Off-Page Search Engine Optimisation Simplified

Originally posted 2009-09-05 03:15:30. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

We’ve already looked at the basics of Search Engine Optimisation, and referred to On-Page SEO. This feature now examines Off Page SEO, which is more valid. Imagine it as a ‘voting’ system. Site A gives a link (vote) to site B. The first site is advocating support for the other.

The link has a couple of key features. Firstly it contains the specific URL of the page. And second, the ‘anchor text’ or ‘keyword phrase’ that is highlighted on the web-page for you to click. This equates to a vote being generated for that exact page. i.e. one vote towards this site appearing higher up in the natural listings when we type that phrase in the search box.

It fundamentally works that way. The two things (anchor text and targeted page) are bound together. You can only proffer a vote for a web page that has anchor text highlighted. The SE’s know what search term to use for that page based on the anchor text. It’s very important to grasp this: The search terms you will be listed for are completely determined by your anchor texts.

So it becomes obvious why ‘CLICK HERE to learn more’ has no SEO value. We’ve done no more than give those two words our vote! Who thinks of typing in ‘CLICK HERE’ when they’re doing a search? Not a soul!

Hence why the anchor text must be used correctly. For it represents all the phrases your site will be listed for. For your information, the Adobe Reader download site features first for CLICK HERE. Is that because Adobe want to rank for ‘click here’? Absolutely not! But think how many web pages include a link to their site with the words click here…

So to count a ‘vote’ for a web page, the Search Engines always go to the anchor text. It is the logical thing to do. Google wants to emulate what a real human being is looking for and would like to find. In several ways it doesn’t matter what your page is about. The Search Engine ‘knows’ your page is about ‘green buses’ if that’s your highlighted anchor text. It’s undeniable!

Obviously, a few other things come into it – Because the SE’s also use the page title and wording of the page being pointed at to correlate the results. And many more factors too. (To give you an idea, the spread of the sites linking to yours, and their relevancy to your site).

The crux of it all is though that a mass of back links solves all the problems! And these need to be from as many different sites as possible – with the correct phrases used as anchor text. A site’s quality is taken into account as well: Receiving a link from a top site like Microsoft is much more valuable than one from a start-up site.

Picking the keyword phrases that you want to rate for is an art in itself. (And you should perform a lot of keyword and competitor research before putting any strategy into place.) The key really though is – What does an enquirer search for when they’re looking for your products and services? Because that’s it! The answers give you your exact keyword phrases.

However, you can’t just use your ‘best guesses! Quite often, the phrases you’d expect to see don’t rate very highly. We all have different ways of expressing ourselves. You may think to Google “quality mattresses” if you’re hoping to sleep better. A different person though may choose to write the words ‘I need to sleep better’.

You just can’t trust your ‘gut feel’! The importance of the investigation, testing and measuring of these phrases cannot be underestimated. They are fundamental to generating your leads on the internet. It’s just like having an ad in a telephone Directory. If you’re a Plumber and you’re listed under Stationary Providers, you won’t get much business! It’s very important to be listed for the right terms online. Solid SEO research will take care of that.

(C) Jason Kendall SEO. Check out EvolveSEM.co.uk for great ideas on SEM Consultants.

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