SEO Checklist for Web Designing
Domain Name - Your domain name should be brandable (example: Google, Amazon, Yahoo!, etc.), easy to say, and even easier to remember. Don't worry too much about stuffing keywords into your domain name. Keywords in domain names no longer have the punch they used to. www or not www - The choice is yours, http://www.KomailNoori.
com/ or http://mysite.com/, pick one and stick with it. I recommend using the www because the basic Joe Schmoe Web server tends to type in www, anyway. Simple Design - Don't reinvent the wheel. If your design is complex, chances are it will hinder your visitors' ability to navigate and view the site plus it will slow down development.
The simpler the better. Don't create directories further than three levels down from the root directory - The closer pages are to the home page in the directory structure the better. Keep things organized but don't overorganize. If you have one file or sub-directory in a directory there should be a VERY valid reason. File/Directory Names Using Keywords - Your filenames and directory names should contain keywords. If your page is about Idaho potatoes then the filename should be idaho-potatoes. Static URLs - Static URLs are URLs that are not dynamically generated. A static URL looks like http://www.KomailNoori.com/directory/file-name.
htm and dynamic URLs look like http://www.KomailNoori.com/index.htm?page-name=. You can make dynamic URLs spiderable by search engines but it's a lot easier to get things indexed with static URLs. Think Small - The smaller your Web pages are, the faster they load. A single page should be less than 15K (unless absolutely necessary) and the entire page including graphics should be less than 50K (unless absolutely necessary). Remember, not everyone is on a high-speed Internet connection; there are still people without a 56K modem. Hyphens - Use hyphens ( - ) and not underscores ( _ ) to separate words in directory and file names. Most search engines parse a hyphen like a reader would parse a space.
Using underscores makes what_would_you_do look like whatwouldyoudo to most search engines. You should definitely separate words in your URLs. Navigation on Every Page - You should place consistent navigation on every page of your Web site. Your navigation should link to the major sections of your Web site. It would also make sense for every page on your Web site to link back to the home page. Site Map - You should create a site map that links to the major sections and sub-sections of your Web site. The site map should be linked to from your Web site's home page at the very least. Preferably the site map should be linked to from every page. Recommend file names for your site map are "sitemap.html" or "site-map.
html." Title - The title of the page should be used in the TITLE tag and at the top of every page. The title should be keyword rich (containing a max of 7 to 10 words) and descriptive. Description META Tag - Some people say META tags are dead but some search engines will actually use them underneath a pages title on search engine result pages (SERPs). Use no more than 150 characters including spaces and punctuation. Your description should be a keyword rich, complete sentence. Keyword META Tag - A listing of keywords that appear in the page. Use a space to separate keywords (not a comma). Arrange keywords how they would be searched for or as close to a complete sentence as possible.
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