Does anyone know exactly what an SEO person does to increase traffic for web sites?

Question by ZigiMe: Does anyone know exactly what an SEO person does to increase traffic for web sites?
details would help me immensely. thank you in advance for your help.

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8 Responses to “Does anyone know exactly what an SEO person does to increase traffic for web sites?”

  1. MelS September 12, 2011 at 4:05 PM #

    I know what they do for the most part.

    They pick a keyword phrase with little competition and optimize your site for that. It makes it easier to get on the front page if there is less competition.

    Besides interspersing the website with that phrase (and other related keyword phrases), they use it for anchor text (the text you click on) for back links to your website on quality websites elsewhere on the net.

  2. Michael September 12, 2011 at 4:44 PM #

    I good SEO person will do many things to increase your traffic like looking over your business to help decide what really are the best keywords to use in your particular niche.

    Again depending on what type of business you have they could also instruct you on article writing, video placement, blogging, it’s a long list of extras that can be done with different business’.

    An excellent SEO person will then help with your site design. Your copy is extremely important as is where and what kind of opt in forms you have on any given page, where and what kind of pictures , audio, or videos you have.

    Split testing different elements on a website really give a true report of what works and what doesn’t. It all comes down to , again, what type of business you’re in.

    There are many different ways of getting traffic – the real keys are getting the right people to your site then converting them into buyers.

    A good rule of thumb would be to ask a prospective SEO person ” What is your approach ?” Whatever they tell you , if you don’t hear anything from them about coming at it from the view of your customer , then keep looking.

  3. THATSEO September 12, 2011 at 4:55 PM #

    In short, an SEO person or agency:
    1. Modifies your website so that search engines can easily access it
    2. Modifies and adds content to your website to attract searchers
    3. Builds links to your website to increase your search engine rankings

  4. vicseo September 12, 2011 at 5:12 PM #

    Here’s an article from Google regarding web design and placement of SEO metatags.

    You may want to consider some simple algorithms which,
    when observed and committed in designing of a website
    with placement of various critical metatags that can
    surely achieve a high search engine presence and
    increase Internet traffic to your website. These
    metatag strategies work well with published webpages
    at Google and Yahoo.

    Design: Should you create an extensive Flash-based
    website, make sure to fill-in the property entries
    such as the Title, Description and Keywords. Failing
    to do so, leaves no hard HTML or ALT resource that can
    be readily indexed by search robots. Also consider the
    Internet audience and their incoming setup. For
    example, if they are on analog/dialup, Flash webpages
    take too long to load up and therefore analog users
    will likely lose interest and discontinue entering the
    Flash site. On the other hand, anyone on hi-speed DSL
    lines, will welcome Flash pages which load quickly. So
    before designing a pure Flash websitge, ask the simple
    question, “Who’s my end user – is he on dialup or
    DSL?” And if you had to choose between these two users
    for maximum marketability, then select analog users
    since 80% of most resident users are still analog
    Internet subscribers and pure HTML designed webpages
    is best for them.

    A non-Flash-based website which relies on hard text,
    is far easier to be indexed by search robots. Limit
    the use of stylized text saved as .gifs since as a
    graphic, they are not indexable by search robots.

    Avoid use of frames since any number of search robots
    are unable to properly classify textual material.

    Placement of Metatags:

    A ranking or search order does take place with Google
    and Yahoo and it begins with the “Title” metag which
    should consist of no more than 65 characters separated
    by commas. The “Title” should describe in generic
    terms, the goods and services, followed by a location
    from which the resource is located, i.e., city, state.
    The placement of a domain name which is not generic
    within the “Title” is not appropriate, unless your
    domain name is a major recognizable brand name.

    The second metatag is the “Description” which is
    usually 25-30 words to form a complete sentence which
    best describes one’s goods and services.

    And the very last category – “Keywords” are also
    somewhat limited to 15-16 words which can be plural
    and compound in nature. Again, avoid multiple entries
    which could be mistaken as “spamdexed entries” which
    is defined as the loading, and submission of
    repetitive words into a particular metatag category.
    “Spamdexing” when discovered on a webpage and reported
    to Google’s can result in the
    elimination of your website from their search

    Good luck

  5. alxstatik September 12, 2011 at 5:28 PM #

    This is where I got my answer to that same question. After I learned what it entailed I figured I’d just let someone else do the dirty work for me.

  6. SamChu September 12, 2011 at 5:59 PM #

    Cut Rate SEO will do it for $ 60! Thats who I use.

  7. ilovedanjames September 12, 2011 at 6:05 PM #

    There are several good questions. I think what you are asking is ‘what can you expect if you hire an SEO.’ THAT answer varies.

    Our SEO pros work through a Database that networks with 5 of the top search engines. We pay a subscription for this service. Our clients recieve a ‘crawler’ generated ‘grade’ for their page with a list of the things we need to fix. Then, they receive a second ones that show we HAVE done the work.

