Optimized Web Pages
2006 - Stephen Wright
One of the most common inquiries and frequently asked questions I
receive regarding writing effective internet web pages is about the optimization requirements. Uniquely, web
pages require careful forethought and “design with a purpose”.
Not only do the pages have to sell the product to internet visitors,
they also have to be structured in a way that allows the site to be “search engine friendly” and “optimized” to
take full advantage of natural search traffic.
Having “search engine friendly” web pages increases your potential to
move up in natural search traffic rankings. The higher a web site moves up in the search engines the more
traffic is driven to a specific site. In the long run, this translates into “free” web traffic for your site,
versus a life-time of paid advertising and pay-per-click traffic.
What then are the common elements needed that web owners must carefully
incorporate into their respective pages? The following are the basic elements:
The first and most obvious place to start is to ensure the “Title Tag”
contains your most important keyword phrase(s). Ideally, 1-3 keywords should be used. Beyond this number, the
density ratio of the overall page becomes diluted.
Also, do not put the name of your business in the Title Tag. This is one
of the single most common mistakes online marketers make.
of the search engines is on the keyword(s) and the products users are searching for. Unless your company is one
of the Fortune 500 firms, users most likely will be searching for the product or service you are selling, not
the name of the company.
The “Description Tag” gives users a brief descriptive overview of what
your site or a particular page is about and why users should visit. If you have ever noticed, the first portion
of your description tag (approximately 158 characters) is displayed in the search engine results when a user
executes a search query.
For web site owners, it is a great opportunity to be brief, to the
point, and help users quickly find out if your site has what they are looking for. Therefore, you will not waste
either their time or yours.
The “Headings and Subheadings Tags” should be used sparingly within your
web text to highlight important sections or topic areas within the page. Within the text a “H1” heading tag
should be used at the top or heading of the web page.
And do not forget the use of “H2” or second level heading tags used in
the body of the page. Ideally, you should use the heading tags surrounding your keyword text as headings within
The “Body Tag” text is the primary reading material of the web page. The
text used should match the overall tone, marketing message, and theme of the product. Keywords used in the body
of the web page should never be forced or blatantly repeated, just for the sake of increasing the use of the
keywords. They should have a natural flow with the content and context of the other text on the
The “Hyper Links” are incorporated into the web page throughout as
needed. Consistently, users like the ability to simply “click” on hyperlinks to take them to an
expected destination of interest, rather than a copy/paste or worst case ---having to manually type a url link
to follow a desired direction.
Likewise, the “Alternate Text” for the hyperlinks are ideal places to
include additional words to encourage or direct users.
Image “Alternate Text Tags” are not only ideal places for “advertising
space” they also are great opportunities for placement of phrases that include keywords for users to see when
they hover over the image.
Additionally, alt tags provide added benefits from the search engines
which give extra credit for additional usage of your keywords within the page.
So there you have it. This is hardly a comprehensive list of all the
other elements, but at least it gets you started with the fundamental features and components. Additional
details and specifics for a full and wide range of search engine topics can be found in “Search Engine
Optimization Made Easy”.
Pick up your no cost copy today at: http://www.internetmarketingusa.com/files/SEO_MadeEasy.pdf
Armed this information, you will be writing web
pages that are optimized with customers sales in mind, but also designed for moving your website up the natural
search engine rankings as well.
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