Improved search engine rank is something that all webmasters desire but that few understand how to attain. It is a function of their ability to understand what people are looking for in their niche, and how well they meet that need.

Their search engine rank is related solely to how well the search engine statistical mathematical formulae known as algorithms rate the content of each of their web pages. If they do not understand what the search engines are looking for, and have no understanding of algorithmic mathematical statistical analysis, then they will likely fail relative to somebody who does understand.

So what are these algorithms? They are formulae used by what are commonly known as search engine spiders; pieces of software that crawl your website from top left to bottom right, missing out those parts that they do not understand. They check out your semantics, or use of words, to ensure that your text has sufficient relevance to the topic of each page as to satisfy the needs of those to whom the search engine will present your page.

How do these so-called spiders know what the topic of each of your web pages is? From your SEO. From the title page, the headings that are placed in H1 tags, and by other means whereby you can make it clear to a mathematical equation what your site is about, and how well you are providing the required information. If a Google (for example) user is using the search term ‘make my own jewellery’, then the Google algorithm will seek that exact term in your text.

It will seek it in your title, in your heading and at least at the start and end of the text on your web page. If it finds the keyword too often, however, your web page can be downgraded since the algorithm will have a calculated density of the word regarded as normal in speech and writing. It can spot excessive use that could be designed only to provide a higher listing position, and provide the opposite: a lower position. The use of semantically related text to the keyword, however, will work in your favour, and help to achieve you a higher listing, That is what Google erroneously refers to as LSI, or latent semantic indexing. LSA, or latent semantic analysis, would be closer to the contextual mark.

If you do not know these things, then your web page will be unlikely to reach the position in the search engine listings for a specific search term (keyword) that you want it to be. You have to know what is needed to achieve what you want to achieve. Semantics is only a small part of that however. Also involved are your internal navigation links. Most people think that these are purely to allow visitors to navigate through your website, and reach the pages they want to read. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Search engines use your navigation links to determine the relative importance you have placed on each of your web pages. Those most linked to are the most important, and vice versa for those least linked to. Your linking structure is very important, and there are tricks that can be used to maximize this. There is even a mathematical formula that can be used to optimize each web page to maximize its chances of receiving a high listing.

External links are also important, although the days are gone when loads of reciprocal links would get you a good listing. Reciprocal links can have a negative effect on your listing position unless you know exactly what you are doing, and how to calculate the relative usefulness of each link to your web page.

Improved search engine rank is not easy for a beginner to achieve, nor even an experienced internet marketer, unless they understand how search engine algorithms work and what they are looking for. Find that, and you have the battle practically won.

By: Peter Nisbet

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