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    Interesting article. Many thanks.
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    let me begin by saying i asked stymiee from what site he pulled this information, so i could bookmark it and stay current. well, i was embarrassed to find out he wrote this himself and continues to keep it updated. i thank you, stymiee!

    if i may, please let me add some points of discussion:

    If available, use your strongest keywords in your domain name.
    This is the first line of attraction for Search Engines. Having a keyword-rich domain name is key if yours is available. And as stymiee previously noted, do not be afraid to use alternate extensions, i.e. .biz, .net, as they have no detrimental effect on your rankings.

    Second to the domain name, the title tag is the most critical location to place your strong keyword phrases.
    The contents of the title tag is the text that displays in the blue title bar at the top of your browser. One of the most elementary mistakes “unknown” companies make is using their company name for the title tag. Unless your company is known, and you expect surfers to enter it as a search phrase, LEAVE IT OUT. If your business is demographically focused, include the region in the title tag, i.e. North Texas, Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.

    Include a Site Map.
    A Search Engine crawler finds your site and your site’s pages by following links. Every page of your site should include a link to every other page. A Site Map acts as a link directory to every page on your Web site. This assists crawlers at finding and indexing all of your site’s pages.


    I agree to disagree with the following points above:

    “The file extension does not affect your rankings in any way.”
    I recommend taking care when coding dynamic sites. Google emphatically quotes: “Don’t use “&id=” as a parameter in your URLs, as we don’t include these pages in our index.”

    Does validation help your ranking? No.
    I recommend writing standards-compliant code. The easier you make it for search engine’s to read your code, the better your chances for success. Avoid two kinds of HTML code: 1) old and outdated; or proprietary (the Netscape <blink> tag) and 2) too new to be recognized by spiders (some XML). Personally, I use the Transitional DOCTYPE; however, if you really like to keep things in order, Strict is a more demanding structure. See Fix Your Site With the Right DOCTYPE for more information.

    Use the W3.org HTML Validator

    (I am embarrassed to admit it was recently pointed out to me by another Sitepoint member I was missing a <head> tag on one of my pages. I don’t understand how it continued to render in both IE and FF, but it has been corrected.)

    Well, I sincerely hope this has added to the discussion and offered some positive topics, as well as alternative modes of thought. I look forward to hearing back from other members.

    thank you,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wynnefield
    I recommend taking care when coding dynamic sites. Google emphatically quotes: “Don’t use “&id=” as a parameter in your URLs, as we don’t include these pages in our index.”
    The file extension is not actually considered part of the query string which is where you find the "id=" and session IDs. But you are right to avoid "id=" in your query string (which is why we say not to use it).

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    true ... my misunderstanding of the original point. thank you for the response, stymiee ...

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    Thumbs up thanks Stymiee

    Yesterday, 16th September 06 in Australia, you sent me here to this thread when I was looking for help with an seo assignment for my web design course. There's heaps here. A credit to you. You are doing a great job.
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    Really Good advice...

    Quote Originally Posted by stymiee
    The file extension is not actually considered part of the query string which is where you find the "id=" and session IDs. But you are right to avoid "id=" in your query string (which is why we say not to use it).
    I've been reading this thread from the beginning. Good Stuff. One question, I have a website that's PR5. But only the home page is PR5, all the other pages are PR0. Is this normal? And does it affect my google rankings?

    thx

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    Thank you stymiee for the useful links!

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    How up to date is this article? Possibly could we get some more up to date information?
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    It's up to date.

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    Woww

    Woowww great information here
    Join NEWforum here, Post your biz opportunities
    http://www.businessdbhub.com/portal/forum/default.asp

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    Exclamation Removing .html from directory structure & changing the underscore to dashes??

    I need clarification. When you folks suggest that keyword density in your URL is sacrificed by not removing /html/ from the directory structure, what do u really mean in English? Does this mean that those files that are named in your control panel/directory with the suffix .html or /html/ have to be renamed in Dreamweaver (as in my case)? I thought you must use these suffixes in dreamweaver so that the file can be properly saved? What do u mean by this advice? For example, I have a page that on the address bar says: http://www.robeprobe.com/best_judges.php. Am I supposed to remove ".php" and replace it with a keyword? My hunch is that this won't work. I'm sure i'm misunderstanding this. Anyway, what about "best_judges"? Do I replace the underscore here with a "-" dash?? Here's how I would change the aforementioned address on the address bar by applying your advice based on my twisted/novice understanding of your info.: http://www.robeprobe.com/best-judges.judge rankings. Here I've replaced the equivalent of the /html/ you say should be removed. Did I get it or not? my gut feeling is that i don't get it...
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    Question does using <strong> (i.e. bold) or <h> around words inside tag help?

