Why search engine marketing Is Necessary
Tip #1: search engine marketing Pleasant Pictures
Tip #2: search engine marketing Plugins
Tip #three: Meta Descriptions
Tip #four: Key phrase Placement
Tip #5: Linking Methods
5 search engine marketing Errors to Keep away from
Why SEO Is Important
Most website owners know that search engine optimization (SEO) is important because it
drives a lot of web traffic, but aren’t quite sure what to do, or not do, to get the desired
results. That’s in part because there is a fair amount of misinformation about SEO, and also
because once you do start learning about it, it can seem like a daunting process.
This ebook consists of tips you need to know to maximize your search engine ranking. This
is a foundation of tips, which when implemented, can make a significant difference. We
intentionally selected easy tips to start with because you’re more likely to implement them
and start seeing results. Then you can get into the more complex elements.
The key is that SEO refers to search engine rankings that people actually click on. Just
getting on page 1 of a Google search isn’t enough. The information displayed on the search
engine results page needs to be compelling and useful enough for a human being to want to
follow the link to your site.
High quality SEO efforts aren’t about gaming the system, but rather are about consistently
applying proven techniques and strategies that have the greatest likelihood of withstanding
changes to the search engines’ algorithms.
Ultimately, your site has to be useful for actual human beings. If you keep that in mind as
you apply search engine techniques, it will be easier on you and will create better results in
the long run.
Tip #1: SEO Friendly Images
Search engine traffic from images is extremely underrated. WordPress has some great tools
built in for optimizing the use of images for search engines, but they often go unused. The
thing to remember is that search engines cannot “read” images. They can only read the
descriptions, tags, and titles you give your images.
All images should have ALT and TITLE attributes defined. This is the image equivalent of
the doc title or Meta Description for the page.
Use the built in functionality in WordPress for attachment pages, rather than having
images open in a lightbox or in their own page. Attachment pages combined with the All in
One SEO Pack create excellent SEO for images.
Image filenames should have a relevant name, ideally with a keyword in it. (More on
keywords later.) For example, an image filename of “obam435.jpg” might make sense to
you, the website owner, but won’t mean anything to a search engine.
“obamastateoftheunionspeech.jpg” is a much more descriptive, and relevant, filename.
Tip #2: SEO Plugins
Using additional tools, such as SEO plugins, can help you maximize your search engine
rankings as well as your site’s usability for human visitors.
All In One SEO Pack
All in One SEO Pack is the most downloaded SEO plugin from the WordPress repository. I’m
not just saying that because I created it, but because it’s the truth. Being able to control
your search engine data without having to know anything about code is a huge time (and
All in One SEO Pack allows you to control all your meta data on individual pages and posts,
as well as having site-wide default settings.
Among other things, All in One SEO Pack automatically optimizes titles for search engines,
generates meta tags automatically, uses canonical URLs and supports custom post types
and taxonomies. For beginners it works “out of the box”, so you can simply install and go.
For advanced users you have the ability to fine-tune everything.
We have added and continue to add new feature modules, which you can enable via the
Feature Manager in All in One SEO Pack. These feature modules include useful tools such as
an XML Sitemap Generator, Video XML Sitemap Generator, Robots.txt Generator, and Social
Broken Link Checker
Broken Link Checker is a great plugin that is extremely useful for SEO. It crawls your site
looking for broken links and broken images and notifies you when it finds the. It checks
both internal links within your own site as well as external links to other peoples sites. It
provides a very easy interface for correcting broken links and will even prevent search
engines from following broken links. Broken links and images are bad for SEO. Google will
alert you to broken links in the Crawl Errors section of Google Webmaster Tools, so using
this plugin will reduce the crawl errors and improve your reputation with search engines
There are a number of plugins that handle 301 redirections, we use and recommend
Redirection. We find this to be the most powerful and best developed plugin for handling
redirects. Using this plugin can help you resolve crawl errors reported by Google and Bing.
A perfect combination is to use All in One SEO Pack, Broken Link Checker and Redirection to
manage your SEO.
Tip #3: Meta Descriptions
We have found that most people are confused about how to use Meta Descriptions.
Basically, meta data serves two purposes:
– tells search engines what your site is about
– shows up in search results, which tells people what your site is about
Your Meta Description, specifically, doesn’t actually affect your placement or ranking in the
search engine results, but it is extremely important for what appears on the Search Engine
Results Pages (SERPs). The Meta Description is what people see and helps them determine
whether or not to click through to your site. As mentioned before, high rankings are
meaningless if nobody clicks on the links because the description isn’t appropriate for
A couple of key points to keep in mind when crafting your Meta Description:
You are limited to 160 characters. If you do not specify a Meta Description, the search
engine will either automatically use the first 160 characters of your page or post for the
description, or will examine the on-page content for what it thinks is the best description to
use. This isn’t always a good thing.
You want to have a naturally worded Meta Description. This is where All in One SEO Pack
comes in handy by making it super easy to create this for each page and post, without
having to do any coding. Remember, it will be a person reading the description, so make
sure it makes sense to a human, not a robot.
Don’t over use keywords in your Meta Description. Not that keywords should be over
used anywhere, of course, but this is an exceptionally bad place for it.
Tip #4: Keyword Placement
Content is the most powerful tool you have in your search engine optimization strategy.
Relevant content, optimized for keywords or terms, and published frequently can shoot your
website to the top of the search engine results.
Keywords are not just for your meta data, which is what many people erroneously
believe. Keywords are part of how search engines determine the relevance of your site for a
particular search. And just as important…they help the searcher know if your site is a match
for what they are searching.
