9 Ways to Optimize Blogs for Search Engines

1. Keyword Rich URL One of the best ways to let search engines know that your website is highly relevant to a specific keyword phrase is by having it in your URL. There are two ways to go about this. First, you could buy a domain name that includes your keyword phrase. For example, let’s use the keyword phrase “Springfield MO Real Estate”. Our domain might look like this: http://springfieldmorealestate.com Depending on how many keywords you plan on targeting, this could become expensive very quickly. An alternate option is to add a subpage to your already existing domain. That URL would look something like this: http://lincco.com/springfield-mo-real-estate Note, when either of these results is shown on Google, our keywords will be in bold. Also, if you already have a URL set for an existing page, I don’t recommend you change those URLs because you may lose backlinks. 2. Title Tags Title tags are one the most important elements on your page. It’s the first chance to to tell search engines what your page is about, and search engines weight this particular tag very heavily. As a best practice, most SEOs agree that your keywords should be near the beginning of the title tag because it helps with rankings. Many times, you may make your title an exact match of your keyword. However, writing for search engines isn’t the best idea. Better to write for people, and then tweak your pages later for search engines. 3. Content Title For this “title,” I am referring to the copy on your page. Generally, it’s a good practice to include your page title towards the top of the page. This is beneficial for your readers and search engines. Additionally, you should wrap your title in an H1 HTML tag. I often use my exact keyword phrase as my title. While I don’t recommend writing for search engines, you can launch your article with a reader friendly article, and then go back and optimize it later. Note, be sure to keep the keywords as close to the front of the title as possible. It helps with rankings. 4. Optimize Images For every image you use, there are 3 opportunities to drop in your keywords. filename (springfield-mo-realestate.jpg) title (title=”springfield mo real estate”) alt (alt=”springfield mo real estate”) Here is an example of what the image code should look like. [<img title="springfield mo real estate" src="http://springfieldmorealestate.com/homeforsale.jpg" alt="springfield mo real estate">] Remember, you don’t want to spam your keyword on your page, so use it sparingly. 5. Description While the description doesn’t affect your search engine rankings, it’s great for increasing the click through of your existing search...

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On Site and Off Site SEO

“Onsite SEO refers to the steps that you can take to optimize the content on your blog to increase your search engine rankings. Onsite SEO is active, and involves factors that are completely in your control to optimize. Inversely , offsite SEO refers to all the other methodologies that don’t involve your own content that you can undertake to enhance your blog’s ranking in the search engines.”  The complete article can be found here >>> I found this simple description about onsite/offsite seo while searching for a list of  SEO methods in order of importance.  I havnt found that list yet (might have to make it myself)… but I did find this description about onsite and offsite seo with links to a series of articles about SEO steps for your...

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Blogging with an MSI Wind Laptop
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Blogging with an MSI Wind Laptop

My first test post using my new MSI Wind Laptop.  WordPress appears to like firefox running on xp so far.  Ill test how joomla responds later.  I like the machine a lot more then I thought I would.  The keyboard response is good, and the screen is bright and clear. My first impression is a very good one.  I will continue to chime in on the usefulness of blogging with a mini...

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Web Pro News Top 10 Ways To Raise Your Site In Google

Link to Original Article No matter how much some people claim the SEO industry is a den of snake-oil salesmen, there are still definite ways webmasters can improve their rankings, and thus their visibility in Google’s search results. Editor’s Note: This by no means a comprehensive list of SEO techniques employed by the industry to get better rankings in Google. If so, it wouldn’t exactly be an industry, would it? That means there’s a lot we’re leaving out. What do you recommend? Let us know in the comments section. This isn’t a manipulation game—Google absolutely hates that game and will punish you for it—which is perhaps what the darker element of the SEO world sells. Good, in-bounds SEO is made up of smart, user-and-search-engine friendly techniques. Think of SEO as a performance-enhancing drug—one that won’t get you kicked out of baseball. That being said, there are tons of things webmasters can do to help their sites perform better in search, so this list is not by a long shot finished. It is, though, what we think are the top ten strategies for better search engine—and by “search engine” I mean “Google” – placement. 1. Title tags Listed by others as one of the Big Three (tags, links, and text), we’re putting title tags at the top. The words in the title tag appear in the link that pops up in the search result. This is where you tell the search engine (and the would-be visitor) as succinctly as possible what needs to be known: company or publication name; relevant, targeted keyword or keyword phrase taken from the text of the page. Each page should have a title tag as Google ranks each page individually, not the site in its entirety. 2. Content The order of the Big Three is very debatable, but really they work as parts of the whole; not one of them can be left out if the machine is to work properly. In this case, you probably understand that content should be quality, however that is defined, but it should also be rich in the keywords you are targeting to drive search traffic. That doesn’t mean just throwing them in there like you’re cooking up a pot of SEO gumbo, though. Keyword use and keyword variation should natural and not overstuffed. For the visual text part of the page, focus on working in the relevant words and phrases you want people to find you for. 3. Quality Links Or more specifically, backlinks, links to your site from outside sources. Links are your letters of recommendation. If nobody’s recommending you, or the recommendations seem phony, then it...

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