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SEO Guide for Designers

According to a poll I conducted, just over 1 out of 10 people don’t think SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is mandatory as a designer; and what really surprised me is about 24% don’t even know what SEO is! If you’re among the quarter of people who don’t know what SEO is or understand how it can help you, you should really read this article. This is an SEO guide for designers who want to learn about making it easier for websites or blogs to be found by search engines. I’ll explain the common mistakes made by designers and developers. Then I’ll provide some basic tips that you should be practicing to optimize your site for search engines. 

As a Web Designer, do you think SEO is required?

 

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title-permalink Okay, this time it will be just a small tip, I see many people do not know about. I must say this tip is for WordPress blog users, I don’t know what kind of system is in other blogs.

So what am I talking about??
Every WordPress blog user should use and customize their permalink structure. What permalink means and stand for? Permalinks are the permanent URLs to Your individual blog posts, categories, archives and others. It is URL that follows after Your web site address for example I use (example.com as web site front page address) – example.com/follows-permalink-address. You see?

 

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Anyone with a public Web site knows that search engines play a key role in bringing visitors to the site. It’s important to be seen by the search engines and rank highly in their query results. Higher rankings can bring you more visitors, which can lead to more paying customers and higher advertisement revenue. Search engine optimization (SEO) is the practice of fine-tuning a site to achieve higher rankings in search results. In this article, we’ll take a look at SEO practices you can apply when using the latest Microsoft Web technologies.

SEO Basics

There are many factors in play when a search engine formulates the relative rank of your site, and some of the more important factors are not under your direct control. For example, we know search engines like to see incoming links to your site. An incoming link is a hyperlink on an outside domain that points into your domain. When a search engine sees many incoming links to a site, it assumes the site has interesting or important content and ranks the site accordingly. The SEO community describes this phenomenon using technical terms like “link juice” and “link love.” The more “link juice” a site possesses, the higher the site will appear in search results.

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It is totally up to you that how much plugins you need to install in order to get a better search engine ranking. But try to keep the amount to minimum so that you won’t crash your server. Today, we are going to look into 13 WordPress plugins that will increase your search engine ranking.

1. All in One SEO Pack

This plugin enables certain modifications to your WordPress blog to achieve Search Engine Optimization. For example, you can customize your post title, post description and post tags for individual post. Furthermore, this plugin also has features such as auto generates Cononical URLS for your entire WordPress site and select index/noindex for various archives pages.

2. Broken Link Checker

This plugin will monitors links in your site and list out links that don’t work or any missing images. The reason why this plugin is essential is because you may write an article and link to http://www.domain.com. This link may goes down in future and become dead ends for search engine. By using this plugin, you can get notifications immediately and remove these dead ends.

3. Google XML Sitemaps Generator

This plugin will create a Google sitemaps compliant XML-Sitemap of your WordPress blog. A sitemap will help search engine spiders to crawl your content. The generated sitemap also supported by other search engine such as Yahoo, MSN and Ask.com. (more…)

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