80% of online purchases start with a web search. Google focused – 69% of market share Keyword targeting focuses the right customers to the right pages on your site Google “seal of approval” – #1 position = confidence in your business thinkseer.com/tools/seo-search-engine-marketing-roi-calculator.php - SEO campaign ROI calculator
Wireframe - strangesystems.net/archives/2005/03/using_wireframe.php strangesystems.net/images/wireframes_template-graffle.gif – single page wireframe template http://www.gdoss.com/web_info/ia_deliverables/pmms_wireframes_4.3.pdf - example of full site wireframe Don’ t Make Me Think: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=don%27t+make+me+think&x=0&y=0 Billboard design: Fact of Life #1 – We don’t read pages, we scan them. 1. We’re usually in a hurry Save as much time as possible, must keep them moving toward the end result of what they want to obtain… much like sharks need to keep moving. 2. Know that we don’t NEED to read everything. We just need the bits that will give us the necessary information to keep our interest and the rest is irrelevant. 3. We’re good at it Force of habit… our normal routine with almost everything we read involves scanning. Fact of Life #2 – We don’t make optimal choices; we sacrifice - Choose the first reasonable option. (They don’t compare options; they take the first reasonable plan that comes to mind.) 1. We’re usually in a hurry 2. There’s not much of a penalty Call To Action: http://www.amazon.com/Call-Action-Formulas-Improve-Results/dp/078521965X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1216404636&sr=1-1 CSS: detailed article about CSS and SEO. Covers topics such as rearranging page content for spiders, making pages more crawlable http://www.ecommerce-guide.com/solutions/advertising/article.php/3579196 - Design the perfect product page http://www.ecommerce-guide.com/solutions/building/article.php/3584596 - Design the best check out pages http://www.useit.com/alertbox/designmistakes.html Top Ten Web Design Mistakes of 2005 http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/markel_tutorial/ step by step tutorial http://www.webreference.com/authoring/design/tutorials.html - list of many resources for building a website http://websitetips.com/usability/ - Usability is an important goal of any website http://www.wdvl.com/Authoring/Tutorials/usability.html - tutorial and in depth look at usability principles
http://www.feedthebot.com/designandcontent.html List of Google guidelines explained in detail with examples and references. http://www.google.com/webmasters/ - Google’s webmaster guide. http://www.google.com/librariancenter/articles/0512_01.html Google's explanation of how it does ranking.
Pages that Google believes are important pages receive a higher PageRank and are more likely to appear at the top of the search results. Example of CBW link buying. Nokia batteries, Nextel batteries Content – good neighbor hood bad neighbor hood Related content, same industry website, .edu website, directory, Reciprocal links are good to a point. Estimate that over 100 plus recip links loose value http://www.google.com/technology/index.html - Google’s explanation of PR http://www.seocompany.ca/directory/ilqtool.html - ILQ tool - this can be used to check sites for which we are requesting reciprocal links
Open browser and ask for volunteer for keywords. focus on related keywords ratio between searches (cellphone vs cell phone) if a page doesn’t exist - you can build it http://www.keyworddiscovery.com/search.html - Free keyword research tool. https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal - google external tool http://tools.seobook.com/keyword-tools/seobook/- very cool tool that shows keyword count estimates from wordtracker, google, yahoo, msn and more.
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How to build a website What do you want to do and what is your budget? Research your keywords and your market. Use your competitors to make your website better. Plan ahead. Create a wireframe and list what pages your website should have. How much time do you have? What do you want to say? Build a website – Wordpress, Joomla, Dreamweaver, etc.
Google PageRank PageRank reflects the quantity and quality of incoming links. Links vote for better websites. searchengineguide.com/orbidex/2002/0207_orb1.html In a typical website the homepage will have the most PR. As you go deeper into a website the PR goes down.