SEO Tips for People Who Arenít Dummies!

Written by Philip Lim


TIP ONE: THE IMPORTANCE OF KEY WORDS

Inrepparttar world of marketing online, one topic comes up over and over with great frequency: site rankings. It can sometimes seem to be repparttar 127939 'holy grail' inrepparttar 127940 highly competitive world of online marketing, where search engines rule supreme. The reality is that unless you have deep pockets indeed, SEO optimization inrepparttar 127941 long run will be more affordable than simply buying placement with click campaigns and advertisements.

This isrepparttar 127942 good news. The bad news is thatrepparttar 127943 process is slow, and it can take months (and months and months) of dedicated effort to achieve decent rankings (one reason you donít want to abandon those paid campaigns while optimizing your site). But it is well worthrepparttar 127944 time and effort inrepparttar 127945 long run, since it addressesrepparttar 127946 one issue that is foremost when marketing your product and services online: people use search engines such as Google and MSN to do their looking. And search engine listings that are highly ranked consistently outperform 'paid listings'.

So how do you get your site listed and ranked highly? Does it take dedicating your life fulltime to this effort, or specialized knowledge? The answer is "yes" and "no". It can help tremendously to hirerepparttar 127947 assistance of a firm that specializes in SEO (and, in fact, this is highly recommended). They can give you professional guidance in this arena, and steer you away from common mistakes.

But for those with a limited budget (which is most of us, nowadays, it seems) itís also possible to do your own site optimization, and work on a long-term campaign to help your site rise. It isnít easy (unlike those ads and books online that promise overnight success with no effort), but by rolling up your shirtsleeves and diving in, you can learn a tremendous amount, and help your site get found when people type in your products into a search engine.

TIP TWO: SELECT YOUR KEYWORDS CAREFULLY

Search engine keywords are what lead people (as in potential customers) who type in phrases in their favorite search engine to your site. When they go onto Google, Excite, or other search engines and directories, and are looking for a specific item, keywords are repparttar 127948 ones that they type in during their search.

To market effectively to them, you will need to think like them (this isrepparttar 127949 basis of all excellent marketing). You will want to determine:

What phrases people type in when looking for your product, service, or content during their online searches (includingrepparttar 127950 most common

misspellings, byrepparttar 127951 way). Not sure? Try looking at your web stats for your site. You should see an extremely valuable area called "search strings", with a list of words underneath it.

These search strings arerepparttar 127952 phrases that actually brought people to your web site. Which ones wererepparttar 127953 most popular? Youíll want to note these. But youíll want to add more.

Sit down for a minute, and think of every possible phrase people might use for searching for your product. At this point, donít edit yourself, just letrepparttar 127954 words flow and write them down. If you sell used Chevrolets in Alexandria, VA, you might come up with "used cars, used Chevrolets, vintage cars, reconditioned cars, Chevrolet dealers, Alexandria VA car dealers, Alexandria VA used cars", as just a start.

By now, you should have a list. Go through it again, and decide which ones seemrepparttar 127955 most focused for your product or service. You want search engine keywords that will bring targeted customers to your site, who are interested in doing business with you, andrepparttar 127956 right keywords can help accomplish this. Be specific and relevant in your choices. Then, alphabetize your list, since some search engines and directories list pages alphabetically; so use your best phrases in alphabetical order whenever possible for better optimization.

Next, analyze which keyword phrases are realistic for obtaining high rankings. While you may sell used autos, and want to get top rankings for that term, Ďused autosí is an extremely popular and general phrase, and odds are, difficult to get good rankings for. But if you sell used Chevrolets in Alexandria, Virginia, then itís realistic to hope for high rankings for search engine phrases for ĎAlexandria used Chevroletsí. Youíll also get a more targeted audience (think Ďmore likely to buy from meí), since most of your customers will probably come from your locale).

Get Better Search Engine Rankings with RSS

Written by Satyajeet Hattangadi


RSS isrepparttar latest craze in online publishing. But what exactly is RSS?

RSS or Rich Site Syndication is a file format similar to XML, and is used by publishers to make their content available to others in a format that can be universally understood.

RSS allows publishers to "syndicate" their content throughrepparttar 127938 distribution of lists of hyperlinks.

It has actually been around for a while, but withrepparttar 127939 advent of spam filters and online blogging, it is fast becomingrepparttar 127940 choice of ezine publishers who want to get their message across to their subscribers.

However, not much attention has been given torepparttar 127941 advantages RSS provides for search engine optimization.

Why Search Engines Love RSS

Many SEO experts believe that sites optimized around themes,or niches, where all pages correspond to a particular subject or set of keywords, rank better inrepparttar 127942 search engines.

For example, if your website is designed to sell tennis rackets, your entire site content would be focused around tennis and tennis rackets.

Search engines like Google seem to prefer tightly-themed pages.

But where does RSS figure in all this?

RSS feeds, usually sourced from newsfeeds or blogs, often correspond to a particular theme or niche.

By using highly targeted RSS feeds, you can enhance your site's content without having to write a single line on your own.

It’s like having your own content writer - writing theme-based articles for you - for free!

How can RSS improve my Search Engine Rankings?

There are three powerful reasons why content from RSS Feeds is irresistible bait for search engine spiders.

1. RSS Feeds Provide Instant Themed Content

There are several publishers of RSS feeds that are specific to a particular theme.

Sincerepparttar 127943 feed is highly targeted, it could contain several keywords that you want to rank highly for.

Adding these keywords to your pages helps Google tag your site as one with relevant content.

2. RSS Feeds Provide Fresh, Updated Content

RSS feeds from large publishers are updated at specific intervals. Whenrepparttar 127944 publisher adds a new article torepparttar 127945 feed,repparttar 127946 oldest article is dropped.

These changes are immediately effected on your pages withrepparttar 127947 RSS feed as well. So you have fresh relevant content for your visitors every hour or day.

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