SEO Tips for Google

Getting a high ranking on Google is a big achievement. There are many factors that go into pulling a high page rank. I have put together a small list of things that should not be overlooked when optimizing your site. Let's start from the top:

META Tags- Sorry, but Google doesn't read META tags. That includes the KEYWORD tag. Some search engines, however, still use them.

URL- Having a keyword or words in URL will help you somewhat. Having a key word in your URL is not by any means a guarantee, but it never hurts.

TITLE Tag- This is an important step, use this tag wisely. Place your top keywords here. Remember, your page is indexed starting from the top of the page. Make this one count.

Site content- The first paragraph of your site is a crucial part of your optimization. This will also be used as your site's description. Be careful not to overdo it on the keywords. Make sure your content makes sense. Your keywords should make up a total of 6% to 8% of your page content. An average of three hundred words is a good rule of thumb.

Header Tags- Header tag < H1 > should be considered important. Make headers uniform on your site. I like using them on the top of my page just before the first paragraph.

ALT Tags- These tags are great for adding keywords to images, so take advantage of them. I also use mouse over text with linked text.

Links- Any links you have on your site should have key terms in them. Never use "Click Here" or other unrelated words when creating links.

Bonus tip: When exchanging text links, use key phrases as the actual links. This will certainly help you out.

For Example:

Affordable Search Engine Optimization & Web Site Marketing Mr. SEO is the leader in SEO. We handle targeted traffic, marketing and more. We also offer Web Site Marketing Articles to help you get more traffic to your site.

Links exchange- This will help boost your overall ranking. It's actually better to be linked from another site (one way) than reciprocal (both sites linking to each other). Being linked one way is a huge bonus. However, the following should be kept in mind.

A: The site you are linking to needs to be related to your site.

B: Google's page rank of the site should be higher than yours; the higher the better.

C: Avoid linking to sites that have too many links. A site that has forty or more links will only hurt you.

Bonus Tip: See where you rank on Google by using this free tool. http://www.googlerankings.com/ultimate_seo_tool.php

This Google ranking tool will show you under what keywords you are found on. Use this to help adjust the keywords you want to be found under. Be sure to check your ranking before you start any optimization. Then do it again 3 ? 4 weeks after you have made your adjustments. See if your ranking has gone up.

Joe Balestrino is a published author and owns http://www.mr-seo.com and http://www.jnb-design.com . For more info on SEO or his services, visit his websites or email him at [email protected]

In The News:

How to Use GitHub for Enterprise SEO  Search Engine Journal
10 Top APIs for SEO  ProgrammableWeb
SEO in 2020: Going Beyond Google  Search Engine Journal
5 Ways SEO & Web Design Go Together  Search Engine Journal
Can SEO Be Made Predictable?  Search Engine Journal
Google's Advice on How to Hire an SEO  Search Engine Journal
10 SEO Myths Debunked  Business 2 Community
What Does It Mean to 'Do SEO'?  Search Engine Journal

Dont Get Banned by Google

There are many Black Hat techniques that people use to... Read More

Drive More Traffic to Your Website With Your Web Page Title!

One of the most overlooked, but important components, on your... Read More

Make Quality Content Your #1 Priority

It is by now a proven fact that content is... Read More

See How The New Kicked Up Google Sitemap Can Get You Indexed Faster and Ranked Higher!

Does Creating a Google Site Map and Telling Google About... Read More

PageRank for Websites: Is There More to the Web?

Google's PageRank has been around for years, and in the... Read More

Branding Versus SEO

Branding versus search engine optimization is a marketing dilemma that... Read More

Search Engine Position Report

Since search engines are the first stop for people on... Read More

DIY SEO

Part 1. Wordtracker for keywords.A problem for all new webmasters... Read More

10 Minutes to Your Google Sitemap

Google's calling your name...Hi, Google here. We want to index... Read More

The Golden 5: Steps to Google Success

The Dream: You wake up one morning and notice your... Read More

Google Gunning For Directories?

Why is it that webmasters are so quick to blame... Read More

Search Engines Are Going to Love You for This

What's the most potent free traffic source on the web?***... Read More

Soliciting Search Engines

As your guide operator through the web, search engines are... Read More

Search Engine Optimization Strategies To Drive More Targeted Traffic To Your Website

Want to drive more targeted traffic to your web site?Want... Read More

Are You Losing The Battle For Search Engine Traffic?

Search engine traffic should be a priority for any online... Read More

Free Search Engine Advertising: 10 Secret Ways To Indirectly Race To The Top Of Search Engines

Do you have a website that has little or no... Read More

One Way Link Building Secures Long Term Ranking Results

One-way link building is a great way to improve your... Read More

Search Engine Optimization Tips For 2005 - Part Two

Welcome to the second part of our series of articles... Read More

How To Stay One Step Ahead of the Google Dance

It's taken you 6-months of hard work, constant changes, reading... Read More

Google Zombies Need To Wake Up

Over the last couple of weeks, I've received more e-mails... Read More

PPC v Natural Search ? A Cost Comparison Case Study

The attraction of Pay Per Click (PPC) online advertising is... Read More

Keywords ? Key For All Doors

Keyword research is certainly the most important phase in Search... Read More

Got Spiders?

Many internet marketers blow mountains of start-up cash on their... Read More

Adding City Names At The End Of Your Keywords Can Bring You More Profits

In recent times, I have been closely studying keywords that... Read More

Dynamic Pages

Dynamic pages and the Search Engines By Clare Lawrence 10th... Read More