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First, search engines crawl up the internet to see what is there. This duty is performed by a section of software, known as spiders (or Googlebot, as is the case with Google) or crawler. Spiders track links from one page to another and index everything that they find in their way. Having over 20 billion sites on the internet, it is unfeasible for a spider to daily visit a site just to see if a new page has materialized or if an existing page has been customized, occasionally crawlers don’t end up visiting your site for a month or two.

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  1. 1. Website : Twitter : FB : SEO Basics : Guide FirstPageTraffic is a team of 40 talented consultants and Online Marketers, started in 2013, having 7+ years of industrty experience. The company combines many years of experience in SEO and pay per click marketing among its consultants to provide clients with tangible results.
  2. 2. Whenever you enter any query in a search engine and press 'enter', you get showered with list of web results that contain that specific highlighted query. Users usually tend to visit the websites that are at the top of the search list as they perceive those to be more significant to the query entered. If you have ever wondered why some of the websites rank better than the others; then you must know that it is because of a powerful web marketing technique known as, Search Engine Optimization (SEO). This SEO tutorial covers all the essential information you need to know about Search Engine Optimization; what is it, how does it work and differences in the ranking criteria of major search engines. How Search Engine Work Though technology advances swiftly, search engines are far from intelligent creatures which can feel the beauty of an attractive design or enjoy the movies. Instead, search engines crawl the internet, looking at specific site items (generally text) to get an idea what a site is all about. Search engines execute several activities to deliver search results, like, indexing, crawling, processing and retrieving. First, search engines crawl up the internet to see what is there. This duty is performed by a section of software, known as spiders (or Googlebot, as is the case with Google) or crawler. Spiders track links from one page to another and index everything that they find in their way. Having over 20 billion sites on the internet, it is unfeasible for a spider to daily visit a site just to see if a new page has materialized or if an existing page has been customized, occasionally crawlers don’t end up visiting your site for a month or two.
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION TO SEO SEO (Search Engine Optimization) For Beginners Search Engine Optimization is a technique which helps search engines find and rank your site higher than the rest of other millions sites in response to a search query. SEO thus helps you in getting traffic from search engines. It is a terminology having a blend of science and marketing together! It’s actually the practice of where your site appears when people search and use both off-page (outside the pages of the site) and on-page optimization (within the pages of the site) to increase the web traffic from the search engines. One example of on-page optimization is adding keywords to your page and example of off page optimization technique is exchanging links with other website. It's highly essential that search engine optimization that pleases your site visitor and provides a good user experience; may lead to better results with the search engine. It is the search engine's objective to provide the best results to Internet users. Search Engines, particularly Google have evolved technically (amongst other parameters) over the years. The calculating power of the software and hardware now deployed by the search giant can better be measured in terms of the functions it performs and its wide reach. How Search Engines Functions ? Generally speaking, search engines' functions can be divided into three:
  4. 4. 1. Crawling Crawling is the use of special software, usually known as spider, crawlers or bots to access information on various websites through principally three modes:  Links from other websites which are already in the search engine's index or gathered while crawling  URL's/links which are submitted by webmasters  Site map yielded by webmasters Usually one may imagine the boats as some crawling objects going swiftly all over the web through links to reach various websites in executing its tasks. But, in reality that is not the case. It operates from a specific physical location and is similar to your web browser. It functions by sending a variety of requests to the web servers from which it downloads/fetches a range of information on new web pages, revised web pages and dead links which are all used to update its index. As web pages are crawled, the detected new links on these web pages are added to the engine's list of pages to crawl. In the crawling process, the engines encounter challenges in the sense that there is a tradeoff between minimizing the resources it spends on crawling and maintaining an up to date index. It tries to shun re-indexing an unchanged web page whereas it tries to capture all changed web pages to keep its index always current. 2. Indexing The search engine accumulates the pages its crawlers recover from various web pages in a huge index database. It arranges this information based on the search terms and arranges it in alphabetical order. This sorting enables quick retrieval of documents from the index when a search query requires them. It processes the words in the web pages noting the location of the keywords in the pages e.g. alt attributes, title tags. The engines do process many, although not all content types. Like an illustration, it can’t process the content of some rich media files or dynamic pages. To recover search performance, the search engines ignore common words, known as stop words (for example: is, the, or, on, why, how and various single digits and single letters). These words are very common and do little to narrow a search, and thus, can safely be
