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10 SEO Techniques All Top Web Sites Should Use

Posted November 5, 2008 in Tools/Resources, Web Design 349 Comments »

SEO Techniques

0diggsdigg We recently discussed the 15 Key Elements All Top Web Sites Should Have. This post focused on elements relating to design, content and development. This time, we’ll move onto the important issue of Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

SEO is such a hot topic these days. How do you get your web site within the first page or two of the search engines? How do you increase your Google page rank?

There are companies who dedicate themselves full time to doing SEO at a pretty penny. Something a lot of people can’t necessarily afford to pay for or spend the time on.

However, there are some simple things you can do when building your site that will help increase your chances of having good results. In no particular order, below are 10 of these items…

1. Title Tag

Near the very top of a web site’s source code you’ll find various meta tags — the standard ones being the Title, Description and Keyword tags. The title tag is technically not a meta tag, though it is commonly associated with them. The title tag plays such a large role in the indexing of your web site, that it is considered the most important of the three.

A page title is the first thing a search engine will look at when determining just what the particular page is about. It is also the first thing potential visitors will see when looking at your search engine listing.

It’s important to include a keyword or two in the title tag — but don’t go overboard – you don’t want to do what’s known as “keyword stuffing” which does nothing but make your web site look like spam. Most people will include either the company name, or title of the particular page here, as well.

2. Meta Tags

Meta TagsThere are two primary meta tags in terms of SEO — the description and the keyword tag. It’s debatable whether the search engines use the description tag as far as ranking your results. However it is one of the more important tags because it is listed in your search result — it is what users read when your link comes up and what makes them decide whether or not to click on your link.

Be sure to include a few relevant keywords in this tag, but don’t stuff it with keywords either. The description tag should read like a sentence — not a keyword list.

Due to “keyword stuffing” many search engines now completely disregard the keyword tag. It is no longer nearly as important as it was years ago, however it doesn’t hurt to include them in your source code.

When creating your keyword list, you’ll want to think of the specific terms people will type in when searching for a site like yours. Just don’t go overboard — too many duplicates are not a good thing (as in “web designer” “web designers” “custom web designer” “html web designer” “your state here web designer” – you get the idea). Those are all basically the same, so pick one or two variations at the most and move onto the next keyword.

3. Proper Use of Heading Tags

This is a very important element to consider when writing out your site copy. Use of heading tags helps users, web browsers and search engines alike know where the major key points of your copy are.

Your main page title should use the <h1> tag — this shows what your page is about. Use of additional tags, such as <h2> and <h3> are equally important by helping to break down your copy. For one, you’ll see a visual break in the text. But as far as the search engines are concerned, it will automatically know what your topics are on a page. The various heading tags give a priority to the content and help index your site properly.

4. Alt Attributes on Images

Alt Image TagPutting alt attributes on your images actually serves two purposes. In terms of SEO, putting a brief yet descriptive alt attribute along with your image, places additional relevant text to your source code that the search engines can see when indexing your site. The more relevant text on your page the better chance you have of achieving higher search engine rankings.

In addition, including image alt attributes help the visually impaired who access web sites using a screen reader. They can’t see the image, but with a descriptive alt attribute, they will be able to know what your image is.

5. Title Attributes on Links

Including title attributes on links is another important step that any good web site will have. That’s the little “tool tip” that pops up when you place your mouse over a link. These are especially important for image links, but equally useful for text links.

As a note, you should use descriptive text for your links. “Click here” doesn’t really tell a person – or more importantly, the search engines — what the link is. At the very least put a title tag that will explain that “Click Here” really means “Web Design Portfolio” for example. Better yet – make the main link text something like “View my web design portfolio” — this will give some value to the link showing that the resulting page is relevant to searches for portfolio’s.

6. XML Sitemap

My last post referenced the sitemaps used by web visitors to help them navigate through your site themselves. However, there’s another version — XML sitemaps — that are used by the search engines in order to index through your site, as well.

This list of ALL pages / posts / etc. of your site also includes information such as the date the page was last modified, as well as a priority number of what you feel the most important pages of your sites are. All elements that help the search engines properly find and link to all content of your site.

7. Relevant Content

Having content relevant to your main page or site topic is perhaps the most important SEO aspect of a page. You can put all the keywords you want in the meta tags and alt image tags, etc — but if the actual readable text on the page is not relevant to the target keywords, it ends up basically being a futile attempt.

While it is important to include as many keywords in your page copy as possible, it is equally as important for it to read well and make sense. I’m sure we’ve all seen keyword stuffed pages written by SEO companies that honestly don’t make much sense from the reader’s point of view.

When creating your site copy, just write naturally, explaining whatever information you’re discussing. The key is to make it relevant, and to have it make sense to the reader. Even if you trick the search engines into thinking your page is great — when a potential customer arrives at the site and can’t make heads or tails of your information and it just feels spammy to them — you can bet they’ll be clicking on the next web site within a matter of seconds.

Link Building

8. Link Building

We’ve probably all heard of Google Page Rank — it seems to be every web site owner’s dream to have as high a page rank as possible. While the algorithm for determining page rank encompasses many elements, and is constantly changing, one item is the number of links pointing to your web site.

Now, you’ll want to steer clear of link farms and other spammy attempts at getting links to your site. However there are many reputable and niche directory sites that you can use to submit your web site, or specific blog articles to.

With genuine content — especially if you have a blog — you’ll be able to generate links with other web sites and blogs, as well. It’s somewhat of a give and take, in that if you link out to other sites, you’ll find sites linking back to you  — and hopefully see your page rank going up, as well!

9. Social Media

Although technically not SEO, Social Media is such a growing factor in getting your web site noticed, that it’s an important element to include in your plan.

Social media ranges from social networks like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn — to social bookmarking sites such as Delicious, Digg, StumbleUpon and many more. There is a lot of relationship building involved, but as you build your own networks and build quality content on your web site or blog, you’ll see traffic to your web site increasing, as well.

As with any relationship, it is a give and take. Don’t just expect to join a site like Twitter for the pure sake of pushing your content. That just won’t fly — your true intentions will stick out like a sore thumb and do nothing but turn people off.

Even if you are on the site purely for networking reasons, the key is to make friends. Help out members of your network if they ask for a “retweet” or Digg, give helpful advice if asked, etc. You’ll see the same in return.

If you write a great post and have built meaningful relationships with peers in your  niche, you’ll often find that friends will submit your posts and give you votes on the social bookmarking sites. The more votes you receive, the more likely your post is to be noticed by others and shared around, often resulting in additional link backs from other blogs, etc.

10. A Few SEO Don’ts — Flash and Splash

Flash PlayerAlong with any list of Do’s come the Don’ts. As far as SEO is concerned, two of these items are splash pages (often consisting of a flash animation) and all flash web sites.

