SEO and the content writing services

I often noticed that a lot of web pages (especially the Romanian ones, the area we have the most activity) have a poor content or almont none content. Their search engine optimization on site and off site may be good or even excelent, but the lack of content is a step backward, especially when search engines like Google put accent on the uniqueness of the content.

It’s not a new practice to improve your page with unique content, but a lot of people still don’t know about that: they consider that creating a web page is enough, and with little maintenance and updating information on it they will be the first on Google, Yahoo and Bing in the results list. That’s wrong, and the maintenance/updating the site and it’s content must be continuous in order to be and to remain on the first page of the results list.

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SEO si serviciile de scriere de continut

Am observat deseori că multe pagini web (în special cele românești, zona în care ne derulăm cea mai mare parte a activității) au foarte puțin conținut sau chiar aproape deloc. Optimizarea pentru motoarele de căutare de pe pagină și în afara acesteia pot fi bune sau chiar excelente, dar lipsa de conținut este un pas înapoi, mai ales cînd motoarele de căutare ca Google pun accent pe unicitatea conținutului.

Nu este o practică nouă de a vă îmbunătăți pagina cu conținut unic, dar o mulțime de oameni nu știu încă despre acest lucru: ei consideră că a crea o pagină web este suficient, iar cu puțină întreținere și actualizare a informațiilor de ea vor fi primii pe Google, Yahoo și Bing în lista de rezultate. Asta este greșit, iar întreținerea și actualizarea site-ului și a conținutului lui trebuie să fie continue pentru a fi și, mai ales, pentru a rămîne pe prima pagină în lista de rezultate.

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SEO and Webdesign: SEO friendly URLs

In the very beginning of this article I must tell you that an URL comes from Uniform Resource Locator (the initials) that is a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) that specifies where an identified resource is available and the mechanism for retrieving it. URI is a string of characters used to identify a resource or a name on the internet. Such identification enables interaction with the representations of the resource over a network using specific protocols.

It is said that in popular usage and in many technical documents and verbal discussions the URL is often incorrectly used as a synonym for URI. I’ve also met a lot of people that are using the term and they don’t know what’s coming from.

The way you create the URLs inside you page is one of the most important methods to improve the search engine optimization. Friendly URLs means they should be readable by the humans, but this counts for the search engines as well.

There are two things that are important: the first one is the human point of view. How many of you will access an URL that looks like http://www.webdesign-software-code-seo.com/8548-954page.html and how many will access http://www.webdesign-software-code-seo.com/freelancers-wanted/ or http://www.webdesign-software-code-seo.com/freelancer-jobs/? The tendencies are overwhelming for the second type of URLs because they contains words that have meaning for us and that gives clues about what the page contains.

That’s why it is better to use words in the URLs even for the search engines (the second point of view), especially if they are keywords (I mean the words that are the most relevant inside the content and the subject of the article, that the users may search on the internet). The best way to make a friendly URL is to create it based on the title of your article (and the date if this helps to identify faster the URL you are searching on a big site) and the underline the keywords using the heading tags. The search engines see the all this elements and it helps to index the page easier and to improve it’s ranking.

The friendly URLs are always static URLs. There are a lot of sites that generate URLs like this: http://www.some-site.com/index.php?category=456&subcategory=12&article=44574 and that’s called dynamic URL. When spaces, apostrophes and other special characters (like %e2%80%93) appears in this dynamic URLs it’s even worse: when you try to put such link on the Facebook or StumbleUpon (or any social network) there are a lot of chances that the URL will appear broken.

From the search engines point of view the static URL will be indexed much easier than the dynamic form, and there is no confusion and no missing parts from what could be important inside the URL.

Also, one of the most important things is to keep it as shorter and as descriptive as you can (clean and simple). The shorter the URL is the more successful it will be, as for web rankings and for the visitors’ use (this includes people copying the URL for link purposes). Also the twitter URL posting (for sharing information as well for backlinking) have became a habit in the last few years and a longer URL can not be posted there. More, if a URL string is long the weight and relevance of each word inside is diluted. If your URLs are keyword-rich, including too many other words or phrases means that the importance of the keyword is lost amidst all the other words.

For example consider the following URLs:

www.readmybooks.com/horror-science-fiction-temporal-travel-book.htm
www.readmybooks.com/store/books/science-fiction/horror-temporal-travel/book6888767.htm

The first URL is succinct, has the relevant keywords and no surplus syntax to dilute the importance of these words, and is easy for somebody to read, copy, and paste. The second URL is more complicated and the relevance of the keywords are reduced.

URLs can be constructed using upper and lowercase or a mixture of both, and the servers make the difference between them. Mixing uppercase and lowercase (even when following standard grammar rules such as using a capital letter for a name) can make your site structure unnecessarily complicated. You also run the risk of losing visitors who forget to use the required capital letter through the URL and then can’t access the page. The most common way to post the URLs across the internet is to post them lowercase. If you are redeveloping your URLs and come across pages using uppercase you should create a permanent 301 redirect to a lowercase version to avoid confusion.

