Search Engine Optimization
Optimizing Your Web Page
External search engines such as Yahoo, Hotbot and Lycos index and rank Web pages differently in their databases compared to Loyola's internal search engine. These rules include ranking pages according to keyword placement, frequency of keyword use, and quality of hyperlinks inserted into a Web page.
If your goal is to rank higher in search results, it may be necessary to optimize and modify your existing Web page.
Typically your index file (index.htm, index.html, or index.shtml) should be modified for search engines. Optimization on secondary or splash pages containing graphics and minimal text may actually lower your ranking level.The list below provides a brief overview on improving your Web page's chances in search engines rankings (from highest to lowest priority):
- Decide on an appropriate set of keywords for your page
- Consider what keywords your target audience is most likely to enter in a search engine query to draw up your Website listing.
- Evaluate your keywords by trying them out on a search engine. The number, quality and contents of the Websites should be similar to your site's theme.
- Add keywords to the
tag is given the highest priority for ranking purposes which search engines analyze. The format should follow: keyword phrase - etc, etc.
NOTE: Adding keywords closest to the opening title tag gives it higher ranking priority.
- Add keywords to the tags
Utilize the tag, between yourtags using the 'description' and 'keywords' attributes.
- Keywords should have the format:
- Descriptions should be kept under 100 words and have the format:
- The meta tag attribute "name" can be used to alert random visits by search engine spiders and robots:
NOTE: Adding keywords closest to the top gives it higher search engine priority.
- Keywords should have the format:
- Add keywords to your headline
Headlines generally use the
tags to increase font size and are usually the first words your audience sees in your Web document. For example:
"Study Abroad - Rome Center"
- Add keywords to the first 25 words of your body content
Place keywords within the body of your Web page. The higher they are to the top of the page, the greater the ranking weight it will receive.
- Place OR tags around keywords
Use special font decoration tags such as and . Spiders and robots search for keywords between these font tags.For example:
Welcome to Rome Center, a Study Abroad Program.
This program is......
- Add hyperlinks similar to the theme of your Website
- Search engines look for keywords contained within the text portion of a hyperlink. For example:
Add external hyperlinks from your page to outside popular Websites, directories and Webrings which handle a lot of web traffic and have the same theme. For example, Loyola's Rome Center can add a hyperlink to a popular travel site in Rome.
Hyperlinks pointing from other Websites will raise ranking criteria. For example, one can request an external popular science Website to add to its pages a link to Loyola's biology department Website.
- Add keywords to your alt tags
An attribute within your IMG tag is the ALT tag is a prime spot to add keywords.
- Add keywords near the end of your Web page
Search engines such as Lycos give keywords at the end of a Web document additional consideration for ranking purposes.
As an alternative, add one or two keyword phrases within invisible comment tags before your closing