How to Get Great Search Engine Placement

Written by Dan Kramer

The primary key to getting fantastic search engine placement for your website is using a technique called “entrance pages”. Entrance pages have just one purpose: to rank highly on one search engine for one keyword phrase. Entrance pages aren’t pretty… what looks good to a search engine usually looks terrible to a human. Also, entrance pages must be specifically tuned to one phrase and one search engine.

Let’s examinerepparttar reasons for using entrance pages compared to just submitting your “home page” torepparttar 128207 search engines. An entrance page is optimized by various techniques to achieve a high ranking on a particular search engine. Your home page may not have been optimized at all… or it may be optimized to generally achieve a moderate ranking on all search engines. You see,repparttar 128208 techniques that achieve a high ranking on a search engine for a web page will kill your ranking on another search engine… so it’s practically impossible to achieve a high ranking on allrepparttar 128209 major search engines with only one page submitted (i.e. your home page).

That is why entrance pages are used. Using this technique, you can tune a web page to get a high ranking on one search engine for one keyword phrase. To achieve high rankings on allrepparttar 128210 major search engines for your keyword phrase, it is necessary to design multiple entrance pages. For example, if I want to rank highly underrepparttar 128211 keyword phrase “internet marketing” I will have to create separate pages for Alta Vista, HotBot, Lycos, Excite, InfoSeek, MSN, etc.

Entrance pages are not designed to look good. You don’t need a lot of graphics or glamour. What you do need are tags, <META> tags, <H1> headline tags, <IMG> tags, <FORM> tags, links, and body text sprinkled with your keyword phrase. Each search engine has a different ranking algorithm that determines your placement. Below, I’ll give some general pointers:<p>The most important tag in<IMG height=12 src="/the2.jpg" alt="repparttar 128212"> list above is<IMG height=12 src="/the2.jpg" alt="repparttar 128213"> title tag. The title tag sets<IMG height=12 src="/the2.jpg" alt="repparttar 128214"> text that appears in<IMG height=12 src="/the2.jpg" alt="repparttar 128215"> title bar of your browser. Most search engines use this text as one of<IMG height=12 src="/the2.jpg" alt="repparttar 128216"> major ranking factors when they spider your web page. You should definitely include your keyword phrase at<IMG height=12 src="/the2.jpg" alt="repparttar 128217"> beginning of your title tag. Be aware that listing your company name or welcoming people to your website should not be done in<IMG height=12 src="/the2.jpg" alt="repparttar 128218"> title tag. If you do that, you are wasting extremely valuable real estate on your website. A good idea is to put other relevant keywords after your primary keyword phrase. Some search engines look for synonyms on web pages, and if they are found, you are bound to rank higher.<p>Not all search engines recognize meta tags, but they definitely don’t hurt you, either. Many search engines use meta tags to allow webmasters to submit a description of their website that will be displayed with their link. They are also used in<IMG height=12 src="/the2.jpg" alt="repparttar 128219"> ranking algorithms. Meta tags should be placed in<IMG height=12 src="/the2.jpg" alt="repparttar 128220"> “head” of your web page, above<IMG height=12 src="/the2.jpg" alt="repparttar 128221"> body tag. There are really two types of meta tags to be concerned about here. They are your <META NAME=”DESCRIPTION” CONTENT=”keyword phrase here plus other related text”> tag and your <META NAME=”KEYWORDS” CONTENT=”keyword phrase here plus other related keywords here”>. One of<IMG height=12 src="/the2.jpg" alt="repparttar 128222"> important things to remember is not to repeat your keywords more than once or twice in your meta tags. <p>The next important tag is headline tags. Headline tags are used to make text appear large and bold. The syntax is <H1>keyword phrase here</H1>. Headline tags come in different flavors, <H1> being<IMG height=12 src="/the2.jpg" alt="repparttar 128223"> largest to <H5> being<IMG height=12 src="/the2.jpg" alt="repparttar 128224"> smallest. Search engines place importance on text contained in headline tags. 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