25 Free SEO Tips to Help you Gain Visibility in Search Rankings

By John Alexander

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Now on with 25 tips to help you gain top visibility in the search rankings:

Tip 1. Enjoy better rankings by writing higher quality content.

Did you know Google is literally rewarding well-written content the benefit of “true relevancy.” All I mean to say here, is that just by becoming a better “writer” and creating higher quality content, you can benefit from certain elements that are at work behind the scenes. Strive to write better content for your visitors and it will work for you not against you.

Tip 2. How well “focused” is your content for each page you are working on?

If you try to keep very focused on one topic per page, you will do much better than having multiple topics on the same page. If your page is specifically about the “benefits of using nostalgia” as a topical reference, are you actually using the keyword phrase for example “using nostalgia” within your readable HTML text? So many times, new students of SEO forget about the importance of focus.

Tip 3. Where is the best place to get started?

One of the best places to get started is by researching your target audience’s search behavior. Ultimately, you want to target the exact phrases that your ideal buying audience is using when they search. Watch this short video demo on keyword research using Wordtracker for some tips.

Tip 4. Once you have got your keyword research done, you need to get started right away.

Some people are so completely overwhelmed that they put off actually getting started on their Web site for far too long.

Walt Disney put it simply like this:
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
Walter Disney

Of course he was not speaking about SEO but the principle still applies. Why not make a list of strategies that you like to apply on your Web site, but then take one single item and work on it immediately, until it gets done. Sometimes even the simplest of changes have significant impact and I always feel badly when I see anyone taking to long to “get started.”

Tip 5. Have you heard that “link building” is important?

Perhaps you’ve heard that link popularity and link reputation is important. It is important, but don’t become so obsessed with linking that you build your entire strategy only “just around link building.” You want to use all of the basic principles to carry your Web site through and you may want to do some linking based on the look of the “competitive landscape” for your keyword phrase.

You also want to build links based on what “makes sense” for your visitors.

Some search engines like Google give more weight to elements like link reputation which is an “off-page” influence while other search engines like Yahoo will give more weight to “on-page” influences such as your keyword phrase usage and how it is used on the page.

Tip 6. Have you read Google’s Webmaster guidelines?

It is good to check it from time to time as things do get updated and are subject to change.

Tip 7. What is important to Yahoo?

What does Yahoo! say it wants in a Web page?

  • Original and unique content of genuine value
  • Pages designed primarily for humans, with search engine considerations secondary
  • Hyperlinks intended to help people find interesting, related content, when applicable
  • Metadata (including title and description) that accurately describes the contents of a web page
  • Good web design in generalWhat 14 things does Yahoo! say it does “NOT” want in a Web page?Find out all of their guidelines here:

Tip 8. What about researching important keyword phrases in other languages?

Are you wanting to perform keyword research in other languages?

What if you are trying to find keyword research suggestions for other languages such as Spanish or French or German? Now you can research keywords in several other languages including French, Dutch, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish and Spanish at Keyword Discovery. Check out Keyword Discovery by clicking here.

Tip 9. For effective search engine marketing, you need more than just top rankings.

Remember to include strong calls to action to compel a response from the reader.

What do you want the reader to do once they finish reading your content? You need to clearly build these options into each page and leave nothing to guess work. Describe what action you would like them to take and never assume that they will just know what to do, because they won’t act unless you spell it out.

Tip 10. SEO and Cascading Style Sheets.

An understanding of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) can help you with a number of SEO work-arounds to meet challenges with complicated design issues. W3Schools provides an excellent CSS tutorial free of charge, complete with a lot of examples and quizzes.

Tip 11. Don’t ever limit the search engines to only just one way of finding your pages.

Put links to new pages on your site map. Make sure you link to your site map from every page of your Web site.

If there’s a corresponding page on your site that you can use to link to the new page, do so. Mention the new page on your blog. Do you have a directory associated with the particular topic dealing with the content of this new page? Add a link on that page. Just make sure that you give the search engines multiple ways to find all of your important pages

Tip 12. How compelling are your Meta descriptions?

  • Are you remembering to use your important keyword phrase in the description?
  • Are you taking time to write unique descriptions for each of your pages?
  • How about a call to action?
  • Are you remembering to include good calls to action in your description?

