Search Engine Optimization, commonly referred to as SEO, is a
crucial process required to build traffic to your web site. The most
common use of the internet today is to search for information. Since the most
common way that people will find your web site is by doing a search on a
search engine, it's absolutely essential that your web site is designed
and developed to perform at its best on the search engines.
You can have the most attractive web site on the internet with every
feature designed to service all of the conceivable needs of your potential
customers. However, if your web site is not optimized properly, it is most
likely that people will not find your web site in the search engines and
few visitors will arrive to your web site. To get traffic, you'll have to
pay for expensive advertising.
There are so many gimmicks out there that can cost you a
lot of money and waste your valuable time without producing any tangible results.
Don't let anyone fool you. It's not as simple as a click of a
button and success is not instant.
What is important to know about search engine optimization is that it is a
process implemented in response to the requirements of the various
algorithms used by the search engines. Yes, there are formulas with
important variables and rules to follow. You wouldn't believe how easy it
is to get your site banned from Google. There is no magic one shot
solution. One size does not fit all.
An in-depth understanding of how it all works combined with experience
will produce maximum performance results. At The Digital MultiMedia Store,
based in Vancouver, we have developed our
own methodical search engine optimization process that is guaranteed to
provide you with excellent results. Based on our experience, we know
how to get your web pages ranked #1 on Google, Yahoo and all of the major
search engines around the world and keep you there. Furthermore, we give
you the ability to track performance in real time 24/7 so you can easily
monitor the progress of your site as it continues to achieve
increasing numbers of top rankings.
Digital MultiMedia's Search Engine Optimization Process
Our search engine optimization process typically
includes the following activities:
selecting the best keywords for your web pages
evaluating keywords performance potential on Google
assessing the competition
using the best keywords appropriately on your web pages
coding web pages correctly
building inbound links to web pages
proper submission of your site to appropriate search engines and directories
reporting and transparency
Selecting The Best Keywords
Keywords are best described as those words that people
type in to a search box on a search engine when they search for
information. You want to find the best
possible keywords to use on your web pages because using the right
keywords will bring traffic to your web pages. The goal is to get the best
possible targeted traffic to your site - the audience you are targeting -
the ones that are mostly to buy your products and services.
So how do you select the best keywords for your web pages? This
selection process is based on conducting the appropriate research and analysis.
First, we identify which keywords are the most frequently used by
people to search for products and services that best describe what your web
site and individual web pages are about. At The Digital MultiMedia
Store, we access and research the world's largest database of information
about keywords used by people in performing searches. This database
contains data literally about billions of searches across the most popular
search engines including Google and Yahoo. From this database we
determine which keywords are the most popular.
Imagine the time and money wasted on optimizing web pages
based on keywords that are not popular or seldom used by people to find
your products and services.
Evaluating Performance Potential Of Keywords on Google
Once the most popular potential keywords for your web pages have been identified, we
conduct research on Google to evaluate the performance potential of those
keywords. For some keywords, competition is a lot stiffer than for
other keywords. Generally speaking, for a one word keyword there is
usually more competition than there is for a two word keyword phrase or
three word keyword phrase.
We examine the Keyword Effectiveness Index, or KEI of potential
keywords. A keyword phrase with a high KEI value indicates the
keyword phrase is popular and there are fewer competing web pages for the
keyword phrase. We evaluate the potential of these keywords.
Google is the most popular search engine and it is the most difficult
search engine in which to achieve top rankings. However, once top rankings
are achieved on Google, you can be assured that your web pages will
achieve top rankings in most other search engines as well.
At Digital MultiMedia, we continuously research developments at Google
that impact search engine rankings and bring new opportunities to our
clients. If you'd like to learn more about how Google determines
rankings of web pages, please read our section on Google
Assessing Your Competition
Climbing to the top of the heap and getting top rankings on the search engines involves taking
a look at your competition. Specifically, we look at what keywords they
use, the content of their site, the number of inbound links and which web
pages their links come from. This assessment defines what action has
to be taken to overcome your competition.
