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4 Key Strategies to Reach the Top of the Search Engine Rankings

Aug 17, 2007
Have you ever had a friend call you and say, "Hey, I googled myself today and actually found me!" Cool, you think. You go to your computer and try to google your friend as well. Nothing comes up. You tell her. "Oh, well, you have to click "next" at the bottom of the page. Keep clicking that until you're on like, the forth-seventh page-do you see me yet?!" Of course, just keep clicking "next," why didn't you think of that?

You didn't think of it for the same reasons millions of other people searching the Internet don't think of it. They're either in too much of a hurry to pay attention to anything after the first results page, or they've come to believe that anything after the first results page isn't as interesting or helpful.

Getting your website and business on search engines is a good way to help promote yourself, but getting to the top of the search engines is where you want to be. After all, people aren't going to keep clicking until they find your site on the forty-seventh page. People don't even know they're looking for your site. It's your job to put it out there so it's easy for them to find, and one way you can do this is by getting to the top of the search engines.

Before you submit your website to a search engine you want to first make sure your site is rich in content and that you are avoiding all spam and html tricks. Then, once you're listed, keep these keep points in mind:

1. The higher your number of inbound links, the better. One of the best ways to get inbound links is by writing articles on your niche. The absolute best thing about using this approach is that it is absolutely free so if you are on a tight budget this is a sure fire way to get great rankings with the search engines without burning a hole in your wallet.

2. Pay loving attention to each page of your site, use keywords that relate to your niche in the titles of your pages if possible and frequently throughout the text, as long as it does not affect the quality of the content you are delivering to your visitors.

3. Keeping keywords at the top of your page is the best place; matching search phrases is more effective than matching single words

4. Elaborate graphics are not helpful, they take forever to load and do not contribute to your rankings with the search engines. Remember, your goal is to generate highly targeted traffic that produces a profit not to win the prettiest site award. There are tons of 'ugly' sites making very handsome amounts of money.

Once you've been successful in getting to the top of the search engines, you must keep working to keep yourself there. It is crucial to monitor your status on a regular basis, and pick up the step if your position on search engine result pages starts to slip.
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