Search Engine Optimization (SEO) refers to a series of techniques by which websites are deliberately promoted through tactics designed to gain the attention of search engines, thus boosting the sites to the top of the search engine lists. Small organizations rely on an inhouse webmaster or often an outside ‘website guy’ to maintain their site, but larger companies may employ entire departments to work specifically on web marketing and SEO. Most new webmasters and web developers recognize the importance of using SEO but many don’t know how to start the process.
One good place to start in SEO is called keyword research. In fact, it may be the most important place to start when considering a comprehensive SEO development plan. Keyword research is harmonious with web page content. The content must be written so that it includes the keywords which you have decided are important to your site’s identity.
Your set of keywords will be used over and over in many different places, not just in the content of your website. For example, when writing an internet article, you will want to use keywords repetitively, but not excessively. There is a proper balance and it is something that you’ll just have to learn in the beginning. The goal is to get your point across without sounding artificial.
One way to maximize the effect of keywords is to use synonyms, because they work very well. You can also change the capitalization of some words because the engines treat them differently. Some SEO pro’s acknowledge that many misspell words when using search terms, and therefore they deliberately use misspelled words as keywords.
Ultimately the question will eventually come to how you choose your keywords. And there is no clear answer for that. You must know your website and its message clearly and envision what other people would think of when they are trying to find you. There are resources that provide the lists, but at the end of the day, you must provide your own keywords, because your website is yours more than anyone else’s.