Yes, flash is pretty! Full flash web sites can actually be amazing to look at — their own bit of interactive artwork. But unfortunately the search engines don’t get along well with Flash. Although there is talk of possible advancement in this area, for the most part the search engines cannot read Flash.

All that great content that you wrote for your site will not be seen by the search engines if it’s embedded into a Flash web site. As far as the search engines are concerned, your all flash web site might as well be invisible. And if the search engines can’t see your site content, a good chunk of potential customers will miss out on what you have to offer, too.

Equally as “pointless” are splash pages. Once very popular, the splash page should no longer be an important feature of any site. While splash pages used to serve as an introduction into a web site (often with a flash animation), it is no longer seen as helpful, and often times might actually annoy visitors.

For one — it’s an extra click to get into your content. Worse is when you don’t give a “skip intro” option or set of links into your main site content — because you’re essentially forcing your visitors to sit through the full animation. If you’re lucky, this will only annoy them… if not — they’ll just leave without giving your main web site a shot. And without an html link pointing into your site, the search engines have no way to continue either (unless you made use of a sitemap.xml file — but still…)

A good alternative to both issues is to make use of a flash header. There’s no problem to include a flash animation at the top of your main site, or as a feature within the content area, etc. Because this is an addition to your web site, as opposed to a full separate element.

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Back Over To You… What Are Your Favorite Tips?

There are so many tips and tricks to good SEO. These are some of the more obvious ones, but I know there are more!

What are your best SEO tips, tricks or tools? Please share in the comments below!

Note: Please only share “White Hat” or “Ethical” SEO techniques! No “Black Hat” or sneaky tactics that can backfire and actually get you banned from the search engines. Thanks!

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About the author: Selene M. Bowlby is a web designer and front-end web developer with over 10 years of professional experience in the design industry. After taking the "freelance plunge" in 2008, she runs her company, iDesign Studios full time, where she specializes in creating custom web sites for other businesses.

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    Dave Navarro
    November 5th, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Glad to see your second post, Selene.


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    Toma Bonciu - SEO Services
    November 5th, 2008 at 5:04 pm


    I would add : relevant text links on your pages, all your web pages should be accessible from at least one text link, images and files should have in their names the keywords targeted

    Thank you

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    November 5th, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Great minds think alike, I just published a similar post today on my blog:


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    November 5th, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    This is great! Thanks!

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    Paul Davis
    November 5th, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Hehe, how do I tell a client they shouldn’t have their splash page!

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    Arron Lock
    November 5th, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    great post. good info on here.

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    Mason Hipp
    November 5th, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    And Selene posts another home run…

    This list is great for general developers to keep in mind. Not all of us will agree on every single point (SEO is a bit fluid, after all) but I think this provides a great starting place for anyone who isn’t already an SEO expert.

    Thanks, and it’s great to have you on FF again!

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    Valeria | TimelessLessons
    November 5th, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    I would add: Create a top hits or featured posts section that makes it easy to find your best content. Also link back to your older posts in some of your newer posts to alert new readers to the best related posts in your archives and help search engines understand which pages are most important.

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    Jonathan Drain
    November 5th, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    Writing plenty of relevant content is key. Blogs are successful because they represent frequent updates, numerous pages, and relevant title tags and text.

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    Ryan Kopf
    November 5th, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    I remember reading several of these already, but it’s good to see them compiled all together.

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    Jacob Cass
    November 5th, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Nice one Selene… there was another article similar to this on my blog written by Joshua Jeffreys.

    “10 Seo Rules For Designers”

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    Cole Henley
    November 5th, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Good summary.
    I know this is going to sound pedantic but images and links feature alt and title attributes not tags – they are values that are added to a tag.

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    Jumping Dog Design
    November 5th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Good, sensible list that every site should adhere.

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    Brian Hoff
    November 5th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Great article Selene…I learned new things about the Alt tags. Good stuff!

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    Daniel Richard
    November 5th, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Content and Relationship Building are still the methods I use to get views on the blog.

    Eg: 120+ Participants Of Blogging Idol 2 (2008) – connecting with the participants on the contest that I’m also in helps. :)

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    Joshua Richards
    November 6th, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Actually, google does index flash sites, and copy within a flash site is actually indexed as well, i know because I’ve tried it and it works.

    Also use of a system like swf address allows deeplinking with flash, so users can book mark direct pages of the site.

    Please see here:

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    Dainis Graveris
    November 6th, 2008 at 2:21 am

    huh, pretty useful, about flash i didn’t know :)

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    Daniel Craig Jallits
    November 6th, 2008 at 4:19 am

    Actually I have noticed that Google is doing a much better job of indexing textual Flash content which is embedded in the SWF file. Is it absolutely perfect? This I can not answer because 1) I do not work for Google and 2) because even if I did work for Google I wouldn’t have the ultra secret clearance to see what their algorithm is for indexing sites.

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    Razvan Pavel
    November 6th, 2008 at 6:38 am

    Google has figured indexing flash web sites since august. good tips btw

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    Selene M. Bowlby
    November 6th, 2008 at 7:42 am

    Thanks for all the great feedback, everyone. I’m especially glad about the additional tips – there is SO much involved in SEO, so the more tips we can all share, the better!

    @Joshua – That is GREAT news about google and flash! I had heard rumors about it a few months ago, but didn’t know how accurate it was. Thank you for posting the link!

    Do you know if it is just Google, or if it is some of the other major search engines as well, such as Yahoo and MSN?

    @Mason – I’m glad to be back – thanks for having me here again!

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    Udi Drezner
    November 6th, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Nice Post

    It is also important to keep the upload time of the site’s page short. Pages with heavy images upload slowly and can get “punished” by search engines.

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    November 6th, 2008 at 10:20 am

    great article!

    another thing i like to do (and hopefully it helps SEO altho i’ve never run any tests on it) is to name my pages specific to their content. Take this blog post for instance. you named the page (or rather the folder it resides in) “10-top-seo-techniques”. Perfect! that describes the content in the page. So, instead of naming your pages (or directories) something generic like “toptips.html” or even “blog110508.html”, go with something specific that the search engines can recognize.

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    Craig Farrall
    November 6th, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Wow Selene, great post yet again, becoming a regular here now aren’t you, I think they should just hire you now ;)

    This is an excellent post, seo is something I am not too good at, being high up on google is never something that has happened to me, but these tips are great, I can try set them into motion now :)

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    Adobe Girl
    November 6th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Great post-and even better news about the changes at google regarding flash : ) I just tested google to see the search results of some of my sites with flash and I am SO excited!!

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    Swim University
    November 6th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Great short and to the point list. I won’t stress the social media tip enough. It’s powerful!