  5. 5. ignored. The indexer also ignores various punctuation and multiple spaces to convert all letters to lowercase, to enhance its performance. 3. Search Query Processor This is what the majority search users are familiar with and in fact pretty often mistakenly regard it as the "search engine". It consists of some components with the most visible being the search box or interface via which the search user interacts with the search engine, forwarding the search query for further processing. When a user sends a query via the interface, the index rapidly regains the most significant documents for the search query. Significance or relevance is determined algorithmically based on various ranking factors numbering over 200. A major factor amongst these is Page Rank which is an evaluation of the significance of a web page. This is decided by the number and quality of links pointing to the web page. It is nevertheless important to stress that not all links are equal as links originating from high ranked web pages is regarded more powerful than links from low ranked web pages. HOW PEOPLE INTERACT WITH SEARCH ENGINES It is very important that you understand how people interact with the search engines if you have a website that you want to market and endorse through search. As you comprehend how your target market interacts with the search engines you will be able to focus your search optimization strategy and target the correct search phrases. The search process has developed over the years however the main principles have remained the same. Millions of searches are conducted monthly using search engines with Google; the search engine of choice obtaining more than 60% of the market in the first quarter of 2010. Search engines plan to provide users with the most appropriate information based on the search query entered and 85% of users locate the information that they are looking for while conducting a search. Search Steps and Processes: • The user experiences the requirement for a solution, answer or piece of information. • The user creates a search query by utilizing words or phrases to explain his or her need.
  6. 6. • The user enters this search query into their search engine of choice. • The user browses the results (normally only the top ones). • The user clicks on one of the results that seem like a match. • The user scans the information to decide if it is what they were looking for. • If discontented, the user returns to the search results to browse the rest of the results. • If none of the results give the correct information, the user prepares a new search query and starts the process again. More people use search to find local businesses and to study a product before purchasing it from a local store. This enhancement in the use of search engines to find local businesses and products highlights the significance of effective search engine marketing. How to utilize this information: 1. Study search phrases that normal users enter into the search query to find your business. 2. Optimize the website as per these keywords and phrases. 3. Create high quality links to your website from esteemed and appropriate sites using your chosen keywords in the anchor text of the links. 4. Target local search if you offer a product or service that is location driven. 5. Follow and monitor the keyword rankings. 6. Optimize the keywords till they reach the top 4 ranking positions and maintain your rankings over time. Organic search is among the biggest traffic generators on the web and search is well-liked. Make sure that you apply an effective keyword optimization strategy for your website to capture your market share. SEO for your business website is a must and should not be ignored. Being listed in the top search engine results is vital to high visibility and generating targeted traffic to your website.
  7. 7. WHY SEARCH ENGINE MARKETING IS NECESSARY ? Creating a world class pleasing and eye-catching website help create the first impression about you but may not be sufficient to generate the required business for you. This is one of the several reasons why you need to apply various web techniques and online marketing strategies to help you increase your online brand name visibility. This procedure requires a right mix of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM) during which you can effectively have your site optimized and have people knocking on the front door. Most of the generated traffic comes from search engines. And to divert traffic to your website you need to engage with a professional online Marketing firm. You can opt for various services to help increase your brand visibility and get your position ranked among top major search engines result page. Only experienced professionals know how different techniques and underlying algorithms run them. By recruiting a specialized and experienced firm you would have better opportunities of competing and do better than most of your close competitors. A proficient online marketing company is seen to recruit a team of SEO experts who endeavor to understand your business needs, your business model and what are you trying to intend for. They would recognize essential blockage and suggest and employ solutions to help rid of them. A knowledgeable professional has the talent to handle small to large projects and deliver within restricted time constraint. Currently, the level of competition is progressing by the day. Online Marketing has been a hot topic in recent years and is very much in requirement by those setups who wish to augment their client base and obtain convincing Returns on Investments. Search Engine Marketing contains both search engine optimization and various other techniques for drawing traffic from other sources, while the technique of increasing visibility is usually done in two ways. The first is SEO and the second is the paid technique. Though the paid technique fetches quicker and effectual results but only remains useful until you keep paying the sponsoring website. If you aim to take up the paid approach then you need to make sure that you hire someone who has good experience and can render the assurance that you do not end up paying more than what is planned.
