Friday, 25 June 2010

Meta Title Tags are Gold

How to write compelling page titles

From an SEO perspective, the title of the webpage is very important, these are the words that describe what your page is about and it is the first words that a search engine sees when it crawls your webpage looking for content to add to its index.

The page title is also what the searcher sees in a search result -so the page title is very important in describing what the page is about and if the title meets the searchers criteria, then it is more likely to be clicked on and your page will open.

It is safe to assume that the majority of searchers these days will be tempted to either click or ignore based on the content of the title. This is like your ad in the natural search section of the search engine results page.

Now that the impact of the title of the webpage is obvious, let us explain how to write an effective and powerful title.

First the basics! The webpage title aka the title tag is the synopsis of the content of the web page. So, as no two pages on your website are the same, hence why should their title tags be? Therefore, as a general rule, title tags for each page on your website should be unique. This is an added bonus from an SEO perspective, because now you can target many more keywords and hence spread your reach across search engine indexes.

The second thing to consider is whether you want to add your company name in the title tag? The answer is that it depends on your branding strategy. If your company name is a known brand, or if you want to promote your firm name as a brand or if your company name consists of keyword(s) that you want to target such as ABC Family Solicitors targeting the keyword "Family Solicitors", then by all means add your company name in the title tag. If not, then use the limited but valuable space to add your targeted keywords. If you do decide to add your company name, make sure that it is at the end of the title. This is because you want search engines and your visitors to first read the targeted keyword(s) for that page and then the company name.

It is important to remember that as the title tag is the synopsis of the content of the web page, we need to make sure that the title tag is relevant. For example, the title tag for an about us page is "About Website Design Company - ECommerce Partners". Hence, the title tag does its job of informing what the page is about. Now, you might have noticed that instead of "About Us - ECommerce Partners", we added "About Website Design Company - ECommerce Partners".

The reason is because "Website Design Company" is one of the key phrases we want to target and so, we replaced "About Us" with "About Website Design Company". This brings out an important point. We need to do a keyword analysis before we write an effective and powerful title tag.

Keyword mining and analysis is a very important part of writing compelling page titles and is a part of the Search Engine Optimization service that First One On provides to our clients.

The next step after keyword analysis will be to write down title tags for each and every web page on your website.

Please be careful when writing title tags and never, never over stuff keywords in the title. Doing so will undermine the power of title tag and defeat the purpose of better ranking in the search engines. The title tag is the title of your web page and so it must be relevant and meaningful. Remember, this is the title in your AD in the natural search listings of the search engine.

General Suggestion: you cannot promote all of the keywords in one page, normally, you should promote 3 to 5 keyword phrases per page. The 'Title tag' should contain up to 3 important keywords that match to the body of the page contents. If the keyword you are trying to promote is highly competitive, you can consider repeating the important keyword twice in the first 100 words of the page content.

Limit the length of the title keywords to 65 characters including spaces or less. There's no reason to cut off the last word and have it replaced with a "..." Note that the search engines have fluctuated recently and Google, in particular, is now supporting up to 70 characters.

Use a divider when splitting up the keywords, we generally recommend the use the "|" symbol aka the pipe bar. Others choose the arrow ">" or hyphen "-" and both work well.

Re-using the title tag of each page as the H1 heading tag can be valuable from both a SEO keyword targeting standpoint and a user experience improvement. Users who go to the page from the search result listing will have the expectation of finding the title they clicked on. Users will be more likely to stay on a page they're reasonably certain fits their intended search query.

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Friday, 18 June 2010

Top Ten Tips for Powerful Email Marketing Campaigns

Email Marketing with Newsletters

Building strong customer relationships with email marketing newsletters that deliver results is key in today’s business environment. Creating the communication and following these top 10 tips for successful email newsletters will help you to build and develop strong relationships with existing customers and market your services more cost effectively.

Email newsletters offer the ability to track on an individual level who opened your emails, who clicked on what link and what content they read, not only allowing you to measure the level of interest readers have in the content you are sending them, but also how readers are responding to it.

So here are the First One On top ten tips for successful email newsletter marketing:

1. Professional Looking Template – Instead of sending out a generic email, take time to customize your template to reflect the colours, fonts and other branding elements of your business and website. Using the same email template for your messages will help the recipient recognize your firm and generate feelings of trust.

2. Personalise the Email – Use the recipient’s name in your message whenever possible. Something as simple as customising the email in this way can make the recipient more likely to read through and act on your message.

