Why Most SEO Efforts Fail, And How To Make Yours Succeed – Part 1

Why Most SEO Efforts Fail, And How To Make Yours Succeed
By Zeaun Zarrieff

Unfortunately most webmasters and internet marketers fail miserably at managing their search engine presence and rankings. While it is true that Google and the other popular search engines go to great lengths to keep their algorithms and determining factors secret, it is not impossible to accurately predict, and even manage (to a certain extent) how you will be seen, and thus ranked by the search engines.

Enter the billion-dollar industry of SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

SEO is the practice of tailoring certain key elements of your websites to attract the interest of the search engine spiders, to increase your site’s perceived value, and to move higher in the ranks of search engine results.

The methods that are used to accomplish this, although made to seem mysterious and difficult by a veritable legion of “gurus”, are surprisingly simple and can be broken down into the following categories.

  • Optimizing keyword density
  • Optimizing meta tags (Page Title, description, keywords)
  • Optimizing page-element arrangement
  • Obtaining backlinks

Let’s take a short look at the first item, “Optimizing Keyword Density”.

Now why do you suppose that I didn’t say what most SEO “experts” do? They will usually phrase it “Maximizing Keyword Density”, but that advice, while perhaps accurate in the past, is now worse than ineffective. The maximization methodology today will actually hurt your ranking, not help it.

Keyword Density Optimization is really a very simple process. To put it succinctly, Keyword Density Optimization means “Not too much, and not too little:.

Google has done something which is really a stroke of genius. They have calculated how often in normal human-authored writings a word will be repeated naturally when that word is the subject of the writing itself. If your site doesn’t have enough mentions of a given keyword, you get ranked lower because Google decides that your page is not really relevant for that keyword. Thus you wind up lower on the scale than someone which Google decides is more relevant, and thus a better resource for their customers (the web surfers searching for the term).

The opposite end of the spectrum has its peril too. If your web page mentions a given term too often, and too close together, then Google will “penalize” your ranking as unnatural and potentially misleading.

For those not familiar with internet marketing this may seem like strange logic, but I assure you that it is sound. There is a practice called “keyword stuffing” which many internet marketers and webmasters have used to very lucrative results. Indeed many have become millionaires using this technique to draw traffic. But Google has gone to great lengths to stamp out this practice, at least where their search results are concerned.

So you should strive for keyword density that is natural and “normal”. There are certain percentages and formulas that I could share with you, but most of the people reading this article are probably beginners who need to learn the overall concepts before getting too deep into the mathematics and specifics. For now I recommend reading your content after you have written it out loud, as though you were having normal conversation or giving a speech. It should sound natural and normal without too much repetition of terms, but you should repeat your core terms (keywords) enough times in the text that a listener or reader never has a chance to forget what you are promoting, or are talking about. If you want more in-depth information about this or any of the topics discussed here, be sure to visit the link under my name below and sign up for my newsletter, where I go into a lot more detail.

Next up is optimizing meta-tags.

The meta tags that I am referring to here are the “Page Title”, “Description”, and “Keywords”.

Page title is exactly what the name implies. Generally I put the primarily targeted keyword for a given page right at the beginning of the title. This ensures that the search engine will read it first (page title generally is the first entry in the html code of a web page) and that your visitors and potential customers will see in the upper-left corner of their browser windows.

Let me give you a real-world example. Let’s say that I run a website called “www.myfirstwebsite.com” (I do incidentally) and I have a page about “SEO Techniques”. I would format the page title as the following:

“SEO Techniques and Strategies – Explained by My First Website Dot Com”

There is actually very good reason to format my title in this way. The first is because the Search engine, as it ready the HTML code that makes up my web page, will read “SEO Techniques” first. I then throw in the word “Strategies” to make sure that my page is seen as relevant in case the searcher chose the term “SEO Strategies” instead. From there I separate my website name into separate words so as to capture traffic for those individual words, and any combination of them.

Understand, search engines are not as smart as people. You and I can see the title “MyFirstWebsite.com” and our minds automatically separate the words into individual concepts instantaneously. The search engine, being a machine-driven program, doesn’t have it so easy. It has to match all of the letters against its database of English words and choose whether the phrase is a single word, or a mash-up of individual words. This process, takes time and processing power, something seen as a premium in the computing world. Therefore if another site already has those terms separated, they have an advantage, as the search engine sees it. So the page with the phrase “My first website” in the title (already separated) would be seen as more relevant than one with “MyFirstWebsite”, assuming that the searcher typed in “My First Website” as his/her search term.

So the moral to the story is, put your primary keyword at the beginning of your page title.

The same is true for our next topic, “Page Description”.

Start your description with the primary keyword, then move on to explaining why your site is the best for that particular thing or concept. Let’s look at another example:

Which description for a page about SEO is better?

  1. Why should you practice Search Engine Optimization (SEO)? We show you why.
  2. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and why you must master it. A simple tutorial.

If you picked the first one, you really should go see if UPS is hiring. You probably don’t have the eye for Internet Marketing. Most of us can see that any description which makes the reader pass through 4 words before mentioning the thing they are searching for is really poorly written. And if you consider the fact that the vast majority of newbies (beginners) have no idea what the acronym “SEO” actually stands for, then the 1st example makes them pass through seven words before getting to the item that they are looking for (“SEO” in this case). And don’t forget that search engines are much less intelligent than we are. If a user searches for “SEO” and your page description doesn’t mention SEO until word number seven, then you have really hurt your chances of ranking highly for that keyword.

Now the 2nd choice is, in my humble opinion, a work of art. Look at what we have done.

  1. Mentioned the primary keyword (subject) first (SEO).
  2. Mentioned the secondary keyword second (Search Engine Optimization).
  3. Given a hidden (subliminal) command (“You Should Master It”.
  4. Used a “power word” (“Master”).
  5. Given a “newbie magnet” term (“simple tutorial”).
  6. Included a feel-good word (“simple”).
  7. Included a very common search term (“tutorial”).

Don’t be intimidated by the terms used above (newbie magnet, subliminal command, power words, etc.). There’s not enough space to go into them here, but my newsletter explains these all in detail. Let’s move on.

In part 2 of the series, Zeaun Zarrierff will talk about how to optimize your page elements, and how to obtain backlinks. Make sure you don’t miss the conclusion of this great article on search engine optimization by Subscribeing to The WebMaster Blog now.

Zeaun Zarrieff is a successful Internet Marketer and owner of Buy-SEO-Elite.com, the #1 promoter of the groundbreaking SEO Application “SEO Elite.”

Zeaun thrives in suburban Chicago, IL.

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Why Most SEO Efforts Fail, And How To Make Yours Succeed

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3 Responses to “Why Most SEO Efforts Fail, And How To Make Yours Succeed – Part 1”

  1. Solomon says:

    This is fantastic! I’ve tried to do SEO before, but I’ve only ever found guides that went right over my head. Reading this, it actually makes sense to an SEO newbie like me.

    Thank you very much!

  2. seo is the kind of technique to index your site in first page of search engine. this is very well written. thanks for sharing.its useful.

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