  8. 8. THE BASICS OF SEARCH ENGINE FRIENDLY DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT The work of search engines is restricted to crawling the web and inferring content to bring back the information and show the results. Therefore, it is vital to know the basic technological aspects of building and customizing the web pages for search engines and users. To be listed in the search engines, your content must be in HTML text format. Regardless of advances in crawling technology, Flash Files, Java applet, Images and other non-text contents are virtually invisible to search engine spider. The effortless way to display your words and phrases is to set them in the HTML format. Images, Java-applets, Flash file and other non-text contents can be dispensed by providing engines a text description of the visual contents. The search engines need to see content to list pages in their enormous key-word based indices. By utilizing tools like, Google's cache, Yellow pipe or the MozBar; it can be observed what elements of your content are visible and indexable to the engines. If you are inquisitive about exactly what terms and phrases the search engine like to see on web pages, there is a useful tool like "Term Extractor". They will display words and phrases in the frequency order. But, it is wise not only to check the text content, but also to use tools like ‘SEO Browser’ which is used to double-check the pages you are creating, are visible to the engine. Crawlable Link Structure The search engines also require an access to a crawlable link structure. This structure allows the spiders surf the pathways of a website to find all the pages on a website. Several sites make the serious mistake of hiding or obscuring their navigation in ways that search engine can’t access. It holds back their capability to get pages listed in the search engines. Lacking crawlable link, the spider cannot reach the essential pages, in spite of good keywords targeting, smart marketing and good content.
  9. 9. Keyword Usages & Targeting Keyword, known as the building blocks of the language, is the basic in the search process. While the engine crawl and index the content of the pages around the web, they keep track of those pages in key-word base index. Therefore, rather than storing millions of web pages in one database, the engines have several smaller databases, each centered on a specific key word. This makes it quicker for the engines to recover the data they need within a fraction of second. If you need support feel free to reach us at : Key word Domination Keywords lead our search intent and interaction with the engines. Whilst the search is performed, the engine knows which pages to regain based on the words entered into the search box. For apparent reasons, search engine measures how the keywords are utilized on the pages to help decide the 'relevance' of a specific document to a query. The best way to optimize a page's ranking is, thus, to make certain that the key words are significantly used in the text, Meta data and title. Myth of Keyword Density Keyword density is the more advanced methodology of key word analysis. The idea of keyword density value predates all commercial search engines and the Internet, and can barely be regarded as an information recovery model. Keyword density plays no role in how commercial search engines index documents, assign weight to terms or process text. It is adverse that keyword density does not always help optimizing the page rankings. On-Page Optimization Keyword search is merely a small fraction of the search engines' ranking scheme and there are yet plenty of best practices that are close to optimizing the pages. While working with one of your own site, there is a suggested process. First, utilize the keyword in the title tag at least once or twice if it makes sense. Attempt to keep the keywords as close to the beginning of the title tag as possible. You may find additional value in adding up the keywords more than 3x, but in actual, adding more words or phrases tend to have little or no impact.
  10. 10. Secondly, use the keywords at least once in bold by using tags <b> or <strong> as they are rated equal by the search engine. Thirdly, use the keyword once in the URL Fourthly, use it at least once in the Meta description tag. The future may be vague, however in the world of search, change is constant, and it is expected. For this cause, the search engine marketing remains constant in the diet of those who aspire to remain competitive in the internet world. Those with the best expertise and knowledge of ranking receive the best benefits of traffic and visibility. “ Hire On Page expert with us :” KEYWORD RESEARCH Keywords play the most essential role when it comes to website optimization. Search engines search for keywords only in the website as they search for the information for the net surfers. As search Engines needs the most instructive and helpful sites for their visitors, they favor the sites containing content with the uppermost priority of the keywords being searched. Expert Keyword Research is the keystone to a victorious SEO. Several new website owners have a myth that Keyword Research and Analysis is an utmost simple task which can be performed with the aid of free Keyword Research and Generator tools like GoogleAdwords, Overture, Wordtracker, etc. However, actually, these tools only give a rough idea of what keywords can be searched related to a website like yours. Although the actual keyword analysis is done by the person who has done examination of the site keeping in mind the user's viewpoint and potential clients.
