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Understanding SEO Results

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SEO Results Take Time

Understanding How SEO Results Work

A lot people don’t fully understand how Search Engine Optimization works. In fact, there are even many “SEO professionals” that don’t honestly understand how it works.

While nobody will ever completely master SEO and its complex algorithm, there are still some very simple key points that will assist us in understanding it.

When additions or changes are made to a website that directly effect its optimization, it’s important to understand that those changes will take some time until they will reflect in search engines. The changes will first start to show results after the are indexed by the various Search Engines.

Explaining SEO to a Client

One of the communication struggles that a website design and internet marketing company might have with their clients is trying to explain how SEO works. It’s understandable that a business owner would want to know what work is being done and how long it will take to see results. The problem is that explaining both of these answers can actually lead to more confusion and a bit of skepticism. I often find myself explaining it using several analogies, but even then, it can be easy to get lost if you don’t completely understand the terminology.

This is where client referrals and asking to see other success stories and results can come in handy. Prepare examples for new or potential clients to view that clearly show the results that their website has produced.

How Do I Get on the First Page of Google?

This is probably the most frustrating question that can be asked of an SEO professional. The question has so many complex answers behind it, and trying to explain SEO results in a way that someone can fully understand can sometimes be a lost cause. It’s not necessarily because of the lack of “being smart,” as it is simply a language barrier (sort of).

The fact is that there is no clear-cut answer to this question. There is no way to respond with a number, a timeline or a date for when the results will be produced. Some websites see substantial SEO results in 2 weeks after launching, and some may take up to 6 months. Some website will have a giant skyrocketing result in the first month, and then level off the rest of the year, while others may see increased traffic gradually, but over a longer period of time.

No company, I repeat, no company can promise “page one on Google.” The question is much deeper than that. For instance, the question could be better phrased by asking “which keywords will rank the best in Google for my website vs. which ones will not do well.” One company could be on page 1 of Google for one keyword phrase, and then page 10 for another similar keyword phrase.

When a website is first launched, it usually takes about a week or two to be indexed by Google. I’ve seen it happen as soon as 2 days, and as long as a month (for websites that have the same structure). The important thing to understand here is that it can take some time. Generally, if a website is not indexed in 3 weeks, I would suggest going back and asking your internet marketing or website design company what’s going on.

How Do I Know if my Website is Indexed?

This is a much easier answer to provide. Simple visit http://www.Google.com and enter “site:www.yourdomain.com” into the search field. It will provide results on all of your indexed website pages. If you have no results for the search, then your website has not been index yet. You can see an example here.

What Questions Should I Ask

It never hurts to go over the SEO process for your website before the development is started. Make sure that you express your concerns regarding specific keywords phrases that you have in mind before you write the content. You can refer to our The Truith About Search Engine Optimization,  Top 10 SEO Tips, and our Content is King articles for more information on SEO.

10 Basic SEO Tips to Consider

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Top 10 Basic SEO Tips, Methods & Techniques

1 ) SEO Planning Plan your foundation SEO and website marketing strategy before you get started on developing your website. You’ll highly regret it if you wait until you’ve already started to start thinking about your strategy. This means developing unique keyword phrases, and writing unique content that supports those keywords. Content is king.

2 ) Keyword Research & Planning Hire an SEO company to do some keyword research for you, or use the necessary tools to do it yourself. I recommend using a professional company that has trained analysis in being able to dissect the information that is being researched.

Make a list of 5-10 keyword phrases that describe your products, services and company. Include locations if you are targeting a local customer. Do not use single word keywords, use 2-4 word phrases for best results.

Example: If you were a website designer located in Columbus, Georgia, then you would want to use a term like “Columbus Georgia Website Design” as your keyword phrase. To use a more broad search term, you could target Georgia Website Design. You wouldn’t just want to use “homes” as that could target someone looking to rent homes, sell homes, paint homes, sell appliances for homes, etc. Target your keywords to generate qualified customers. Make sure that you are using keywords that are actually being searched.

3 ) Content Is King This is the most important factor that will determine your website’s ranking on search engines like Google. You must have unique content. The more the better.

If you try to use content that is identical to other websites, then Google will not index it. Why does it need to show two of the same results? It doesn’t, so whoever published it originally is going to get all of the credit for the content. This is why the content must be unique.

