Search engine strategies to promote a new website

Contents

Search engine friendly navigation system

Page Title
Description and Keyword META Tag
Keywords in Header tags
Placement of keywords
Use Keywords in Hyperlinks
Search Engine Friendly Navigation System

Several pages for a particular keyword
Submit URL to Search Engines
Fine-tune with Search Engine Optimization
Promote Local Business on the Internet
Linking Strategies
Submit Site to Directories
Submit Site to Industry Sites and Specialized Directories
Request Reciprocal Links
Write Articles for Newsletters
Begin a Business Blog
Issue News Releases




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Some webmasters use frames, but frames can cause serious problems with search engines. Even if search engines can find your content pages, they could be missing the key navigation to help visitors get to the rest of your site. JavaScript and Flash navigation menus that appear when you hover are great for humans, but
search engines don't read JavaScript and Flash. Supplement them with regular HTML links at the bottom of the page, ensuring that a chain of hyperlinks exists that take a search engine spider from your home page to every page in your site. A site map with links to all your pages can help, too. If your site isn't getting indexed fully, make sure you submit a Google Sitemap following directions on Google's site (www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/login). Greg Tarrant's Google Sitemap Generator and Editor (www.sitemapdoc.com) is a free tool to build these. Be aware that some content management systems and e-commerce catalogs produce dynamic, made-on-the-fly webpages. You can sometimes recognize them by question marks in the URLs followed by long strings of numbers or letters. Overworked search engines sometimes stop at the question mark and refuse to go farther. If you find the search engines aren't indexing your interior pages, you might consider URL rewriting, a site map, and targeted content pages (see below). Commercial solutions include Bruce Clay's Dynamic Site Mapping (www.bruceclay.com/web_dsm.htm) and YourAmigo.com's SpiderLinker (www.youramigo.com)