  11. 11. Research Tools or a layman just land up to basic research. Professional Keyword Research exposes much more. 5 useful Keyword Research Analysis Tips for website optimization are: (i) Use multiple - word phrases Despite using more generic words, one must use ‘long tail’ keywords. Research has shown that multiple word phrases are competent of bringing more traffic to your website rather than main keyword phrases. Since long-tail keywords plays the job of unique keyword for the website which enhances the chance of bringing the site to the top. A smaller amount generic keywords or key phrases bring a good amount of traffic to the site initially. (ii) Research keywords particularly for each page Filling of excess targeted keywords in the Meta tags and utilizing the same Meta tag on every page of the site is a total waste. The keyword research should be page specific and should focus on 2 to 5 keywords per page. It would be more effective as per the best SEO practices as it gives each website page an opportunity for higher ranking on its own. (iii) Country specific Keyword Research Search terms can be nation specific. For diverse countries there are diverse keywords terms you must explore and then reference that country's or nation’s search engine while doing your initial keyword research. For example, UK and Australia have different spellings terminology and expressions. Referencing the country explicit search engine can give way to a good amount of local traffic to the website. (iv) Perform Effective Keyword Analysis Valuable keyword research for your website should be accompanied by a resourceful analysis of those keywords in the search engines to check:  To assess the competitiveness of your keywords. Besides, checking the competitiveness of the keywords, you must also look at the strength of the competition.  Is other websites listed for the keywords are actually your rivals?  If it is in reality the desired niche keyword for that page (v) Ongoing Keyword Research
  12. 12. (v) Ongoing Keyword Research Keyword Research and Analysis requires constant efforts to be done upon to survive online as well as offline. Regular modifications as per the up-and-coming market changes are required. Ongoing keyword research and modifications are essential for best SEO practices. All search engine optimization procedure goes around the website; renders overall impact and worth and apparently the content and the keywords that are going to be used for the optimization process determine the fate. Thus keyword research requires experience and should be done under the guidance of experts. HOW USABILITY, EXPERIENCE AND CONTENT AFFECT RANKING Recovering search engine ranking is a long and difficult process, the significance of which cannot be damaged. Understanding the fundamentals of search engine optimization helps in customizing our websites to cater to the particular requirements and needs of individuals. In the competitive online market, it is vital to design and develop the website with an approach that satisfies the user experience. Usability that is continually evolving If your website is not achieving the results you are looking for, then make changes on the fly. Customer tastes and preferences are continuously changing. Consumers are constantly looking for the newest product; the best and the most recent user experience relate these experiences to your overall brand. To keep ahead of the trend, your website should not be a static thing; it should be treated like a possession and should be kept on growing to keep the returns increasing along with it. Like the trends in the economy, there are trends in advertising, sales, online marketing and everything else. The User Experience This is crucial in deciding the success of your online business. Your user experience approach must be dependent on the nature of your business. If you are exporting products, a positive user experience mean focusing on how to make payments easily available across all operating systems, browsers and devices. Surfing your website should be a pleasant experience, not a task. Positive experiences are liable to multiply, whereas negative ones
  13. 13. reduce your sales and the overall traffic of the website. Research and our tests have shown that search engine ranking associates well to the experience, and design of your website. The design should be simple as well as fun and the experience for your guests is bound to be a positive one. Content It is vital to know that it is the content which appeals most to your probable internet searchers. Keeping your content relevant and significant to what the individual is looking for is a sure way to keep your web metrics moving in the right direction. The rewards of high quality, appropriate content that is engaging, and relates to the search made by the customer is the standard of the web. Depart the user contented after they visit your site. The clients should not unhappily exit your site in search for that one solution that answers their question. They should be provided with what they’re looking for! The right content is the solution! Get to the top of the Rankings If your website is to appear at the topmost position in the Google rankings, then it should be one of the best. We are all restricted by time and want to obtain the information we are looking for right away. Thus, the website should stand out in search rankings by continually improving upon user experience, usability and content. Don’t hesitate to research and pinpoint any of the competitive advantages that other well-liked websites offer. You won’t want to copy their policy, although you can learn from their success! To keep up to date with the trend, one must take the time to reflect on what they are viewing as they browse the web, note the nuance in the design and all of the pieces that add up to the total experience. As a customer yourself, you should have a lot to opinion to offer which will be important for building your own great and innovative web presence. GROWING POPULARITY AND LINKS Links are relation between the pages. They make the web interrelated. Links permit the visitors to plot a route from one website to another. Links make the World Wide Web moving on. Link Popularity holds a key role in ranking scheme. It refers to numerous ways in which your site's link is admired across the Internet. Usually link juice and link reputation are the terms connected with link popularity. Link Building is regarded as an off-page SEO factor as the value is decided by another page. Anchor text in the inbound links is the main factor when building back links. The Search engines mostly rely on link popularity, the superior the link popularity; the better the chance of your site's visibility.
