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To keep current, I follow several newsletters and blogs to learn more about SEO and Internet issues.
ASK Harriete offers a short list of sites to increase your SEO and web site knowledge. There are many things you can do to increase the visibility for your web site and blog that do not require geek level SEO experience.
High Rankings Advisor Search Marketing Newsletter
High Rankings Advisor is my #1 pick. The information is easy to understand and implement.
ASK Harriete offers several more suggestions, check them out.
Have you ever tested how long it takes to upload your web site or blog?The HOME page of your web site should upload quickly to satisfy viewers.
If it takes too long, readers may not wait!
A super simple, easy test for upload speed is pingdom.com(no registration required, thank goodness).
Just go to the site, paste in the URL, and wait a minute for the results. ASK Harriete lists factors that influences load time. This will help you with future web site updates.
I always look for the easy ways to boost SEO for your web site and blog with ideas that are simple, sensible, and easy to implement.
Use image descriptions or ALT Image tags that match content in your post.
Yes, I know, we just talked about tagging your images with a post by Brigitte Martin's guest post.Image descriptions, ALT Image descriptions, or image tags are important for search engines to find your images.
What I hadn't realized was that when my images descriptions match the title for each page or blog post with the same words, it can increase the SEO ranking for my web site or blog!
So simple, so effective. Find the details on ASK Harriete.
If your web site is filled with incorrect code, search engines rank your web site as "amateur", dumb, stupid, or incompetent. Ultimately, your web site doesn't get ranked very highly. I know this is true, and it makes a lot of sense -- which is why I work to update my web site every year.
EUREKA -- a fix for incorrect code !!!!!!!!!!!
Tune into ASK Harriete post TYPEPAD BLOG Performs SEO Seasonal Miracle to learn tips and tricks for updating your web site using a HTML editor on your blog.
P.S. The trick described on my post does NOT work with the HTML Editor on a NING site like Crafthaus.
Today's post about tagging your images is by Brigitte Martin, curator, book author and administrator of Crafthaus. Martin begins by taking us on a rescue mission to stress the importance of tagging your images on the Internet. Will your images be lost on the Internet? Are they drowning in an ocean of information?
READ the entire post on ASK Harriete....
or here on Crafthaus.
I found this image of a hand on Crafthaus.It has no tags. This image is lost. No one can find it. In a minute it will be drowned.
Your web site starts with your HOME page.Its like walking through the front door of your house. This is where you want your guests to enter your home, neat and tidy with a positive impression.
First impressions are important. The HOME page ideally establishes a signature identity or impression that should align with the style of your art or craft.
Too many web sites (and blogs) look like a flea market with clutter, and advertising. It really bothers me. What is this costing you?
Title tags are also the easiest SEO feature to understand and do effectively. No one knows your web site, your work and your audience better than you do!
Unfortunately, all the time I see web sites for artists and makers where the title for every page says exactly the same thing...the person's name.
Go to ASK Harriete to find easy guidelinesfor the