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    November 6th, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Oh for the love of Bob, “alt” and “title” are not tags, they’re attributes!

    Otherwise, it’s a nice collection of essential SEO techniques for the newbies.

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    Wind Twister
    November 6th, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you once again for the great tips. As a new blogger I find this to be so helpful that I subscribed to the RSS feed. Keep up the wonderful work, the posts are always so informative I always learn something.

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    November 6th, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    Great one Selene!

    You got together valious pieces of information about SEO!
    Even if we already know lots about optimization, there is always something we didn’t know about or some details we remembered again!

    keep in mind that “alt” is an attribute not a tag!

    your first post was very good too! :)
    keep up the good work! really inspiaring!

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    Alberto Villalobos
    November 7th, 2008 at 2:32 am

    Thanks for the tips , i have just launched my web design freelance services site. and i have submitted my site to web galleries and it has been acepted, i integrated wordpress to my site too, i think i have started very well.

    sorry for my english, i am from mexico

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    Outsourced Design
    November 7th, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Simple, but true. And yet there are still those that won’t follow this advice.

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    November 7th, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Some interesting points! I have recently started a blog where I write about all the aspects of starting a new blog from scratch and getting free and organic traffic to it. It is nice to see that my blog posts have touched some of the same subjects as your article.


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    November 7th, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Very good article Selene, here’s the Google answer: http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hlrm=fr&answer=35291

    My favorite tip is the good and regular content, clean and short url’s & a page that load in ~3sec.

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    Addicott Web
    November 7th, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Great article, thanks for posting! I really liked the concise summary you provided… I’m definitely going to have to refer people to what you wrote, it’s a big issue that I deal with constantly.

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    Danh ba web 2.0
    November 7th, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks for share. Great post !

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    November 7th, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you for you help, I added alt tags to my website as soon as I read your article. Here’s a good technique to embed flash and still be able to validate your code.

    If you just let Dreamweaver handle your Flash embedding, your code will not validate.

    Good luck!

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    Lee Munroe
    November 7th, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Nice list Selene, it’s amazing how many sites you come across that don’t make good use of the title tag.

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    1955 Design
    November 7th, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    These are great tips, but already should be implemented by any competent web designer. Building sites the right way, with SEO friendly techniques, should be the standard rather than the exception.

    It’s sad that some clients pay extra for these type of SEO techniques when they should already be part of their initial web design.

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    Tao - board games Canada
    November 7th, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Oh, I’d also add have unique title tags for your pages. This is especially a problem for e-commerce sites if you are using one of the out-of-the-box systems as the level of customisation for pages is often low.

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    November 7th, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    this is really helpful info

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    November 7th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    :( That relevant content sits in the lowly position of #7 makes me sad. That anyone has to be REMINDED that meaningful, well-written content is important makes me even MORE sad.

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    Selene M. Bowlby
    November 7th, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Thanks for the great comments and additional suggestions!

    I’ve learned my lesson on the alt/title “attribute” not “tag” – don’t think I’ll make that mistake again, LOL.

    Also, just a reminder that the items in the post are not in any particular order…

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    November 7th, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Good post!

    I have had a good amount of knowledge in this, such as with header tags, titles and whatnot, but the alt property information was useful.

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    November 7th, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    There is no such thing as an alt tag, if you’re going to offer advice get your facts right first.

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    Selene M. Bowlby
    November 7th, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Just a note that I’ve corrected the references in the post to Alt/Title “Attributes” – thanks for pointing out mistake.

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    November 7th, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Kool info,

    Page names are a great want to get long tail traffic. Use the same phrase as the term you want to rank for in the page name.

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    November 7th, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    Great solid information! Everyone should read this article. Keep up the good work. Tool! :)

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    November 8th, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Yep totally agree. This is a great place to start. The hard bit is spending the time on each section, and good luck with the link building…

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    web design company
    November 8th, 2008 at 11:58 am

    New keyword rich content on website is also crucial. From my own personal experience I have found this to be one of the most improtant factors. Ever siince I startedf adding new pages on website I have seen a steady increase in website traffic. Addina blog in a sub fiolder of the main domain is a good way to add new content regularly.

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    Stephan Miller
    November 9th, 2008 at 3:39 am

    It doesn’t take much SEO to help your site out a lot. Great summary of simple ways to make a blog more search engine friendly.

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    November 10th, 2008 at 7:25 am

    Selene – well done. I have read several articles on SEO. Most of them are rehashed garbage by wannabe’s or trickster that just want my money. Your article is well written and meaningful. The only thing I would add is this. Frequent updating. It seems even the most perfectly SEO’d webpages lose their popularity over time. A little adjustment or tweaking now and then will help keep it near the top of the search engines.

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    pencuri kode
    November 10th, 2008 at 9:42 am

    nice your post.. i am begineer for seo. thanks forever for you.

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    Search Engine Services
    November 11th, 2008 at 12:55 am

    Great blog post Selene. I love reading blogs especially if the topic is related in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) / Online Marketing.And helps me to have a new idea and added my knowledge.

    thank you for sharing your knowledge. keep it up! =)

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    Veselin Todorov
    November 17th, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Actually i’m not pretty sure that Meta Tags are still alive for Google. It ignores ‘em. But it’s still ok for the other, not so important factor but well it’s still something… I can say that link building ownes you and your site, but without nice organized content it cant be something that will get you in top 10. The domain name is also imoprtant, how old it is and for what time you registed it. For example – if you have spam site probably you wont register it for 5 or 6 years. The best CMS for blogging is Drupal (i mean for SEO), not wordpress or something else. It’s very easy to optimize it and the search engines loves drupal, this is the truth.. And don’t forget to use clean urls and to include your keywords in it! I think that this is everything that one seo begginer must know. So have fun with your sites :))

    It’s very usefull article – thanks for sharin’ it.

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    November 19th, 2008 at 5:53 am

    Nice work….

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    Prathapan Sethu
    November 19th, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Search engines are also going to give more points to content that’s changing, so keep your site updated.

    Also, duplicate content is penalized, so if you have the same content in multiple websites or pages, tell the search engine bots not to index the duplicate content using robots.txt.

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    Prathapan Sethu
    November 19th, 2008 at 10:43 am

    Search engines do not like broken links or page-not-found. If you plan to remove a page, do a permanent redirect, so that the indexed link does not break.

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    SEO Technology
    November 26th, 2008 at 12:50 am

    Great, Very Use full article.

    Thank u

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    December 11th, 2008 at 10:13 am

    Great Design, Great Content, It really helped me. I followed almost all techniques and I am getting good results. Thanks a lot.

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    December 17th, 2008 at 10:39 am

    An excellent overview – well done.

