The most important element of any website or blog is CONTENT. Unique content is always going to be king. The second most important is NAVIGATION. A well organized website allows your visitors to find what they are looking for quickly. If a site has a poor navigation system it reduces the likelihood potential customers or clients will stay on your site. Well structured navigation will also help the search engines to index the pages throughout your site.

Planning your website structure prior to developing can help eliminate the need for restructuring later on. To create an effective navigation system ask yourself these questions first:

  • Who am I building the site for? (Clients, Customers, Informational, etc)
  • What do I want to accomplish by building a site?
  • Where do I want my visitors to ultimately end up on my site?
  • When a visitor shows up will they find what they need?
  • Why did a visitor come to my site?

These questions, when answered, will help you determine what type of content you need/want and help you organize the content through navigation.

Navigation does not just refer to menus on your website or blog, it also refers to links throughout your site in the content or articles themselves. These links are part of your “Internal Linking System” and are essential to a well structured website. When setting up internal links think about the key words and phrases people will use to search for you or your products and use these within your links to assist in SEO also.

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Having tools to do the job correctly is key to any task. Proper tools make the job easier, faster, and more efficient. We have complied a list of some of the best free SEO tools available to anyone including website owners and webmasters. Some of the tools listed also have paid premium versions that contain more features than the free versions. Take a look through our list and if you have tools you use, please let us know so we can test them and possibly add them to our list.

Google

You must have a Google Account to use Google tools

Firefox

SEOBook

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How do I choose a list of  key words and phrases for my site?

This is a question many clients ask and is a reasonable question. Often a web site owner will not think outside the box for search words that may find new customers or clients. Below I will list several ways to process a full list of viable key words for your business.

First write down the list of key words and phrases you would use to find your business. Have several other people to do the same. Ask as many different types of people as possible to do this for you. Choose the people you ask by age, sex, demographics, and any other variable that may suit your business.

Enter searches into a search engine like Google, Bing, or Yahoo and see if competing businesses come up.

Use your search words and phrases to do a search and research the companies that come up by reading through the content on their pages, paying close attention to key words and phrases that would relate to your business. You will be surprised at the words you may have never considered.

Use a key word generator tool to help in this process Google has a great tool for AdWords campaign that works very well. You can find the tool HERE.

If you are in need of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and are looking for a company that has the experience and knowledge to place you where you want to be in an organic search, contact DeZineZone today  for a free no obligation consultation and quote 1-877-578-4591 or send us an e-mail

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White Hat SEOWhat is White Hat SEO? Plain and simple, it is following the rules and not being sneaky and underhanded to get yourself moved up in a  SERP.  Black Hat or Grey Hat SEO will get you banned and can actually get you removed from any search results.

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Black Hat SEO: Practices that will get you banned: Stay away from these techniques.

  • Invisible text: Having key words or phrases hidden by using the same background color as the text color.
  • Doorway pages with long lists of key words
  • Shadow domains that are keyword-rich URLs redirecting to your site
  • Over stuffing key words and phrases on pages
  • Linking to sites with bad reputations
  • Adding links to link farms
  • Duplicate content
  • Copy cat text within your site

These are just a few ways you can hurt your positioning in the search engines. Beware of unethical practices of SEOs and the damage it can cause.

It is more important to gain long term page ranking than to get the quick results.

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In this article we will discuss the basics of website search engine optimization and give a checklist for web site owners (business or personal) to guide them through the optimization process.

Below you will find questions to ask yourself and put down on paper prior to speaking with a professional search engine optimizer. Try to answer these questions for yourself. Bring this list with you when you meet with your perspective SEO. Having these answers will help your optimization process go much smoother.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

  • What techniques will be used for optimization?
  • What will my role be in optimization of my site?
  • What are my target market(s)?
  • What key words or phrases am I optimizing for?
  • Are my key word choices realistic?
  • Is my content key word rich but not stuffed?
  • What will we do for market research?
  • What is the cost for this service?
  • How long does it take to optimize my site?
  • How can I monitor the results of optimization?
  • Are breadcrumbs used in my web site?
  • Social Media Optimization (SMO)

  • What resources or articles will my readers link to?
  • Should I Link to other peoples site that are equally useful sites with relevant unique content?
  • What types of social media sites should I use?
  • How often should I submit information the social media sites?
  • Search Engine Friendly (SEF)

  • Is my website search engine friendly?
  • Do I have the correct tags in the head of my code?
  • Are my content titles correct?
  • Are my urls sef?
  • Is my code sef
  • Am I using cascading style sheets (css) to separate code and content?
  • This is just a base for questioning yourself and your SEO. The more information you gain about SEO the more useful you will be in the optimization of your web site or Blog.

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