Posts Tagged ‘make your website better’

7 Ways to Make Your Website Great

December 5th, 2008

This is a list of 7 ways you can make your website better.  Whether you have a personal blog, a niche site, or a blog attached to your online business, these tips will help you make it great.

1) Write Longer Posts.  Many people say to write short posts because people (especially online) have short attention spans.  This may be true, but some people like to read long, informative, well-written posts. Longer posts also have more of your keyword phrases in them, which is helpful for search engine traffic.  

2) Make Your Blog Accessible.  Use a less-cluttered two or three column theme.  And make it easy for people to find out who you are.  If readers get more acquainted with you, it’s easier for them to get “involved” in your site.  They may even become regular visitors or subscribers.  

3) Write Stronger Titles.  Try to use keywords related to your post in the title.  And deliver what the title promises.  Create tags as well that can help your visitors find what they’re looking for more easily.

4) Use Images in your posts.  Pictures draw your readers into the articles you write.  If nothing else, they keep their eyes fixated on the page for an extra second or two.  Write a caption and alternate text (which may help the image get indexed by search engines).  Print advertisements tend to have images for the express reason that they attract eyeballs.

5) Promote, Promote, Promote.  There is nothing wrong with letting people know what you’re doing.  There is a key though.  You want to get in touch with people who run similar blogs and websites.  In general, people who deal with similar themes are more likely to be interested in what you’re doing.  This isn’t always true because interesting content always gets noticed, but it’s a good way to start out.  Engage other site owners with comments that add to the discussion brought up by their work.

6) Don’t Quit.  I think this has to be the single biggest reason why a blog fails: quitting.  It may take six months before your site takes off.  Heck, it may take a year.  Keep writing good, informative pieces and keep trying to connect with others.  Learn a little about keywords, learn a little about link building, learn a little about internet marketing and online business, and make sure that you enjoy what you’re doing.  If you’re not having fun, then quitting probably is a good option.  You can always start a new website.  

7) There is no #7.  I just broke the promise of my title.  You probably feel somewhat betrayed (See #3 on this list), but I hope you see the point I’m making.  Always deliver what you promise so that people will find what they are looking for and will want to come back.

Make Your Website a Lean Mean Machine with SEO Tools

November 14th, 2008

I found a great article over at Delicious–which is a great place to find interesting articles, sites, and links.

This article is actually not an article, but a list of 33 tools you can use to make your website more efficient, more searchable, and just better overall for your visitors and potential visitors.

I haven’t used most of the SEO tools listed here, but one of them that I have used and that I found very useful and accurate is Website Grader.? This tool gives you a snapshot of the quality of your blog over several different criteriom such as pagerank, backlinks, traffic, and title tags.

Google Analytics is also another must-use tool: it lets you know how people arrived at your site, where they came from, what keywords they used, which of your URL’s are the most popular, and a lot more information besides.? I have only scratched the surface of what this program is capable of, because you can do A LOT more with it.

Much of the success of your website depends on finding and eliminating problems and also finding your strengths so you can focus on them.? Often, the goal of a website–especially if you are trying to make money online–is to attract visitors and gain search engine traffic.? The more traffic the better.

Use some of the tools from the list to make your website better.? Some of the tools are free like the two I mention above and some are not free.