But I'm only interested in getting my article on web pages so I can gain link popularity," you say. Well, a large number of plain-text email newsletters will be archived onrepparttar 149905 website ofrepparttar 149906 newsletter publisher. These newsletter-publisher webmasters won't usually remember at that point to get your HTML version to post online. The standard approach is just to automatically convertrepparttar 149907 URL to a link using special software.

Remember:repparttar 149908 publisher may be operating dozens of ezines and websites, so this whole step will be partially or completely automated, without anyone stopping to check for an HTML version. If you don't have a URL written out in your article, that link will simply be lost.

Besides, think of allrepparttar 149909 traffic you might have gotten from plain-text newsletter readers. Who would say no to free targeted traffic--isn't that why you want to rank high in search engines inrepparttar 149910 first place?

In fact, with paid online advertising going for more than a dollar a click on average, you really are throwing money away if you make any of these ezine article marketing and advertising blunders.

[Formatting: for web, please use "website content promotion" as the link's anchor text (visible link text)] Joel Walsh is the head writer of UpMarket Content, specializing in content creation and distribution. Learn more about website content promotion: http://upmarketcontent.com/website-promotion-package.htm

Google's SEO Advice For Your Website: Content

Written by Joel Walsh

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* Frames. The top two web pages listed forrepparttar most searched-on keyword employ frames. Frames may still be a bad web design idea from a usability standpoint, and they may ruin your search engine rankings if your site's linking system depends on them. But there are worse ways you could shoot yourself inrepparttar 149901 foot.

* JavaScript-formatted internal links. Most ofrepparttar 149902 websites use JavaScript for their internal page links. Again, that's notrepparttar 149903 best web design practice, but there are worse things you could do.

* Links: Most ofrepparttar 149904 web pages contained ten or more links; many contain over 30, in defiance ofrepparttar 149905 SEO bugbears about "link popularity bleeding." Moreover, nearly allrepparttar 149906 pages contained a significant number of non-relevant links. On many pages, non-relevant links outnumbered relevant ones. Of course, it's not clear what benefitrepparttar 149907 website owners hope to get from placing irrelevant links on pages. It has been a proven way of lowering conversion rates and losing visitors. But Google doesn't seem to care if your website makes money.

* Originality: a significant number of pages contained content copied from other websites. In all cases,repparttar 149908 content was professionally written content apparently distributed on a free-reprint basis. Note:repparttar 149909 reprint content did not consist of content feeds. However, no website consisted solely of free-reprint content. There was always at least a significant portion of original content, usuallyrepparttar 149910 majority ofrepparttar 149911 page.


* Make sure a professional writer, or at least someone who can tell good writing from bad, is creating your site's content, particularly inrepparttar 149912 case of a search-engine optimization campaign. If you are an SEO, make sure you get a pro to dorepparttar 149913 content. A shocking number of SEOs write incredibly badly. I've even had clients whose websites got fewer conversions or page views after their SEOs got through with them, even when they got a sharp uptick in unique visitors. Most visitors simply hitrepparttar 149914 "back" button when confronted withrepparttar 149915 unpalatable text, sorepparttar 149916 increased traffic is just wasted bandwidth.

* If you write your own content, make sure that it passes throughrepparttar 149917 hands of a skilled copyeditor or writer before going online.

* Update your content often. It's important both to add new pages and update existing pages. If you can't afford original content, use free-reprint content.

* Distribute your content to other websites on a free-reprint basis. This will help your website get links in exchange forrepparttar 149918 right to publishrepparttar 149919 content. It will also help spread your message and enhance your visibility. Fears of a "duplicate content penalty" for free-reprint content (as opposed to duplication of content within a single website) are unjustified.

In short, if you have a mature website that is already indexed and getting traffic, you should consider making surerepparttar 149920 bulk of your investment in your website is devoted to its content, rather than graphic design, old-school search-engine optimization, or linking campaigns.

[Formatting: for web, please use "website content provider" as the link's anchor text (visible link text)] Joel Walsh's archive of web business articles is at the website of his business, UpMarket Content, a website content provider: http://UpMarketContent.com

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