When search engine optimization is successful, it can result in laser targeted traffic from visitors that are looking to spend money. It is partly because search engine optimization is so effective, that it is difficult to achieve good rankings and keep them. Depending on the keywords that you are targeting, you could have millions of other webmasters competing against you for top rankings. This is why you must know what you are doing and choose the right keywords to target.
When it comes to web optimization, you can take on the job yourself, or pay someone to do it for you. While it might be faster and much easier to hand off the chore to someone else, you will want to make sure that you at least have a basic knowledge of the process. There are people and companies on the internet that will charge you thousands of dollars for things that you can do yourself. They will also speak to you with fancy words to justify their prices. If you can filter through the junk, you will be able to determine if you are getting worked over. Besides, you will find that the process isn’t terribly difficult, it is just time consuming. If you understand how to optimize your website, you can outsource some of the more boring tasks and do the ones that you find more fulfilling yourself. It will save you both time, money and put you in control of the entire process.
If you know very little about search engine optimization, keep reading, we will discuss the basics.
On-Page Optimization: Even though on-page optimization isn’t as powerful as it once was, it is still necessary. If your site doesn’t include keywords in strategic places, your link building efforts won’t be as effective. Be sure to include your keyword and related ones in your H1, meta, title and description tags. Also be sure to use 1-2 in the first and last paragraphs of your copy and sprinkle it in a few times throughout. Don’t go overboard. Keyword spamming may nullify your efforts.
Link Building: Getting incoming links to your website is probably the most important part of search engine optimization. However, you don’t just want any links. You want quality links from well respected websites. Look to add links from top article directories, social networking sites, .edu sites, popular forums and other webmaster’s sites.
Adding Content: The search engines reward sites that are growing. Be sure to continually add content to your site. This not only helps you get better rankings, but it also gives you more opportunities to make money.
As you see, search engine optimization isn’t difficult. It is pretty formulaic. The problem is that the formula changes every few years (the search engine don’t like to be manipulated) and that it can be time consuming to get your site to rank well and maintain it’s rankings. It is important to keep up with the changes and to properly optimize your site. Again, this is a job that you can do yourself or you can pay someone to do it for you. Before shelling out the cash, be sure to research various companies. Ask to see proof and for the contact information and websites of people that they have worked with. You don’t want to spend thousands of dollars and not get any results.