Use valid, lean code for your site. This has helped my sites tremendously.
I think tip #100 is problematic and should be used with caution. My reasoning is that a SE can compare the amount of text between Hx tags with the amount of text on the page. If it's above a certain percentage it may contribute to tripping a spam filter. I prefer to err on the safe side and stick to one H1 tag only, and no H2, H3, etc.
Unfortunately what may be good for users may not be good for SE's.
HarryM, by the end of the list, if you still stick around, I want to hear why H2 and H3 are not on your list except for the reason you mentioned.
For now, I suggest we let the tips flow first and we go back and discuss each point.
[edited by: Habtom at 12:24 pm (utc) on Aug. 23, 2007]
98 Alt and title tags for images and links.
97. Don't neglect your sitemaps, don't leave broken links in them (Many forget to update their links after a major structure change) as they can help search engines crawl the site much easily.
96. user-friendly-url's (with dashes between words, not underscores)
Habtom, point taken.
95. Efficient SE-friendly navigation.
94- everyday fresh content
93- everyweek a few links
OK, here are a few, though I won't number them: <title> that accurately describes the subject of the page, contains the most important keyword (or two, or three if required). <meta name="description"> that describes the page accurately in more detail, and motivates the searcher to click.
Note that I said "page," not "site." Each page should have a unique and accurate title and description. One and only one URL for any page or resource: 301-redirect www to non-www or vice-versa. Strongly preferred: Link to "/" and not to "/index.php" or "/index.html". If you must use "/index.php" or "/index.html", then do it consistently, and never link to "/". Whichever URL you pick, 301 all other variations to that URL. Consistent and correct server response codes, Expires, and Cache-control headers. No 404s unless the requested URL is nonsense; Intentionally-removed page URLs should return 410-Gone. Except for the canonicalization redirects mentioned above, no 301 or 302 redirects unless the URL has actually been changed; Don't use them as part of the "normal, expected function" of your site. Search engine friendly URLs. Despite a lot of progress in indexing dynamic sites, static-looking still URLs do better, and are easier (if kept short) for people to remember.
the only reason to wake up is to get more links.
91 - Make sure whatever you're trying to sell/promote/accomplish is user friendly and your call to actions are clear and easy to find on the pages that your users land on.
You can rank #1 in all search engines for all your keywords, but if the user doesn't know how to take action for what they want, your serp placement is absolutely useless.
One of my sites just had a hard to find call to action, and once we fixed that and made it uniform/apparent on every page and fixed the problem from no matter what page they came in on, we saw TREMENDOUS improvement in results ($$$).
We seem to have skipped a couple that didn't have numbers, so JdMorgan I hope you don't mind, I'll paraphrase your post in numbered point form
90. accurate title pages
89. include keyword in title pages
88. unique description meta tag for every page
87. consistent and correct server response codes
86. domain name canonicalisation: redirect non-www to www or vice versa
85. no 301 or 302 redirects unless the URL has actually been changed
...and idolw said...
84. links links links
Misintepreted or dropped a few details in that paraphrasing...
"Make everything as simple as possible, but no simpler."
"Make everything as simple as possible, but no simpler"
...was my goal. Apologies if I missed the finer points of your post.
83. Distinguish between SEO, optimization for normal web users, and Usability.
Often the same thing, but sometimes they conflict. For example use of Alt or Title attributes may be good for Usability, but if overdone, especially on a page with relatively little text, may appear suspiciously like spamming to a SE.
If you sell something:
82. give the clients the possibility to pay on-line.
81. When you offer the possibility to pay on-line, be sure to use https...
80. have a "verisign" os similar certificate
79. Do not forget to offer other payment options giving details ( bank account number etc. )
78. Show your contact details.
77. Have a clear "button" where clients can take an action
76. Make sure you are in a Trusted Hosting Environment.
75. Be clear what your SEO goal is.
For instance, it has been proposed that the less targeted the page, the more likely a user will click on an ad.
Do you want to optimize a page for exactly what the page is about? (Which if the subject is rarely searched for might result in the page going in Google's supplementary index.) Or a broader category which may have better results?
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74. Ensure what the SE sees = what the user sees.
73. Ensure keywords used in titles, meta descriptions, and meta keywords actually appear on the page and in significant numbers.
72. Use meta keywords tags, but with a few well-chosen keywords.
71. Avoid doing anything that can accidentally trip a filter.
70. Decide which SE you are optimizing for.
I find this thread useful because it is making me think about all the things I should be doing... (And haven't got around to.)
69. Check that what you think you have done = what you have actually done.
For example you optimize a page for certain keywords, but a keyword checker may show that it is optimized primarily for something else because other keywords are being picked up from index links, nav bars, title tags, or alt tags.
68. Never rename a page unless there is a real benefit.
67. Always set up 301 redirects for renamed or deleted pages.
68. Remember to delete the obsolete page from the server.
67. Never, ever, delete a 301 redirect.
66. a strategic plan for more relevant inbound links to your website
65. To quote W3C, "Cool URIs don't change."
64. Build sites to pass an honest-to-goodness human inspection, and not just an algorithmic inspection.
|96. user-friendly-url's (with dashes between words, not underscores) |
I've read this before, yet I've never seen anyone offer conclusive evidence that one is more effective than the other with respect to SEO. I happen to use underscores and haven't seen any negative impact.
|I've never seen anyone offer conclusive evidence that one is more effective than the other with respect to SEO |
There is conclusive evidence in the form of a controlled experiment, using the words "callipygian screak quindecillion". [seo-blog.com]
Matt Cutts [mattcutts.com] has also said that dashes are better. (since those articles, Google can now parse underscores in URLs, but they're not the only game in town)
63. Although this was the number 99 tip, this needs to be reiterated and maybe expanded upon.
Browsers allow for bad html code, SE spiders are a different beast. I liken a webmaster putting a html page that doesn't validate on the internet with the intent of SEO is like a application programmer releasing a software package that doesn't compile!
|using the words "callipygian screak quindecillion". |
Matt Cutts has also said that dashes are better
Good job citing those, I knew I read the Matt Cutts article about dashes earlier this month, just couldn't remember where.
62. Check for percentage duplicate content across pages
61. Run Zenu or similar for links out on page internal navigation
60. Zenu to Check for Links In To Page
59. Check how many levels down a page is for spidering purposes
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