SEO is short for Search Engine Optimisation or Search Engine Optimization (if you are in the US) and is the process of analysing a website and optimising for the search engines “spiders” to crawl.
A “spider” or “bot” is a script that “crawls” through websites and indexes the information that they contain. Such a spider is Google-Bot, which is Google’s specific spider.
By using specific keywords and search phrases you can increase the volume and quality of the search engine traffic. The higher a site ranks within the search engine results, the greater the target audience and the higher the volume of potential visitor traffic.
SEO is a marketing discipline focused on growing visibility in organic (non-paid) search engine results. SEO encompasses both the technical and creative elements required to improve rankings, drive traffic, and increase awareness in search engines. There are many aspects to SEO, from the words on your page to the way other sites link to you on the web. Sometimes SEO is simply a matter of making sure your site is structured in a way that search engines understand.
SEO isn’t just about building search engine-friendly websites. It’s about making your site better for people too.
By using ethical Search Engine Optimisation techniques, also known as “white hat,” you help to promote and develop a web site’s online presence. By understanding on page-factors this helps to organize and display your web pages in a way that is most favorable to the spiders. These can include changes to the source code including:
It may also be necessary to add new content, that is targeted for specific keywords and phrases, to a website, as well as adjusting and improving the existing content. The aim is make the user’s experience as good, helpful and informative as possible and if the web site is Search Engine friendly it should rank well in the search engines.
The ultimate goal of any SEO campaign is for each and every page of a website to be indexed and listed under a variety of keywords and search terms in multiple Search Engines.
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