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I want my site on the first page of Google

By November 23, 2007

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borivath asks:

When a visitor searches for any keyword in the Google search engine (for example: living with nature). I want my Web site to display on the first page of results.

What should I do?
Can you help me?

My Thoughts:
You and everyone else, borivath! Seriously, getting to the top 10 in search engines is the grail that many Web developers strive for. It is not something that will happen overnight. As grdbum mentions, there is more to getting to the top slot of Google than simply putting the keyword phrase you want on your page. Some of it is luck, some of it is strategy, and some of it is known only to the techs at Google.

Here are some articles that might help you:

What do you do for SEO? Do you have SEO tips that have helped your pages rank better on Google and other search engines?

November 24, 2007 at 11:22 am
(1) Thomas says:

You are spot on, Jennifer. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is really what’s its all about (besides the hokey-pokey, that is). Google is the 800 lb. gorilla, and it makes sense to optimize one’s site according to their parameters, and Google has a very helpful webmaster’s interface for guidance.

Another option is to subscribe to Site Pro News at http://www.sitepronews.com/ (I have no connection with them other than a subscriber). IMO they are a leader in unraveling the mysteries of SEO and do a fine job detailing the requirements necessary to “play the game”.

Happy browsing

November 24, 2007 at 12:10 pm
(2) Jeff Rechten says:

Can SEO really help optimize for Google (more than you can do by hand)? I was under the impression that it optimized for search engines that relied more heavily on META info such as yahoo or msn.

November 25, 2007 at 11:23 pm
(3) Jennifer Kyrnin says:

Jeff: SEO is more than just meta tags. Google uses both link popularity and the content on your pages to give you a rank. While SEO won’t help with link popularity directly, if your content isn’t well written both for customers and search engines, then you won’t get good rank for the terms you want.

In my Google article I give a bunch of tips for optimizing your Web pages so that Google will have a better chance to rank it. Doing these things won’t guarantee a top 10 rank, but it will help your efforts to get there.

November 26, 2007 at 5:03 pm
(4) David says:

The bottom line is that you must know what it is you are competing against. You need to “know the enemy”. You must study what worked for them to give them the rankings they have, then apply not just that, but more to your page(s).

It takes a lot of research and a lot of work to employ keywords in the correct locations of your pages so that you can “beat” the enemy.

My best example is “mobile bar florida”. I had to know the product, then the market, then write pages to stress the importance of keywords. This is how I achieved the rankings I have.

And META tags don’t hurt, but they are not everything.

April 12, 2008 at 5:59 pm
(5) Jeff Rechten says:

Thanks for getting back to me Karen. Do you have SEO software packages that you’ve used and would use again?

November 14, 2009 at 5:40 am
(6) referral program says:

good info

August 19, 2010 at 10:36 am
(7) ronak says:

this information was helpful

November 29, 2010 at 6:31 am
(8) sandipan@inkjam says:

Thank you for the helpful links.

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