The term “keywords” does not refer to Meta Keywords, which are obsolete and no longer
used by search engines. Keywords or terms are the subjects you want to rank for, for
example, “WordPress SEO plugins” is a term that we would want to rank for. It’s important
to remember that these days people don’t search by keywords these days, they search by
terms or phrases so bear this in mind when writing and optimizing your content.
There are different opinions on how often you should use keywords or terms in your
content. As a general rule, keywords should be used naturally, not forced into the content
so that it reads awkwardly or unnaturally to a human being.
Many beginners are tempted to place their keywords in every single sentence. That
generally creates an article or page that’s extremely difficult to read. Instead, write your
content and then go back and position your keywords. Make sure to sprinkle other relevant
keywords throughout your content as well. A good test is to read the content out loud. If it
sounds awkward, you’ve probably over done it.
Use your keywords strategically. There are a few prominent places to position your
keywords so they’re recognized by the search engines. These locations include:
• Your headline
• Any headings or subheadings in your content
• The first and last paragraphs of your content
Consider using one primary keyword or term per page.
You can keep it simple and optimize each webpage for one primary keyword. You could
include a couple of secondary keywords that might be extensions of the primary keyword.
However, trying to incorporate too many keywords into one page diffuses the results.
Tip #5: Linking Strategy
You’ll start with creating two different types of links – Internal and External. One thing to
know is that every time you link to a page, post or other site, you are passing “SEO juice”
from every single page or post you are linking from. If a page or post isn’t important to your
SEO strategy, don’t link to them. Or, if you must, use the “no follow” code so the search
engines will know not to follow the link. (A “no follow” link can be followed by a person, but
not a search engine.)
An example of using the “no follow” attribute in html code:
<a href=”http://address.com” rel=”nofollow”>My Site</a>
Internal Links are cross links within your own site. For example, one blog post may
contain a link to another blog post or page on the same topic. Developing internal links is a
great way to teach the search engines of the relevancy of your site, as well as assist the
human reader in finding valuable information. Just make sure that you are linking to related
posts and pages. You may want to select a few pages to focus on to start with.
There are plugins for this, but manually choosing which pages to link to is best since
algorithms that automatically determine this can, and will, make mistakes, wasting valuable
Don’t link to a bunch of posts, pages, etc. (particularly archive pages) from your
ü DO use a keyword as your link. Having a link that says “click here” does nothing for
your search engine efforts.
External links are when you link from your site to another site. While there are lots of
sites you like, don’t link to all of them from your sidebar. This just gives away your SEO
juice to the other site. Use external links sparingly and strategically.
*A note about Social Media and Linking..
While the links back to your site from Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn may not do anything
for your official search engine results, they can do a lot for sharing useful information and
driving traffic by bringing people to your site. The more useful your information, the more
likely people are to pass it on to others. There’s nothing like word of mouth advertising.
If you use your full domain name in the link, as opposed to a URL shortener, these links can
also serve a branding purpose.
Just remember to use social media as a place you can “give back” as well. Don’t think only
of driving people to your site. Share useful links and helpful information from other people
and sites. You’ll be seen as a true contributor of value, and therefore be considered more
BONUS: 5 SEO Mistakes to Avoid
Whether you’ve been optimizing your web pages for quite some time or are new to the
strategy, everyone makes mistakes. While the bad news is that these mistakes can have a
significant effect on your page ranking, the good news is, they’re reversible. Here are five
SEO mistakes to avoid (And if you’ve already made them, not to worry, you can make
changes and move forward with your SEO strategy).
SEO Mistake #1: Not using keywords correctly.
Many webmasters are concerned about being banned from the search engines for keyword
spamming or stuffing so they limit the use of keywords on their web pages. As long as your
content sounds natural and reads easily, the chances are you have not overused your
Make sure your keywords are included in the first and last paragraphs, in your headings and
in your title and meta tags.
SEO Mistake #2: Trying to fool search engine spiders.
Search engines are a lot more sophisticated than most of us realize. They recognize – and
penalize – hidden text, keyword spamming, and cloaking, which is showing different content
to the search engine spiders than to your visitors. All of these practices only serve to hurt
your page ranking and can in fact cause your website to be banned by the search engines,
which means no one will find you – and no traffic means no profits.
SEO Mistake #3: Using Flash
Flash is a great presentation tool and can be dramatic and effective if used sparingly. It’s
particularly appropriate if you have a media related website and want to demonstrate your
industry savvy. However for most website owners it’s just not necessary and can harm your
page ranking. Search engine spiders cannot read content embedded in Flash files, which
means they’re not recognized or indexed.
SEO Mistake #4: Using Your Company Name (and Only Your Company Name) As
a Title Tag
Unless you’re branding your company name, your company name shouldn’t be the only
element in your title tag. Feel free to include it, however it’s also important to use your
primary keyword for each webpage title tag. This is more useful for your customers and
helps the search engines identify the various pages on your site.
SEO Mistake #5: Using A Splash Page
A splash page is a web page with a large graphic or company logo, and a link to enter the
site. This is an ineffective strategy for a number of reasons:
* No keyword rich text on the page, nothing for the spiders to index.
* Only one internal link on the page
* These pages often have a redirect which often causes spiders to ignore them
If search engine optimization is important to your business, you may need to forgo the
splash page. Your home page should be easy to navigate, content rich, and link visitors and
spiders to other main web pages.
In general, unless you’re trying to outsmart the search engines and using nefarious tactics,
the majority of search engine mistakes are reversible. If you’ve committed a few of these
mistakes, simply correcting them can increase your page ranking almost immediately. Take
some time to evaluate your SEO strategy and eliminate these SEO mistakes.