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Search Engine Optimization Tutorial

Dec 12, 2009   //   by admin   //   Internet Marketing (SEO|SMO|PPC), Search Engine Optimization(SEO)  //  No Comments

What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?

No doubt you would find hundreds of definitions for SEO, I would define it as optimizing a site so that search engines would be able to find, categorize, index and rank the site.

This article will touch the techniques which constitute Search engine optimization (SEO).Each of the sub section is covered in detail in their respective blogs.

Search Engine Optimization comprises of following steps

1)      Keyword Analysis

This is the first step in SEO. Based on the business profile of a site, various keywords that are relevant to it are analyzed to make sure important ones are not dropped out and then begins the optimization process once the keywords are finalized.

2)      On Page Optimization

On keyword Finalization, next step is analyzing and modifying on page factors wherever required.

Some of the on page factors are

URL Optimization of the page.

Title Tag Optimization of the Page.

Meta Keywords and Description Optimization of the page.

Body/Content Optimization of the Page.

Heading Optimization.

Image Handling.

Internal Links. And Many More.

To know more,go to On Page Optimization Techniques for SEO.

3)    Off Page Optimization

Once all your on page optimization parameters are analyzed and edited, next step is Off Page Optimization. This involves activities wherein the content of the page is not taken into consideration.

Sitemap Submission and Link Building can be grouped below this category.

To know more, go to Off Page Optimization Techniques for SEO.

4)    Post SEO Analysis:

This involves continuous monitoring and optimizing of the website post-seo.

Once  basic SEO parameters are applied, performance of the site needs to be continuously measured.

These are the techniques that broadly cover Organic Search Engine Optimization

Social Media Optimization Tutorial (Social Media Marketing)

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What is Social Media Optimization/Marketing?

Social Media Marketing makes use of social media sites to raise visibility on the Internet and to promote

products and services. Social media sites are useful for building social (and business) networks, and

for exchanging ideas and knowledge.

Social Media Marketing uses podcasts, wikis, blogs, online videos, photo sharing, news sharing,

message boards, and posts on social networking sites to reach a large or targeted audience.

Some Examples of Social Media Optimization / Marketing Techniques are as follows:

• Joining relevant online communities or social networking sites to help promote your business.

• Adding RSS feeds to your website (RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication that can

be used to easily update content).

• Blogging (where you add content to blogs).

• Creating your own business blog.

Why Social Media Optimization / Marketing?

1. You can reach a large number of people in a more spontaneous way without paying large advertising fees.

2. The use of blogs and social and business networking sites can increase traffic to your website from other social media websites. This in turn may increase your Page Rank, resulting in increased traffic from  leading search engines.

3. Social media complements other marketing strategies such as a paid advertising campaign.

4. You can build credibility by participating in relevant forums and responding to questions.

5. Social Media sites have information such as user profile data, which can be used to target a specific set of users for advertising.

Social Media Tools with Examples:

1) Wikis (e.g. TWiki, wetpaint, Wikipedia)

2) Business Networking (Linked In, XING, eAcademy)

3) Blogs (e.g. Mashable!, Boing Boing, Dosh Dosh)

4) Social Bookmarking or Tagging (e.g. Digg, Reddit, del.icio.us)

5) Collaborative Tools (e.g. Zimbra, zoho, Google)

6) Social Networking (e.g. Facebook, Myspace, Friendster)

7) Video Sharing (e.g. YouTube, Kyte)

Photo Sharing (e.g. Flickr, zoom, smugmug)

9) Audio Sharing (e.g. Blog Talk Radio, ODEO

Off Page Search Engine Optimization Techniques (Off Page SEO)

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Once On-Page optimization is performed on a website, the next step in SEO is off Page Optimization.

As the name suggests, off page optimization refers to optimization techniques applied without altering any on-page contents or parameters of the website.

Off Page optimization techniques include

1)    SiteMap Creation:

A Sitemap is a file which contains information about all the internal links present on a website.A Sitemap is created so as to ensure that we have included all the links which we want the search engine to index. The format for sitemap is XML. Even HTML or simple text format can work.

Parameters of an element of a Sitemap are as follows:

  1. URL : Contains the link of the page that we are talking about.
  2. Priority: Mentions the importance of the page on a scale of 0-1.
  3. Change Frequency: Mentions the frequency of change of page content wise.

Thus a sitemap is nothing but a roadmap for a Crawler which would guide it on how to travel across the site when the each engine accesses it, what should it looks for and how frequently should a link be looked for by any search engine.

2)    Sitemap Submission

Once a sitemap is created in a format acceptable by search engine, submission of this into various search engines is the next step performed. By this, we make sure that the search engine indexes the site.

3)    Robots.txt:

This file a gatekeeper of your web content and yes, search engines do obey this gate keeper.Robots.txt is created so as to direct the search engine about what is it allowd to crawl and what not. So if you do not want something to be visible in Search engines, you can make good use of Robots.txt

4)    Link Building:

The most important ingredient of off page optimization is Link Building.

Link Building is the process of exchanging links with other relevant sites in such a way that you put a link to their site and expect one from them. Search engines rely on references in a very similar way like when getting admissions to Universities, Recommendation letters are relied upon.

There are loads of Link exchange sites available in the market. Link building can also be done by manually searching for relevant sites and requesting their webmasters for a link.

Link building definately is a slow and gradual process.

5)    Directory Submissions:

These are another source of inbound one way links. Lot of Directories are available wherein you can list yourself in the respective category.

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