Search Engine Optimisation
Search Engine Optimisation is much more than registering with the search
engines and hoping that you will get a First Page Ranking, search engine
optimisation starts at the very point that you decide you need a web site.
The checklist below is a 31 step guide to effective search engine optimisation
that we have used to get oue own commercial sites to a page one ranking.
As an example of how well it can work just one of our web sites which
we developed using this search engine optimisation checklist had 3,104
Page 1 positions, yes I know it sound impossible but we have the reports
to prove it. 3,104 is the number of unique Page
1 listings that the web site www.galleon.eu.com
received during October 2002.
Search Engine Optimisation Checklist
Copyright (c) 2002 KeywordAnalysis.
The CheckList was produced for the in-house use of a client of KeywordAnalysis
as a guide to the creation of Business Web Sites. You may pass this Checklist
on to others, as long as it is sent in its entirety.
When creating a web site make sure that you tick every item in this checklist
in the order of the list, don’t skip any sections if you want to
create a successful site that achieves First Page ranking with good Search
1. Identify the business objectives
2. Identify the customers you want to reach
3. Identify the products you want to sell
4. Create the sales hinge i.e. the call to action to get the visitor
to make the step from visiting to the action you require. This action
4.1 to provide their e-mail and name so you can start a sales dialog towards
closing a sale,
4.2 To actually buy the product on-line, 4.3 Just their e-mail address
so you can send information in a newsletter
5. Review items 1 to 3 remember Search Engine Optimisation is rifle marketing
not shotgun marketing, you’re not just throwing mud on the wall
and see if some sticks there are specific customers that you want to reach.
6. Brain storm the keyword search phrases people may use if they were
to search on the Internet for the products you want to sell.
7. Research search phrases and keywords, Using Overture.com, Wordtracker.com,
AddWords at google.com, etc. Good search engine optimisation takes research
8. Select the initial 10 keywords / search phrases. In time once the
site is live you will be able to identify your Golden Keywords, but you
want to make the best start you can.
9. Decide on the size of the site dependant upon the business objectives
10. Which region of the world are you targeting? A site primarily for
the UK will require to be subtly different to one for the US or Germany.
Remember it’s the last 3% that gets you to the top of a search engine
if you only achieve 96% of the features that a search engine ranks you
on then you may well be down on the 7th page and nobody will find you.
11. Allocate search phrases to unique pages.
12. Write copy based around search phrase for that page.
13. Decide on site visual design
14. Decide on the key indicators and level of visitor analysis that
you require for the site to achieve you business objectives. It is impossible
to know too much about a customer, because its only by knowing your customers
that you can target new customers. Website analysis is available from
15. Write site in HTML
16. Ensure that the site is created so that it is search engine friendly.
All elements within the source code of the site must be created around
the identified keyword search phrases and used correctly to maximise the
specified Business Objective.
17. Test site, do all links work correctly, is it still focused on items
1, 2 and 3.
18. Publish site
19. Get independent comments on usability and content, modify if not
hitting items 1,2,and 3.
20. Register with the Directories. Yahoo, Open Directory DMOZ, Lycos,
21. Start to build links with associated sites in the same industry.
This will become an ongoing and continual process.
22. Register with the Crawler search engines.
23. Pay for inclusion of the key pages with the crawler search engines.
24. Market the site. You need to create as many road signs to your site
as possible, this may be PR, e-newsletters, e-mailing your current customer
database and prospects, etc.
25. Pay for sponsored site status using Pay per Click on the very best
deep specific search phrases, remember its rifle marketing. Try Overture.com
and AddWords at Google.com
26. Establish tracking of sales leads within your company, if you don’t
know where a sale comes from how can you maximize the return on your marketing
27. Analyse the profile of visitors to your site, and which visitors
become customers. Track the search phrases people use to get to your site,
you will be surprised at some of the search terms people use.
27.1 What are the 200 most important search phrases?
27.2 What are the 100 most important search words?
27.3 Is the site traffic from the region of the world that you want?
27.4 Which search engines are sending you the traffic,
27.5 Which link domains are sending you customers,
27.6 How successful is you Pay per Click marketing? To gather this information
register with KeywordAnalysis.com.
28. Do you need to add additional pages to improve your ranking for
some of the newly identified search phrases? 28.1 Do you need to improve
the site for low performing search engines?
29. With the new knowledge learnt about your customers, how they found
your site and keyword search phrase analysis, you will identify additional
search terms that are in line with the business objectives, but remember
you want quality traffic for your business objective. Lots of visitors
that do not convert into sales just wastes expensive sales staff time.
30. Remove pages for search phrases that create “Chaff Traffic”,
i.e. enquiries that do not convert into sales, this traffic wastes your
sales peoples time and reduces your companies efficiency. The 80-20 rule
holds true for web site sales and sales leads, 80% of your business will
come from 20% of sales enquiries, so identify that 20% and re-focus the
site to get more of the quality traffic.
31. Review business objectives, have they changed or are they still
valid. Is the web site still 100% focused on the business objectives?
Is the sales hinge working and how can we improve on it.
For ongoing success of your business objectives via the internet you
must integrate your sales web site into your company objectives and reporting
structure, then review fully at least once a quarter if you are still
achieving you objectives this is very important with the internet and
Search Engines because Search Engines keep changing the search algorithms,
so search engine optimisation is an ongoing and continual process. Design
your site with Search Engines in mind and they will reward you with high
quality sales leads, customers and profits.
If you're looking for more search engine optimisation guidance, try these
• Since 1995, Danny Sullivan has been reporting on search engines
at Search Engine Watch. He offers this advice: "Start by designing
search-engine-friendly pages. Use good titles and good copy (i.e., text
on the page) to match popular search terms and tap into natural traffic.
People only use tricks to make up for the fact they don't have good copy."
• Danny Sullivan suggests you tap into email forums like I-Search
and the Rank Write Roundtable, to discuss what works and doesn't, and
share news and tips.
• Another good authority on search engine optimisation is WebMama
[www.webmama.com] with 16 years experience in marketing and 6 years experience
in Search Engine Marketing.
• For more advanced tech talk, Webmaster World has moderated forums.
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