Using Keywords Appropriately On Web Pages
The most important component of a web page is the
actual copy or text content. It's important to craft the message to
the target audience in an appealing way that reaches out to them and
provides a solution to what they are looking for.
At the same time, it is important to place keywords in text content, image
content and link content throughout the web page. Actual
positioning, placement, frequency and context is important and can make
the difference between a page ranking well or not.
Balancing the art of writing good copy while optimizing keywords for a web
page comes with experience. Consider taking advantage of our web
content authoring skills.
Coding Web Pages Correctly
Regardless of the programming language used to create
your web site, there is certain coding that has to be added to every web
page, in addition to page content, that controls whether or not a search
engine will visit the page, crawl its content and include in its database.
Coding is required to control how the content of the web page will be
displayed in search results as well as provide information that is
required for optimum ranking results. Without this coding, web pages are
doomed regardless of how perfect the content coding or whether or not they
have been submitted to the search engines.
A lot of web designers are perfectly capable of producing good looking web
pages but they are not familiar with all of the search engine coding
requirements and background coding required for a web page to rank well in
the search engines. Furthermore, Google has different coding requirements
than Yahoo and it's important to engage expertise on each of the major
search engines to make sure all web pages can rank well in all of the
search engines around the globe.
Certain coding languages or parts of coding are not recognized by the
search engines and the related content will not be indexed and placed into
the search engine databases. Other coding practices that seem fairly
straightforward and commonly used will result in web sites getting banned.
We can not emphasize enough the importance of proper coding for your web
One of our coding practices that we would like to point out to you is the
inclusion of code on your web server that will have the search engines
crawling back for more - automatically. Yes, that's right. Every time a
change is made to the content of a web page on your site, within a
relatively short period of time, say 24 to 36 hours, Google will
automatically visit your web site and update its database with the updated
information. The rest of the search engines come knocking too. For
all those SEO companies on the net today that promise to submit your site
every month, you ought to know that there really is no need for that
Building Inbound Links
A lot of literature on search engine optimization talks about how it's all just
about building more links to your web site. Based on our experience and expertise,
we can tell you that this is not the case.
Of course building inbound links to web pages is important for ranking
well in the search engines. It is regarded as an indication of
popularity from the perspectives of the search engines. However, of greater
importance is the PageRank of the inbound link and its relevancy to your
Links coming in from link farms can get you banned on Google.
Whereas a much smaller number of inbound links from sites with a high
Google PageRank, that are also sites with content that is related to
yours, will get you a lot further up the ranking ladder.
In fact Google gives greater weight to links that are free as opposed to
links that are bought and paid for simply for the purpose of increasing
the volume of inbound links to a site. For a more detailed discussion of links and Google PageRank, please read
our section on Google PageRank.
As our client, we will provide you with a link to free software that you
can use to monitor the number of inbound links to your web site listed on
the world's top 6 search engines. You can check your links in real
Proper Submissions To Search Engines And Web Directories
Once the right keywords for your web pages have been
selected, included in page content, the page has been coded properly for
search engine performance and a few inbound links have been built, it's
time to submit your web site to the top search engines and web directories
on the internet.
Because we view this step of the search engine optimization process to be so
vital to the success of your web site, we submit your web site for FREE
to the top 40 search engines and web directories on the internet. Not only
are these submissions free, we do the submissions manually. That means NO
AUTOMATED web site submissions that can often result in submission
rejections. All submissions made are to sites with high Google PageRank
that do not charge you money for getting listed on their sites.
Reporting And Transparency
As part of our effort to make you feel completely at
ease with our services and to win over your trust and confidence, we
provide complete free reporting, performance tracking and transparency in
the entire search engine optimization process. No surprises. Get all of
the information you could ever want in tracking your web site performance.
For a details on reports that are available to you, please read our
section on Search Engine Reports.
Consider optimizing the web pages on your web site to drive targeted
traffic to your site. Give us a chance to help you beat out your competitors and help
you drive up revenues. We use leading technologies, experience and expertise in providing
full and complete search engine optimization products and services for our clients.
If you have any questions about our Search Engine Optimization products
and services, please feel free to contact us either by filling out the
Information Request Form, or if you wish, send us an e-mail.