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Google Search and Picasa: Where to Now?

Google’s known for developing great services without necessarily knowing how they’re going to monitize them.

Are You Getting The Most From Your Meta Tags?

As any Web Business startup knows, creating a Website is a bunch of work! You have to bother with content, layout, graphics and HTML links, just to name a few. What about your Meta Tags?

Tapping into Tags

Steve Rubel of Micro Persuasion (also published in WebProNews) gets it. He’s telling folks to watch Flckr tags for their products and such…

Ten Steps To A Well Optimized Website – Step 4: Content Optimization

Welcome to part four in this search engine positioning series. Last week we discussed the importance of the structure of your website and the best practices for creating an easily spidered and easily read site. In part four we will discuss content optimization.

Title Tags, Meta Descriptions and Keywords

Just when I finally stopped getting the dreaded “Do I need commas or no commas in my Meta keyword tag” question, there’s been a new stream of Meta tag questions being asked at the forum and in my email box.

The Top 10 Worst SEO Tactics
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I think it is fair to say that Internet users love change, in fact I imagine that many of them embrace the concept wholeheartedly. After all, there are not many mediums guaranteed to keep you engaged and on the tip of your toes learning new things on a daily basis.

Accessing ID3 Tags (external .mp3)

In Flash MX you have the capability to load an external mp3 sound file into a flash movie using the Sound.loadSound() method. In the latest release of the Flash 6 Player it is possible to access the ID3 tags embedded in an mp3 encoded file. Unfortuneatley you cannot access the ID3 tags in an mp3 file until it has *fully* loaded, this is fine when you are using the Sound.attachSound() method but it causes problems when you are loading an external sound into the player…

The Best Traffic Generation Tool Is Free

Although search engines have been around since the beginning of the Web, many businesses (large and small) are just now waking up to the gigantic benefit search engines provide. What other medium gives you – at absolutely no cost whatsoever – a way to drive unlimited traffic to your site? None. That’s why, once people understand search engine optimization (SEO), they get hooked!

Cache Bashing: Google API Used In SEO War
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The Nigritude Ultramarine seo contest just got nastier with the addition of an application that uses Google’s API to scrape Google’s cached pages of Nigritude Ultramarine sites. The wily creator of this app then cloaks the stolen pages as if they were his, and since he’s got higher PageRank he kicks the site he copied out due to the duplicate site penalty.

10 Tips For Writing Effective Web Copy
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On the Internet programmers and designers rule, not the writer. Yet words drive targeted traffic to your site, carry content, make the sale, convey marketing messages, persuade people to buy and make the difference between your site’s success or failure.

Anchor Text Optimization
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If you have done some serious reading about your website optimization, you probably would have come across the reference to the phrase “optimization of anchor text”. This article shall discuss the definition and importance of anchor text and how you can use this powerful website optimization feature to get high ranking in search engines.

So You Want to Be First?

Let’s see, you have just viewed the final version of your Web site, and it is absolutely perfect. The design is amazing, the speed at which each page loads makes you think you have a high-speed connection, and all the content you worked so hard to create is finally there, for all the world to see. So now what?

8 Steps to Design a Surfer Friendly Website That Search Engines Love!

1) Crystal Clear Source Code (HTML/CSS)

Many web-designers give far too much importance to the look and the graphics of the website while ignoring the clarity of the source code. Clean and well-written source code is the first step to website design success. If a spider cannot find your keywords, you might just as well forget about search engine optimization.

CSS Template Layout – part 1 of 3

Having been asked by several readers, I have decided to create this easy to understand tutorial on creating web pages with CSS. I will not be able to expose to you everything there is about CSS in this tutorial, but I will be able to give you enough to create a nice looking page. After completing this tutorial you should have enough to explore CSS and web page design even further.

Custom Head Tags with CSS

Did you know you can customize your web page head tags (h1, h2, h3, etc.) using cascading style sheets (CSS)? It is a quick and easy process that allows you broader combination choices of font style, size, color, etc. than the boring, standard HTML alternative.

SEO Corner – Hiding Content from the Search Engines
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Question: We have recently inserted an “encryption code” in our home page at http://www.imagelair.com to keep most from viewing our source code (meta tags/keywords). The code works fine, but we noticed that our stats program reflected that about half of the hits to the default page every hit the “encrypt” page (our home page now).

My question is this. Will the search engines index our encrypted home page and Web site when it must go through the default page first, which has the encryption?

SEO Corner – Keyword repetition in HTML tags
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Reader Question: We have a client that has begun using an SEO service that uses multiple . Your opinion please?

META Tags to Improve Search Engine Ranking

Examples of META Tags

Web Site Accessibility

This issue is not a new one, but there is still a great deal of confusion out there about what makes a Web site accessible and why it matters. If you don’t think this topic is important, consider this:

Reader Response to Search Engines and Font Tags

In a recent SEO Corner, a reader asked Shari Thurow how search engines are affected by various body elements. Web designer Lee Roberts offers some additional comments to her response.

Using Smart Tags to Link Excel Data in Word

If you want to link Excel worksheet data within a Word document, you can use the Paste Options smart tag button to ensure that formatting changes made to the object in your document are not lost when the object in the source file is updated.