  14. 14. The Link popularity of any page of a site is usually related to the overall link popularity of the site's chief and vital page- ‘home’ page. This is for the reason that most inbound links come into a site's home page. They are very imperative as every major search engine regards them as a part of their ranking algorithm. Some of the ways by which one can increase the popularity of links is by writing quality articles, submitting to major directories, publishing those articles, internal linking structure, request, build quality links and write complete content. Building link popularity is essential and the link building process requires high priority. Link Building is a time taking process. It is a long term goal. An attempt made by you today will effect in better search engine rankings for tomorrow. Link Building Basics If you want to promote your business online successfully, you have to master certain skills and getting the link building basics down can count as one of them. After all, promoters are pretty much keen for inbound links as they know how it positively influences other elements like search engine optimization. Reaching at the position of having plenty of links is the main challenge here and luckily, there are numerous ways to climb up there. (a) Distributing in Article Directories If you are writing articles, you have a fine opportunity of creating lots of inbound links if you use your skills to come up with unique content and submitting that content to all types of article directories. The major goal here is spreading your work to as many sites as possible. (b) Sharing in Site Directories Not many people like to see websites through directories however these directories still exist and their page rankings are usually high because of the vast amount of content. (c)Posting in Forums: There are several forums that lean on various themes as well; so you can use those associated forums for link building. You must check the promotion rules; so that you may make back links without defying anything. Most forums allow links in your signature which is in fact ideal as you can be an active contributor in a forum without blatantly advertising. (d)Commenting on Blogs: Blogs functions similar to the forums as you are basically adding a post. As you won't have any signature choice, your best stake is to just make your comment look helpful or contain
  15. 15. vital information that the blog's readers like. By adding a link later, the readers may click it just as they become interested in the topic. (e)Making Press Releases If you have the potential to make a press release, discover some press release directories and set to work as they serve as best places for building links. (f)Partnering with Other Web Sites Link exchanging is done even if the site is not a blog. Till you contact the website owner after you note that it targets the same audience as your site, you will be able to strike a mutual deal where both sides benefit. Enhance your Search Visibility : SEARCH ENGINE TOOLS & SERVICES Search engine optimization is made easier with the SEO tools. Search engine tools are software which is utilized to attain quality optimized work. There are various engines which are helpful in site development. Various SEO tools can be obtained for free by downloading whereas others are charged a certain amount of money. Here are some of the recognized search engine protocols and services which prove beneficial in raising traffic at your website. Common Search Engine Protocols are: 1. Sitemaps Sitemaps are the easiest way for webmasters to notify search engines about pages on their sites that are offered for crawling. Web crawlers generally locate pages from links on the site and from other sites. Sitemaps increase this data to permit crawlers that sustain Sitemaps to pick up all URLs in the Sitemap and find out those URLs using the related metadata. Utilizing the Sitemap protocol does not assure that web pages are integrated in search engines however provides hints for web crawlers to crawl your site.
  16. 16. 2. XML XML is an acronym for Extensible Markup Language. XML (Extensible Markup Language) is a markup language that describes a set of rules for encoding documents in a format which human-readable and machine-readable, both. It is one of the most accepted formats for the Sitemaps. 3. RSS It is relatively very easy to maintain but difficult to manage. Known as, Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication, it makes use of standard web feed formats to publish frequently updated information, such as: news headlines, blog entries, video and audio. An RSS document comprises of text and metadata, such as, publishing or releasing date, writer’s name. RSS feeds allow publishers to group data mechanically. A standard XML file format assures compatibility with various machines or programs. RSS feeds benefit users who want to obtain timely updates from the preferred websites or to collect data from various sites. (a) Txt It is utmost easy as it does not provide the ability to add Meta data to the pages. 1. Robots. txt A robots.txt file limits entry to your site by search engine robots that crawl the web. These bots are programmed; prior they access pages of a website, they check if a robots.txt file exists that avert them from accessing some distinct pages. 2. Meta Robots The robots Meta tag lets one use a granular, page-specific scheme to control how an individual page must be indexed and provided to users in search results. One may use a special HTML <META> tag to inform robots not to index the page’s content or/and do not scan it for links.