Tip 13. Have you tried Fagan Finder?

This Web site has over 100 tools that you can use to dig for information on a URL. There are more nooks and crannies to this site than you can possibly imagine. http://www.faganfinder.com/urlinfo/

Tip 14. Do not obsess over Google Page Rank.

Did you know that a page with a high PageRank can be out ranked in the SERPs by a page with a lower PageRank? Remember that PageRank isn’t the “end all” in SEO. It’s only one piece of the pie.

Tip 15. Don’t use your keyword phrase in ALT text.

None of the search engines consider ALT text when determining relevancy. ALT text should be used only to describe images. Putting keywords in the the Alt tag to try and influence even a marginal advantage is a waste of time. Don’t do it. Use every tag for the purpose in which is was specifically designed to be used by the W3C.

Tip 16. Create content that serves your customer’s needs FIRST and your own needs second.

Far too often, our focus is so narrowly limited to just our own objectives for a Web page. One powerful tip is to first research the specific needs of your customer (within a niche) and then deliver up high value, based on your research and give the searcher EXACTLY whatever it is that THEY want, first.

Think about it – try it out and see what happens when you meet the client’s interest first, before introducing your own objective.

Tip 17. Are you using your researched primary keyword phrase prominently in your Title Tag?

The Title Tag of your Web page is still extremely influential for relevancy in most search engines. Try using your researched phrase once, up front in your Title and remember the value of creating a compelling Title that engages the reader. Avoid stuffing your Title full of keywords and instead create a compelling Title that reads well and accents a benefit.

Tip 18. Remember that most major search engines no longer look at the your Meta keyword tag when determining relevancy.

Use moderation and be careful not to over-use any single word multiple times in your keyword Meta tag.
Try and use approximately a half dozen words that are actually being used within the Web page content.

Tip 19. Do not use the same Title tags, Meta Keyword Tags and Description Tag on every page of your Web site.

Keep your Title, Keywords and Description all specific to the individual page you are working on, unless you want to get falsely flagged for duplicate content penalties.

Tip 20. Remember to use alternative synonyms sometimes instead of over using keywords.

Your Thesaurus can be your best friend or else watch this video on how you can choose semantically related keywords with the help of Wordtracker’s Full Search tool.

Tip 21. Check out Robin Nobles list of 148 muscle words you can use on your Web site

Here is Robin’s list of muscle or power words you can print out or save to your hard drive, words you can use on your site in your title and description tags along with your keyword phrase, and in your heading tags and your content.

Tip 22. Create content that deserves to be found within the top ranks.

One of the single most important aspects to managing your time well, is to stay focused on creating high value, original content that is useful and engaging to your visitors. What kind of content should your Web site contain?

  • Create content that is truly relevant (and honestly deserves to be found at the top.)

  • Create content that serves your customer’s needs FIRST and your own needs second.

  • Create content that will meet your visitor’s exact search query and satisfy it.

  • Create content your visitor will be GLAD that they found – something of true merit.

  • Create content that is based on real “behaviorally based research” rather than guessing at keywords.

  • Create content that is written for your specific visitor so that it flows smoothly and reads well to them.

  • Create content that is original and you can feel proud to have created.

  • Create content that has a solid, well written “call to action.”

  • Create content that is based on what a “search engine understands” through artificial intelligence (AI.)

Tip 23. Pay attention to keyword usage in page names. Use hyphens not underscores.

Be sure when naming pages after your full keyword phrase, that you connect
the words together using a hyphen (-) rather than an underscore (_)

Example: A search engine will understand: antique-clocks.html
but will not understand both words if you use: antique_clocks.html

How much advantage does this tip give you? Only marginal. But sometimes there is only marginal difference between ranking number 10 or ranking number 1.

Tip 24. Don’t forget to use optimization with your press releases.

Have you thought about optimizing some news about your business this week? You can put your news story out in front of thousands of publishers and editors through the PRweb service.

But the question is – what will your unique story angle be?

There are so many times we get so wrapped up in what our competitor is doing, we seem to forget the power and impact of taking a reverse or opposite approach.

