For good search engine rankings, you need to make sure that the meta tags on your website are optimized - particularly based upon your content.
I do not want to step on any toes here, but you really do not have to spend much (none really) money on SEO products or services to make sure your site is ranked well (meaning within 1 to 3 pages - people mostly do not look past the third page of search results)
The following simple things work well. With a new site or a site that has been previously poorly formatted, it realistically can take a week or two before you see significant results.
1. Make sure you HAVE a full set of properly formatted metatags
Go here to for a easy-to-use metatag creator:
2. Make sure you OPTIMIZE your meta tags.
This site will help you analyze and adjust your meta tags to be optimized with your web page content:
3. Once you have optimized your meta tags, then you need to get your site submitted to the search engines.
Here is a site that will enable you to submit to lots of search engines for free.
4. Make an RSS feed from your site and submit it to an RSS submission site.
I won`t go into details here, but do a little research on Google on how to create an RSS feed from your site. It`s not hard.
Here`s a good resource:
5. Create a blog on Blogger or another site that contains content from and links to your website.
This should be self-explanatory.
Remember, the more outside links you have to your website, and the more relevant the content, the better the search engines like it - thus the higher your rankings.
You don`t need expensive SEO software or services to do these simple things.
Remember though, content is king. Make sure you have good, relevant content on your site and update it periodically. Having a auto-updated & content-relevant RSS newsfeed on your main page can go a long way towards giving you consistently new content without having to spend time doing a lot of manual updates yourself.
Here`s another good RSS resource
Based on the comments that follow - this post is not meant to imply that the techniques will automatically zoom you to the top of the SE rankings. However, I and others have used them with success. Be aware that there are other factors that will affect your rankings, including changes in the algorithms that the SEs use.
Let`s not get caught up in expressing our egos about what can, will and should work. Again, these techniques are basic, but they DO have effect.
I also maintain that you need to be very wary of ANY so-called SEO experts touting expensive services and products. Very few of them are worth the money. If they are so useful, then EVERY site that used them would have high rankings. Common sense should tell you that it is impossible for everyone to have a top-10 ranking. Just beware of the hype.
Another FREE SEO resorce I recommend is WebCEO. You can get a FREE copy here:
IT IS possible to get a decent ranking and get listed on Yahoo and google with the techniques I outlined. FOR FREE.
A quote by Henry Ford comes to mind:
"Whether you think you can, or think you can`t - you`re right."
Don`t let anyone on this board discourage you. Expressing cynicism and doubt on a web board requires no effort; just some free time and a computer with internet access. Be willing to learn, investigate and grow. Remember Henry Ford`s quote and don`t ever let others discourage you based solely on their experiences. Stay positive and think for yourself.
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Schopenhauer
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