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Optimizing For Search Engines
by Shannan Hearne

Optimizing a page for search engines requires various steps for different engines. Getting into the specifics for each engine would take volumes, because different engines use different factors in their algorithm when they "rank" a site. The specific items you can tackle for any page of any site are the following: keywords, title tags, copy writing, meta tags, alt image attributes, hyperlinks, and headings. Here's a brief explanation of

You want to select keywords that are relevant for your site and as specific as possible. Choose fitness for kids, not fitness. Choose fitness videos and books, not fitness resources. Keep in mind what types of search terms your target audience will be using.

The title of your web page is the single most important factor for search engine optimization. A high level of weight is placed on page titles when ranking pages in search engines. Your title tag needs to be as relevant and keyword specific to your page as possible. Select Fitness for Kids and Children from Fitness And Kids, not Fitness for kids.

The copy of your page is important in order to achieve good search engine rankings as well. Each page should have at least 200 words of copy on it if possible and it should include your most relevant keywords and phrases while still being logical and easy to read. The more copy filled pages (often resources, articles, etc.) that you have on pages within your site, the better your site will rank overall in the search engines.

Meta tags were originally designed to help search engines decide what was important about a website. Today, your keyword and description meta tags are still very important with certain search engines. Meta tags should not be unreasonably long, but should contain all relevant words and phrases.

Always include your top most important keywords and phrases. But don't try to trick the search engines by using irrelevant terms to rank high for a search that isn't really relevant to your web site.

Images on your web site can help your listings, too. Each image on your page can contain a keyword phrase or two that is relevant to your site and your image. An alt image tag looks like this:

<IMG SRC="imagename.gif" width="10" height="10" alt="Fitness for kids and

Be sure to use the same keywords and phrases that you have used in your copy, meta tags, etc.

Heavier algorithm credit is given to hyperlinks within your website. So a text based hyperlink should contain keywords relevant to your web site.

Finally, your heading tags should contain your same relevant keywords and phrases as they are given heavier ranking weight than plain text within your site.

If you take all these items into consideration, you can successfully optimize your web site yourself. If you find this cumbersome or are uncertain as to what words are relevant, work with an internet marketing and search engine optimization specialist such as http://www.SuccessPromotions.com

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