If you want to drive traffic to your website there is no better way than to optimize it for search engines. If you rank highly on Google for keywords that closely apply to the topic of your website, you will not only get a ton of new readers, but they will be interested in your content. We’ve included a few ways you can get started below!
Why is it important that every link to your page be identical in the URL used? Google gives page rank to the URL, not the end destination, so your link juice will be split up with every variation used. Focus it all on a single URL and your page rank will go up.
Spiders will not be able to index pages that cannot be crawled. You should include a site map that will help spiders find all of the great pages of your site. It will also help the spider grasp your site’s hierarchy. If your site has a navigation menu that is hard-to-crawl this will come in very handy.
Put keywords in your headings and page titles. Page titles and headings come up first in internet searches, so keywords in these fields will improve your search ranking. However, do not make headings and page titles too long, because a greater number of words dilutes the importance of each word in the heading or title.
Double check that the links coming in to your site are using anchor text that reflects the keywords you have selected as important. There is no harm in emailing a webmaster to ask if he could change the anchor text, but make sure to offer him a link back to his site in return.
One way to organize a site and increase link relevancy is to think of internal links as a means of classifying your content within the entire domain. Using your links to organize content is significantly more efficient than altering the actual files and main directories around, which can wreak havoc on a site if done improperly.
Plan your website so that the structure is clean and you avoid going too deeply into directories. Every page you write for your website should be no more than three clicks away from the homepage. People, and search engines, like to find the information they are looking for, quickly and easily.
To optimize your website for search engines, always use a unique internet protocol address. When your website shares an IP address with another website, if that other website breaks the terms and conditions of a search engine and is de-indexed from search results, all of your website’s pages will also be de-indexed.
Give each page its own title tag. This way, search engines won’t think every page is the same and fail to index it properly. Not to mention that it becomes easier for the reader to tell the differences between the pages as well. Something as simple as titling your individual pages can push up your ranking in the SERPs.
If you implement all of the above tips and tricks you’ll definitely be able to optimize your website and bring a whole new audience of people who are truly interested in your content. This will increase ad clicks, sales, newsletter sign-ups and increase any other monetized part of your web site’s income.