Search Engine Optimization Tips
Build Your Site Right
If you haven’t built your site yet, you’ve got a great opportunity to make its basic structure SEO-friendly.
Choose a Good Domain Name
You need your own domain name. Sorry, MySpace is not search engine friendly.
Beyond that, the only advice I have for you isn’t specific to SEO, but is just good business advice: Choose a name that’s relatively short so that it’s memorable. Also, make sure it ends in a .com or .org. Ending your domain name in a .biz will make you look like a small player, or even untrustworthy.
In the interest of full disclosure, it does help a little bit if you have your target keyphrases in the domain name, i.e. www.seattleguitarlessons.com. But this looks spammy. I don’t think it’s worth it.
Make Your Homepage Rich with Text
Your homepage should have at least 500 characters of text on it, so that search engines can see what your site’s about.
Avoid splash pages, those irritating introductory pages you encounter before you get to the “real” homepage of a site. They’re the equivalent of putting a bag over your website’s head. Search engines treat the homepage of your site as the most important page on the site, and what do they see? Since splash pages usually have little or no text, the engines see a blank page.
Use Simple Text-Based Navigation
Image-based links are OK, but not ideal.
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