• http://www.luckylester.com Lucky Lester

    22. Do analyze your competitor’s efforts – there are reasons why they are sitting at the top of the search engines.

  • amanda_m

    23. Make sure your site is completely CRAWLABLE.

  • http://www.smallbusinesssem.com/ Matt McGee

    Thanks for the comments, Lester and Amanda. The crawlability issue was #7 in last week’s column, Amanda. I was trying this week not to just list the flip side of that list. :-)

  • http://koraska.com justablink

    24. Be sure and sign up for the free local listings offered by both Google and Yahoo, and optimize your listings as well to show up on the map. Local searches often come with a map showing in the results, so get your site on it.
    In addition, Yahoo local listings often have a rating system, showing up to five red stars. Have previous clients rate your services, so your local listing will stand out among your competitors. Very few people take this extra step, and your listing will stand out.

  • http://htttp://www.fresherwebsites.com fresher websites

    Great article & summary of SEO issues, I forwarded it on to some of my clients.

    May I add a couple of points?

    1. If appropriate, modifying the search terms with an area can really cut down the competition. E.g. ‘seo services london’.

    2. Ensure that the visible content (page text, headings, etc.) is consistent with invisible content (title tags, alt tags, page description, etc.)

    This may seem obvious, but many new to SEO (myself included 3yrs ago) have a tendency to stuff keywords into hidden tags, without sufficient support in the visible page text.

    I think it’s important to remember that one of Google’s primary functions is to provide relevant, informative results to searchers. Part of this is weeding out the guys who are pretending to be something they’re not.

    When optimising your site, it’s always good to aim for ‘what you see is what you get’.

  • http://www.robstroy.com Rob Gunayan

    Isn’t spying on your competitors’ keyword strategies a SEO technique? For me it is, tracking up what your competitors are doing on their site is a good technique and KeywordSpy can do that because KS will give you an opportunity to immediately track down your competitors and gather keywords for the promotional campaign of your online business.

  • http://www.ZenithExpert.com zenithexpert

    5. Have web analytics in place at the start. You should have clearly defined goals for your SEO efforts, and you’ll need web analytics software in place so you can track what’s working and what’s not.

    Can someone recommend web analytics software? Is Googles Analytics good enough, or is there something better? thanks…

  • http://www.ipadhype.com.au Michelle

    Know what you want to achieve before you start.

  • http://twitter.com/Edwinchia Edwin Chia

    wow! very powerful stuff on SEO , I can only think of a few than so many like you.   Have you missed out back link?  Back link is important too. 

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    provide relevant, informative results to searchers. Part of this is
    weeding out the guys who are pretending to be something they’re not.

  • Marcin Krakowiak

    Nice Article!
    I’ve just discovered the new SEO too-it’s Colibri and it’s awesome-it can track my website position on every Google,it also find my competition or even suggest it, monitors Facebook, Twitter mentions and backlinks to my website.Most functional-highly recommend!http://colibritool.com/ 

  • http://notionage.com/ SEO Singapore

    I been reading a lot of articles and blogs regarding this topic, top 10 tips, top 5 essential techniques for SEO, this article is the one I find it covered the most essential and yet not too difficult to understand tips for SEO leaner. Thanks!

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  • http://www.isol.co.in/ IntegratedS

    Thanks a lot for the tips, I think that even if beginners follow these they will be able to make head way.

  • synchronous

    Great article….This post will help to learn lot of things regarding SEO


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  • praneeth kumar

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  • Tracy Mc Manamon

     I came across a few videos titled “SEO Tutorial” or something of that sort. They are good for beginners and it all stresses on the need for targeting sites that have a good page rank. It says it is far better to submit your posts in a handful of high quality sites with good page ranks than in hundreds of low ranking ones. And I couldnt agree with you more when you say that patience in SEO is a virtue which needs to be cultivated right from the beginning.

  • aliciadathe

    These are great tips. Thanks!

