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What does On-Site SEO Consist of?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by WROMERO, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. WROMERO

    WROMERO Junior Member

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    I am a newbie to this and I got a lot of reading to do. I tried searching for threads about on-site seo but did not find anything good. I am about to create my first site and want to learn what's involved with doing the onsite SEO. I can worry about creating backlings, etc after I learn the On-site SEO process.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. englandrm

    englandrm Senior Member

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    Title Tag (put your main keyword in, and make it an enticing title to be clicked on)

    Meta Description - (less than 160 characters, put the keyword in 1-2 times, and a synonym if possible. Also write it to be clicked on)

    Meta Keywords - (Google doesn't use it, but still worth filling out. Comma separate the keywords in order of importance, max. of 10.

    Heading Tags (h1, h2, h3, h4, etc) - (Put your main keyword in an h1 tag, and your 2 next keywords in h2 tags, and so on)

    Keyword density - not needed unless in high competition, I usually do 4-6% density, some will recommend lower, and some higher.

    The ones on top are the most important.
     
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  3. KlaAz0r

    KlaAz0r BANNED BANNED

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    many forget on page SEO, I think in googles eyes it might even be more important
     
  4. efwebs

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    Biggest things that I try to do are...

    get keywords in your domain (or at least in the url for keywords on inner pages)
    get keywords in the title, description, and meta keywords
    get keywords in the tags (if you are using blogs)
    get keywords in the H1, H2, and H3 (I don't usually have H3 on my pages though)
    get keywords in your image file name and alt tag, like "keyword_01.jpg", and don't have images with unrelated keywords like "button.jpg"
    try to get a video with keywords on your page
    500+ words of content with 2-4% keyword density
    new content added as much as possible (over time)

    other less important things to throw in when you can (at least for me)
    outbound links to high authority sites
    links to other pages on your site, like a link to a different blog post
    not too many outbound affiliate links
     
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  5. WROMERO

    WROMERO Junior Member

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    Wow, this is great. Just what I wanted to know. Know That I know what On-site SEO really is, how would I access it and make changes?
     
  6. englandrm

    englandrm Senior Member

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    LOL

    The title tag and meta tags are in the <head>

    h1 tags are going to be in the on page content.

    alt texts and image names are going to be with the image.

    If you're on WP, use the All In One SEO plugin, as it makes it really easy to add/modify all of these.

    If not, you need to access the coding. Just google each one, and it will show you where to put it in.
     
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  7. WROMERO

    WROMERO Junior Member

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    Thanks, since I will be using WP All In One SEO plugin is what I was looking for to be able to modify them.
     
  8. christoss1959

    christoss1959 Senior Member

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    You forgot URL paths and image names. If you have a page called testing.com and you want to get the keyword "testing ipad" it may be better to set up the link testing.com/testingipad rather than testing.com/ipad (I found this to be effective but maybe that is just me).
    Also your pictures should have tags related to the keywords you want to hit for example for the site testing I would use the tag: "testing-banner"
     
  9. englandrm

    englandrm Senior Member

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    Yeah WP, You need to change the permalinks.

    Login to Dashboard, Click Settings (on the left), Select Permalinks,

    Then choose. "day and name" or "month and name" or custom and just do /%postname%/

    It really depends on your site for which to choose.
     
  10. qu4rk

    qu4rk Junior Member

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    Great thread
     
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    chiwawa Registered Member

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    I guess you have gotten your answer but let me just add mine.
    It involves keyword optimization, url optimization, meta tags and titles.
     
  12. mootonandy

    mootonandy Supreme Member

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    I am just wondering where I should put the h1 tags. Is it in the post if im using WP?

    Thanks.
     
  13. drakemetal

    drakemetal Newbie

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    ^ The H1 is the title of your post ~ :eek:
     
  14. jstover77

    jstover77 Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Here is one of my recent blog posts about the subject. Hope this helps.

    With SEO there is no magic bullet. No one knows how exactly Google's or Yahoo's algorithms work, not even the engineers that work there. It is important to understand basic knowledge with SEO and implement it as well as test it extensively. The amount of misinformation floating on the Net is staggering, but from a practical standpoint most of what you read "could" have some small truth to it. This is why it is important to be objective when reading about SEO. There is no wrong answer until you can confirm with your own testing. Once again, the only way you will ever know is by testing yourself to find out what works.


    This being said there are basic fundamentals to search engine optimization. Again, all of this can be debated, but from my experience and extensive testing, using the basic on page methods outlined below will always improve your rankings within the search engines.


    What is On page Optimization?
    On page optimization refers to anything that is contained on your website, such as content, meta tags, alt tags, robot.txt, H1 tags, sitemaps, ect. Having your on page optimization properly done makes a huge difference. Why make it hard for the spiders to crawl your site? I have found that having a search engine friendly site is one of the easiest ways to get ranked. Many people ignore this aspect, but I think it is just as important as off page optimization. Below I will breakdown most aspects of on page.


