Search Engine Optimization: 7 SEO Secrets Your Webmaster Wont Tell You
Put 10 search engine optimization consultants in a room and ask them how to optimize your site. You'll get 10 different answers.
So, how do you separate fact from fiction when implementing an SEO program to raise your rankings on Google and other search engines? Here are 11 truths, strategies and rules of thumb that are proven to optimize sites and generate a flood of organic search traffic:
1. Don't overdo link directory submissions.
Yes, having respected websites in your category link to your site is something Google's algorithms look for. Yet submitting your site to every single link directory in existence can actually be very detrimental to your SEO efforts.
This ploy for more attention can be seen by Google as an attempt to manipulate your ranking, and it may penalize you for it. It's better to submit your website to one or two of the horizontal link directories that humans actually visit, such as the Open Directory Project, or vertical directories serving your industry or niche, such as Healthlinks.net or iCivilEngineer.com.
2. Optimize for humans, not search engines.
Google detects and rejects most blatant attempts to mechanically optimize sites for search engines.
Since Google's algorithm is designed to "think" like a human, optimizing your site for human visitors instead of robots will result in higher rankings.
In the early days of SEO, clunky copy stuffed with keywords sometimes resulted in higher rankings. Today, while you still should use meta tags and keywords in your page copy, it also should contain good content that reads well and is relevant to your audience.
Simply put: The copy shouldn't be crammed with keywords in a clumsy effort to boost PageRank.
3. Focus on optimizing pages that are already well-ranked.
Approximately 80 percent of search engine users click on one of the first three results on search results pages. You'll get the most traffic leverage by focusing your optimization efforts on pages already ranked for your target keywords, incrementally improving their SEO.