    One comment I would add regarding content is to conduct keyword research to help ensure that you are using phrases and terms that people actual use in searches. For example, you might use the term ‘lucite’ internally but through keyword research find that a lot more people search on ‘acrylic’, and therefore, you would want to consider using ‘acrylic’ in your copy instead.

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    Chaunna Brooke
    February 2nd, 2009 at 2:45 am

    Simple and straight forward listing of SEO tips that really works. If I have the same listing for my friends who wants to get involved in website/ internet marketing then the listing will be along this line too.

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    February 5th, 2009 at 4:04 am

    thanks it’s a great

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    IPOX studios
    February 5th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I just did a VIDEO TUTORIAL on SEO TIPS. Check it out if you are more of a visual person. Be the first to COMMENT. Thanks!


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    Carter Harkins
    February 5th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    I started getting a lot of Google traffic just by getting very intentional about my use of specific, very targeted, very researched keywords throughout my site (used as anchor text in links especially).

    Also added a tag cloud on my Wordpress blog, and saw an immediate jump in SERPs for some reason, Google loved it!

    Lastly, I try to internally link from posts to static pages, which seems to pass some juice to them.

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    Rajtilak Bhattacharjee
    February 6th, 2009 at 7:23 am

    A brilliant list, but would like to add a few vital points.

    1st, content is the King. It would always be, so unless one has good content, they cannot expect good results.

    2nd, commenting on other’s blog without spamming. This is exactly what I am doing right now. i take out time every day to read atleast 25-30 relevant blogs and comment on them.

    3rd, some cool yet easy things to do, like making your keywords on your content BOLD.

    But overall, you have done a great job compiling this list. It’s the result of a pretty comprehensive study.

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    Carlos Redondo
    February 6th, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Greetings It´s good, but i am in desagree with Title Attributes on Links. I did several experiments with links and differents attributes, and the title attribute on links is inadvisable.

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    Jeff Tippett
    February 6th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Great info–post and comments. Thanks all.


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    February 6th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Love the post, Selene!
    Glad to see I’m covered on these.
    One other tip I’ve recently started using is to break up the post with subheads, as you have with your list items. I’ve found it’s slowly but surely bumping up the organic traffic, and I like that it makes the post easier to skim as well as read.
    I’m also now running my topic ideas through a keyword service, to see exactly what phrases are being searched, using those as titles and really address them in the post.

    Look forward to seeing more of your stuff…

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    February 20th, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Another great free SEO advice. This was a good read and some good tips.

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    Jonathan Patterson
    February 20th, 2009 at 10:29 am

    A nice little refresher list! Thanks.

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    February 24th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    I have read all the tips and add it on my blog to somehow correct what I have forgotten to include. Thanks a lot for this helpful tips.

    By: Hectic Capiznon Bloggers 2009

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    Jason Green
    February 24th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Very interesting post, cheers!

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    Brody Clemmer
    February 25th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Very helpful! SEO is such an overwhelming topic… I try and suck up as possible but this was very easy and helpful! Thanks-

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    Buzzlair Voufincci
    February 26th, 2009 at 8:01 am

    dont know much about image alt. never put it in practice. but for sure i will after this :D

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    WebTalent SEO
    March 28th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    What a great post. Great resource for clients as well. This really outlines the foundation of modern day SEO. Keep them coming!

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    Adam McIndoe
    March 30th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I think this was a well written article in regards to SEO. I specialize in SEO and strongly agree with these techniques. It is unfortunate how invaluable meta tags have become due to too many people meta stuffing. I have more SEO techniques and articles written on my website. http://www.marketingagencynj.com. Please check out the news page to read up on my latest posts on Search Engine Optimization.

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    March 30th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    10 SEO techniques are enough for a newbie in blogging like me.. I am searching this SEO techniques for my new site itsladieschoice.com since it is my first blogging site… thanks for short and simple SEO advice.

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    Cadry Johnson
    May 5th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Nice message man its really help full for me.

    Thanks & Regards
    Candry Johnson

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    Shabu Anower
    May 6th, 2009 at 2:43 am

    Link Building is not to gain high PR, it’s mostly stands to gain SERP.

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    May 9th, 2009 at 3:33 am

    this is are really excellent tips for seo.

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    Michael Martin
    May 14th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    You should be clear that using FLASH on your site is not necessarily bad for SEO, just not an entire FLASH page or site.

    Flash hybrid pages with actual text content is fine – just like AJAX with surrounding content is fine.

    Obviously if you can get the same results by coding in CSS such as navigation then that is a much better option.

    Worst case if you must use FLASH or AJAX there are the more SEO friendly forms via sIFR or HIJAX.

    You can learn the advanced SEO techniques at SMX Advanced in Seattle this June where I will be speaking.

    ,Michael Martin

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    Trevor Tizard
    May 20th, 2009 at 11:56 am


    Thanks so much for this info, extremely useful for a noob like me. Finding your blog very interesting reading too.

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    Orissa News
    May 22nd, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    You have nicely mentioned the seo techniques. But It will be a real guide if you discuss the on page and offpage part separately. A detail insight into offpage part will be like real seo techniques.

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    SEO Techniques
    May 27th, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Nice article

    Thanks for the good post :)

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    June 3rd, 2009 at 2:49 am

    yeah it’s reaaly good seo article to see for any new website or running website to change it. It help seo too…

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    June 18th, 2009 at 1:50 am

    Great stuff..
    Probably, to gain high page rank in google we need to build links. Link building is one of the major SEO technique to achieve good rankings. Link building or Link-Submission is the practice of submitting your website URL to external web sites on your own to improve both direct referrals (people clicking on the links) and search engine ranking. Get Free list of Top 100 Web Directories from hiox link building services. This Extensive Web directory List will help you, submit your website to quality directories easily and get more backlinks.

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    July 1st, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Excellent suggestions. Most of it (as mentioned by another user) is stuff that should be taken care of on a site from the ground up. But then sometimes things aren’t considered at those early stages and other things get missed. I’m already starting to implement better SEO practices on new sites and retrofitting some old sites with better SEO friendly considerations.

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    John Zissu - LitigatorEdge
    July 7th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Good tips. I am working on growing my exposure for my own lawyer Internet marketing firm and experienced a pronounced spike once I got into leveraging social bookmarking,

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    July 15th, 2009 at 9:46 am

    very helpful and well written article…

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    Gotham - Graphic Design Sydeny
    July 17th, 2009 at 12:22 am

    these are the basics every one of us should be implementing! Thanks for the list, I will use it as a checklist against my own site.

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    July 29th, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Yes, very interesting tips. But what I’d suggest, start from very basic SEO prectices! Having over come initial mess, you may apply them to become more visible and get better ranks!

    I’d like you, small web sites owners, to recall the basic things, as mentioned in my blog. Thanks.

