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Getting listed in
Google and the other
popular search
engines is one of
the most effective
ways of directing
free, targeted
traffic to your website.

Below you'll
discover what the
search engines look
for when determining
your page rank so
you can learn how to optimize
your pages for best
results. This is often called SEO or search engine optimization.

Nice Overview of SEO for Beginners

If you're completely new to how Google works and ranks pages, this is a great SEO 101 video...

How Search Engines Determine Your Rank

Before you try to
add your site to the
search engines, you
should understand
what they look for
when they decide how
to rank your site.
Just because you're
listed doesn't mean
you'll get traffic.
You have to make
sure your site is
search engine ready.

The general rule of
thumb is that most
engines use a
"formula" to
determine keyword
relevancy. The
technical term is
called an
"algorithm", and
each search engine
has its own unique
algorithm that it
uses to rank

Generally, this
magic formula
consists of your
page title, overall
body content and the
number and quality
of links (backlinks) pointing
back to your site,

social media influence, etc.

It's important to
note that every
engine is different.
Some may look at
inbound links
(number of people
linking to you),
others may place
more emphasis on
your body content.


Backlinks are really the foundation of ranking well
with most engines. The more relevant, quality sites that link to you
(one-way, not link exchange), the better you will rank overall.

That does not mean you should go around paying for
links because it is against the guidelines of most search engines today.
In fact, Google began penalizing services that were charging customers
to build up their backlinks.

Google considers that unnatural linking
because anyone can do it. It's also not a great way for them to gauge
how authentically popular a site is because anyone can buy links or
participate in link exchanges.

That's why many people have lost their rankings over
the years. Google began devaluing certain link building practices that
used to benefit websites in search.

Many websites were ranking on the first page just
because they bought links or participated in link building schemes. So
the sites that ranked well weren't necessarily the most popular, just
the ones that bought or obtained the most links.

As a result, Google adjusted their algorithm to discount many of the linking practices people once used.

I've always been one to build up my backlinks
naturally by just focusing on writing content. People link to my content
voluntarily and my backlink profile grows naturally. I don't spend time
chasing links or looking for ways to increase my backlinks.

Yes, it's a slower process, but I'm playing by the rules and don't have to worry about violating any SE guidelines.

Read my post about how I built up search engine traffic with no backlink building.

Meta Tags

You also need to know about meta tags. These are hidden
descriptors that
appear at the
beginning of your
HTML code, inside
your tag.
They are
invisible to your
visitor's eyes, but
search engine
spiders can read

They usually
consist of a title,
description, and
keyword tag and they
look something like

Title of Your Site

Because of abuse,
search engines
now put less emphasis on certain tags when ranking pages, but you
should still include
them because they do
use them to display
information about
your site.

For example,
whatever is inside
the tag is <br /> what the search <br /> engines will use as <br /> the title of your <br /> site in the search <br /> results. You want to use keywords that describe your page and entice visitors to click.<br /><br /> <br /> <strong>Watch a Video on Adding Meta Tags</strong><br /><br /><br /> <br /> Note: Bloggers do not <br />need to manually insert this code as there are places to insert your <br />title, description, etc. in the "Edit" most when you are creating your <br />posts. <br /><br /> WordPress plugins like the All in One SEO Plugin allow you to specify a different title for your meta <title> than your actual page title.<br /><br /> <strong><br /> <br /> <br /> Google, Bing and Yahoo</strong><br /><br /><br /> <br /> There are a handful <br /> of engines out there <br /> that bring traffic, <br /> but the reality is <br /> a very large <br /> percentage of search <br /> engine traffic comes <br /> from Google, Yahoo <br /> and Bing.<br /><br />Yes, <br /> there are other <br /> engines like AOL, etc, but <br /> they pull <br /> their results from the big 3. <br /><br /><strong>Getting Indexed</strong><br /><br /><br />As far as getting listed goes, all search engines have spiders that <br />roam the web and add sites to their databases as they find them. 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It's called Google AdWords and it's based on a pay per click system.<br /><br /> So if you want to rank for "blue widgets" you bid on <br />that keyword with other advertisers and your ad displays in the <br />sponsored listings on<br /><br /> This can be a great way to drive business, but make sure you read this overview of AdWords before starting.<br /><br /> <br /> <strong> A Powerful Search Engine Traffic Generation Tool</strong><br /><br /><br /> <br /> If you're building a <br /> money making website <br /> then free <img src="" style="width: 120;height: 120" alt="" /> <br /> search <br /> <br /> engine traffic <br /> is an absolute must. <br /> It's the reason my <br /> sites became <br /> successful, and <br /> ultimately the <br /> reason I was able to <br /> quit my job.<br /><br /> Site <br /> Build It! is a great choice if you want to create a <br />content / affiliate site that receives targeted traffic from Google, <br />Bing-Yahoo, etc.<br /><br /> It's only getting tougher out here to <br /> master the search engine's algorithms, and many people are doing it <br /> wrong as they sit and wonder why they can't find their site <br /> in the results. <br /><br /> Cheaper hosts will save you money, but they aren't in the <br />business of educating you on how to create a search engine optimized <br />website.<br /><br />SBI! comes with a Brainstorm It! tool that will help you research proftable niches and choose the right keywords to target.<br /><br /> <br /> I bought it to see <br /> if the hype over SBI! <br /> was worth it. <br /> <br /> After 11 months, my other website,<br /> <br />, earned $700 per month <br /> in Adsense income <br /> alone, and 90% the traffic comes from <br /> Google. <br /><br /> <strong>Of course, this was 2005 and things have changed. I <br />would never recommend you build a business based on search engine <br />traffic alone.</strong><br /><br /> Nevertheless, their system is still one of the best out here. This site still earns a nice passive income today. Read another inspiring case study from November 2012. I also featured another Site Build It! success story on my blog in February 2013.<br /><br /> SBI! actually coaches you as you build <br /> every page to make sure it's completely optimized for the <br /> best possible results in the search engines. <br /><br /><br /> Now, <br /> when I say <br /> "coach", I don't <br /> mean they teach how <br /> to "trick" or <br /> "cheat" the search <br /> engines. 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