  17. 17. For example: <Html> <Head> <Title>...</Title> <Meta name="robots" content="nofollow"> </Head> 3. Rel=”nofollow” "Nofollow" renders a way for webmasters to inform search engines "Do not follow links of this page" or "Do not follow this particular link." It is generally used on forums or blogs. However it is also possible to use it in the website if one doesn't want certain links to be followed and as a result leak page rank. By addition of rel=nofollow one lets the spiders know that one has not added the link them self; however it was placed due to a forum or blog and so not necessarily approved. It just indicates that the link has no relation with one’s own website. The website does not get harmed if there is a link to the website with a rel=nofollow. 4. Rel=”canonical” A canonical page is the favored version of a set of pages with alike content. This alternative lets site proprietor propose the version of a page that Google must treat as canonical. Google takes this into consideration, in combination with other signals, while deciding which URL sets include similar content, and computing the most appropriate pages to exhibit in search results. Search Engine Tools If one desires to enhance their SEO and design websites that stand aloof from the competition, then one must go throughout the subsequent user-friendly webmaster resources. 1. Google Webmaster Tools
  18. 18. There are excess of the webmaster tools on the Internet to facilitate webmasters in improving their websites in numerous ways. Optimizing the site in general (page speed, image size, valid code, etc.) is an intelligent exercise. Free Google Webmaster Tools is not the end of all your endeavours; though, it being free fits any budget and is a grand initiating point for learning the tips, tricks of the skill prior moving to a paid platform or service. If one is utilizing a paid service for the web search engine optimization and online marketing campaign, free Google Webmasters Tools is the best way to see the effectiveness of the finished websites. 2. Bing Webmaster Center Microsoft has teamed up with Bing Webmaster Central. The Webmaster Tools permits to investigate crawling, indexing and view statistics in Bing. It recognizes other sites that link to one’s site and submit XML Sitemaps. One needs to sign up for a MSN account and then log into Webmaster Central. Before using Webmaster Tools, one must register and authenticate the sites initially. Webmasters have a right of entry to a complete blog, forum and Help section if they have further questions. Webmaster Tools describes the following resources that help to upgrade the SEO with Bing:  Robots.txt validator  HTTP verifier  Keyword research
  19. 19. MYTHS & MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT SEARCH ENGINES Since last few years, several myths and misconceptions about search engines and how they operate have come into existence. The reputation and craze of search engines have grown exponentially and presently millions of people use search engines every day. Engines have adapted to the improved search volumes by altering their algorithms and refining their indexing systems. These changes have led to some misconceptions and myths about search engines and the ranking of web pages on the search engine result page. It is vital to be familiar with the strategy and the demands of each engine and not to be deceived by myths or misapprehensions. Your SEO policy should be based on facts to be effective. Some of the common myths and misconceptions about search engines are: Submitting the URL of the website to Search Engines Approximately 20 years ago, in the beginning of 1990's; engines utilized submission forms that webmasters and site owners use to submit information about their sites and pages.
  20. 20. Search bots would at that point, crawl these sites and index the information. This procedure finally gave way to purely crawl-based search engines and from early 2001 URL submission has not been required any more. The search engines, as we have all publicly noted that they seldom use the submission URL lists and that links from reliable sites expose the engines to your content naturally. The use of Meta Tags Earlier, SEO used to be all about Meta tags. The constant neglect of the Meta keyword tag has reduced the significance of Meta tags in SEO. The Meta description, Meta title and Meta robots tags are still vital and should form part of your website SEO. Search engines have reduced the worth that Meta tags play in their search algorithms and your site will not attain high rankings based on the effective use of Meta tags only. The use of Keywords on your Web Page Keyword density has been a buzz word connected with SEO for a long time. Too much use of keywords in your web page content do not better up keyword rankings; however they do lead to a pitiable user experience. Content that people want to link is more precious than content overflowing with your keywords. Use of Pay-Per-Click Advertising to Boost Rankings There is a myth that paid search helps to boost organic search rankings. This has never been confirmed and the search engines make use of efficient walls in their organizations to avoid this from happening. Big industries spending billions on paid search have found that they could not control the organic search rankings of their keywords. Building thousands of Links in a Short Span of Time One of the biggest SEO myths is that your website keyword rankings will considerably improve by creating 1000's of links to your website in a short span of time. There are various SEO consultant/companies that render this service and create links by submitting your site URL to directories and search engines or by creating links through the use of link farms. Links created by using link or created from sites with a bad repute result in consequences or a big drop in your keyword rankings.