Learn how to tell your story from a different and more interesting perspective than everyone else and your stories. Catch your audience by surprise with some genuine news and make your news story stand out in the eyes of publishers. Surprise your audience with a different approach and watch the impact it can have on your Web site. Its only news, but people love fresh ideas or a story told from an alternate approach.

Tip 25. Are you trying to increase the frequency of robot visits to your Web site?

Are you aware of the value of fresh, original content added to your Web site on a consistent basis? Of course you are. Does it real improve the findability of your Web site? You bet it does and it increases the frequency of the Spider visits too.

But how can you create truly “fresh” and “original” content?

There is one place you can pick up daily tips and fresh ideas about content creation. It all starts with just one simple “idea.” When was the last time you visited Robin Nobles “IDEA MOTIVATOR” Blog?

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About John Alexander
John Alexander is Co-director of Training at Search Engine Workshops offering live, SEO Workshops with his partner SEO educator Robin Nobles, author of the very first comprehensive online search engine marketing courses. John is author of an e-book called Wordtracker Magic and has taught SEO skills to people from 87 different countries world wide. John’s articles can be read in publications like REALTOR Magazine, Search Engine Guide, WEBpro News and many

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The No-No's of SEO

Search Engine Optimization can be a daunting task; hence many bloggers succumb easily to the temptations of the ‘blackhat.’ Blackhat techniques violate the rules of SEO and provide bloggers who use it with unfair advantage over others.

On the other hand, most start-up bloggers do not know about SEO and they become innocent victims of Blackhat techniques. They are taught to use them not knowing that these SEO techniques are wrong.

Here are some Blackhat techniques to avoid:

Keyword Stuffing. This is when the webmaster fills the site with hundreds or even thousands of keywords. One of the oldest Blackhat techniques, keyword stuffing is different from optimization in that it involves keywords that are repeated in an irrelevant and illogical way.

These keywords are hidden by color blending (where the background color and text color are the same so humans can’t see it but search engines can), or by putting keywords in meta tags / script tags, or even by placing the keywords outside the visible screen area via cascading stlye sheets (CSS).

Link Farms. These are websites created only for the purpose of accommodating unrelated links. Avoid link farms because you can get penalized and banned for using them. Make it a point to know where links to your sites are coming from.

Auto Generated Pages. These pages consist of content automatically derived from other sites. No part of the page is original since it contains snippets of content taken from other sites.

Gateway Pages. These pages are usually invisible to the user and are designed for only the search engines to see. These use redirect scripts that leads site visitors to another site automatically.

On the other hand, some landing pages are acceptable. Landing pages that contain relevant information where the reader is not tricked to click or go to another site is fine.

Don’t try using these because you’ll get caught eventually. Work smart and work clean.

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What All Entrecard Users Have in Common?

In a previous article I mentioned some of the most popular niches among Entrecard users. However, this time I’d like to bring to your attention another aspect of the Entrecard community: something that all users have in common.

I know that trying to analyse thousands of people as a whole may be complicated. Anyone slightly familiar with Internet marketing concepts knows that we should preferably target niches. Still, I insist: despite the several divisions, niches and subniches that you can identify on the Entrecard directory, there is one way to address the entire community’s need at once.

All Entrecard users want traffic

Regardless of niche and personal preferences, what all Entrecarders want is traffic, above all else. It doesn’t matter what they want this traffic for. It may be for money making purposes, or for fame, or just to find more people to exchange views… Whatever they want, doesn’t change the fact that traffic is the way to achieve it.

Entrecard is such a successful site exactly because it meets its users’ expectations. Moreover, it’s reliable, unlike many other suspicious traffic generating offers that you may find all over the Internet.

What can you do about this simple lesson?

1. Use this as a model when you need to analyze large groups of consumers. See what needs they have in common. While smaller groups are easier to understand, it’s always possible to look at the big picture.

2. Leverage Entrecard’s userbase. One site that has been successfully doing it is BlogEngage. It would have taken me much longer to find this site if it wasn’t for all the Entrecard spots that it buys on several blogs. And note that BlogEngage is also another traffic generating site. It’s a perfect match for Entrecarders.

3. Create your own traffic generating service. There are thousands of webmasters and bloggers out there waiting for good promotional tools. Entrecard does have some competitors, but none of them has managed to become as popular. Can you take this challenge and create a better solution?

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