Tuesday, May 22, 2007

WEB PAGE ELEMENTS : lead to high Google rankings?

The German company Sistrix analyzed the web page elements of top ranked pages in Google to find out which elements lead to high Google rankings. They analyzed 10,000 random keywords, and for every keyword, they analyzed the top 100 Google search results.

Recently Sistrix analyzed the influence of the following web page elements: web page title, web page body, headline tags, bold and strong tags, image file names, images alt text, domain name, path, parameters, file size, inbound links and Page Rank.

As per analysis following web page elements lead to high Google rankings?

  • Keywords in the title tag seem to be important for high rankings on Google. It is also important that the targeted keywords are mentioned in the body tag, although the title tag seems to be more important.
  • Keywords in H2-H6 headline tags seem to have an influence on the rankings while keywords in H1 headline tags don't seem to have an effect.
  • Using keywords in bold or strong tags seems to have a slight effect on the top rankings. Web pages that used the keywords in image file names often had higher rankings. The same seems to be true for keywords in image alt attributes.
  • Websites that use the targeted keyword in the domain name often had high rankings. It might be that these sites get many inbound links with the domain name as the link text.
  • Keywords in the file path don't seem to have a positive effect on the Google rankings of the analyzed web sites. Web pages that use very few parameters in the URL (?id=123, etc.) or no parameters at all tend to get higher rankings than URLs that contain many parameters.
  • The file size doesn't seem to influence the ranking of a web page on Google although smaller sites tend to have slightly higher rankings.
  • It's no surprise that the number of inbound links and the PageRank had a large influence on the page rankings on Google. The top result on Google has usually about four times as many links as result number 11.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Important Factors To Consider About Search Engine Spiders/ Robots

What does Search Engines See on your website

Search Engine Optimization refers to the process involved in making improvements and changes to webpages so that they conform to the SEARCH CRITERIA utilized by search engines to rank and position listings. It is one of the most effective website promotion (Levels of Search Engine Promotion) techniques. Understanding the basic structure of how search engines index and retrieve documents is paramount to Search Engine Optimization success.

Important Factors To Consider About Search Engine Spiders/ Robots

'Spiders' are used by search engines to locate, index, rank, and list their findings. Here's a few things to keep in mind about them:

Most indexing spiders can only read text

Depending on the format, they have great difficulty with dynamic, asp, Cold Fusion, Flash, multiple redirects, tables and code such as Java Script. If it's not text based or they can't access the text, spiders won't see it

They determine ranking based on where you place your prime "keyword phrases", i.e. the terms used to conduct a search

They take into consideration criteria such as keyword frequency, prominence, weight and proximity, plus keyword placement within the HTML

They like "content rich" or thematic text (sufficient enough to support the primary keyword phrase) about your products/ services and use this to determine how relevant the page is to a searcher's request

Search Engine Friendly Websites

Search Engine Optimization involves making websites friendly to 'what the spiders see.' There are many factors to consider when optimizing a website, some of which are:

Head, title, and meta tags (include descriptions, keywords, and copyright info)

Incorporating body text that supports targeted keywords

Converting dynamic web pages (asp, jsp) to allow for reading by search engine robots/ spiders

Reducing source code without compromising website functionality

Improving/ fixing html code, and broken links and tags

Ensuring sufficient keyword concentration and placement on a page

Rewriting or copywriting to ensure the content supports the keyword phrases

Other variables include when and where customers/ visitors should enter your website and what is the best way to present them with the information they seek .

Search Engine Optimization is a very important component of Internet Marketing and is instrumental in the success of a website. Make sure that you find experienced Website Promotion/ Search Engine Optimization professionals to do the work for you. Their knowledge and understanding should be able to get into the top-20 rankings with the major search engines.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Pros and Cons of SEO & PPC

Among a lot of people there's always different opinion to promote or markt their online business. Often people go for PPC because they want early results to get but some believe on SEO however it requires lot of patience and hard work.

SEO and PPC both have their own benefits.

Here we discuss about what are the similarities, advantages and drawbacks or you can say "PROS and CONS" of Search Engine Optimization(SEO) and Pay Per Click(PPC) advertising..


Both SEO and PPC provide targeted and motivated visitors… people who are actively searching for products or services you offer.
Both help to maximize a website’s exposure on the Internet. Also Enhance corporate sales and marketing efforts… leading to improved profits.

Both are good and effective for brand awareness, revenue generation and lead prospecting.

Both are capable enough to turn a website from being a business expense to a business asset.