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    Danny - Avance Zone
    July 31st, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Nice … Any Articles on link buliding in depth ?

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    August 4th, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Its really nice one

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    Vicky M
    August 4th, 2009 at 8:49 am

    really important tips these are.

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    Southern Suburbs Property
    August 18th, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Great article with loads of useful tips and advice. Thanks for the good read!

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    August 19th, 2009 at 1:52 am


    Your article was really helpful and i am being a fresher in SEO….I have learnt a lot.

    Thank You,

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    Frelance designer
    August 20th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    These facts are TOOOO true…
    I’ve been studying SEO for a long time, esspecially recently
    and this list seems to have it all… Im waiting for my site to get re-indexed as I have
    started making changes… I still have tons to do though.

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    Facebook Application Templates And Scripts
    August 28th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Interesting article full of great SEO tips, thanks! :)

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    September 18th, 2009 at 5:10 am


    What a great post.
    Your article was really helpful and I have learnt a lot.

    Thank You

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    September 19th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    While searching for shopping sites, I came across http://www.dealjuggler.com It is a laptop deals and shopping deals website. I was impressed by their design. I noticed that they had image alt tags and link tool tips on most links along with useful title, keywords, and description.

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    October 2nd, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Great article!! Thanks

    Arjun Rajiv

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    Joey Collins
    October 7th, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Excellent tips! I’ve used them and are noticing a difference already!

    Canada Card World

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    SEO Company
    October 9th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Your article has proved really helpful to me in finding new ways to improve my website’s traffic. Thanks for such a great post!

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    October 25th, 2009 at 11:57 am


    thanks for the tips.. essential points discussed.. left an important point of monitoring websites, start monitoring your sites for FREE with http://100pulse.com and create sitemaps with sitemapxml.net. Hope this would help all seo ppl….

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    palestine students forum
    October 31st, 2009 at 3:00 am

    many thanks for your recommendation

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    web designing chennai
    November 2nd, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    nice …tips ………..

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    Bartosz Oczujda
    November 8th, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Generally the article is great, it provided me with useful information about SEO.

    But unfortunately your information about Flash is outdated, there is a special Flash/JavaScript library that allows deep linking in flash, and makes Flash as SEO friendly as a regular HTML/CSS website.

    It is called SWFAddress and it’s nothing new, I’ve been using it like since a year ago :-)

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    November 13th, 2009 at 1:40 am

    It is really informative post. Keep it up.

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    November 14th, 2009 at 8:07 am

    good tips for SEO point of view.

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    SEO Services Delhi
    November 14th, 2009 at 8:09 am

    please give me tips of my blogs that how get PR.

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    November 16th, 2009 at 2:07 am

    Almost all aspects have been discussed for the good start of new webmasters.
    Keeping stick with the above information make your website Search Engine friendly

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    November 20th, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Very nice article. Excellent points.


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    November 21st, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    thank you. I looking for more tips from you.

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    December 5th, 2009 at 5:11 am

    Thanks Selene! Really nice post. Excellent tips for SEO. I m looking forward for more tips from you.

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    December 6th, 2009 at 2:36 am

    more seo tips see designredesign.net

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    December 15th, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Wow! Great Teqniques. Because of this I know more about SEO. Thanks a million.

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    December 18th, 2009 at 10:27 am

    thanks for the great tips

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    Commercial Space for Lease
    December 18th, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Wow, this is very helpfull! Big thanks for sharing this one!

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    sports car hire
    December 21st, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    thank you, great basic tips here, this is what most of the SEO companies follow knowadays.

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    December 25th, 2009 at 12:27 am

    this is are really excellent tips for seo.

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    January 9th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    I also thought link building should have been number 1, but I guess without quality content and meta tags etc there no point in link building.

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    Mario Games
    January 19th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I wasn’t really all that aware about SEO but upon seeing the term being mentioned all around I finally decided to learn about it and ended up here reading your great article! (I guess you applied SEO well for this one since I found it in first results page hehe)

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    January 20th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Definitely loved your article. You lost me towards the end though. It’s like another speak all this techie talk.

    I need to hire someone that can do all this for me…I’m getting a blog up and running and have enough on my hands with the content. The site I’m transferring from leaves me about 300,000 hits per month (US only). I need someone to assist with the techie side, work remotely, honestly and be one heck of a Google/SEO knowledge base. if interested, zap me at celebtreehouse@gmail.com.

    Send me your rates and capabilities. I’ve done some searches for help on Odesk.com and Craigslist and have not pulled worthy assistance.

    Thank you in advance,


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    Rafael Nadal wannabe
    January 21st, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    I can’t believe flash and splash are the only Don’ts. Every techique is good in moderation. Excessive number of links at a short period of time is another big Don’t. And what about keywords overload? Another bad idea.

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    Visit http://www.getyoursfree.co.uk comments needed.

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    January 29th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    It looks simple but actually very hard to do.

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    January 30th, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Good informative post…

    thanks for sharing.

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    February 5th, 2010 at 4:31 am

    Solid Techniques…However, I yet need info on KEYWORDS

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    Seo uk
    February 10th, 2010 at 7:34 am

    A very useful piece of information. You know i really get interested in Seo and this info somehow explain me some tricky things.
    Thanks a lot.

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    SEO Expert Smallbiz
    February 12th, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Good post for bignners :) i like it . we need to include some of latest advance methods so tht it will every one :)
    Thanks a lot

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    ny seo company
    February 18th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    hello , i’m just starting in this world of blogs
    I’ve been into SEO recently and gathering helpful information for this.
    and after reading your post it has become a little easier to me , thanks

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    February 18th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Filling out Title Tags can be a bit tedious, but it will definitely help out in the long run.

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    Travel Sweden
    February 22nd, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Awesome tips and wonderful information..Thanks for sharing

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    February 26th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    hi this is very nice articles i like it and i hope it will help me.

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    February 27th, 2010 at 6:15 am

    Good post for bignners like me. I hope u guys will share ur opinion on my site…
    plz help me … as am trying hard to get some Rank for my site.
    Thanks a lot

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    SEO India
    March 2nd, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Nice Post
    Keep it up

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    March 3rd, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Very good information, we will use, and go up in ranking. Thank you.

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    Martin Christian
    March 5th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Far as Flash goes, you can incorporate replacement html content. Look into SWF object. Doesn’t matter, go full Flash if you want.

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    March 8th, 2010 at 5:06 am

    make easy life

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    Marketing and Management
    March 10th, 2010 at 7:08 am

    You got a high level of power towards the valuable and the better performance of the seo process.Its amazing to see the potential in your post…I thank you for the best post in the blog.keep sharing.