There are a few tools and methods used for the URL rewriting in order to have the friendly URLs, one of the most common is using the .htaccess file (this is the special file that sets up the deal for you, it can contain all sorts of directives for the Apache server. If you’re not using an Apache-based server, you’ll have to read your server’s manual on how to do it) put in the root directory of the site. It works perfectly with the Apache server and php (for example), so it works fine with all the php-based systems. I will give some examples how to work with .htaccess and the other tools later.

Finally, it is very important when developing and maintaining a site is that you must keep the same structure of the URL. Do not change the rules to generate the URLs after the site is online, especially if they are created dynamically for the entire site. Once one URL is online it must be the same as long as possible (until the site drops dead or the internet ends). The search engines do not like the sites whose URLs changes from one month to another (for example), so try to change (even correct when necessary) them as little as possible. Also try to keep the URLs the same on the entire site, not depending by it’s sections, this will make future development much easier as there will be a standard convention to follow… if your URL structure is globally used the visitors will also find it much easier to understand how the information is organized and stored and they will find what they are searching faster.

 

 

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SEO and Webdesign: HTML HEAD Content

Every search engine has it’s own rules to process the html tags inside the head tag. Following next are some some general rules.

The <Title> Tag

First, the title of the html page should be relatively short and describe the page content accurately. Wherever possible, try to include keywords but without distorting the true purpose of the title.

It is one of the most important elements of SEO when it is used properly. A website can increase organic search traffic for each page by using an appropriate keyword within this tag, but this is only effective though when the actual content of a page is about that specific keyword. Search engines are indexing the content of the page as the meta tags and they can easily figure out whether or not the title tag is appropriate for the content contained on a specific page. In order to get full benefit of this tag, the keyword used within it should appear in its exact form within the content of the page. This is the best way to relay to the search engines exactly what a page is about and what keywords it should rank for within the search engine result pages.

The domain name shouldn’t be repeated in the title, it is often considered as spam. Also, it should not be used the same filename as the title tag or the same filename as the domain name, it is often considered as spam.

The title should not be any longer than 70-100 characters including spaces. (Google – DMOZ)

The title should bot be any longer than 60 characters. (scrubtheweb.com)

The title should not begin with the domain name, it is often considered as spam.

The <Meta Keywords> Tag

The meta keywords tag is the least important metatags because the majority of current search engines no longer support these tags and they place little to no importance on them, but it is good to have them filled in on each page. Use the description and keywords metatags in the head of each web page and make these tags different on each web page. The search engines does not like duplicate metatags.

First of all, keep the keywords as descriptive as posibile. It should not used words that are not present in the body of the page (for example: do not enter movies in the keywords tag when the page is only about books). Redundant characters will not hurt overall results, however words after the first 300 characters rarely help in any way.

The first keyword should be the main keyword that the content is based around, this keyword generally appears within the title of the article or page content. The second keyword should be the second most important keyword that the content is based around. Then you should list the next four important keywords or variants of the main two keywords. This has the potential to help a search bot to understand what the content of each page is about.

The tag should not be any longer than 378 characters (searchenginewatch.com referring to Google).

The tag should not be any longer than 268 characters (AltaVista).

Start all keywords with capital letters. (Relevant only on alphabetical listings)

Separate keywords with the “, ” (comma, space) character combination. (Most search engines use either character as the separator ).

You may use phrases as well, but it should not be used any word, not even within phrases, more than 3 times. It is often considered as spam.

The <Meta Description> Tag

This is a very important element of SEO, it allow a unique opportunity for websites to convince searchers to visit their sites and a particular page on the site. First of all, keep the description as descriptive as posibile, but the descriptions on some web pages are often a snippets of content that appear below the clickable titles of a search listing. Creating high quality meta descriptions can improve click through rates in the search results, also creating a poor description can be one of the quickest ways to get passed over by searchers within the search results.

It should not be any longer than 100 characters (Google).

It should not be any longer than 25-30 words (DMOZ).

It should not be any longer than 150 characters (scrubtheweb.com).

It should not be any longer than 200 characters (searchenginewatch.com referring to Google).

 

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SEO and Webdesign: Choosing your Keywords

The keywords are relevant for the search engines in two places inside the site: the <Meta Keywords> Tag and the content of the site. When you write content keep in mind a very specific idea and choose your keywords before you start to write, that makes an important difference between creating an optimized site from scratch and the work needed for later optimization.

A research done by Entireweb says that 31% of people enter 2 word phrases into search engines, 25% of all users look for 3 word combinations and only about 19% of them try their luck with only a single word.

Do not choose a keyword to optimize your site for that you don’t have the slightest chance of ranking good with because of the fierce competition.

Do not choose a keyword that nobody looks for. Make a simple comparison: how many people searches for differential equations versus shoes versus porn (or sex). So use only generally popular keywords if you do not need targeted traffic.

Do not choose a keyword that does not relate strongly enough to your content.

Do not use words that may get your site filtered or banned from search engines.

Do not use images with file names or ALT tags (Alt attributes of IMG tag) that may get your site filtered or banned from search engines.

Use lots of relevant content, well laid out into separate pages.

For best results optimize one page for one keyword.

Do not post online half-finished sites.

 

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