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What is Search Engine Optimization? TOP
Search Engine Optimization or SEO is the process of editing and organizing the content on a webpage or across a website to increase its potential relevance to specific keywords on specific search engines and importantly ensuring that external links to the site are correctly titled and in abundance. This is done with the aim of achieving a higher organic search listing and thus increasing the volume of targeted traffic from search engines.
SEO is one of the key Web Marketing activities and can target different kinds of searches, including image search, local search, and industry-specific vertical search engines.
SEO considers how search engines work and what people search for. Optimizing a website primarily involves editing its content and HTML coding to both increase its relevance to specific keywords and to remove barriers to the indexing activities of search engines. Sometimes a site's structure (the relationships between its content) must be altered too. Because of this it is, from a client's perspective, always better to incorporate Search Engine Optimization when a website is being developed than to try and retroactively apply it.
Another class of techniques, known as black hat SEO or Spamdexing, use methods such as link farms and keyword stuffing that degrade both the relevance of search results and the user-experience of search engines. Search engines look for sites that employ these techniques in order to remove them from their indices.
The term 'Search engine friendly' refers to a website that has been search optimised.
When and Why should I hire an SEO expert? TOP
You should hire an SEO expert if you are a new website or if you have just recently redesigned your site or are thinking about redesigning your site. However, a SEO expert can also help improve an existing site.
Another time to hire an SEO expert is if you start to notice that your site is receiving more visitors or that you are on the first page of the major search engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN for some of your targeted keywords. You want to make sure you can maintain that position. Never get comfortable with the fact that you are on the first page of any of the search engines for a keyword phrase. You can be on there one day and then disappear. This could be due to a number of factors and one of those factors is that your competition is maintaining their site on a monthly basis with an SEO company and keeping their content fresh.
In a nutshell. The sooner the better.
Although the basics of search engine optimization is definitely something that everyone can learn to do with time and patience. It is definitely recommended that you hire someone who is an expert to avoid making some very potential errors like keyword stuffing that could harm your site's ranking instead of helping you.
SEO experts have tools that can help your site to get ranked in the major search engines and make your site search engine and user friendly.
Why should I choose My SEO Gal for my websites needs? TOP
My SEO Gal is dedicated to your online success. We have a 98% success rate as of 5/15/09 for our clients. We are very knowledgeable in the SEO field and have a proven success rate on getting our clients listed on the first page of Google, Yahoo and MSN.
To view some of our clients that are listed on the first page of Google, and Yahoo. Simply click on the link below:
We work with you to make sure you understand what search engine optimization is and how it can benefit your site. You can contact us and receive a quick response. We understand the stresses of starting an online business. It can be frustrating and we are here to ease your stress.
Our success is based off of referrals and repeat clients. You can check out some of the great reviews that My SEO Gal has received from our clients.
Do you offer installment plans for your services? TOP
Yes. We offer installment plans for the following services:
10 Hour Plus Social Networking Marketing Package
20 Hour SEO Package
Long Term SEO 6 month package
How many hours will I need for my site be be successful? TOP
This varies from business to business. This is based on your actual goals, needs, wants and budget.
You must be realistic with your expectations. If you only have a budget for an hour or two you may not see the same results as someone who may have a larger budget.
The key to being successful with search engine optimization is to have quality content and to make sure your content is fresh and updated.
Now keep in mind that there is nothing wrong with purchasing an hours worth of work. If you purchase an hour's worth of work then make sure you have the time to update the areas that were optimized. If you don't then the work will just be in vain. Be realistic and know that you most likely will not show up on the first page of Google's search results right away with just an hour of optimization, it will take time along with other SEO tactics to get you to your goal of showing up on the first couple of pages.
Let's face it, if you are a small business and are trying to beat out your competitors for some commonly searched keywords like: candles or baby clothes then you would need a lot of optimization which could become very expensive. This is because most of your competitors who are #1 on of the natural search results are well established and have been online for quite a while and are probably paying tons of money to have an SEO expert keep their site up to date on a daily basis. If you are in the position financially to keep up with the big dogs then I would definitely recommend you take the time to invest in some long term SEO
and make sure you have an expert update your site on a monthly basis to insure that you will remain in the top positions.
In essence the amount of SEO you need is ultimately based on how many competitors you have online and the most commonly used keywords in your niche. If you want to appear on the top for a broad keyword then make sure you have a budget set aside for monthly maintenance on your site as well as other marketing tools to get your site listed on the top pages.
If you are operating a business that focuses on a small niche market then you too will also need a nice amount of optimization in order to be competitive but it will be more affordable for you because you won't need as much work done in order to obtain your rankings.
Can you guarantee that I will show up on the first pages? TOP
No and if you find a company that says they can, run the other way.
I can not guarantee that you will show up on the first pages of any search engine but I can guarantee that the techniques I use will return results for you over a period of time. I will use proven techniques that will get you more traffic and better quality content that will improve your sites presence on the internet and possibly get you to the first pages for your targeted keywords.
Does SEO guarantee sales? TOP
No. Having your site properly optimized and choosing out the right keywords can help bring in the exposure you need to your site. Once we bring you qualified targeted traffic to your website, it is up to you as a
business owner to make sure you have an effective website to produce sales or
Make sure your web pages engages the user and pushes customers to
want to either complete an order or provide their contact information.
There are other tips that you can use to help convert your traffic that we help bring to your site.
Contact us for other tips on ways to convert your traffic over to sales.
- Make sure you have easy to read font on your site. There's nothing more frustrating to a user than to not be able to read the details of a product or service. Choose a simple font like Arial or Times New Roman
- Have a visible phone number for visitors to have the option to contact you. There are a lot of 800 companies online that you can use that will provide you with an 800 number along with a professional voicemail option at an affordable rate.
We recommend going with a service like Ring Central.
- Make sure your images are top quality. You don't want to display images that are blurry or have a really dark background.
- Invest in a SSL certificate to establish trust with visitors.
Do I have to sign a contract? TOP
No. We do not require you to sign a contract. You are free to order as you need.
Do you upload sitemaps? TOP
Yes. We upload your sitemap with any SEO service you choose.
You can choose to have us to generate a sitemap for you and we upload it to your site via your FTP account, your estore or your cpanel.
You do not have to purchase any SEO services in order for us to upload the sitemap for you.
To have your sitemap uploaded to Google, Yahoo and MSN. Click on the sitemap link below:
You've optimized my site. Can I change the work that you have done? TOP
Yes and No.
You are free to change anything on the site that we have optimized, but we will not be held liable if you do not show up on the search engines for keywords that we have targeted for you.
If you change the order of the keywords in the meta tags or keyword tags you are taking the risk of messing up the work that has been performed to make your site more search engine friendly.
If you want to change anything, we suggest you contact us first.
If you change anything on the site that we have optimized and you want us to change it back, you will have to pay an additional fee for us to make the changes back on your site.
So please make sure you contact us before you make any changes.
We will not offer refunds for you not showing up in the search engines because of changes you have made after our work has been completed.
How long will it take for my site to show up on the search engines? TOP
This actually depends on a number of factors. Once your site is optimized, it usually takes anywhere from 6 to a year for you to start showing up on the first pages of the major search engines.
Most of our clients have shown up on the first page of the major search engines within 3 to 4 weeks for keywords that were targeted.
The amount of time it takes for you to show up on the search engine result pages depends on a lot of factors. Some of the factors are :
Of course there are plenty of factors the above is just to name a few.
- How competitive your keywords are.