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    Bruno Matthys
    March 12th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Nice article. I noticed your comments on Flash, do you have any idea regarding Microsoft Silverlight? It does use xaml so it could mean access to data?

    thanks in advance

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    jack fisher
    March 14th, 2010 at 1:35 am

    thank you for a brief seo techniques.
    ı think you keep the good tips to yourself
    but its your trade secret I guess thanks anyway


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    fırat ertan
    March 14th, 2010 at 1:37 am

    great tips thank you

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    Global Web Atlas
    March 14th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Just found this post, and it’s really awesome! It has a lot of great information that I will definitely use. I also have a good friend who would love this website so I’ll make sure to share it with him.

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    March 15th, 2010 at 2:46 am

    very nice post thanks for this post ……………

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    Medication Therapy Management
    March 18th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Excellent insight shared. Wonder if anyone can help decide which is better in web page name – keywords with spaces or keywords with hyphens?

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    March 27th, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Nice post, you know you are listed on google with keyword “seo techniques” on first page. congrates.

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    April 6th, 2010 at 2:39 am

    Nice Post..I almost follow all these steps in my SEO projects.

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    April 10th, 2010 at 1:40 am

    This info is extremely valuable. All these principles and rules should be followed, because if for example your on page SEO isn’t good then you may as well don’t build any back-links

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    Michelle Storms
    April 14th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Great tips on SEO that are still valid a year and a half after this article was written. “Content is King”. Create a great website and then keep it fresh!

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    Roderick - SEO Expert Tips
    April 16th, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Thanks for the highly informative article on SEO techniques. I’d like to add more on the Alt text optimization on IMG tags.

    Google likes a good caption plus similar Alt and Title text. The proximity of the caption, Alt Text, and Title text will give a good SEO score.

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    April 17th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Wow… Great Article. It’s very useful for all SEO Friends.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    April 23rd, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Nice.. these steps are helped for me

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    Prithwiraj Saha
    April 30th, 2010 at 3:41 am

    nice post but find some more stuff here 2


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    April 30th, 2010 at 6:14 am

    Thank you for a brief seo techniques.

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    April 30th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    truly it’s a nice post i am glad to see this much good way to do SEO…. thanks freelancefolder for sharing. :)

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    May 4th, 2010 at 7:08 am

    nice tips

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    May 6th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Nice article. Thanks

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    reusch goalkeeper glove
    May 11th, 2010 at 4:02 am

    Thanks for all the tips. I think I did miss out some when building my first website, but will be on the lookout when building my second website.

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    May 12th, 2010 at 12:41 am

    I am impressed by reading your article. These are great tips. I really enjoyed the post! thanks for sharing helpful tips. :)

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    May 22nd, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Ver useful tips , if any seo techniques please update……

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    Tucson Carpet Cleaner
    May 24th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    The alt tag on images is probably one of the most forgotten things to do for SEO. Good article.

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    Azad Shaikh
    May 25th, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Great post. This are the very basic that everyone should know. I got refreshed.


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    Iulia Georgescu
    May 31st, 2010 at 2:38 am

    Now I can build my website without any worries, thanks for the article and please write more about this subject, because it is very interesting,
    I read a lot of articles about that and one of them is ” Breaking the Myth: Flash Doesn’t Show up in Web Searches!” -also in Adobe’s SEO Technology Center- You can find a few useful articles on how to improve your search ranking.

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    June 4th, 2010 at 2:33 pm


    Great post. This are the very basic


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    June 7th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Very interesting post – I’m definitely going to bookmark you! Thank you for your info

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    June 9th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks for the article. It helped a lot!

    You lightly touched on Social Marketing and Networking on this article and I would love to hear more. I actually have a Seedblog around this subject of a href=”http://seedspace.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7:event-ordinating-v-20&catid=3:event-resources&Itemid=6″>Social Network Marketing and I hope that can be a resource for people as well

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    June 9th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks for the article. It helped a lot!
    You lightly touched on Social Marketing and Networking on this article and I would love to hear more. I actually have a Seedblog around this subject of a href=”http://seedspace.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7:event-ordinating-v-20&catid=3:event-resources&Itemid=6″>Social Network Marketing and I hope that can be a resource for people as well

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    Ajay Chavda
    June 10th, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Great info..really loved the layout of your website..I had a couple of questions though ?

    How would you rate the quantity of content as important factor..
    if you were to say from a scale of 1-10
    I manage a site with a lot of content but it really doesn’t seem to rank for a keyword I want it to…

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    Jason Hein
    June 22nd, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Excellent summary. Thanks for sharing this post. If you get the chance, feel free to visit my site.

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    June 25th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Thanks for these great post. I really find it interesting. Looking forward to lovely post from this website. I have bookmarked it.

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    Sport Supplements
    June 25th, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Thanks for the article, I just some new tricks no to generate more traffic! Keep these articles coming!!

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    Web 2.0 Design
    June 28th, 2010 at 2:56 am

    Awesome post. SEO is very vast but you have covered almost all the points in one single post. Great work. Many thanks for sharing this resource :)

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    June 28th, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Nice Post and really helpful for the beginners and i have used some of techniques in my newly created blog…(http://hotbestproducts.blogspot.com) and hope to see more articles on this topic…

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    July 2nd, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Excellent list, a definite read for all.

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    July 3rd, 2010 at 5:05 am

    This is very excellent and useful post. This blog gives more information for beginners.

    Top SEO Tools

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    Watch Cricket Highlights
    July 19th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Thanks Man ,I Am A SEO Beginner Your Post Helped Me To Go One More Huge Step Thanks A lot

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    paul alexander
    July 26th, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    This is great information!

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    August 12th, 2010 at 1:08 am

    I have been using those techniques. But sometimes it’s not enough to dominate search engines. I usually add more efforts in optimization like social bookmarking and blog commenting.

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    Roderick - Organic SEO Services
    August 15th, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Outbound links (OBL) should also be kept at minimum. Google suggest that outbound links on a page should not exceed 100 links.

    If your outbound link links to a banned site, it would also affect your rankings.

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    August 23rd, 2010 at 7:51 am

    SEO Techniques and SEO Guide | SEO Tip
    SEO Techniques and SEO Guide | SEO Tip

    Keywords and good web design will help people or search engines find the information, products or services they are looking for. Keywords tell search engines and people what your website is about.

    With regard to web design and SEO, it is very important to include ‘keywords’ into the website and with regard to website links, keywords are important for inclusion in the anchor text.

    Try to get more keyword links, these are links that use ‘content relevant keywords’ as the anchor text.

    So if you build a website about ‘your products’, you should ensure that the web pages are optimised for the content displayed and information offered. This includes using an appropriate selection of ‘key words’ (keywords) relevant to ‘your products’.

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    Ashley Smith
    August 26th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I am an up and coming designer and had a assignment requiring me to do a little research on SEO and tricks for optimization. Thank you for your valuable information it helped a lot.