    1) Title Tag- The title tag is an HTML title element critical to both SEO and user experience that is used to briefly and accurately describes the topic and theme of a website. I think the title tag is one of the most important factors on your website. It tells people exactly what you are, as well as the search engines what keywords you are trying to optimize. I will get into proper title tag usage in another post, but below is how I usually structure my title tags.


    Mini Split Air Conditioners | Ductless Split Systems | Split Air and Heat

    Some people choose to brand their website within the title tags, so you will have something like this:


    Justminisplits.com- Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioners for Less

    Notice how I try to stuff as many of the top level keywords and combined keywords? For example: "Ductless Mini Split", "Mini Split Air Conditioners", "Ductless Air Conditioners", ect/

    How you structure your title tags again is up for debate, but it really depends on what you are going for. I prefer to stuff them with keywords. The only exception would be something like social media type websites where you want to brand your company or sometimes local businesses. Try to keep your title tags to 65-70 characters.


    2) Meta Description Tag- The Meta description tag is a snippet of HTML code that belongs inside the <Head> </Head> section of a Web page. It usually is placed after the Title tag and before the Meta keywords tag, although the order is not important.
    The keywords and phrases you use in your Meta description tag don't affect your page's ranking in the search engines (for the most part), but this tag can still come in handy in your overall SEO campaigns.


    The proper syntax for this HTML tag is: <META NAME="Description" CONTENT="Your descriptive sentence or two goes here.">




    3) Meta Keyword Tag- The meta keywords tag allows you to provide additional text for crawler-based search engines to index along with your body copy. How does this help you? Well, for most major crawlers, it doesn't. That's because most crawlers now ignore the tag. I have found that it is important with Yahoo and Bing PPC as far as quality score. Regardless I still ad keywords to this tag. Usually only 5-7 per page.


    The proper syntax for this HTML tag is: <META NAME="keywords" CONTENT="Your keywords go here (keyword, keyword, keyword, ect)">


    4) Robot.txt- "Robot.txt" is a regular text file that through its name, has special meaning to the majority of "honorable" robots on the web. By defining a few rules in this text file, you can instruct robots to not crawl and index certain files, directories within your site, or at all. For example, you may not want Google to crawl the /images directory of your site, as it's both meaningless to you and a waste of your site's bandwidth. "Robots.txt" lets you tell Google just that.



    The robot.txt is only required if you DON'T want the crawlers to index a particular page. Otherwise you can omit the use of it on your website.


    5) Header Tags- The <h1> to <h6> tags are used to define HTML headings. The <h1> tag defines the most important heading. The <h6> defines the least important heading. I still use header tags on most of my projects, but the common consensus in the SEO community is that header tags are no longer important. I figure it won't hurt so I still use them.


    6) Alt Tags- The Alt tag is alternative text when non-textual elements, typically images, cannot be displayed. Basically search engine spiders can not read images. Therefor you can tell it with an alt tag what the relevance of that image is. For example:


    Alt="Mini Split Air Conditioner"


    I always try to put relevant keywords within the alt tags according to the corresponding content on the website. For example, if there is an image next to an article about "How to install a mini split", I will put something like this:

    Alt="Installing a mini split, how to install a mini split"


    7) Content- It is well known that the search engines love content. Especially Google, which by the way gets almost 80% of all search traffic. You want your content to be unique, as well as descriptive. I try to scatter as many keywords on my homepages as possible within articles. So if I have have a list of 20 top keywords, I try to scatter them throughout an article or two on the homepage. Now this is just how I do it, and there are many different methods. Some people try to target 2-3 keywords, some more. I have found success by doing it this way. I also bold and underline some of the main keywords I am optimizing.


    8) Exact Match Domains and Keywords in the URLs- I like to at least have one of the main keywords I am optimizing within the domain. This is not necessary, just a practice I subscribe too. This is a whole topic on it's own, but it is important and the search engines do put a good amount of emphasis on having the keywords in the domain and URL. For example, if you are deep linking to a page that is targeting "Mini Split Installation in Georgia", I like to have the page structured something like this: justminisplits.com/mini-split-installation-in-georgia/.


    I always try to make sure all of my pages are dynamic. Try not to have the same title, description tags, on every page. Each page should be unique. Also, I always try to have an outbound link to an authority page on my websites. Oh and make sure there is no dead links on your website. This is never good. I use Google Webmaster, which tells me if there is any dead links on the site.
     
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  15. qu4rk

    qu4rk Junior Member

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    Damn son. That's great newbie fodder.
     
  16. jstover77

    jstover77 Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    There is a great WP add on called SEOpressor. Check it out. It will automatically tell you what needs to be added to your posts to make it Search friendly.

     
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    OP thanks. With your simple question, you made to start a great thread reminding everyone the power of onpage seo.