Search engine optimization (also known as SEO) is a critical part of running any website that is looking to generate more traffic. It is also considered an art that is difficult to master because there are so many different search engines using different search algorithms that you have to account for. However, there are tips and tricks that can help make search engine optimization easier to understand and use. This article aims to share some of these.

Additional advertising doesn’t typically boost search engine rankings. You can always advertise, though this isn’t the way to boost site rankings.

Increase your website traffic and the revenue from your site by ensuring it has no broken links or pages. Broken links prevent customers from navigating your site. Broken pages are even worse, since then the content is just missing. Broken content can’t be indexed by search engines either, which is also poor marketing.

To really push your business up through the rankings, you should think about using long-tail keywords and longer phrases that are specific to what people are searching for. The web spiders are very friendly to longer keywords, and you can use fewer of these throughout your content, allowing it to appear more natural and to come across as reader-friendly.

Think of all keywords related to your site. Even if you don’t attempt to rank for every keyword you can think of, having a list of related keywords can help search engine results by allowing you to make best use of the keyword tag and by giving you even more possible ways to get visitors.

Header tags are quite important. Headers are large at times. However, CSS can be used to alter the size. Since search engine use headers in the ranking of websites, these tags are very important. Also, utilize H1 or H2 tags for important information about your goods or services.

Use alt tags for images and span element titles to your advantage. Search engines look at a site’s code, not what is actually visible to a user, so if your keyword is “cat” and there is a picture of a calico cat on your site, using an alt tag of “a calico cat” for the image will expose the search engine to your keyword even if the user never sees it. The title of a span element works in the same way.

Pictures and graphics are great for the visual aspect of your web page. Unfortunately, search engines cannot interpret them (unless a user is doing a specific image search). If you have an awesome image, make sure you have an awesome, descriptive text caption to go with it. If you are familiar with HTML, use an “ALT” tag for this: it will allow you to write a lengthy description that you can fill with search-engine-friendly keywords.

While effective use of search engine optimization can be difficult and at times seem elusive, it does not mean it is completely out of your reach. Hopefully, this article has proven that it is something that you can master and use effectively. When search engine optimization is properly employed, your website will start to see unbelievable amounts of traffic!

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