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    Junior Member alieshaorth's Avatar
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    Hey there,

    Im relatively new to web-design and I am about to go live with my portfolio site.

    Before I do I really want to know the best tips for achieving good SEO (search engine opimmisation).

    I know about 'meta tags', 'descriptions' and 'pages titles' are there any other ways to get my site noticed through search engines?

    Cheers Aliesha

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    Content, Footer Links, Internal Linking, Robots.txt, Sitemap.xml, Sitemap.html, Google Analytics Code, Google Webmaster Code etc.

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    To start with, research your keywords - https://adwords.google.com/select/Ke...rceLegacy=true tells you how often each variation is searched for.
    Then do onpage seo. It's a bit of self-promotion, but try http://suffolkwebsitedesign.weebly.c...eo-basics.html for an overview of onpage seo.
    Then do off-page seo - get a mix of different links from different sites with different anchor text and some nofollows mixed in. See http://suffolkwebdesign.wordpress.co...ink-campaigns/ for overview of different types of sites that give links.
    Make sure though you really mix things up though to make the link building look natural - I'm currently struggling in google with one site where I spent 3 months writing 20-30 articles without enough variation in the anchor text (I thought I was ok with keyword, keyword suffolk, keyword norfolk, keyword uk etc but now realise I should have also changed the core keyword) and the site's doing well in yahoo and bing but google has penalised me for it/dropped me back to where I was in the serps before writing all those articles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jj1
    To start with, research your keywords - https://adwords.google.com/select/Ke...rceLegacy=true tells you how often each variation is searched for.
    Then do onpage seo. It's a bit of self-promotion, but try http://suffolkwebsitedesign.weebly.c...eo-basics.html for an overview of onpage seo.
    Then do off-page seo - get a mix of different links from different sites with different anchor text and some nofollows mixed in. See http://suffolkwebdesign.wordpress.co...ink-campaigns/ for overview of different types of sites that give links.
    Make sure though you really mix things up though to make the link building look natural - I'm currently struggling in google with one site where I spent 3 months writing 20-30 articles without enough variation in the anchor text (I thought I was ok with keyword, keyword suffolk, keyword norfolk, keyword uk etc but now realise I should have also changed the core keyword) and the site's doing well in yahoo and bing but google has penalised me for it/dropped me back to where I was in the serps before writing all those articles.
    Thank you. I will definitely give all this a go

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    @Aliesha Best of luck and write here if you need any other kind of help.

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    Yes as everyone has said there are a lot of different ways. I have written many articles on SEO if you want to take a look.

    http://blackrhinosolutions.com/webde...g/the-big-seo/
    http://blackrhinosolutions.com/webde...y-per-nothing/
    http://blackrhinosolutions.com/webde...oing-your-seo/

    are three that I think may help you. let me know if they do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackrhino View Post
    Yes as everyone has said there are a lot of different ways. I have written many articles on SEO if you want to take a look.

    Black Rhino Blog | The BIG SEO
    Black Rhino Blog | Pay Per Click or Pay Per Nothing
    Black Rhino Blog | Determine which Keywords to use While Doing your SEO

    are three that I think may help you. let me know if they do!
    Thanks Rhino, I found those articles useful as well.

    alieshaorth: if you still need help, I would most certainly recommend picking up a good book on SEO. Here's a few that I'd personally recommend:

    1. Search Engine Optimization: An Hour a Day by Jennifer Grappone
    2. Professional Search Engine Optimization with PHP: A Developer's Guide to SEO by Jaimie Sirovich

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    Here are a few on-page and off-page optimization techniques.

    On-page Optimization:

    • Keyword Research & Competition Analysis
    • Meta Tag Placement (Title, Keywords, Description and others)
    • Image Optimization (Alt Tags)
    • Web Page Optimization (Pages titled with relevant keywords)
    • Robots.txt
    • XML Sitemap
    • Search Engine Verification and Sitemap Submission


    Off-page Optimization:


    • Directory Submission
    • Articles Submission
    • Press Release Submission
    • Squidoo Lens Creation
    • Hub Pages Creation
    • Social Bookmarking (Digg, Delicious, Stumble, Reddit etc.)
    • Blog Posting
    • Be helpful in forums
    • Classified Ads
    • Social Networking (Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, LinkedIn etc.)

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    off-page optimization is best for getting ranked in google and to get traffic to the website. So try to concentrate on off-page for good ranking for the keywords

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    try to have the keywords density for important keywords used in title and descrption at least between 4 to 6 % don't go over 7%


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