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10 Important Web Design Tips: SEO Friendly
by: Siuchu Suga
A website should firstly be searched out by visitors before
talking about attracting or retaining those visitors. Nowadays,
a well designed website does not only relate to
a web sites visual attractiveness but more importantly,
how friendly it is with search engines.
Below are 10 SEO friendly website designing tips where web designers
should pay attention to during the early stage of their web
1. Avoid creating menu on the left-hand side of a website. If
unavoidable, an alternative way is to put some text with rich
keywords at the top or above the left-hand menu so that this
text will be the first thing to be read by search engines.
2. Headlines are rated more important than the rest of the web
page by search engines. To take advantage of this, you should
have your keywords in the page headline. Since the header tag
(h1) is quite large, you should format it to make it smaller.
3. Every page should contain the title and description
tags with good keywords to describe the page content. The number
of words for the title should not exceed 9 and that for the
description should not be more than 20 words in order to keep
within the limits of most search engines.
4. Try not to use Flash when possible. Flash cannot be read
by the search engines to date and will cause slow page loading
time and make people run away. If you really have a reason to
use flash, try to make it smaller (e.g. as a flash header) and
leave other area of your website for keyword-rich content.
5. Think twice on how to use graphics. Make them relevant to
your content and use an alt tag with relevant keywords for search
engines to read as they cannot read graphics and also for your
visitors so that they can have something to read when waiting
for the graphics to load.
6. Do not only use images to link out. You should always use
text links to link out to important content on your web site.
Spiders can follow image links, but like text links more though.
7. Avoid using frames. Some search engines cannot spider web
pages with frames at all. For the other search engines that
can, they can have problems spidering it and sometimes they
too cannot index the web page.
8. Avoid using too complex tables when laying out your page
but to keep them simple for the spiders. There are some engines
which find it difficult to navigate through to the other pages
on your website if the navigation bar is too complicated.
9. Use external Cascading Style Sheets and Java Script files
to reduce page size and make the download time much faster.
It will allow the spider to index your web page faster and can
help your ranking.
10. Use standard HTML. Software such as FrontPage, Dreamweaver
or a WYSIWYG editor will often add unnecessary scripting codes
that will make the page larger than is needed and make it harder
to crawl. It will sometimes add codes that cannot be read by
search engines, causing the spider not to index the page or
even the whole website. If to use, you should use those web
page creator software wisely with a good understanding of html
so that you may manually avoid or even delete those unnecessary
Thats all of my 10 tips for designing SEO friendly websites.
Enjoy your web designing for viewed by both human visitors and
About The Author
Want to learn more about how to design website and how to conduct
Internet marketing? Siuchu Suga is a specialist on the above
subjects. She is also the webmaster of http://www.About-webdesign.com.
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