In their simplest and purest forms; SEO is about optimizing and lucking into rankings… PPC is about controlling and paying for rankings


SEO Pros:

Traffic through organic search engine results is almost free if the up-front work has been done.
Long-term costs can be lower than PPC.

After optimizing your website you can use your money for different things and the optimized site will still run.

Good ROI and is relatively inexpensive when compared to other forms of advertising… both online and offline.

A larger number of visitors and search result clickers is not a problem.

People trust SEO rankings more than PPC rankings… more than twice as many people will click on an organic listing than a PPC listing.

SEO Cons:

Not guaranteed results… be very wary of hardly any company that guarantees top rankings.

Time consuming, higher start-up costs and longer timeframe… approx. 3-6 months to start seeing results.

Rankings are not stable… top rankings can come and go based on various of factors that are beyond your control.

Requires on-going maintenance to ensure website remains relevant to search engine algorithm changes.

Many changes may have to be made to the site itself to make it search engine friendly.

Changes may have to be made to the Web Host server(s).

Good SEO costs money… you get what you pay for.

Geographic targeting is more difficult than with PPC.

To the search engines, ‘content is king’… websites need to have good, unique content.

Content written to target keywords isn’t usually the most compelling or the easiest to read from a human perspective.

You may not know whether your SEO company is using ethical or unethical techniques… unless they are certified.

Competition is fierce and some companies use unethical practices to attain top rankings.

Un-doing what is already done can be difficult… especially if your site has already been penalized in the past.

Some keywords are just too competitive to be even worth going after… unless you have a large budget.


PPC Pros:

Instant results… top rankings can be achieved in a matter of hours or days --not months.

Very little website changes required.

You can target as many keywords as you want.

Control… you can control/ change almost all aspects of the campaign.

Costs are only incurred when someone clicks on your ad.

Results can be tracked and measured precisely… improving ROI.

Permits geographic targeting… pick your country, region, state, city, or town.

Permits running of ads at different times… 24x7, morning, afternoon, evening, night.

Will direct users to the exact page on your site you want them to visit.

Allows for testing of landing pages and conversion rates.

Immediacy… get instantaneous, real-time feedback on changes/ adjustments.

Perfect for time limited offers such as holiday sales

Ideal way to ‘test’ whether online marketing is right for your business.

Must rank for a particular keyword? If you have the budget, you can rank for it.

PPC Cons:

Rankings disappear as soon as you stop paying.

Can be expensive in the long term.

Be wary of ‘bidding wars’… costs can quickly spiral out of control.

Susceptible to ‘click fraud’… people/ competitors clicking on your ads to drive up costs.

Keywords are initially reviewed and approved/ disapproved by the search engines.

The cost for keywords is going up.

Search engines don’t care how much you value a keyword… if it doesn’t generate enough traffic, they will disable it.

Your rankings can be affected by the number of ‘click-throughs’ your ad generates… so even though you ‘bid’ for the number two position, someone else may get that spot.

Rankings are viewed by people as being a form of ‘advertising’… some users consider this a plus, others a negative.

Most people prefer to click on‘natural/ organic’ (i.e. SEO) results rather than PPC ads.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

What's really good for your business SEO or PPC

From Fortune 500 corporations to sole proprietorships, more and more companies are starting to realize the power of the Internet for brand awareness, client retention, lead prospecting, and revenue generation.

This has lead to huge interest in, and demand for, the two most-effective SEM strategies:
Pay Per Click (PPC) and Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

PPC is the process of bringing visitors to a website by paying a ‘click-through’ fee for each click. This is accomplished by ‘bidding’ on keywords that are relevant to the business. Results are usually displayed in the ‘sponsored’ or ‘featured’ areas with the highest bidder getting the number one ranking.

SEO is the process of making a website more search engine ‘friendly’ to help it rank higher. Improvements are made to the site content, internal and external linking structure, server configuration, and Meta Tags. Search engine ‘spiders’ visit the site and attempt to classify what it is about. When a search is conducted, the website is compared to other websites for relevancy to the topic being searched for. Results are displayed in the ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ areas in order of most-to-least relevant.

Which one is best? That depends entirely on your business requirements and budget constraints. Don’t let anyone tell you that one is better than the other… they both have their advantages and disadvantages and each is geared towards meeting certain needs and wants.

just have a little patience for more info about pros n cons of seo and ppc...
i will describe it in my coming article...keep reading and enjoy....n plz send your comments to me.

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