Tips and Techniques on SEO

This is a series of articles on Search Engine Optimisation.

I don’t spend hours sweating the infinite details of Search Engine Optimisation, and I don’t analyse every algorithm change that comes out and rush off to re-calibrate my sites.

Google alone releases between 400 and 500 algorithm changes a year – that’s nearly 2 a day. If I tried to keep up with that lot I’d never do anything else. And then there’s Bing and Yahoo to consider.

Trying to write for the search engines is absolutely the wrong focus – you don’t have a cat in hell’s chance of keeping up!

Because the web is changing all the time the search engine algorithms are changing all the time too. Quite simply: what works today quite likely won’t work tomorrow.

But there are straight-forward, common sense SEO steps you can take, both on-site and off-site, that will greatly improve your site’s performance in the search engines.

More importantly, getting these steps in place and then focusing on producing well-researched, detailed, well-written articles, will do more to protect you from being penalised by an algorithm change than fiddling about with keyword density ever will.

That’s what these articles focus on.

Click the headline to read the full article and if you have any questions either leave a comment under the article or contact me here.

This is a guest post from Christian Arno, of Lingo24. Most of us put a lot of effort into SEO for our content in English, but it’s every bit as important to get this right for your foreign-language content too. The good news is that the basics are the same in every language. Using the […]

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I’ve seen a rash of automated backlinking products being promoted recently, but the way they’re promoted and what they offer makes me angry. Google makes around 500 changes a year to its search algorithms (there were 40 in February alone). Its major focus is on eliminating abuse (particularly automated abuse) of any aspect of the […]

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For some time now Google has taken website (or, rather, page) load-times into account when ranking pages in their search results. The reason is simple: fast page-load speeds give your visitors a better experience, and Google is all about improving web users’ experience. Because of this, I’m not surprised to see questions in the forums […]

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I see an awful lot of bad advice in some of the forums I visit – advice that, at best, will deliver no benefit and at worst may be harmful. One such is on the question of keyword density, and the advice I see so often is to have a density of anywhere between 2% […]

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I spent some time analysing my Google Webmaster Tools crawl errors this week and tidied up some of those pesky 404’s that keep showing up. There was a time when I had zero 404 errors on this site, and very proud of it I was too. But my pride was misplaced. As this site has […]

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This video is designed for people new to both WordPress and to working online. It covers the basic SEO details that you should fill in for each new WordPress post and page you write, in order to get more search engine traffic. I use the Thesis theme, so the screenshots are Thesis screens, but the […]

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Interesting question in the Warrior Forum from someone who had recently set up a new website and was worried because it had disappeared from the search results. So here’s the thing: initially, new sites often do appear quickly in the natural search results. But then they bounce up and down a bit, going from maybe […]

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Interesting question in the Warrior Forum today: How do you set up internal linking on your site correctly? The questioner explained that they had currently set up their site by linking each page back to the two previous pages via a link entitled ‘recent articles’. While that would link all the pages together, it would […]

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