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    Search Marketing Company
    August 31st, 2010 at 9:03 am

    very interesting post, i enjoyed most this article. agree with you about the SEO tips. i am also providing best SEO services. Well Thanks for sharing this article. very nice.

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    September 15th, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Nice to see you post.Its really helpful.

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    financial spreadbetting
    September 17th, 2010 at 1:57 am

    Good solid advice. I think that these are all something that we can do to get a head start.

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    September 22nd, 2010 at 5:29 am

    very nice information thanks

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    October 2nd, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Page rank has no value now because many people is using page rank for faking people now, only real pagerank is good.

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    Nisha Shah
    October 4th, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Great Post. Lots of basic useful stuff here. Big thanks for sharing this with us.

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    October 6th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    thank you for this article.. indeed, it is very helpful for starter like me…

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    October 20th, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Nice blog…
    I gathered Good information with the help of this blog…
    thanq u……

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    October 20th, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Interesting blog its very good one with which i gathered a lot of
    information thanks to u for providing in such a good way to all…

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    October 21st, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Veyr much liked this article, great work!

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    woodvale properties
    October 25th, 2010 at 6:21 am

    Remember, the foundation of successfully optimizing your site is simplicity. The goal is to make a site easy to find, easy to follow, and easy to read for search spiders and live-visitors, with well written topical content and relevant incoming links. While basic SEO can be time consuming in the early stages, the results are worth the effort and set the stage for more advanced future work.

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    Atul Vhale
    October 26th, 2010 at 8:34 am

    These points should apply every SEO bigginers for good start. Apart from these points To make a successful SEO strategy we have to take great great efforts and patience.

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    October 31st, 2010 at 2:19 am

    LSI (Latent Symentic Indexing) is latest SEO technique, must be used by all webmasters.

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    November 4th, 2010 at 2:21 am

    This is Sam from India
    I’m a seo Beginner
    I have a small Prob
    How can we change the Domain name without losing traffic?????

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    November 5th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    you have mentioned very simple but effective points… but patience is also important while Search Engine Optimization.
    Thanks for sharing the info.

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    November 5th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    These Technics are very use full to build seo .

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    December 11th, 2010 at 5:29 am

    Great post ! Thanks for sharing your brilliant ideas.

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    December 11th, 2010 at 5:33 am

    I’m a newbie in SEO and I am searching for the greatest tips to create a new website. So far, I’ve found your post amazing even though some are so hard to follow. I really appreciate this post. Thumbs up!

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    December 13th, 2010 at 4:03 am

    Great tips SEO is a tricky skill to master but follow this advice and your bound to be sitting pretty at the top of the search engines. Another good tip is keyword rich page names eg http://www.yourdomain.com/keyword.php

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    December 17th, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Great article – I have just made a two page plan to work through my site and hopefully make some improvements.

    Thank you

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    December 18th, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Some interesting points! I have recently started a blog where I write about all the aspects of starting a new blog from scratch and getting free and organic traffic to it. It is nice to see that my blog posts have touched some of the same subjects as your article.

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    December 22nd, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Nice post about SEO. My website also contains lot of SEO related facts tools…

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    December 24th, 2010 at 5:45 am

    This is indeed really good techniques used for SEO.
    I have been working on SEO for last six months.
    These are really going to help me a lot as new and advanced ways of looking SEO.
    Thanks and keep updating.

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    January 3rd, 2011 at 2:52 am

    thanks its very useful release…

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    Khwaja Mohiddin
    January 22nd, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Great and Interesting article with almost full info about SEO,

    I totally agree with your 9th paragraph (Social Media) that we have to build a good readers relationship with the folks.

    Importance Of Keyword Density

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    Henry at Verz, Web Design Company Singapore
    January 24th, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Very good summary of both OnPage and OffPage SEO techniques. Would you have any recommendation or suggestions on what to do for Social Bookmarking?

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    January 26th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Internal linking helps search engine bots crawl your pages more quickly, which also helps your search engine rankings improve.

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    Prince Zermic
    January 27th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I agree that social bookmarking nowadays is considered by many webmasters as a tool to rank them high in the search engines and this can be attained if done correctly. For SEO purposes, your content must be of quality and provide value that should contain a compelling title with the keywords included in the title for good optimization. It is the same as in other strategies where quality content is basic but with most importance, and coupled with relevance, for SEO.

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    Kevin Redman
    January 31st, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Hey Selene! Googled you after our email conversation and found this! Didn’t know you did guest blogs on FF! Is this your first one, and have you done anymore?

    Have a good one! Keep blogging ;)

    Kevin Redman
    Twitter: iRedMedia
    Facebook: iRedMedia

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    February 2nd, 2011 at 8:46 am

    really very nice post

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    February 9th, 2011 at 7:27 am

    sensible big list that every site should adhere.

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    Annie Wieg
    February 10th, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I have a business in Chicago and follow a few well respected blogs. Thanks for your work. It is incredibly insightful and I have used it as a learning tool. I shamelessly adopt your strategies in my work.

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    SEO South Africa
    February 11th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Great tips on SEO. I like the pictures you picked for illustrate the tips. Thank you!

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    eagle car
    February 16th, 2011 at 4:23 am

    i like your subject i can add linkbaiting and dig like and article submission

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    February 19th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    great tips…I’m sure it will help a ton !!

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    Portland SEO
    February 21st, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Thanks for sharing such informative stuff. These techniques can really help 1 site to get on the top.

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    Karl Vasey
    February 23rd, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Quick Tip: If you use a lot of keywords in your title and don’t have a system that will allow you to re-title each page, it may be best keeping your title quite short, as the page will get listed after your title. So, if your title is really long, the individual pages won’t be seen!!
    Thanks, good article!

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    February 28th, 2011 at 6:13 am

    You might want to try BESTOTI. Just place their widget one your site, submit your post and that’s it…

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    March 3rd, 2011 at 2:17 pm

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    adidasi originali
    March 10th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    hi!it is true with the flash and splash but it is hard to accept when your client thinks for himself and not for the readers and search engines!wonderfull article!

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    Jew Mark
    March 27th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Nice to see this article. thank for sharing.

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    Jiletli Tel
    March 30th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    so many comments ı hardly believe anyone reads them ?
    Anyone ?

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    Physics Games
    April 1st, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Really useful info here especially about the link building process, i will definitely use it for my future projects.

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    April 4th, 2011 at 3:47 am

    Thanks for the great article. The comments that followed also have added a lot of value to your information. I will try to take everything into consideration and see if my site improves in the results. Awesome!

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    Usman Shahid
    April 4th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I personally think flash looks cool but yes, it does no good for SEO and slows down the website.