Your best results will come from written articles that discuss something new; something that people are searching for on the web that may not have quality content yet available. For instance, if there was a new product in development (we’ll call it a “Shoebuddy Do Dop”), and nobody had written anything about it yet except for you, then most likely you’re going to be the site that ranks highest in Google for searches regarding the Shoebuddy Do Dop.

If there are 10 sites that have all published very similar content, then this is where other factors will play a role such as organic link popularity, domain age, the frequency at which new content is added to your site, unique page titles, and unique page descriptions, among other techniques.

Pre-write the content for your website and include your keywords and keywords phrases logically throughout the content. Try to use one keyword phrase every other paragraph in various forms. Make sure that you write content that users would actually read. It needs to make sense so that it doesn’t just sound like as bunch of keywords jumbled together. Search engines can see trends like that and it will end up hurting you. Include keyword phrases on every page. Most importantly, write the content for your users, not for search engines.

Building Your Website

It’s time to start building your website. Here are a few important things that you need to make sure your website design company is doing. If they’re not doing these few basics, it’s not a good sign, and you probably need to find a new website design company.

4 ) Meta Tag: Keywords It’s true that because of the deceitful trickery that people have used in the past, Google no longer sees Meta Keywords as important or as relevant as they used to be. That doesn’t mean to leave them out! Some smaller search engines still use the meta keyword tag, so as long as you’re using keywords that are honestly relevant to your website, then it won’t hurt you to add them.

Try to keep the keywords between 10-15 keywords. Separate them with commas.

meta name=”keywords” content= Enter up to 10 keywords that are relevant to your website & services.

5 ) Meta Tag: Page Title & Description These are the most important meta tags on your site. They are the first things that people searching the web will see when the results display on your page. If they are searching for “Columbus Georgia Website Design” and your website comes up, but the page is “Untitled” or has something that does not properly relay the message for that page, then it may never get clicked on.

The description tag also shows in the display of your search results, so create unique page descriptions for each section of your website. This will allow people to get a brief description of the page they are about to click on.

SEO For Your Images

Website design has gotten much prettier these days with the use of website editing tools and software that allows designers to expand their visual and cosmetic effects and not rely solely on HTML coding and basic digital imaging.

With this in mind, we must still be sure to fuse images correctly with html, or other web language formats. Here we’ll discuss a few important things that you need to know when using images… and how to use them correctly and efficiently.

6 ) Optimizing Images: When using images in your website design, it is essential that you optimize the images correctly. If an image is too large of a file size, then it will look good, but the page will take longer to load. If you make the image file size too small, then the page will load fast, but the quality of the image will be poor. Make sure to set your images to the smallest file size, while retaining the highest quality possible to the human eye. There are professional web design tools that are used for this.

7 ) Naming Your Images: Make sure that you name your images using words that associate with your website and keywords that you have chosen. At the same time, they should describe the actual image. For instance, don’t name your images something crazy like 24524rhhrkhr3809.jpg, or something simple like pic1.jpg. Instead, make your image names matter. If you own a landscaping company, name your images something similar to landscaping-services-button.jpg, or landscaping-company-in-georgia.jpg. This will contribute to your SEO strategy in the long run, and will also get your images into search results.

8 ) Using ALT Tags: Each image should have an ALT tag attached to it (alt=”alt image name”). Because search engines can’t identify what the image(s) look like effectively, what color they are, what their purpose is, what text is on them, etc. you must identify them using ALT tags, which act as “name tags” or “invisible ink” for the image(s) they represent. ALT tags also help users in the case that images don’t load correctly; the user will still be able to read the image names on each page.

9 ) Permanent Page Redirect: Your website should be setup with a permanent redirect that redirects your website to only be displayed in one format, regardless of how it is typed into the browser. For example, if someone types in vroooo.com, it should redirect to http://www.vroooom.com. Otherwise, some search engines will index the site has being two separate sites, which may lead to your content being improperly indexed.

Including A Sitemap

10 ) Sitemap Every website should have a properly developed sitemap. A sitemap on your website is simply an index of all of the pages on your website listed in a neat, orderly fashion. This allows for search engines to index your sitemap page, and have a “map” to all of the pages on your site.

A good sitemap should look similar to this one here.

This is a technical SEO function that should be set in your .htaccess or site config page.

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