Thursday, 23 September 2010

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Are you using Google Keyword Tools? For SEO reasons, you should be

Google keyword tool allows you to view how many people search a particular phrase or word per month.

For example, I can find out how many people search 'Cheese' in a month. Why is this useful though? You don't want to be targeting words a phrases that get very few searches per month, and you also don't want to be competing against the big dogs (phrases like 'buy an iphone' or 'sex').

Using the 'comptetion' rating you can asses how likely you will be able to rank for that search term. In a nutshell, your looking for phrases that get searched a lot and have a low competition. These should be your keywords for your site.

More to come....

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

iPhone troubles


That's what I learnt today. Yesterday I lost my iPhone 3gs and today I phoned up 02 to report it missing. After paying £10 a month for the last 18 months they think they can charge me £150 excess  to replace the handset!

Why would I do that when I can upgrade for less? And also why have I been pay £10 a month if they are just going to charge me a huge amount when I need to claim.

Insurance is a scam. Lesson learnt.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

5 simple SEO Tips

It is possible to get onto the 1st page of google by following these simple steps.

1. Properly structured HTML.

  • Your H1 tag should be at the top of the page and contain your keyword phrase.
  • Your page title and meta tags should also contain your keyword phrase.
  • 300 words of relevant content on the keyword subject
2. Get a site map. 

These can be XML or HTML. Use google webmaster tools to help you out.

3. Links in

Getting other sites to link back to your website is very important. Try to get links from relevant or high ranking websites as google will value these more.

4. Choose your keyword phrase carefully.

There are a lot of keyword phrases that will be very hard to rank highly for. Popular search terms like, 'buy books online' or 'web designer' will have many people competing for the top page. Use google keyword tool to help you find keyword phrase that have low competition and high numbers of searches per month.

5. Stick at it and gain traffic

It can take a while before you see some results, the google bots are fairly slow movers. In this time you should be generating traffic through,
  • Social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook
  • Joining forums where you can share you website address
  • Word of mouth. Hopefully your site is an interesting subject that you can tell people about.