SEO - search engines
Over the last several weeks we’ve taken a look at ways to help people find your site on the web, and the kinds of things you can do to make it as easy for them as possible. We’ve seen how, even just as you begin to make a website, it’s important to have thought through who your potential audience is, and how they might find your site. In addition, we’ve explored how to put your site's free website builder tools to good use to optimize your site for visitors and those all-important search engines.
A website is a constant work in progress, and getting it listed with search engines is just the start. For your site to continue to attract new visitors, you’ll need to ensure that it figures prominently in search engine results – that’s something that takes time and regular effort. Search engines rank and re-rank sites for key word searches every day, so you’ll need to keep adding site content and working on making it visible on the web for as long as your site exists.
Even if you get to the top of the first page of search results for your key words, you’ll need to keep working to ensure you stay there. Here are a few external sites, tools and references that will help you ensure all that hard work you put into developing a website pays off.
A website's pages provide browsers and search engines with valuable information about your site, and what it contains. This information is contained within the hidden code of the pages you’ll add when you create a website, and it’s important to pay particular attention it to improve the visibility of your site on the web.
Adjusting this kind of information is part of search engine optimization (SEO) for a website, which simply means improving search results by thinking about and changing the way a website presents information to search engines. If it’s done correctly, optimizing a website for search engines also means making it a better site for your visitors. Site optimization involves careful placement of key words in page text, adding or fine-tuning relevant site META tags, and providing appropriate on-page links between the various parts of your site content, and between your site and other - related - external websites.
Amongst the free website builder tools in your manager are a few that will help you with your site SEO work, and it’s important to put them to good use.
When you make a website, your pages contain both visible and hidden information. Behind the scenes, browsers and search engines use your site’s hidden page code to find out important information about it.
Understanding the basic META tags will help you create a website successfully, by optimizing the way its hidden code is presented to search engines.
Your site content is what matters to your site visitors, so adding it in quantity – whilst ensuring it’s of the best quality – is vital: you can’t make a website and ensure it appeals to your potential audience without it. But going to all that effort to create a website and to fill it with content is a pointless exercise if search engines don’t know it exists.
Link building is one of the steps to ensure your site’s visibility in search engine results, but it’s also important to understand how search engines view your site code, and what you can do to optimize it.
One of the most important things to remember when you make a website is that its content matters more than anything else. Over time, the most important link-building work for your website will be done by others. The more content your site has, the more likely some of that content will appeal to a site visitor. Adding content to your website also increases the number and variety of key words that search engines can associate with it.
Previously, we’ve seen how important it is to choose the right key words when you create a website, and the role they play in ensuring people find your site using search engines. We’ve also looked at backlinks, and at ways to start adding them to external sites. One of the most common ways to begin building backlinks is to use site directories. But as a beginner webmaster, you’ll need to understand how links are seen by search engines.
Knowing a little more about the interaction between search engines and backlinks will help you to shape the site links you build, and to make a website that’s destined for success.
Our last look at getting your site found on the web focused on search engines, and how to ensure they find and list your site in results pages. If you’ve just begun to make a website, you’ll need to figure out the kinds of search terms your potential visitors will use when looking for your website.
Understanding how your visitors think and preparing your site as a consequence will go a long way towards improving your site’s visibility – and potential success – on the web.
Last time we chatted about how to how to make a website people will find, we looked at how search engines work. Building a new website – no matter how good it looks or what it contains – doesn’t mean people will find it. Whether you’re making a free website for your family and friends, or an online store to finance your future, it’s important to do a little work on ensuring it figures prominently in search engine results.
Today, we’ll look at how to take the first steps towards improving your site’s visibility on the web, and at one of the most important factors in search engine ranking algorithms.
When you start to make a website, it’s easy to get caught up with thinking about the details. It’s true that framing that amazing cat video, realizing your super blog idea or getting your killer e-commerce concept up and running is important to your site’s future success. But it’s just as important to get your site found on the Internet to assure it has a long and happy life.
This is the first part in a series of articles on how to do just that: getting your site found online. Over the next few weeks, we’ll cover the basics, such as how search engines work, and see how applying a few basic principals when you create a website can go a long way to making it a success.
Starting out with a new website can be a lot of fun. Getting hands-on with tools to make a website is a little like finger-painting: your hands get dirty (ok, not really), and you get instant results with fairly minimal effort (plus it can be a whole lot of fun). Though you can create a website to share photos online or publish a personal blog for close friends and family, a lot of beginner webmasters are looking for a way to start their own online business, or to communicate with a wider audience. And for that to happen, you’ll want to get your site found in search engines with appropriate keywords.
Keeping tabs on your site’s key word ranking on search engine results pages will give you an insight into its potential for attracting visitors, and you’ve probably already using external tools like Google Analytics to follow your search engine traffic. Using a rank checking tool complements Analytics, by helping you find out just how easy it is for visitors to find your site on search engines.
Here are a few free key word ranking tools you can use to do just that.