Ten Steps To A Well Optimized Website - Step 3: Site StructureWritten by Mary Davies
Welcome to part three in this search engine positioning series. Last week we discussed importance and considerations that much be made while creating content that will provide highest ROI for your optimization efforts. In part three we will discuss importance of site structure.
While there are numerous factors involved with search engine algorithms, site structure is certainly of constant importance. Cleaner structure that removes lines of code between your key content and search engine spiders cna mean difference detween second page and first page rankings.
Over this series we will cover ten key aspects to a solid search engine positioning campaign.
The Ten Steps We Will Go Through Are:
- Keyword Selection
- Site Structure
- Internal Linking
- Human Testing
- Link Building
- The Extras
Step Three - Site Structure
Developing structure of your website is a very important step in its overall optimization. The site structure will dictate how spiders read your site, what information they gather, what content holds most weight, how much useless code they must weed through and more. You must structure your website to appeal to visitor and spiders.
When developing your website you want to be sure not to create useless code that can confuse spiders and take away from content of your site. When developing your site I recommend hand coding as best option however not everyone has time or skill to do this so I would suggest Dreamweaver as a great option. (Though code will not be as clean as hand coding it does not create an over top amount of extra code like programs such as Front Page do.) The object here is to keep code as clean as possible! Remember more code you have more spiders must weed through to get to your content, where you want them to be.
A great way to cut down on extra code as well is to use style sheets. You can use style sheets in ways as simple as defining fonts or as advanced as creating tableless designs. There are many ways to use style sheets and biggest perk to using them is to cut back on code on any given individual page. When you are setting up initial structure of your site you want to be sure that table structure is laid out in such a way that spiders can easily and as quickly as possible get to most important content. A great way to attain this is to create your website using table structure outlined in my article "target="_blank">Table Structures For Top Search Engine Positioning". When spiders visit your site they read through it top to bottom, left to right following rows and columns. The key to table structure outlined above is little empty row. Were this row not there spiders would read through that first column hitting nothing but images and Alt tags, your navigation, until it would then move onto next column, your content area. Placing this empty cell in first row of main table guides spiders directly to your content, they hit empty row and with nothing to read move onto next column to right, where you want them. After they have read your content they will then move back to left in row 2 and read your navigation images and Alt tags, finally they will end page at your footer, a great place for keyword rich text links. (Internal linking structures will be covered in part 5 of this 10 part series.)
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