What is SEO?
SEO is a way of analyzing your site and modifying it to allow search engines to read and index it more easily. SEO is all about maintaining and building websites that get ranked highly on the major search engines.
You see, when people use a search engine, they generally don't look beyond the top 20 or so results. If you want to make any money from your website, you need to get ranked in the top 20 out of potentially hundreds of websites.
How Does SEO Work?Search engines maintain a huge database containing information from individual websites. Most of the information search engines collect isn't listed on their results pages, but it is taken into consideration when it comes to deciding those results' rankings.
It is very important that you encourage the search engines to rank your website in a high position, and you can do this through the keywords that you use on your website, as well as when you submit it. If the keywords you use in your submission tool don't match the ones on your site then you could harm your rankings - be sure to have all the keywords you want to use on the website itself before you submit it.
Most websites don't focus on their topic well, and so keyword lists containing 50 or more phrases per page are recommended. By focusing some of the pages of your site on keywords, you will score higher with the search engines.
Free Search Engines.
The major search engines on the Internet are still free, and it's not hard to take advantage of this free advertising - you can do it in as little as an hour.
There are several companies that provide free SEO tools, or you can pay a professional to take care of it for you. Looking around on the web will turn up all sorts of useful resources.
What is Unethical SEO?
Unethical search engine optimization techniques can be unlawful, unscrupulous, or just in bad taste. You'd be surprised how many people use these methods. A lot of what is now called unethical SEO used to be accepted, until people went overboard and it started to have a negative affect on the web as a whole.
Keyword stuffing is when your site consists of long lists of keywords and nothing else. Don't do it. There are ways to put keywords and phrases on your site without running the risk of getting banned.
You may have seen 'invisible text' if you've been selecting the text on a page and found words that are the same color as the background. This text is often lists of keywords put there in the hope of fooling search engine spiders while hiding the words from visitors. This is considered unethical, and you shouldn't do it.
A doorway page is a page that isn't designed for real people to see - it's purely for the search engines and spiders, in an attempt to trick them into indexing the website in a higher position. This is a big no-no and should be avoided.
Even though unethical SEO is tempting, and does work, you shouldn't do it - not only is it annoying to users, but it's likely to get you banned from the search engines sooner or later. You sites' search engine rankings just aren't worth the risk. Use efficient SEO techniques to get your site ranked higher, and stay away from anything that even looks like unethical SEO.
SEO is a set of techniques used in order to attract visitors or prospective customers to your website, and the goal of a search engine is to provide high quality content to the users of the Internet. These two objectives are not in opposition, if you do SEO the way it should be done.
Basic Introduction to SEO Terminology
In this article, I will be teaching and showing you a little background about SEO and its terminologies. By definition, SEO or Search Engine Optimization is the process of optimizing for the best possible ranking in search results. There are so many SEO processes and techniques but right now, I am going to focus on those key terms that you will need to know (or see discussed alot)
So, the top 7 terms list
1. Anchor Text is the specific text for a hyperlink. Example would be to write Google to name its hyperlink http://www.google.com
2. Inbound links are links that point to your site. The number of links represents the link popularity of your website. The more inbound links you have, the better.
3. Link popularity is one of the most important things when it comes to SEO. Link popularity shows the number of links that point to your site. Link popularity increases your search engine rankings / placements thru the quality and quantity of your links.
4. Keyword is the quintessential piece of information of the site context. They’re important for both sides – to the site owners and the search engine users. The owners need them to get identified properly by the search engine spiders, the search engines use keywords to find the information that people want.
5. Spiders (crawlers) are search engine programs that follow the links and send the data to the search engine database for the further analysis like indexing site content, keywords used for the content and the site, etc.
6. META tags are specific HTML tags used at the top of the page. The main purpose of having these META tags is to provide the additional information on the web page for the spiders to read it. The most important tag is the Keywords tag along with the Description tag.
7. PageRank is Google’s own evaluation rating system for ranking pages of your site. For the sake of clarification for the new bloggers, your pages will get different PR’s. Pages will be rated from 0 – 10, 10 being the highest and 0 being the lowest. So if your index or home page gets a PR 2, don’t expect your other pages to get the same PR as well. It may take time for your other pages to get their PRs.
Remember, there are tons of more complicated and specific terms that SEO people use. But now, you are now familiar with the basics of the important SEO terminologies – terminology which are very crucial for beginners and amateurs. I hope this helps you understanding the more important SEO terms that you need to be familiar with.