SEO

Google Plus 1 Button

July 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Google Plus 1 Button – Latest Method for increasing Web Traffic

Advertisement is a big factor in business development. It entails giving your product or services the required amplification to a wider audience. This is true whether you run your business online or offline. But the emerging results show that it is possible to get more audience online quicker than you can get offline. However, the important point here is on how to get a wider coverage while keeping cost at minimum level.

A recent program launched by Google is set to make that happen especially for internet marketing. The Google +1 button is designed to provide a wider audience package for the online community. It works by allowing people to recommend your article or product to as many people they are connected to on the Google social network like Google Buzz. This is one big secret that people may not have embraced yet. There are three key areas from whence it is possible to get more persons subscribing to your own network.

1. Since the Google +1 button can be installed on your webpage, people who read and like your content can recommend it to others.  By clicking on the +1 button they provide your content with a vote of confidence. This appears on their Google profile so their contacts can see them. You know what that means, right? It helps you leverage on others to advertise your market to their close friends and relatives at no cost.

2. One amazing fact is that Google +1 button will also be showing up on Google search results. This means that your page link on a search result can be +1d easily by searchers. Once it is done and their friends on their contact run a search on a related term, they will get to see your link being recommended by their friend. This will not make them second-guess your work. Since the recommendation is coming from a trusted friend they will definitely act fast.

3. Another interesting revelation about the Google +1 button is that it will be appearing on the walls of those who +1d your page. Can you beat that? I mean this is the bomb. Now, imagine having your page +1d on the wall of another with over ten thousand subscribers? Or better still; appearing as a recommended blog on the profile of a celeb with a lot of friends on Google contact? Just think about it for a second. All those subscribed to the recommending page will have to see your page without you spending a dime on Google Adword. This will certainly bring about a wider coverage for your business in less than you ever thought.

One fact you must never forget is that you must have to present your page with something qualitative. It will go a long way to aid recommendations by your readers. Once they do your list will continue to grow exponentially. Endeavour to learn more about your niche and keep your readers always in the knowing. As you give your full commitment to doing this your internet marketing business will take a giant leap. And that will lead to more money to help you achieve your life goals.

Google +1 Button

SEO

What is SEO

March 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

We have seen many changes in website design practices over the last 10 years and we have seen many new designers enter the market place in recent times.  One thing that hasn't changed is the requirement for good search engine rankings. Without good rankings, especially in Google, a website is not easily found by searchers therefore limiting its success and usefulness. While implementation of good SEO design practice wasn't that critical in the early days, it is now and we have seen new sites published by other designers of late and are somewhat dismayed at the lack of implementation of basic SEO principles in some of these designs.

For unwary site owners, this can mean paying good money for a website that has inbuilt design barriers that limit potential for Google indexing.  What may look good on the surface might have design omissions or worse still, use design practices like frames and iframes (inline frames) that can cause real problems for Google spiders.  To assist those site owners, we would like to provide some basic information on how to check your site for these barriers to proper indexing.

What is SEO?

SEO is the process of improving ranking in search engine results (search engine placement).  SEO seeks to improve the quantity and quality of visitor traffic to your website from "organic" search engines like www.google.com.au (versus SEM – search engine marketing which deals with gaining traffic through paid advertising e.g. banners and Google Adwords).

In this series of articles, we will focus on SEO and organic rankings and leave paid SEM for another series.

In simple terms, SEO practice involves an assessment of how search engines like Google work, what people are searching for and then making changes to a website to increase its relevance for the particular search term (keyword) and ensure that the website can be indexed "crawled" by search engine software known as "spiders"

As you can see, there are a lot of factors that come into play in SEO and the most difficult one is how search engines work. We have a basic understanding of the factors that they use in ranking websites through our membership of Jerry West's SEO Revolution but how these factors are rated in their "algorithms" is kept in absolute secrecy.

The main factors that Google uses in their search ranking process are broken down into on-page factors and off page factors.

The most important on-page factors are:

  • Page structure and content – is it visible to Google spiders?  Page content can be blocked inadvertently via a robots.txt file or content may not be available due to the use of frames or have content embedded via the use of an "iframe" or Flash files.  It is hard enough to get rankings, why make it harder due to poor design practice or a lack of knowledge?
     
  • DTD Statement – page code should have this Document Type declaration to indicate what coding standard has been used in developing the site.
     
  • Content Type – metatag to assign the character set used in the page design
     
  • Page metatags – "Title" – the title tag is the most important metatag in your page design code.  This tag is used by most search engines and is usually returned as the title of the Google search result.  There are specific recommended parameters for this code to maximise vlaue in Google indexing.
     
  • Page Metagtags – "Description" – this is the 2nd most important tag and assist in where to place a site in the index.   The description is also usually returned in the Google search results as the text description.
     
  • Page Metatags – "Keywords" – this tag is not used in ranking factors by Google due to past abuse, however it is still used by Yahoo and Bing and therefore should be included in your page design.

The DTD Statement is included at the top of the page code and Metatag information in the HEAD section of the page code which is not visible to visitors.  There are other metatags but these are not important for SEO purposes.

As they are not visible, most website owners do not know whether they have been included to properly enable Google to crawl and spider your website.

If you have a website, I strongly recommend that you check that these codes are included in your design.  You can do simple checks by:

  1. Go to your home page and select View >> View Source from your browser menu.  The top of your page should look something like:

    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
    <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
    <head>
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
    <title>Your Website Title.</title>
    <meta name="description" content="Your website description.">
    <meta name="keywords" content="your website keywrods separated by commas.">
    </head>

    There is likely that to be additional lines between the <head> and </head> codes but they are not that important for SEO purposes.

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  2. Use an online checkers that will simulate Google spider software and metatag analyszers.  Visit this site and check your website to see if it has been designed correctly for Google

    http://www.feedthebot.com/tools/spider/index.php

We have also added an online tool here to make it easier to check your site:

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If you are having trouble checking your site, we can undertake a free analysis for you – just send an email to Allan on admin@cooloolabusiness.com

Stay tuned for Part 2 – we will look at the other important on page factors (and we might even do a quick site analysis on a couple of other new Websites in Gympie).