February 18, 2013
The online experts don’t differentiate between SEO and web design much, as they consider them to be highly interlinked. Contrary to what the majority of people believe, SEO and web design are not two separate processes. Specifically, developers create a site and then SEOs optimize it with the help of link-building and content-writing.
Good web design and an effective SEO strategy are tied together and cannot exist without each other. No matter how effective your SEO strategy is, it is more likely to fail if it’s not backed by good web design. We need to understand that the net users today have become more demanding and they don’t like to index pages on your site to find something. They prefer convenience and thus a user-friendly and attractive web design will surely impress the visitor and force them to visit your site again and again. Among the most important SEO aspects that one should consider while designing the website is how easily the search engine crawler will navigate through the web pages. You can easily determine this by running a check on how many web pages of your site are indexed by the search engine when people visit your site. A quick way through which you can do this is by entering “site:” followed by the URL of your website in Google. This will show all the web pages that Google has indexed from your website. However, you might see the results fluctuating widely, something even by thousands of pages. You can also use Google Analytics to get more accuracy.
Even blogging engines like WordPress have developed tools to beautify blogs and design them well; this is why you will see some of the best WP plugins online. The SEO buzz that is floating around due to high potential and usability of these tools has prompted web masters to devise even more effective strategies. In crux, you must know how many web pages you want to be indexed from your site. The number that you obtain from text will not match this exactly, but if it differs widely then you might have a problem. This clearly suggest that the search engines are struggling to navigate your website for reasons that can range from poor navigation of the site to presence of dead links, etc. Thus, the use of Google Analytics is preferred, as it will help you to pinpoint your problems and allow you to fix them.
An aspect that the search engine spiders tend to look at when they generate their rankings is how “popular” the website is. Links can be considered as an important benchmark in this regard; however, all links come with various degrees of power and effectiveness. The best links are the ones that come from trusted sources and the quality of the sites that are producing content on a regular basis. Influencing or encouraging links from these sorts of sources is the key for any SEO campaign. A badly designed website is going to put off most of the quality link sources from giving them the crucial recommendation that the search engine spiders are looking for. It is better you encourage people to visit your site and take feedback from them regarding navigation and usability of your website. If you are able to make an eye-catching or easy-to-navigate website, it will surely boost your search engine rankings.
Again, SEO is a complex process and it’s not as easy as it sounds. You need to have the correct combination of SEO tools in the form of link-building and content-writing. Quality content in any website is a must. If you want more information on web design and SEO, you must read articles from some of the top SEO directories.
About the Author: Anzer Khan is a professional writer and has written more than 4,000 articles on various niches. An avid writer and keen learner, he is also a tech lover. You should also look out for his tech reviews online.
July 8, 2010
If you’re looking for traffic for your site or blog, one great way to increase site traffic is to build a link wheel. Link wheels are designed to create new backlinks to your site’s main page, which give your site a higher search engine ranking and more visitors. This in turn will increase blog traffic.
Link wheels are yet another SEO method, but instead of being underhanded or risky for penalization from Google, it is fair and it actually works. Implementing the link wheel involves writing articles and using other social networking and web 2.0 sites to link to each other as well as back to your main page (the page whose rankings you are looking to improve). Using the link wheel actually provides valuable content based on your topic, and helps to generate and build site traffic.
This is an example of how the link wheel works:
As you can see, you create several different accounts on various social blogging sites and write an article on each. Link one to the other, and on each one, link back to your own actual site. This is PROVEN to work to increase your rankings in the search engines and to build site traffic.
You can build multiple link wheels to link to your blog’s homepage and different pages of your blog, each wheel working on improving your rankings for various keywords. And after creating your link wheels you can drive traffic to those as well, which will create a snowball effect back to your main site.
Good luck, and check out some other great posts on how to increase your traffic:
Good luck increasing blog traffic!
February 11, 2008
As you probably know by now, I enjoy tools that help me figure out how I’m doing with different aspects of my blog. That’s why I love SEO Meter so much! Tracking and measuring your site’s crawl rate is important, but often times it’s something webmasters overlook or don’t pay attention to. This SEO tool can help you with determining your crawl rate, and it’s one you’re definitely going to want to try out and use often – plus, it’s free!
This free SEO tool monitors how frequently Google crawls your site or blog, and the information is presented in attractive and easy-to-read graphs and charts. Your crawl rate is extremely important because it has to do with the search engine viewing you as a trusted source. The more often your site or page is crawled, the more it’s trusted and the faster you’ll get indexed. By tracking your site’s statistics with SEO Meter, you can learn how to improve your crawl rate and overall improve your SEO as well.
Besides tracking your crawl rate, you can share it as well. A lot of bloggers like including badges and banners on their sites to let their readers know well they’re doing and what their statistics are, and when it comes to SEO Meter that feature isn’t lacking! The badges offered are easy to use, appealing to the eye, and are dynamically updated so you never have to do a thing after inserting the code into your site. After signing up with SEO Meter, you can view your site’s crawl rate graph page and at the bottom will be options for different badges to use. It couldn’t be simpler!
As seen above, you can not only track your own site’s crawl rate, but you can view the crawl rate of others and compare multiple sites. This can be a very helpful feature in checking out where your competition stands so you can learn how much you’ll have to improve to catch up, or even see if you’re beating them with a better crawl rate.