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    April 5th, 2011 at 6:17 am

    Great Article… really helpful.
    I enjoyed your article and thanks for sharing.

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    April 6th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Great article, very useful for begginers. But I agree with a lot of the comments on here, these basic practices should be implemented as standard by all web designers, all too often I see web design agencies offering this as an additional service and charging over the odds for it – any web designer or agency worth their salt will include this as standard at no extra cost.

    It’s also important for any web designer to engage their client(s) in the basics of SEO, many clients are unaware of the significance of such simple techniques in terms of lead generation. I often have to have quite frank discussions with my clients to try and pursuade them to limit the amount of pictures, narrow down their keywords and provide well versed copy (I end up offering to redo their copy as an added bonus, as I want to see their sites do well).

    All round great piece of advise you have given, thanks.

    Also, what’s with all the spam comments on this page!???! You definately need a spam filter or report button :)

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    April 7th, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Excellent suggestions. Most of it (as mentioned by another user) is stuff that should be taken care of on a site from the ground up. But then sometimes things aren’t considered at those early stages and other things get missed. I’m already starting to implement better SEO practices on new sites and retrofitting some old sites with better SEO friendly considerations.

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    April 11th, 2011 at 2:46 am

    Thanks for providing such a useful seo tutorial , these 10 elements are most importent for any site,and also avoid flash work if possible ,make your site simple & content worthy with useful information.

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    April 11th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    A very useful piece of information. You know i really get interested in Seo and this info somehow explain me some tricky things. Thanks a lot.

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    JailBreak iOS 4.3.1
    April 15th, 2011 at 3:03 am

    Sir , i Think you missed one thing which is anchor text ……….. I think that this one of the most important thing for making the seo good for any specific word …….. Isn’t it? I am a newbie but i noticed this thing …….. Can you highlight importance of anchor text …?

    Jawad Niazi

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    April 15th, 2011 at 6:02 am

    I have never used XML sitemaps…still to this day…should I really ?

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    April 19th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Thanks for the article. It helped a lot!

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    April 19th, 2011 at 10:16 am

    that is so amazing,,,
    coooll ;-)

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    April 23rd, 2011 at 4:02 am

    That right, good article.
    Google can not read flash and can not see all links in flash.
    This article it’s a new and realy.

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    Manish Singh
    April 23rd, 2011 at 5:30 am

    These methods are no doubt advanced in the sense that they are new and progressive, sometimes more difficult than basic SEO or require special tools and expertise. Some of the tactics are no short term tactics, they’re probably strategies.

    Also I’ll attempt to debunk the wide spread notion that just a few tactics out there are somehow advanced SEO by virtue of their sheer complexity, difficulty in implementing or tediousness.

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    May 5th, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Many articles here about seo, but effectively more than 5 or 6 tips.

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    May 7th, 2011 at 2:53 am

    don’t do this common mistake having a navigation based entirely on drop-down menus, images, or animations – many, but not all, search engines can discover such links on a site, but if a user can reach all pages on a site via normal text links, this will improve the accessibility of your site; more on

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    May 8th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    great tips! thanks

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    May 9th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Thanks. I only need now to build links and social media marketing :D

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    J. Hendrix
    May 9th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Thanks for these tips! I’ll be sure to use them in my future webdesign projects.

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    Dileep thoroh
    May 14th, 2011 at 2:52 am

    thanks for sharing this post ! nice blog and nice post! :)

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    May 14th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    The point 10 is very truly :D

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    May 19th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I totally agree..these are the main and the basics SEO techniques. it s a great summary

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    Website Design
    May 27th, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Great article it is necessary to keep ourselves updated, i really enjoyed your article simple but very true…..

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    Kenny Goodman
    May 31st, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Some great info there. You may also want to think about getting a keyword rich domain name to start with!

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    Ivan Tsankov
    June 2nd, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Enjoyed reading these tips! Already mastered most of the SEO techniques… now I need to build my social networking status as I haven’t mastered it yet (it is harder than you think).
    Thanks for sharing again! Reading with interest.

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    June 13th, 2011 at 12:58 am

    wow very good content and info im going to try it for my website im starting a website with free templates

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    Jody J. Bohr
    June 15th, 2011 at 2:48 am

    Social media and branding is very important for SEO in 2011 and beyond. Thank you for share this useful article.

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    Ramadama DingDong
    June 17th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    It is amazing how after almost three years these SEO tips are still valid today. One noteworthy mention is the fact that “quality content” has been the center point on all these years. good to know that is still does today.

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    June 19th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Wow, i got to this blog because i was searching in google for the word “seo methods”, and this site (freelancefolder website) is ranked number one. Not only does this site talk about ranking in Google, it acts as an example as well. Absolute genius! Well done, I am impressed :)

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    June 22nd, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Learning proper SEO techniques has been tough for me. Thanks for making things simple in this article. I’ve already begun adding heading tags and title tags on my links!

    Keep any eye out for my site in the number one organic result spot for One24 soon ;)

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    Roy McClanahan
    June 23rd, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    I agree with just about everything you say… except the Flash comment. What you say in that may have been true a few years ago, but now after Google and Adobe have made some major improvements… Flash is treated like a “first-class citizen” in the search engines. My site is entirely in flash and I’m found on page one consistently. So if you know how, Flash can be a great SEO tool. I do agree, however, it’s not for everyone.

    Nevertheless, your article is great!

    Thank you.

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    Bitten By Design
    June 28th, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Apple not supporting flash means alot of viewers of my site (a large portion of visitors browse on iPads or iPhones) just wouldn’t see anything if I decided to use a fancy flash element or ran some flash advertising.

    But these are good tips for all of us to check against when giving our own sites a refresh, or building a new site.

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    ImranMurtaza SEO expert
    July 2nd, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I am SEO ExPert in USA and i am argree with it, that are really 10 points are important points from SEO rules. marketingofseo@gmail.com

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    optimizare seo
    July 5th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    As a matter of fact, SEO rules from 3 years ago have not been changed, the essence is stil “old school”. Big plus from today is social media, no doubt about it!

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    July 7th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Great tips selene. You have made some excellent points on seo. Agree with you about flash, personally I prefer HTML 5 than flash, what are your thoughts on HTML 5.

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    Internet Marketer
    July 24th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Great points about on-page seo. Besides custom website design, do you have people creating creatives as well in your business…

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    Go to health
    August 7th, 2011 at 3:34 am

    This is great! Thanks! But not all of us will agree on every single point (SEO is a bit fluid, after all) but I think this provides a great starting place for anyone who isn’t already an SEO expert.

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    Indian Manufacturers
    August 12th, 2011 at 1:23 am

    one thing you forget is robots txt file that is very important for SEO on page optimization

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    Sunit P Mehta
    August 25th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful post on SEO and taking the time to write this article.


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