|"Search Engine Update / Crash Course"
Yahoo, Google, Inktomi, oh my! What's a webmaster do to?
There must be a reliable, responsible way to get a website
ranked well in all these rapidly changing search engines.
Yes, there is.
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More than likely you've heard
the news that Yahoo has recently shifted it's search results.
Instead of the results coming from Google's database, they are
now being served from their newly owned Inktomi database.
Ahh... search engines. One minute your site is at the top, the
next minute you can't find it. Just when webmasters think
they're getting a handle on their site ranking, one major search
engine buys out another, changes their search algorithm or
database provider and everyone gets to start all over again.
Is it really worth trying to get a site ranked well in the
I believe it is. But there are positive and negative factors you
need to be aware of.
On the positive side of things, search engine traffic is top
quality. The conversion rate is usually excellent and since the
traffic flows virtually without cost, search engine traffic may
be the best traffic there is. Specifically, traffic from the
web's largest search engines -- google.com, yahoo.com and
search.msn.com can impact a website's traffic substantially.
But on the negative side, getting a website ranked near the top
is almost impossible for most webmasters, especially if they
have lots of competition in their particular niche. And too many
webmasters end up becoming obsessed with search engine ranking
and fail to promote their websites via other proven strategies.
Relying on one traffic source can be detrimental to your
website's bottom line.
So what's a web business owner to do?
Perhaps the best policy is the one I've used with great
Look at your search engine marketing as a LONG TERM strategy.
Make sure you have the basics covered, but don't get obsessed
with the ever-changing results. If you concentrate on a
long-term strategy, more than likely you'll see improving
results and continued success.
So what are these basics?
1. Basic web page optimization
2. Quality content
3. Growing links
Let's expand a bit on each topic:
1. Basic web page
Basic optimization means setting up your web pages so they are
search engine friendly. You should primarily be concerned with
your main page, though it is good practice to apply search
engine friendly techniques to all your web pages.
A search engine friendly web page contains a keyword-rich title.
(Your title is the text between <title> and </title> in your
html code. And in case you are not familiar with the term
"keywords", they are simply words or phrases that your customers
would be using at search engines to find the information or help
your site offers.)
The basics of a good title are...
a. Contains your best keywords (especially the first few words
of your title)
b. Describes what your site is about
c. Is less
than 80 characters
The other important aspect of basic search engine optimization
is the BODY of your web page. The body text should also contain
your best keywords, though make sure they are not overused.
(This is called keyword stuffing and many search engines
penalize for that.) You best keywords should occur naturally
throughout your text and should not appear more than a few times
for every 100 words on your page.
That's really all basic optimization consists of, and as you can
see, it is rather simple. Now let's talk about the the overall
content of your entire site.
2. Quality content
A quality website with solid, reliable and substantial content
will always do better than sites trying to "trick" their way to
good ranking. Think about it for a moment. Why do the top search
sites have such a huge market share? Simple. They provide
quality search results. That's how they got more people use them
to find what they were looking for.
Therefore, websites offering lots of quality CONTENT are usually
the first sites presented in their search results.
There is no secret to this. And providing quality content takes
work. I do it by writing articles like the one you are reading
now. And you can do it by writing articles for YOUR niche market
and posting them at your site.
For example... If your site focuses on collectibles, don't just
post up your items and hope they sell. Instead, write an article
about a specific collectible every week. Tell it's history and
why it is worth so much. Write about how to tell an original
from a counterfeit. You get the idea.
In a year you will have 52 keyword-rich web pages (or more) that
will help grow traffic to your website. In two years you'll have
100+. And this content is the cornerstone of your website.
[Tech note: As you post each article at your website, make sure
the new web page links back to your main page. Also make sure
your main page has a link to either a site map or an article
listing. That will help search engines find all that great
content when they spider your site.]
I've been writing about the content aspect of web marketing for
seven years now. And I can remember a few years back when many
experts were writing, "Don't waste your time on content, just
put up a single page sales letter." But what would the web be
like if it were just a network of single page sales letters?
The web is all about information.
Let's face it, nearly ALL people online are here to get
information. You can find in-depth information on any subject
imaginable. Sure, you sometimes have to pay for the best quality
information, but if you surf long enough you can get to the
truth of any subject using the World Wide Web.
If you are a website owner, all of this translates into a simple
strategy. Create content for your niche market and the search
engines will make it available to the public. Grow a website
that is information rich and the visitors will come. It may take
time but they will come.
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The next basic search engine
marketing strategy is...
3. Growing links
Getting lots of links coming to your site is important. Not only
will traffic arrive via those links, but a site with lots of
incoming links does better in search engines than sites with few
But getting sites to link to yours is not easy. One of the best
ways to get links goes right back to your content from item one
As you create your own tips and articles for your website or
email newsletters, share the content with other webmasters. You
can do this "on-the-fly" by including a short footer after your
content that tells webmasters they have permission to reprint
your article at their website or in their newsletter. Be sure to
let them know that they need to include a live link to your
site. You may even want to tell them exactly how to link to your
site. (Preferably with a short description of your site and a
hyper linked keyword or two. This will help search engines
determine that the sites are related and give the link more
There are lots of websites in need of decent content. Supply it
and you can benefit greatly - your links will grow continually
with no effort on your part.
And the beauty of this strategy, is that only sites in your
niche will use your content. This means your links will be high
quality links from sites in the right 'neighborhood.' This goes
a long way with the search engines.
If you would like to see this content-sharing link growing
strategy in action, visit my
Internet marketing articles archive.
There are lots of other ways to get links into your site, and
you need to use your imagination. One way is to let visitors to
your site know that if they have a site in the same niche as
yours, you'll consider trading links with them.
You can even automate your link swaps and save lots of time. See
for how I've done that. In return for linking to my site,
webmasters get a directory listing for their best Internet
Marketing Resource, and a free ebook on permission email
The tool that automates that link building strategy for me is
called LinksManager. While there are many automated solutions
available, be careful when selecting yours. Many are not search
engine friendly and using a link network or link farm designed
to trick search engines, can be detrimental to your link
campaign! The one I use is simply a time saving tool. It sends
emails to new submissions, checks their site for a live link to
mine, and gives away my ebook when the link is verified. When
visitors link to my site, their links are set up directly to my
site, so it is search engine friendly. I've been using it for a
few years now with great success. And no, I'm not an affiliate.
Now that you have a few ideas on how to optimize your site and
get links, you should be aware of where to submit your site...
A huge percentage of search engine traffic flows through a small
number major search engines and directories, specifically
Google, Yahoo, MSN, About, and a few others. So a wise webmaster
will make sure their sites are in those engines.
Getting into Google is as simple as submitting your site at:
It also helps to add your site to the Open Directory Project at:
Next head over to AltaVista and submit your site:
Finally, hop over to MSN and submit your site:
All four of those submissions are complimentary, though you'll
have to be patient, as getting listed can take weeks and even
If you want to get into Yahoo's search results, you'll have to
pay - and pay dearly - with the new
Overture Site Match Program.
For $49 you can submit your URL to be included in Yahoo search
results as well as the results at other major portals including
About and Hotbot to name a couple. Beware though, not only will
you pay the $49 inclusion fee, you'll have to pay a per click
charge in addition! I think you'll be seeing an uproar from
webmasters over that. ;-)
You now have all the basic information you need to grow your
search engine traffic. Implement this info right away and you'll
see continually improving results. And remember, the more
content you add and the more links you get, the better those
results will be!
To your success,
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