    We also generate 12 reports that show indexed pages, keyword ranking, traffic, and what pages are in the top of the search engine results.

    Finally, we use the clients data to figure out which keywords/traffic is drawing ‘buyers’ and which are just a waste of resources. We work to build a search engine marketing campaign to improve client’s sales (ROI).

    NOW _ the thing is that there is no regulatory body. We are certified through SEMPO and the Internet Marketing Association. Most SEOs are self taught and do not upgrade their certification.

    We have clients who say they get nothing but a hand written report at the end of the month telling the client how many hours they work – but nothing that they do.

    Fact – SEO is not a one time thing unless you have an in-house marketing department. Make sure they want to do a monthly campaign.

    Fact – No one can Guaratee you will be at the top of the search engines UNLESS they use keywords that no one optimizes for (because no one uses them to search)

    Fact – There is a difference between sending TRAFFIC to a website and sending BUYERS.

    Hope this helps

  8. Gaming-PCs September 12, 2011 at 6:46 PM #

    ZigiMe, what an SEO developer does to increase really depends on the kind of site you’re running, and the traffic you’re trying to obtain. There
    are also several different things that are looked at to optimize for the “whole picture.”

    Server/Hosting Factors:
    You need to make sure that the web hosting package that your website resides on will work with you to obtain higher rankings. Some low-cost hosting packages do not really lend themselves to being optimized, there’s just too much clutter on them. Being stuck on a server with hundreds or thousands of other sites can cause:
    -Your site to load slowly
    -Your reverse IP address lookup to be very cluttered with results
    -Your site’s shared IP address to be on e-mail/SPAM blacklists
    -Have the server be misconfigured by your hosting company
    -Cause security issues if you’re running an E-Commerce site

    Domain Name Factors:
    There are a number of factors about the site’s domain name itself that can help/hurt you including:
    -How long has the domain been registered
    -How long till the domain name expires
    -How many other domain names to you own?
    -How many links from other sites (backlinks) does your domain have?
    -Do you have keywords in your domain/URL path?
    -Do you have multiple domains pointed to the same site content?

    On-Page/Site Factors:
    By far, most of the work that can be done to optimize a site for better rankings is actually done on the site itself, with content and HTML code. There are way too many factors to look at to list in an article like this, and too many nuances to effectively learn SEO in a day/week/month. Some of the key things to look at:

    -Make sure your site’s code is clean — If a search engine can’t come in and read the content of your site, it will be next to impossible to get your site ranked well (move JavaScript and inline CSS to external files for starters).

    -Have your content in an indexable format (Yes SOME search engines can now read content within flash documents, but any professional SEO will tell you to keep your site’s main content and navigation out of flash/JavaScript)

    -Keyword density — Search engines are first and foremost interested in good quality content. It’s what they were designed for. You want to make sure that every page in your site tackles at least one main idea, but no more than 2 or 3 main ideas. Search engines will look at a page, and based on keyword density analyze what the content is about. If you’re talking about a topic such as cars, you will naturally end up repeating the word a number of times. Search engines “know” what looks natural in text so if you have the word “cars” repeated too often on your site, they know you’re trying to cheat the system, and at best they’ll ignore the keyword, or at worst they’ll penalize you and de-list you from the index. Generally in SEO we use between 3% and 5% as a safe density.

    -Cross linking — You want to make sure that your presenting; articles, products, categories, ideas, whatever your site is about, logically to the search engines. You want to control your site’s internal linking so you present your information to the search engines in an organized fashion.

    Other Important Factors:
    -Backlinks — Some SEOs will argue that backlinks are the single most important factor to getting your site ranked well in the search engines… This is true NOW to some extent. Search engines love to see references to your site from other people’s sites, because it means you have information that others like enough to sent their hard-earned traffic to. However, there are a number of ways that people can link to your site, that will give you zero benefit from the search engines. You also have to closely consider who these links are coming from (links from sites that are in no way related to yours count very little if at all). Search engines change their ranking algorithms sometimes a few times per week. If you rely heavily on backlinking to rank well… You’re really only one potential algorithm update from having your rankings slide from the first page to page 1,653,972 in a search engine.

    The Bottom Line:
    -Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Don’t pick just one section of this information and just work on that. If you do, you’re only one algo update from shooting yourself, your site, and potentially your company in the foot.

    -There are in some cases millions of factors that go into ranking a site in the search engines, and the above information doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of all that an SEO does for you. Without seeing your particular site, and knowing your particular goals, I can only begin to talk in generalities.

    -Having a truly well done SEO involves painting the whole picture correctly from the start. If you don’t have SEO in mind from before the first line of code is generated for your site, you’re already at a great disadvantage. SEO should not be an afterthought once your site is up, and you rea

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