How do you get the most out of your web site? Setting up and maintaining your web site isn't at all difficult, and if there is anything you need to learn you can find out everything you need to know on the Internet. Without too much effort and a lot of time, you can create a beautiful web site, filled with images and great content.
So…how do you get people to visit your site?
Just because you know that your web site is great, it doesn't mean that everyone else does. There are thousands upon thousands of web sites floating around out there in cyberspace, and everyone has a piece of the pie. For everything there is, there exists a web site. Every single type of business that you could name has its own web site on the Internet. How are you supposed to get yours to stand out above so many others that are out there?
How do you get traffic?
Internet users know that search engines are your key to finding what you want. Search engines are a friendly little Internet tool that does the work for us. All we have to do is think about what we're looking for in the vaguest of terms. For instance, you're doing a research paper on the wives and daughters of King Henry the eighth of England. So, you go to a search engine and type in the keywords, "Henry VIII and wives." Just like magic, the search engine instantly presents you with a list of web sites filled with information about King Henry and his many wives.
As most everyone knows, those sites that appear at the top of the list get visited most often. The top of the list is definitely where you want to be, so that potential visitors will see your web site proudly displayed among the best. But, in order to appear at the top of list, you need to know something about search engine optimization.
Which leads to the burning questions: what is search engine optimization? It sounds sinister, but really search engine optimization is simple and easy. The following is a list of tips that will help you with search engine optimization. Using these tips, your web site will appear closer to the top of that list, and you'll get more traffic on your site:
- Simple, easy to spell keywords
Internet users don't want to take a lot of time - with anything. They aren't going to spend a lot of time looking at the bottom of a search engine list, and they aren't going to be that specific or exacting (at least not in the first search) with the keywords that they use. Keep your keywords as simple as possible. Commonly misspelled keywords should be featured on your site under all possible spellings, to maximize the possibilities of getting hits to your site. Long, complex, and hard to spell words don't get searched out very often, so be sure to use as many short, simple keywords as possible.
- Lots of links
Search engines love links, so include as many as possible on your site. Both internal links, links that link to pages within your own site, and external links are good. The more links you have, the better your chances with the search engines.
- Lots of content
The more content you have means the more possible keywords you'll have on your site. Search engines look at sites for content and their rankings are based upon that content, so you'll want to have plenty of it. Keywords without content is nothing, and search engines don't give good rankings to sites that have lots of keywords but very little content. Even if you content isn't the greatest, it won't hurt your chances with the search engines.