Basics of SEO

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Before you can get your pages to rank for your targeted keyword phrases, you need to be sure that the search engines can first find them, and second decipher them. This goes back to making sure that you have a strong, search engine friendly website architecture. You do this by ensuring your links are properly navigable. The navigation of your site must have a properly established hierarchy, and your content needs to be readable. I’ll touch on these things in more detail later in the series.

Search Engine Rankings is what we all want SEO for, right?  We’ll discuss the other two benefits which are far more important next, but while rankings are an important part of SEO, they are not the goal in and of themselves. Too many people look at rankings and think “I’m losing x amount of business because I’m not ranked #1. This may or may not be true. Different rankings produce different bounce rates. It’s important to understand that rankings don’t make sales, they just provide a way in the door, and those that come in at #1 may not be as ready to buy as those that come in at #5.

Once you start getting rankings, even for low-volume but important keywords, you’ll start to see your visitor count rise. Again, this is good, but not the ultimate goal you’re trying to achieve unless you get paid on a cost per impression basis.

The end-all, be-all purpose of search engine optimization. SEO is more than just helping you get rankings and drive traffic to your site. It should also help you increase your conversion counts and percentages. A conversion can be anything you want it to be; a comment on your blog, a download of a white paper, a follow on twitter, or a purchase of a product. Its important to know what your conversions are so you can set your optimization goals to help achieve them.

Throughout the process of SEO it’s important to keep in mind that the search engines, as smart and advanced as they are. They can’t tell the intent, so if intent is needed in order to determine relevance of a page or keyword, the search engines are unaware. Part of the SEO process is going out of your way to spell things out to the search engines so no guessing is needed.

As we go through this SEO process we’ll be looking at things that make your site easier to understand, navigate and process for both the search engines and the visitors. And while much of this information is “basic”, it’s these basics that still matter to the search engines.

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