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Search Engine Optimization – Getting Started
Major traffic-generating methods involve RSS feeds, search engine optimization (SEO), social networks, partnerships and community building. Also, popularity is not just measured in total number of unique page hits or number of followers. You should look for ways to retain readership, beyond a one-time visit. Just visiting and commenting on other blogs helps (popular ones or not). Marketing your blog effectively will take time and effort. Check out the following posts for some ideas:
“Why My Blog Gets No Comments”
“Daily Blog Tips (Website Traffic Series – 20 articles, see links at bottom of initial post)”
“How to Find Readers For Your Blog”
“Kick Your RSS: Jumping on the Syndication Bandwagon”
“Search Engine Optimization for Blogs – SEO”
“Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tips for Bloggers”
“Using Social Media Sites to Grow Your Blog’s Traffic”
“21 Ways to Make Your Blog or Website Sticky”
“9 Things to Do to Make Sure that Your Next Blog Post is Read By More Than Your Mom”
“How Not to Promote Your Blog: Top 10 Broken Promotion Strategies”
“Three Simple Actions that Doubled My Website Traffic in 30 days”
See these sites for general blogging tips:
Daily Blog Tips: http://www.dailyblogtips.com/
Blogging Tips: http://www.bloggingtips.com/
Blogging Basics 101: http://www.bloggingbasics101.com/
NOTE: Some web sites or forums have guidelines (like Yahoo! Answers) regarding advertising and/or posting external links. Posting against site rules can get you classified as a spammer and/or banned. So, posting your blog link “everywhere” without restriction is not an effective strategy. Again, see the links above for more productive methods. You can add the link to your blog in your Yahoo! Answers Profile and Yahoo! Profile though. 😉 Also, you may want to post future general blogging questions in the Computers & Internet > Programming & Design category or the relevant Computers & Internet > Internet subcategory.
Wow you have no idea how long of an answer this could be. People have written books on this subject. It’s really hard to answer this question in the space here as there are so many different ways to get your ranking up.
The first question I would ask you is this, is the site a commercial site that you are going to be selling stuff, or just a personal site with information on a particular subject or interest?
If your answer is the former and you are going to be selling something from the site then here is what I would suggest. One big thing that all the search engines look for is what they call “backlinks”, these are links that link to your site from other sites.
But before you run off and try and get links from any old site remember this, the search engines also look at the quality of the backlinks.
So if your site is say for skateboard stuff, and you have links coming in from sites that are in no way skateboard related…then the value of the backlink is decreased, because it’s not considered a relevant backlink by the search engine.
With that said, one way to get good relevant backlinks is by writing articles and submitting them to article sites like EzineArticles.com or GoArticles.com.
You write brief, 250 – 500 word, articles on the particular subject you site is centered around, or if you are selling something on the site, then write articles about the product or service you are selling.
Many people say “oh I am not a writer, I can’t write articles”, but believe me, it’s not nearly as hard as you think. Here’ a quick lesson. Take about a 15 or 20 minutes and think of about 10 or so titles for articles. Then sit down and start writing the articles.
Articles are SHORT information pieces, it’s not like you are writing a book. Just write an opening couple of sentences explaining what the idea of the subject is or how your product or service solves a problem, then about 5 or 6 “bullet points” about how to product works or fixes a problem, then a short paragraph explaining the conclusion of your article subject or how your product or service solves the problem.
At the end of each article you put what the call a “bio-box” or “Author box”. In the author/bio box you put a link to your site saying for more information about this product or service click this link. Most article sites won’t accept articles that have your link in the article body itself but will allow it in the bio box.
Write as many articles as you can. The more the better. Then start submitting them to article sites. This benefits you two-fold. You get a backlink from a relevant site for each article you submit to the article sites.
Plus people will come and read your article and if it’s good they are allowed to copy the article and publish it on their site for content. But they have to keep the bio box intact. So each time someone copies your article onto their site you get yet another backlink to your site.
Backlinks and good content are probably the 2 main things that will get you noticed and ranked by search engines. Man I have gone on a bit here and that’s only one of many ways to get your site ranked. I could go on to things like “keywords”, meta tags and a variety of other things that affect your ranking. But far and away the best I can recommend is have good content on your site and start writing articles.
One other thing you might want to consider is get a blog going. Then have links from the blog to your site. Search engines love blogs and spider them regularly if they are posted to on a regular basis. This will send the search engines back to your site via the blog and give you yet again more backlinks to your site.
Well I have probably bored you to tears by this point rambling on here so I will let you go. If you really want to get your site ranked you need to do some research and start writing some articles. Do a search on Google or Yahoo for SEO, Search Engine Optimization, you will find tons of information on other ways to make your site get ranked.
