Search engine optimization requires that your website and your listings contain the information that people are searching for. Thus, sites are “optimized” to contain the keywords that a potential customer would use to find you. However, your site must also rank for those keywords, so that it appears as near to the top of the search engine results as possible.
In short, your website should be search engine optimized to:
(1) Contain keywords that are commonly searched for (high traffic volume), but also represent a distinctive market niche (low competition). See the Content Marketing page for more info on the art of keyword selection.
(2) Receive a high page ranking (PR) by the search engines, in comparison with competitors’ sites. Page ranking depends on factors such as age of the site, the numbers of high-quality backlinks to the site, and site performance. See the post, How Your Website is Ranked and Positioned by Search Engines for more info on page ranking.
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Posts on Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
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In a recent post, we explored a variety of tools that test page rank and the position of a website on search result pages (See How your Website is Ranked and Positioned by Search Engines). In this post, we explore … Continue reading
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MDG’s article and infographic captures the strengths of both social media and search engine marketing. The conclusion: While each has its strengths, the two used together are exponentially more powerful than either used on its own. The main points: lead generation … Continue reading
Grade your blog or website with Hubspot’s BlogGrader. Your site is graded on a 0-100 point scale, with an itemized list of strong points and weak points. Try it: here: http://bloggrader.com/ … Continue reading