3. Compelling Subject Line – The two second rule applies here – the recipient will scan the subject of the email and decide whether or not to open and read the communication. Therefore make the subject line as compelling as possible.

4. Email from a Person – Make sure that the email is from a person or firm name and not from an email address, this adds to the personalisation aspect of the communication and adds to the likelihood that the email will be opened and read.

5. Wite Engaging Content – Ensure that the content provides a value proposition or presents a current issue and asks the recipient a question where a response is expected to generate involvement.

6. Click throughs to your Website – Wherever possible the ability to drive recipients back into your website from a link for more information, or to engage the recipient is the major benefit of using an email communication.

7. Call to Action – Each email you send should spell out exactly what you want the recipient to do. Make links obvious and call attention to any special directions you are providing. And it’s okay to be repetitive when it comes to the call to action – include it toward the top of the message and mention it again at the end.

8. Sign your Email – Always include a signature at the bottom of your emails, as it’s one of the easiest ways to attract more traffic to your website. This signature should include your personal details, your company details, and an unsubscribe link. You can use your signature to link back to your website, and even to other services.

9. Regular Send and Despatch – When sending an email to your subscribers, always make sure that it’s sent on the same day, at the same time. For example, every Wednesday at 3pm. Your subscribers will come to “expect” your email to arrive in their inbox on the same day at the same time, meaning that they want to read your content and are generally more receptive to any special offers or promotions you may include.

10. Measure Results – You must be able to track who has opened your email communication, and better still to know who has clicked through on one of the links that direct the visitor to your website for more information or to complete a call to action form. Measuring which news items generated the most interest will help you to refine future communications.

Benefits of Email Marketing

The key benefit here is that any newsletter or email communication that you send will be an effective marketing tool for your firm. It should, of course, keep clients up to date with key information, promoting your firm as knowledgeable and strong on client relationships.

EmailMarketing builds Customer loyalty

Building continued loyalty of existing clients cannot be taken for granted, particularly as your competitors become more aggressive in their marketing techniques. The newsletter is a way of retaining an existing client during times when that client is not using your service.

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Friday, 11 June 2010

Do You Need More Website Visitors?

I want more website visitors who will buy from me

OK so you have a website and you have spent good money on making it look attractive and it has good design features and funky stuff...! but you don't seem to be getting any visitors knocking your door down to get your products or services - what is wrong?

You now have to think about how search engines work - they index your website content into a huge data base of information and when someone types in a search term the results that are displayed are relevant to the search term, so if you are selling yellow tennis balls then you would expect to see your website pages listed in a search result - but only if you have followed a few simple rules that define how pages get listed at all.

If you do not follow these simple steps then your page will not get listed and no one will ever be able to find your pages - OK so here's what you need to do:

1) Find keywords
Pick a list of words relevant to your business. Sort the list down to the most likely word or phrase that a visitor might use to find what you want them to find. Then pick one word or phrase to use on one page of your site. Contact First One On for more detailed information on keyword mining.

2) Put keywords in Page Title
The Page Title at the very top of the screen is one of the most important things that Google and other search engines look at to determine what is on a web page. Contact First One On for more detailed how to information.

3) Put keywords in Page URL
Google and other search engines also look at the text of the URL page name, the name of the folder or directory holding the page to determine the content of the web page. Contact First One On for more detailed how to information.

4) Put page keywords in Meta Data
The page meta data (the code behind the page) is very important in describing the page content to a search engine. Don't forget, search engines cannot see graphics, they only read text data. Put a short list of 3 or 4 primary keywords in the meta data keywords. Contact First One On for more detailed how to information.

5) Put description in Meta data
The description of what the page is about should be readable by a person and make sense and include the keyword. Contact First One On for more detailed SEO Strategy information.

6) Put keywords in the H1 text
The H1 heading tag in the code of the page usually contains the title of an article at the top of your content description. Google and other search engines can see this and they put extra importance on the words in the H1 text. Make sure your keyword or phrase is included in the H1 heading tag. Contact First One On for more detailed how to information on optimising pages on your website.

7) Use keywords in the page content
Putting the keyword in the page content also tells the search engines that the page is actually about the keyword. In general the keyword should appear at least once in the first 50 words and two or three times in the next 100 words on the page. Contact First One On for more detailed page optimisation information.

8) Measure your search ranking
After changes have been made and pages uploaded it is important to measure your search ranking. Tweaking and fine tuning pages may be necessary. Contact First One On for more detailed how to information on website analytics.

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