  • synchronous

    Thank you so much for sharing such useful information 


  • Joe Cunningham

    A couple Q’s:
    I’m new but have been studying up as much as I can.  There’s tons of info out there.

    -How do you know who to trust?  I just feel overwhelmed with conflicting info.  Got a crap ton of books at the lib and gonna sift through those with a grain of salt.  I’ve been looking at the copyright dates as to how much salt to add – online and off.

    -What are the best ways to increase back links?  I went from posting on as many blogs as I could to developing a Facebook campaign and PPC (stalled due to approval).  So far no leaps just trickles.  And do I get on the phone and call up business and trade links?  This just seems black hat and I don’t want my site penalized.

    -What are the best tools to use?  I’ve been using Google Ad Words, Keyword Spy (free), Google Analytics, and signed up for the trial of “SEOmoz” & I’m using the free “Rank Tracker” but I want something comprehensive, easy, & free if possible or at least reliable and useful so I can spend my $ in the right place.  Recommendations would be great.  I have been using tools that say one thing, and then get to other tools that say another.

    Thank you!  Just a mess of info out there.  And I’m gonna keep looking but you were the first on the SERP for SEO tips so I’ll start here.  Hope this stirs some answers and I bet my Q’s have been answered just still looking.

    Hey, throw another 2 in there – what the heck.

    -What’s a concise plan of action.  I’ve re-planned my work a million times as I educate myself.

    -And how good is outsourcing aspects of this?  I don’t want to buy links.  This seems black hat by all good standards.

    Thanks again.  Answer away!

  • http://www.techlikes.com Palla Ramarao

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  • http://jokestream.blogspot.com/ ανεκδοτα

    great tips! It seems a lot of factors distribute in the final results. SEO is like a building.. it needs all kinds of technicians. I’d like to add 2 more parameters: Right use of keyword implemented  htags and balance between follow and nofollow internal and outbound links 

  • http://bestseoproduct.com/how-to-do-seo-on-your-own/ How to do seo on your own

    Outclass post

  • HDpixels

    This is really help-full post thanks Matt McGee.

  • Chintan Bhavsar

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  • Raja Sekar

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  • http://www.geekywriter.com/ Romy Singh

    Hello Matt,

    Thanks for all awesome SEO suggestion.  SEO is must for any website owner to get ranked in search engines and this post will help them to climb some ladders of SEO successfully. So thanks for sharing your SEO point.
    One that i would like to add is,”Follow The Right Tactics, Do The Right Things To Get Right Rankings In Search Engines.” I’ve seen many people wearing many colored hat that don’t shoots them like black, gray. So we should avoid using those hats, instead of those use all these tactics of this post. 

    Romy Singh,

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  • danieltetreault

    Dear Search Engine Land:

    Not to be too cheeky here but am I losing it or what? I am looking for 21 essential SEO tips. I only see 18! Is there another button to press? My favourite point is the one that SE bots don’t sign up for newsletters or purchase products online. Nice point.

    Daniel Tetreault.
    Victoria, BC

  • NKR Rony

     I am agree with you and  this article is must read who is looking for SEO tips.Thanks Matt for sharing the tips.

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    Thanks Matt for these great SEO tips.This article covered all important SEO tactics.

  • Matt McGee

    Wow, that was weird. Looks like some of the code got jumbled in the article itself. But I think it’s all fixed now. Thx for noticing Daniel.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/dann.knevitz Daniel Knevitz

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  • http://doctormoneymaker.com/ Nate Lee

    Hey… just wondering, I started my website about a month ago and have been following pretty much all of these tips and I’m not really seeing any results… How long until I start seeing my website gain some search engine traffic?

  • http://www.agentsofvalue.com/seo-link-building/ Roy Van Rivero

    I think something has been overlooked – isn’t it important to include local listing to our SEO effort? I think it is beneficial most especially for websites targeting a specific geo-location.

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