How to Create SEO Website Design Friendly

Posted by | November 18, 2009 | SEO, Web design, Web development | 32 Comments

A website should be eye catching to attract visitors. It should also be very search engine friendly. What matters aside from being user friendly is that it’s searchable on the web, otherwise, your website is useless.

How do we create an SEO friendly web design?

If you use flash on the entire website, you will have to put double the work to make it search engine firendly. Search Engine (SE’s) ignores Flash, therefore, you will also need a non-flash version of your website. If you really need to use flash, make sure that you have an alternative textual description that can be understood by SE spiders. Otherwise, you can also use web 2.0 technology to put your content first before your flash designs.

When using images, be sure to fill-in “name” and “alt” tags. The graphical image itself cannot be seen by SE spider, it is through this tags that SE spider interpret your website. Use relevant description only and do not try to deceive SE spider.

Avoid using frames, SE spiders have no way to interpret content on a frame.

Use CSS navigation and style sheets, doing so makes your navigational menu crawl-able and indexable by SE spider. Using Javascript and Flash do not have the same result – it is unseen by SE spiders. So if you have javascript or flash on your site, you also need to have simple texts of the same message you put in Javascript or flash.

Though it’s not a requirement to use CSS stylesheets, it will help your site to load faster.

Conduct a Keyword Research to use on your meta tags and contents but also avoid keyword stuffing, suggested keyword density is 3-5%. For the title tag, characters should be at lest 70 and 150 for the description. Have at least 5-8 important keywords listed in your keyword tag.

Also, use keyword researched on your anchor text, H1, H2 and H3 as much as possible. This will help you rank in Search Engine Result Page (SeRP).

Create SEO friendly URL, incorporate your keyword related to your web page. Use dashes to separate words.

Structure your site up to 3 levels deep; Google only sees three-levels deep.

Provide useful content and make sure to have at least 250 words each web page since some SE spiders requires at least 250 to analyze your site. Make it a point as well that content on your site coincide with keywords used, else, SE spider will find it of little value.

Lastly, provide a site map.

Having an optimized site works well with your SEO campaign, the second step now depends on you.

If you like this article you may want to read 10 Tips on Search Engine Optimization


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