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    • Definition: An internet-based tool that searches an index of documents for a particular term, phrase or text specified by the user. Commonly used to refer to large web-based search engines that search through billions of pages on the internet.
    • Different than a Directory
    • Common Characteristics:
        • Spider, Indexer, Database, Algorithm
        • Find matching documents and display them according to relevance
        • Frequent updates to documents searched and ranking algorithm
        • Strive to produce “better”, more relevant results than competitors
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    • Spider “crawls” the web to find new documents (web pages, other documents) typically by following hyperlinks from websites already in their database
    • Search engines indexes the content (text, code) in these documents by adding it to their databases and then periodically updates this content
    • Search engines search their own databases when a user enters in a search to find related documents (not searching web pages in real-time)
    • Search engines rank the resulting documents using an algorithm (mathematical formula) by assigning various weights and ranking factors
    • SEO = Search Engine Optimization
      • Refers to the process of “optimizing” both the on-page and off-page ranking factors in order to achieve high search engine rankings for targeted search terms.
      • Refers to the “industry” that has been created regarding using keyword searching a means of increasing relevant traffic to a website
    • Reverse engineering, research and experiments gives SEOs (search engine optimization professionals) a “pretty good” idea of the major factors and approximate weight assignments
    • The SEO algorithm is constantly changed, tweaked & updated
    • Websites and documents being searched are also constantly changing
    • Varies by Search Engine – some give more weight to on-page factors, some to link popularity
    • Research desirable keywords and search phrases ( WordTracker , Overture , Google AdWords )
    • Identify search phrases to target (should be relevant to business/market, obtainable and profitable)
    • “ Clean” and optimize a website’s HTML code for appropriate keyword density, title tag optimization, internal linking structure, headings and subheadings, etc.
    • Help in writing copy to appeal to both search engines and actual website visitors
    • Study competitors (competing websites) and search engines
    • Implement a quality link building campaign
    • Add Quality content
    • Constant monitoring of rankings for targeted search terms
    • On-Page Factors (Code & Content)
        • Title tags <title> #3
        • Header tags <h1> #5
        • ALT image tags #4
        • Content, Content, Content (Body text) <body> #1
        • Hyperlink text #6
        • Keyword frequency & density #2
    • Off-Page Factors
        • Link Popularity (“votes” for your site) – adds credibility #2
        • Anchor text #1
    • View > Source (HTML code)
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    • PPC ads appear as “sponsored listings”
    • Companies bid on price they are willing to pay “per click”
    • Typically have very good tracking tools and statistics
    • Ability to control ad text
    • Can set budgets and spending limits
    • Google AdWords and Overture are the two leaders
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    • Research keywords related to your business
    • Identify competitors, utilize benchmarking techniques and identify level of competition
    • Utilize descriptive title tags for each page
    • Ensure that your text is HTML-text and not image text
    • Use text links when ever possible
    • Use appropriate keywords in your content and internal hyperlinks (don’t overdo!)
    • Obtain inbound links from related websites
    • Monitor your search engine rankings and more importantly your website traffic statistics and sales/leads produced
    • Educate yourself about search engine marketing
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