This post concerns a little experiment on my search engine optimization efforts. I've had good success with my client efforts and what few pages I had on the old version of this site. But now it's time to kick it into gear and see what I can pull off for myself in this new version of the Way Cool Web Design site, launched @ beginning of March 2009.
I suppose I should just list some rankings, try to improve my SEO and then see if it helped. Not very scientific but gosh darn it, it works for me! I do best with my CSS articles but I'd like to improve in regional phrases. As of March 12, 2009:
Ok, let's give it some time and effort and I will update this page with progress, or regress as the case may be. Isn't this exciting?
OK so i noticed some changes since this was posted a few days ago:
On with the original post...
OK, so after these improvements as of May 8, 2009, I guess I should share the best part of all this with you: how did I do it? It's pretty simple, really. Well, it's simple in that what you need to do is straight-forward. The not-so-simple part is that you really can't control the outcome, so taking these simple steps may still not help your site.
In any case, here's all I had to do to improve my ranking:
It may have helped that I entered my site into Google's local business finder program. And with phrases like "thurmont web design" I really didn't have to do much of anything since that phrase is not high traffic.
I believe the way my site is coded has an impact as well. I use HTML tags appropriately with key phrases in heading tags. If you "view source" on this web site you will also see that my main heading (the <h1> tag) and content are very close to the top of the page. Even though the logo, phone, search and navigation are near the top of the page visually, from a coding perspective they are at the bottom. This means less distraction for a search engine to find the "real" content of my page.
You see, there's no magic. Just a little research and creating content. It certainly helps I have a highly respected incoming link due to my CSSZenGarden design, and that my blog articles are linked to and show up well in the engines. All of those things help any page on this domain become "more respected" in the eyes of a Search Engine because my domain overall has a "higher respect value" than if I did not have those incoming links.
John is a fantastic designer; meticulous and VERY knowledgeable. His best practices and creativity is a must for anyone wanting to create a truly great, cleanly coded website. John is also well versed in SEO and 508 compliance. I would recommend John to my business colleagues.B. B., Owner Web Strategies Internet Solutions LLC