One of the biggest reasons that there’s such a draw to working online is that the format seems to be very beginner-friendly. However, only a few aspects are beginner-friendly, such as start-up costs and the variety of markets to choose from. Something like search engine optimization takes a skilled hand, so brush up on this skill by reading these tips.

You may be looking to optimize your site to cover every contingency, but you would do better to focus on a smaller, manageable number of keywords, and claim the top search spots, then to overextend yourself and try to conquer too much search territory. Pick five to ten keywords, do your homework, and then optimize your pages with that focused set of words in mind.

Use alt tags for images and span element titles to your advantage. Search engines look at a site’s code, not what is actually visible to a user, so if your keyword is “cat” and there is a picture of a calico cat on your site, using an alt tag of “a calico cat” for the image will expose the search engine to your keyword even if the user never sees it. The title of a span element works in the same way.

When selling a popular product on your website, writing a unique product description full of keywords is a great SEO technique. If you are selling an item which hundreds of other online retailers are selling, everyone is probably using the same generic manufacturer description of the product. You can annihilate your competition by writing your own unique product pages, incorporating the keywords that you know potential buyers will be typing into a search engine.

One interesting way to implement a 301 redirect is to use a link shortening site such as Bit.ly. The benefit of using a site such as Bit.ly is that it shortens the link, and your site is provided with the click credit for the link, rather than Bit.ly receiving the credit itself.

Make sure to use keywords in your URL. You can either include them in your domain name, but if you do not wish to change the name of your site, you can also use keywords the directory path, or in the file names if you offer material that can be downloaded.

If you need to change the structure of your website and offer the same content under a different URL, make sure the old URL redirects to the new URL or to a page with a link towards the new page. A page with a 404 error will lower your rankings in search results.

If you want your website to get a lot of hits, it is important that you create plenty of relevant keywords. This is important because without creating these keywords, people using search engines are less likely to be directed to your page. Make sure to clearly describe what your website is about.

As you begin to employ the tactics you have learned here, you will be able to expand on your efforts as your skills increase. Proper SEO can have a snowball effect. Once you get the ball rolling in the right direction, it can gain size and speed. You’ll only have to deal with maintenance once you learn the game.

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