But maybe one of my favorite aspects about this online SEO tool is that it has Top 20 lists of the most crawled sites on the web, in every category. These charts display the most-crawled sites, their ranking on SEO Meter, and their specific crawl rate. This is a unique and interesting feature and it’s very useful to be able to tell which of the most popular sites is actually the most popular, with Google at least.
Just a couple of the categories included are the top 20 internet marketing sites and the top 20 gadgets and technologies sites. There is literally a Top 20 for every category that any blogger or webmaster in any niche will be interested in. Below you can check out part of the chart for some of the top internet marketing sites:
There are a good chunk of free tools out there that will measure your different statistics, but I’m sure you’re seeing that SEO Meter will give you important information about your site’s SEO, and that it’s one of the better tools despite how new it is. I can definitely see SEO Meter becoming one of the most valuable online statistics tools there are, so the sooner you get in on it, add your URL (for free), and start tracking your site or blog, the better! I’m already tracking my blog there, are you?
September 6, 2007
Backlinks are a huge part of being successful when you’re a blogger. The more links you have, the higher you rank and the better PageRank you get. So if you haven’t been working extremely hard on gaining backlinks and you’ve just been going with the flow and waiting for the links to come to you, then all I have to say is, you’d better start.
AddURL.nu is a great site that currently contains close to a thousand “100% SEO friendly, free, non-redirect, non-reciprocal, and general” directories. Whenever you submit to one of these directories that AddURL lists, that’s another backlink gained. If you submitted to all of the directories, then you’d have nearly a thousand extra backlinks.
But of course, manually submitting to each of those directories yourself would take a while. If you don’t have the time but you’ve got the money, AddURL.nu’s owner charges $290 and he will hand submit your site or blog to every single directory listed. You can use four different titles and two different descriptions. It’s important to not just work on one keyword, but several (more on this later). But of course, most bloggers don’t have the money. But if you don’t, that’s okay. Still do try to submit to as many directories as you can whenever you have the free time.
Whenever you enter in your information to submit to the directory, under site title don’t enter your blog’s name – enter its keywords. For example, this blog is called Super Blogging. But when I submit to directories, I target my keywords. Under the title I use things like ‘Make Money Blogging’, ‘Free Blogging Tips’, etc. That’s right, on different directories I use more than one. Don’t just submit the same title every time – try to evenly spread out submitting under around four different keywords. Varied anchor text is important.
And usually directories offer your link to be featured, free, or reciprocal. Never buy a featured link, and don’t link back to them for a link (which is reciprocal). Instead, just take the free one. All the directories can be, and are, FREE.
Building links isn’t easy, unless you cheat and do one of those viral trains. I made the mistake of doing one, and I hate myself for it. Don’t get tangled up in one of those. Instead, do one of the best things you can do for getting backlinks to your blog and go with AddURL.nu. I promise you that if you stick to submitting to all the listed directories, not a minute of your time will be wasted. Every single link is worth it.
August 28, 2007
You work hard on writing new content for your blog, you reply to all your comments, you link out to other bloggers, you are always perfecting your design, and you try your hardest to get each post into the search engines. That’s fantastic and what makes a great blogger, so keep it up! But one other important thing is to know how healthy your blog is. This might sound silly, but it’s true!
You need to check your SEO, meta tags, PageRank, social bookmarking stats, who you’re linking out to (not all sites are reputable), feed information, backlinks, website structure, and much more. All of this (and many other things) are important to maintain a healthy blog. If you want to improve your blog’s overall health, first you must learn where you stand.
1. Meta Tag Analysis – Having a good title, description, and keywords is extremely important for your SEO. Using this quick tool, you can make sure the sizes of all your meta information is right for the search engines. If you use WordPress, get the All in One SEO plugin to fix your meta tags. I highly recommend using it.
2. Link Checker Tool – Now we move onto this link checker tool, which is very important. It checks all the sites you are linking to and makes sure they are decent. If you link out to too many spammy, untrusted websites, Google will deem YOU as untrusted, too! And that is very, very bad. So use this tool to make sure everyone you’re linking to is reputable.
3. Xinu Site Diagnosis – I love this one. It gives you so much important information. You get your site’s screenshot, an analysis of the URL, meta tags, HTML, and more, your domain information, your PageRank, and rankings for Technorati, Alexa, and DMOZ, your syndication and social bookmarking info, your indexed pages in search engines, backlinks, and validation. This all sounds like it would take forever to load, but it comes up instantly!
4. Website Grader – This one takes a minute or two to load but is completely worth it. It gives you your website grade, PageRank, Alexa and Technorati rankings, inbound links, indexed pages, your web page structure, domain information, some info on your coding, the summary of your images, last Google crawl date, readability level, how you rank for your keywords, and it even lets you compare all these aspects with another competing website! Basically this one is a measure of SEO and is very helpful.
The four tools I just told you about check your blog’s health and help you improve it. You should recheck all four of them every and now and then to maintain a healthy site, so consider bookmarking or saving this post for future reference. I hope these are helpful, and please do share any other sites that check your blog’s health that you know about. :)
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