I had a really good conversation this week with a potential client. He's put a power of work into his website, added lots of great content etc, and as a result he's achieved some great search engine rankings. People are finding his business on Google, result! But there's a problem.
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www.net.tutsplus.com have provided an extremely useful and exhaustive list that identifies a variety of factors that are likely to impact positively on the worthiness of your website as an attraction both to search engines and to “human” visitors.
We all dig about in our sites analytics data to see what's working and what isn't. Analytics, what ever flavour you prefer, is a vital tool used by all SEO's. Some analytics packages, such as Clicky give you data in virtual real time. You can see what visitors searched for, where they came from, which pages they visited and how long they spent on your site, as it happens. So what you might be thinking, the data is all there to view at your leisure anyway, and you wouldn't be wrong.
Covering the basics of SEO is important although as I've said before a lot of SEO is just quality control. In a recent post I outlined from an SEO perspective how to optimise a web page but I didn't talk about making sure your visitors don't have to think and ensuring sure you take them by the hand and give them what they need.
All the SEO in the world will come to nought if you don't make sure your site takes visitors by the hand and gives them what they want.
There are many low cost and free content management systems (CMS). You can also commission the building of your own if you have the money. Whichever path you choose your first task is to ensure the website conforms to the accepted industry standards in terms of its construction. Good code is a good plan and it's just as easy to do it right as it is to do it wrong. The same goes for SEO. You should ensure for example:
In my opinion if you are doing SEO well you will be spending a lot of time on your website, fine tuning content and content tags, adding new content, deleting old content and so on. You will also have a sitemap (won't you) that needs updating.