First up... let me say if you use Dynamic Web Solutions as your web site design team the items below
that discuss the site's construction have been covered during the development of your site.
The Super Skinny SEO Summary
There are 2 halves to good search engine rankings:
a web site constructed of valid html code where much of the text is easily indexable by search engines. The web site
should be comprised of more than just a few pages and have plenty of text.
a well though out linking campaign for inbound and outbound links. Inbound link labels should contain your critical
Number 1 doesn't sound too hard, does it? Well, in reality many web sites are poorly constructed and do not pass validation
tests. Oftentimes web designers use frames or tie up important navigation in Java rollovers or other eye candy that then
makes the site's content unable to be accessed by the search engine's robot agents crawling the web.
Number 2, well that is harder. You can ask other web site owners for link to and from your site. You ask them to link to
you, and you ask your webmaster to link to them... but the partnership is seldom made and requires numbers of phone calls
to get off the ground. Most web site owners don't bother. Those that do though REALLY do well. More about that later.
The 10 Most Common Reasons Web Sites don't come up on Search Engines
The site's navigation is tied up in Java rollovers or dynamic html layers. Sitemaps have become a popular work around
for sites that use these technologies.
Not enough thought has been given to what keyword phrases the site should be built around. This should be known before
a single stroke of code is written. Your site has to be demonstrative; it has to really be clear what the topic is.
The site lacks quality in bound links. The inbound links have to come from sites similar in theme to yours.
The site does not demonstrate an effort to link out to other web sites i.e. the site does not add value to your visitor's
The site is new. Google is increasingly awarding better page rank to web addresses that have been around a while.
Try to get a minimum of 25 in-bound links from sites with relevant content to your user group. Try to develop a theme
with your inbound links so a search engines is in no doubt what industry group you belong to.
The more relevant in-bound links the better. Try to get the search engines to see your site as a hub, a website at the
centre of some important topic, what Google thinks of as "expert pages".
Use your keywords in your in-bound link labels i.e. the text that the link is under on the referring site.
Link out to important and busy resources, try to think of what outbound links will add value to your visitor's experience
of the web.
Avoid FFA (free for all) link directories as your may be penalised for listing on some of them.
Don't spam guestbooks or comments boxes (a technique that dynamically inserts links on web pages with a comments section
Use keywords in your link labels, not "click here".
Only buy links if the selling web site can demonstrate traffic from their site to yours.
Google Site Maps:
Use the Google Sitemaps Program to register the Web site.
Use Yahoos urllist.txt option for large or dynamic Web sites. This file is just a simple text file of all the urls
within a domain. It can be submitted through Yahoos Site Explorer.
Use a Robots.txt file. Add parts of the Web site that should not be crawled to it.
Do: If not using robots.txt, use the robots meta tag only for noindex, nofollow.
How Long Should it Take to Come Up on Search Engines?
Well, if your site only has a little text and is poorly constructed, it will simply not happen. If you site is a flash
animation... ditto. If your site is in frames... ditto.
If your site is valid to the W3 standard, has good text, the domain name has been around a while, the site is linked well,
it's content changed or improved frequently... about 9 months from upload day.
Substantial revisions to your site may improve its ranking early than 9 months. The Google bot does after all come by every
3 to 5 days.