9 SEO Tips For Small Businesses

Getting your website listed in Search Engines can sometime be a monumental task in itself, here are the top 9 tips to get you started with Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

1. Page Title

Forget using ‘Welcome to my website’ as your page title, if you really want to attract target media specify your keywords and list your product keywords separated by an | (hold Shift + backslash key) symbol (e.g. Digital Cameras | Video Cameras) will boost the strength of your chosen keywords, in this case Digital and Video Cameras.

2. Page Filenames

Still naming your page filenames as products.htm or aboutus.php, why not add some weight to your website and help the Search Engines distinguish from the multitude of pages with generic names and again utilise your keywords into your filenames (e.g. paper_back_novels.htm) for a Book selling site with this link to the list of Paper Back Novels.

3. ALT Tags

Again keywords play a huge part in the design of your site and another area to include these words is in your image ‘ALT” tags.

4. Header Tags

Getting back to your Page Title, there is no point in making the heading text “Welcome to my Website” especially if you are selling Garden Tools. Use header tags (e.g. <H1>, <H2>, <H3>, etc.) to emphasize your Products and Services in order of importance.

5. Content

Search engines like unique content that is also quality content. There can be a difference between unique content and quality content. Make sure your content is both.

6. Bold Text

Got something to say?, say it in Bold Text, this tells the Search Engines that this text is important and relates strongly to your content and keywords and should be taken notice of.

7. Keywords

Some say they aren’t that important anymore to getting results in the SERPS (Search Engine Result Pages) but using them correctly can add to your sites overall effectiveness. Concentrate on 3 – 4 keyword phrases (e.g. “custom website design” or “web site design” for web site designers) and make sure they are used in the first and last paragraphs of your home page content.

Caution: Search engines want natural language content. Don’t try to stuff your text with keywords. It won’t work. Search engines look at how many times a term is in your content and if it is abnormally high, will count this against you rather than for you.

8. RSS Feeds

Want to increase traffic and SEO juice? well consider starting a RSS Feed on your website with important news items relating to your business and your chosen profession then link these to your articles.

9. Article Writing

Article writing is another way to cross promote your site with helpful information for others and with links back to your site.

SEO is not a one-shot process. The search landscape changes daily, so expect to work on optimizing your (Text, Links, Popularity and Reputation) on regular basis. There are many facets to Search Engine Optimization of websites and these 9 tips are merely just a few and a good starting point to get your website promoted in Search Engines.

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