Shari Thurow, Grantastic Designs webmaster/marketing director… She’s done SEO stuff. And she’s getting an MLS degree…
She chooses to work WITH the search engines, rather than exploit them.
Why worry about Search Engine Optimization (SEO)? Because people search, for many reasons.
Search engine friendly design:
- user friendly web site design that can be easily found on both crawler-based and human-based search engines
importance of design:
- end users/site visitors/target audience – primary audience
- human and crawler based search engines – secondary audience
5 basic rules of web design:
- easy to read
- easy to navigate – sense of place (on non-home pages, back door entry), scent of information (click home button, easily get to search)
- easy to find
- consistent in layout and design
- quick to download
Make this stuff easy to find:
- on search engines, web directories, and industry-related sites
- go directly to the relevant page
- within 7-8 clicks!, preferably less (as long as people feel they are making progress – Neilson says up to 25 clicks! wow…)
- most important info “above the fold”
- contact info
understand how search engines work: They do three things – index text, follow links, and measure popularity (other people need to think your site is good)
In other words…
- contain words and phrases that match what your target audience types into search queries
- provide easy access to keyword-focused text
- contain enough high-quality content
Hmm… we need to get a google adwords budget…. just a thought
- text component – index text. on the page critereia…. target words and phrases. These should be the words your customers type into search engines in order to reach your site.
How to make your content appear focused:
- html title tag
- breadcrumb link
- introductory paragraph
- conclusion paragraph
- graphic images????
- stake and stakes in title
- stakepullers in URL – don’t use underscore. Use hyphen or cram words together
- breadcrumb links – stake pullers is used….
- heading 1 and 2 – stake pullers
- word also in paragraph
- captions with the pictures
primary text vs secondary text:
- primary – title tags, visible body copy, text at the top of web page, in and around hypertext tags
- secondary – meta-tag content, alternative text, domain and file names
easy way to find what search engines see – copy all junk on the page, then drop that into Notepad – what you get is what search engine see
Link component, site and page architecture (follow links) includes…
- site navigation schemes
- cross linking
- type of web page
- page layout and structure
- URL structure
types of site navigation in se freiendly order:
- text links
- navigation buttons
- image mapes
- menus (forms and dhtml)
remember to design primarily for your users – not for search engines
Have two forms of navigation on your website. one for target audience, and one for search engines – they often commpliment each other.
embedded links are search engine friendly – those are links within a bunch of text… they tend to be contextual.
tell people what to do when they read something. ex – what do you want people to do when they read your bio? Go somewhere else? Or go to the info on your site? Hmm…
If you do a site map – it’s for context, rather than a collection of links. Write a summary paragraph on the site map – who you are, and what you do. Then put major links on the page.
She said people look in the middle of the page first… which is wrong. Take a peek at eyemapping research – people look in the upper left first, then scan across the page in a loose letter F pattern.
- press releases
- tips or how to pages
- glossary, reference, and dictionary type pages
- location pages
- category and gallery pages
all sites should have related, relevant cross-links
number and quality of links
number of times people click on links to your site
she started speeding up, so I missed the rest…. but you get the idea.