  21. 21. The most efficient method of improving your keyword rankings on the search results is by utilizing great content on your website pages. Effectual keyword optimization via use of keywords in page titles and the anchor text of links is imperative. Creating high quality links from reliable websites adds a great amount of value to the SEO campaign. It takes some time to attain and maintain high rankings on the search results and it is very essential to build a firm online reputation and brand name. MEASURING AND TRACKING SUCCESS Search Engine Optimization is a long-standing investment. Dissimilar to PPC advertising, which can generate results instantly and make qualified leads within days, SEO often takes months prior moving your website into the required top search rankings. So, how will you know if you are on the right track in the meanwhile? What techniques can you use to decide what's working, to keep you going in the right direction, and to track correct as required? And how can you tie these to your online marketing analytics, to make better advertising and financial decisions? Here are 6 most essential measures that will inform how well you are doing in the Organic Search Ranking game. These are the SEO trade tools, and SEO consultant should have these at their fingertips. Before you get on measuring, ensure you know what goals you're trying to achieve, and set yourself up to determine the things that have the maximum influence on your long-term objective. Ranking Reports As the main objective of SEO is to better up your website's search ranking for important keywords, the most apparent metric is the ranking. In the initial phase, you can easily trail this by typing keyword into Google each week and watching where the website become visible in the list of results - if one is following the correct techniques of SEO, you'll see the
  22. 22. positive result within minutes. If you are following several keywords, then Google Webmaster Tools permits you to trail the top search queries people are utilizing to find the site, and the standard position each one attains in the rankings. If you're looking for deeper metrics, regard more sophisticated ranking tools that compute all keywords on all search engines, and follow progress over time. Website Diagnostics Because the keyword rankings may take time to move up, it's also essential to follow and tweak other key measures; initiating with basic diagnostics that tells if the site is 'search engine friendly’ or not. Google Webmaster Tools is an excellent tool for analyzing anything on your website that trip the search engines and help them not to crawl, see or index the pages on the site. If Google cannot crawl or index the site, then searchers will never locate it. A proficient SEO consultant must know how to read these diagnostics, and should know what to do when a problem occurs. Inbound Link Metrics Links coming into the site from another site is possibly the biggest determinant of the search ranking. The quality, quantity, diversity and efficiency of inbound links are thus essential metrics to follow. Often link building tasks - which one can do it themselves or employ an SEO consultant to do for them - can take time to bear result, so it's essential to follow these measures frequently and often so you can follow up with linking sources as necessary. There are various paid tools that will help to trail and calculate incoming links, however also Google (Webmaster Tools) and Yahoo (Yahoo Site Explorer) have excellent free tools. Traffic and Conversion Metrics Ranking well in Organic search won't be any beneficial if people don't actually click on the search listing and visit the website. As they visit the site, one needs to "convert" them by influencing them to take the next designed step. Google Analytics is an excellent tool for tracking metrics about the website visitors. It also permits to set exact goals and follow the progress towards those objectives. A cautious tracking of website activity on Google Analytics permit to measure the efficiency of website objects as well as SEO and linkbuilding attempts and tweak them to improve the results.
  23. 23. Local Search Reports If one is trying to achieve local or regional viewers, one should be delighted to know Google has made major improvements to its Local Search capabilities and Place Pages, and has a reporting ability for local traffic and metrics. The Google Places Dashboard displays traffic metrics from your Place Page and various Geo-related stats, and metrics from the set of "offers" you can build on your Place Page. Social Media Metrics Social media gets one directly concerned and occupied with your customers, plus also directs involved followers to the website for more information. It's imperative to know how efficiently you're getting your brand name recognized in social media, as well as, how victorious you are at attracting social media traffic into your website to take the subsequent step. There are several free tools offered for tracking the social media area- one can use them to direct their attempts, by either tracking up the discussions that cite the company, or listening for the chance to enter the discussion. Google Analytics lets one see how efficiently the discussions are pulling visitors to their website. Tying it All Together There are several metrics to opt from, hence ensure that you are utilizing the right web analytics tools for the objectives you're trying to achieve. Set up your goals, and establish the analytics to track them. Ensure to take baseline measurements while you start so that you may assess your progress over a period. Evaluate at significant intervals, however also spot check along the way. And ensure SEO and Social Media analytics roll up to overall marketing objectives, and give the insight one require to make intelligent verdicts for company.