Published on April 24, 2008
Use HTML Semantically <h1> My Article Title </h1> <p> Scientists reported Wednesday… </p> <span class=“heading1”> My Article Title </span> <p> Scientists reported Wednesday… </p>
Proper use of common tags <h1>, <h2>, <h3> Did you know there is only 1 per page? They signify the most important topic on the page. <meta name=“description” content=“”> Description tag is a must; make it short & sweet and unique to the page. You don’t need a keyword tag. <noscript> Actually useful to search engines and people with down-level experiences. <title> Title tag is a must; make it short & sweet and unique to the page. <a> Use anchor text to describe the link. More Information Click Here SEO Presentation (Web 2.0), Download Pac Man 1.3
Improper use of common tags <blink> Really, I’m just kidding. Did you know MSFT never implemented support for this? When are they going to get onboard with HTML standards! (Still works in Firefox though!) <frame> If you use this, other web developers will mock you. Are you prepared for that kind of ridicule? <script> No links or redirects locked behind a script tag <img alt=“”> Don’t forget to include a description for search engines, and folks with slow connections. <meta> (the crazy ones: Refresh, Robots/Index,Follow) You can get caught up in supporting every last meta tag, don’t! Focus on the REP , and Description.
Rich internet applications Email, TurboTax, Admin Tools Classification Example SEO Capabilities Best Used for Monolithic Application has 1 URL for the world to see, and is a black box beyond that. Like hosting a rich application online. Entry point indexed Private data Long usage sessions Desktop-level functionality Linkable Application is a black box, but there are multiple URL entry-points for collaboration . Full site indexed Multiple entry points Shareable Crawlable Application is a small black box meant to spice up a content rich page. Full site indexed and well ranked ecommerce Content Community/ Viral http://finance.yahoo.com http://giffy.com
Long usage sessions
Multiple entry points
Case Study – Nike.com
Case Study – Arbor Snowboards
Impact on Search Results arbor snowboards snowboard Google 1 49 500+ Yahoo 1 80 500+ Live Search 3 128 500+
ASP.Net & Silverlight Watch out for ASP.Net post-backs, engines cannot crawl those URLs XHTML compliance in ASP.Net Whitepaper XHTML Compatibility Pack How to optimize Silverlight for search
Watch out for ASP.Net post-backs, engines cannot crawl those URLs
XHTML compliance in ASP.Net
XHTML Compatibility Pack
How to optimize Silverlight for search
Use Scalable Inman Flash Replacement (sIFR)
Can slow down page loading times
Or use SWFObject to detect no Flash support
Displays HTML instead
Ensure content is exactly the same or could have issues with search engine guidelines
Use the <noscript> tag!
Include static HTML links to an HTML page with the same content
AJAX with progressive enhancement (Hijax)
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