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SEO Blueprint

Domain Name

Unless you're already a hugely well-known brand, your domain name should probably be about your product, not about you. It should say "www.widgets.whatever", not "www.the-great-us.whatever".
Where you make blue widgets and your keyword research has established that people are indeed searching in quantity for the term blue widgets, then your domain name should be "www.blue-widgets.whatever". Use of the hyphen is deliberate. Engines see hyphens as a separator between words. Don't forget, the human eye can seewordsjoineduptogether as being words joined up together. An engine can't do that. We can't have spaces in domain names though (a technical thing) so the obvious compromise is to separate the words in the domain name by a hyphen. Not by a dot (.) or by an underscore (_), but by a hyphen (-). Not too many, though, because domain-names-that-go-on-forever are obviously artificial and could lead to a penalty.

File Name

Again, blue-widgets.htm or .html, .php or .asp, (or whatever according to format) for preference. I don't see any problem with having multiple keywords hyphenated into file names.

Title Tag

Your subject or service should be first, your company name second, if at all. Remember, if you're Joe Blow and you make widgets, the public will be searching for widgets, not Joe Blow. They never heard of you to look for you, right? Again, I'm assuming that you're unbranded here. So the layout is as follows; "Blue Widgets from Joe Blow Services, the Best of the Blue Widget Makers."

Description Meta Tag

Same rules; product first, your name second. So it's "Blue Widgets Customised to Your Specification, from Joe Blow, Home of the Quality Widget. Also, it needs to be long enough for Google to be able to fashion a decent-sized snippet from it. If it's too short, only a few words long, Google will look elsewhere on the page to source its snippet. This means you relinquish some control over what appears there.

Keywords Meta Tag

Blue,Widgets,Quality,Specifications" etc. Whatever you do, don't be tempted to shovel in every possible related word you can think of, I've seen sites that have lines and lines of these, the same ones on every page. A few pertinent ones on every page please, with variations according to the content of the specific page. Separate them either by commas or by spaces, not by both. It used to be said that you only need to include any one keyword once as the engines would parse them into any possible phrases. Lately there are suggestions that Yahoo wants to see comma-separated phrases. perhaps it would be as well to include just that.

Head

Java scripts and CSS styles usually go in here. They need to be externalised into an external file and referenced accordingly. I used not to bother with either a doc type or a charset but I include both religiously now as a) validation lately receives wider acceptance as important and b) page loading times are improved by the presence of the charset above the title tag. Note, please, that's ABOVE THE TITLE TAG!

Header Tag

There's several Header Tags, varying from Most Important (H1) to Least Important (H6). Your keyword or key phrase need to be the first words in the first Header Tag, which should be an H1 tag. The tags should be used in order of descending importance, i.e., your first tag should be the H1 tag and each following tag should be in series, use next a single H2 tag or a series of H2 tags. Don't start with an H3 tag, then use an H1 tag etc. This will just confuse the engines about the relative importance of your site's content.

First Paragraph

First words in the first paragraph are your key phrase.

Bold

They're in "bold". Or "strong". Or "em". That's if it works visually. I don't personally feel it does on a lot of sites.

Text Content

Sprinkled liberally throughout your page is your key phrase. If it feels right, then it is. If it's only mentioned twice in a 10,000 word document and it feels right, then it is right. It's the document that's wrong. You've written a document that, let's face it, can't include your key phrase to any great extent because your document isn't actually about the key subject, is it? You may have started out with the right intentions, but you seem to have got lost along the way. I've done it - no reason why you shouldn't either. Perhaps you can take the page, run a keyword analyser over it and find out what it's actually about then you can use it as a related page in your site. Remember, you'll always need more content.
To sum up, if it's mentioned ten times in a document that's one thousand words long, and it feels right, then it is right.

Graphic Content

Keep your graphic file names brief and inclusive of a keyword.

Internal Graphic Links

Remember that in a graphic used as a link the alt text counts for SEO purposes in the same way (but not to the same extent) just as normal anchor text does in a text link. Alt="widget site - large blue widget" would be preferable to alt="here is a picture of me and Sharon at the beach on holiday in Blackpool last year and if you look closely, you can see I'm holding a widget". Yup, infinitely preferable.

Internal Text Links

Use keywords in the anchor text in your internal navigation. Don't link to "home" link to "blue widgets home". Who searches for "home"?
Don't link to "seminars", link to "blue widget seminars". Who searches for "seminars"? Include your keywords in your links. Take this important opportunity to remind the engines what your site is about.

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