Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

What is Seach Engine Optimization?

In order for your web site to be found in the vast sea of other websites, seach engines need to be able to find you.  This is the process of making your site “search engine friendly”.

Seach Engines only index TEXT,  so don’t use images for important information.

In order to get a better ranking in search engine results,  a good web designer will:

•start with a domain name that describes what you do as closely as possible.

•not look at free website hosting.  It is not a good idea, as you should have your own IP address to get good results from search engine rankings.  Of course in the end, this is up to the client

•make sure your site easy to navigate

•make sure your links work, nothing worse than clicking on a link that goes nowhere

•use words that describe your site (meta tags).  These tags are what the search engines will look for to index your site.

•validate your code – making sure your site meets the W3C standards for today’s websites.

•use a site map

use enough text so your site will not be disregarded by the search engines

use descriptive tags for images, this helps people who cannot see your images and search engines

test your site in different Browsers to make sure your pages can be seen correctly

optimize your images for faster loading

These are some of the things a good web designer should automatically include in their services when building your pages.  If they are charging you extra for any of the above, maybe you should check around.

until next time, linda

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St. Patrick’s Day

Cead Mille Failte

(A Hundred Thousand Welcomes)

If you are Irish, have Irish ancestors and just enjoy the Irish celebrations on St. Patrick’s Day you might be interested in a free neat app I downloaded the other day;  St. Patrick’s festival

5 days of entertainment for everyone!

The parade in Dublin will be broadcast live through the app on March 17th.

until next time, linda

Title: I’m Posting every week in 2011!

I’ve decided I want to blog. Rather than just thinking about it, I will be posting on this blog once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, and hope it will be a fun, inspiring and an awesome experience. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

linda, webyogi.ca

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