Search Engine Optimization – Getting Started
Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of a website or a web page in search engines via the “natural” or un-paid (“organic” or “algorithmic”) search results. In general, the earlier (or higher ranked on the search results page), and more frequently a site appears in the search results list, the more visitors it will receive from the search engine’s users. SEO may target different kinds of search, including image search, local search, video search, academic search, news search and industry-specific vertical search engines.
As an Internet marketing strategy, SEO considers how search engines work, what people search for, the actual search terms or keywords typed into search engines and which search engines are preferred by their targeted audience. Optimizing a website may involve editing its content and HTML and associated coding to both increase its relevance to specific keywords and to remove barriers to the indexing activities of search engines. Promoting a site to increase the number of backlinks, or inbound links, is another SEO tactic.
The acronym “SEOs” can refer to “search engine optimizers,” a term adopted by an industry of consultants who carry out optimization projects on behalf of clients, and by employees who perform SEO services in-house. Search engine optimizers may offer SEO as a stand-alone service or as a part of a broader marketing campaign. Because effective SEO may require changes to the HTML source code of a site and site content, SEO tactics may be incorporated into website development and design. The term “search engine friendly” may be used to describe website designs, menus, content management systems, images, videos, shopping carts, and other elements that have been optimized for the purpose of search engine exposure.
Blogging software is really a simple Content Management System (CMS) that easily adds new pages and integrates them into your site’s navigational structure and linkage.
Blogs and blog posts are naturally search engine friendly because they are text-rich, link-rich, frequently-updated webpages that use stylesheets or CSS, and have very little extraneous HTML.
Optimizing a blog is very similar to optimizing a website, and optimizing a blog post similar to optimizing a web page.
But depending on the blogging service or software you use, the results may look somewhat different.
If you follow some simple rules for search engine optimization, your blog can rank much higher than static website pages in the search engine results pages.
Here are the most important rules to follow to get your posts listed for keywords of your choice.
1. Use your primary keyword in your blog domain
2. Use your primary key phrase in your blog header tags and the title of your posts
3. Use your secondary keywords in the body of your post
4. Use your keywords in the anchor text of links
5. Make sure search engines can spider your blog easily
6. Get backlinks from other blogs or websites
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5 Tips for Writing the Perfect Blog Post
If you use WordPress, or Blogger, or any other modern blogging tool for that matter, the search engines are “pinged” and know right away that you have made a post. So, don’t worry about submitting it to search engines manually (and for heaven’s sake, don’t pay someone who claims to do that)!
In general, the best method nowadays is to generate some social traffic. Post a link to you post to Facebook, Twitter, pin your post’s featured image to Pinterest.
Business Models are simulations of actual business functioning.
They act as ideal real life examples,and help participants actively discuss the pros and cons of the situation given.
A business Model gives a Full Account of any particular Business Scenario. Readers of this model/ Participants are then asked to discuss the strengths and weaknessess of it. Put it simply, one has to SWOT analyze the Business Model based on different parameters.
Each participant comes up with his/her own views on the subject. Cumulative views and different view points are then listed and ranked based on their importance and relevance.
Thus at the end of the session, a business models suitability and viability is drafted and conclusions are drawn thereon.
The more the Business Model Analysis a person does, the more exposed he gets to real life corporate situations.
Hence it is said, that Business Models act as Good Simulators.
Search Engine Optimization
A search engine is a service provided by some company (Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, etc.) which will search through millions of web pages for keywords that a person types into a field. For instance, if I type “Puppy” into a search box on Google’s web site, there are currently 40,800,000 matches available. If the search provider has a good search algorithm in their software, then the most relevant pages should be listed first. In my case, I’m a happy searcher, because after the Google Image samples, the first result listed is the Puppy Linux website, which is the only Puppy I would ever be searching for online. Most search providers keep track of what websites people will actually visit after doing a search. They then use the results to make sure those pages are closer to the top of the list for the next time someone searches for the same keyword(s).
Image search optimization is about using images on your website to draw more “click-throughs” from the search provider, thereby raising your rank in the search list. This, in turn, helps to ensure that you keep getting more visits to your site. A neat article I just found by typing “image search optimization” into Google Search is linked below.
New York Skyline
Below is a link with pictures of the NYC skyline.
A view of city of great magnitude rises out of the open like a curtain for a show that always staging the world’s greatest act, you immerse yourself as one of the players of the greatest city in the world.
Business Niche – Adding Content for SEO
Fefoo is not a search engine, its an application that helps you search better. It uses the traditional search engines to search. You search on categories and your search is more refined from the time you start searching. In case you don’t use categories it works like a normal search engine.
Springo is a Web shortcutting tool that empowers users to rapidly and easily navigate to the best websites for any purpose.
Each view contains a set of results that are displayed visually – and each view has a different perspective.
Yoozila is a powerful new search engine. It’s primary purpose is to provide you with relevant results and present them in a fresh web 2.0 beautiful manner.
FindTheBest is an objective comparison engine that allows you to find a topic, compare your options and select the best choice for you.