    I read somwhere that search engines give priority to words that are emphasized such as bold or italic words or words that are surrounded by <h>. Is this true? If so, Does this mean that inside the source code I should surround the keywords or words in the title tag with <strong> or <h> so Search engines will give priority to them and improve my PR? Would I be doing things correctly by writing <strong>lawn mower, fertilizer, landscaping, gardening equipment </strong>, by way of example?
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    Thank you for the link to the PR Extension for Firefox! too

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitebelt
    I read somwhere that search engines give priority to words that are emphasized such as bold or italic words or words that are surrounded by <h>. Is this true? If so, Does this mean that inside the source code I should surround the keywords or words in the title tag with <strong> or <h> so Search engines will give priority to them and improve my PR? Would I be doing things correctly by writing <strong>lawn mower, fertilizer, landscaping, gardening equipment </strong>, by way of example?
    1) PR has nothing to do with markup. It is determined by link popularity only.

    2) Stuffing keywords in a strong tag is blackhat. Plus it will make you site look stupid. Use it as it was meant to be used and for best effect.

    3) Using <b> or <i> with <hx> tags is unecessary. <hx> tags are already good for SEO and you can style them with your stylesheets if you want to change their appearnace.

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    Its fantastic. The SEO gurus teach and do something different. But the one which is noted here are the perfect techiques to follow. Thanx a lot.

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    Thanks for the Information

    Hi All,

    Thanks for sharing this information here. Very useful indeed.

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    thank Stymiee. It will help me a lot.

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    Stymiee is a good SEO!, i think he is better than Matt Cutts
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    thank Stymiee. It will help me a lot.

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    This is good stuff. I'm not even a beginner and I learned something. This is what makes Sitepoint great when people like you take the time to help us all while asking for nothing in return! Keep it up.

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    This post just rocks! I keep getting more and more great info. thanks all!

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    Insanely useful post, thank you so much.

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    Thumbs up robots.txt SEO examples

    Basically this helps get rid of duplicate content, low-quality content, css, javascript, php, etc.. but does allow search engines to read the articles, find images, find pdfs, etc.


    WordPress robots.txt
    Code:
    # Allow all
    User-agent:  *
    Disallow:
     
    # disallow all files in these directories
    Disallow: /cgi-bin/
    Disallow: /admin/
    Disallow: /comments/
    Disallow: /js/
    Disallow: /css/
    Disallow: /about/legal-notice/
    Disallow: /about/copyright-policy/
    Disallow: /about/terms-and-conditions/
    Disallow: /about/feed/
    Disallow: /about/trackback/
    Disallow: /contact/
    Disallow: /stats
    Disallow: /tag
    Disallow: /category/uncategorized
    Disallow: /wp-
     
    # disallow all files ending with these extensions
    Disallow: /*.php$
    Disallow: /*.js$
    Disallow: /*.inc$
    Disallow: /*.css$
    Disallow: /*.txt$
     
    # disallow all files with? in url
    Disallow: /*?*
     
    # disallow all files in /wp- directorys
    Disallow: /wp-*/
     
    # disallow archiving site
    User-agent: ia_archiver
    Disallow: /
     
    # allow google image bot to search all images
    User-agent: Googlebot-Image
    Disallow:
    Allow: /*.gif$
    Allow: /*.png$
    Allow: /*.jpeg$
    Allow: /*.jpg$
    Allow: /*.ico$
    Allow: /*.jpg$
    Allow: /images/
     
    # allow adsense bot on entire site
    User-agent: Mediapartners-Google*
    Disallow:
     
    User-agent: *
    Crawl-delay: 2


    phpBB robots.txt
    Code:
    # Allow all
    User-agent:  *
    Disallow:
    Disallow: /js/
    Disallow: /css/
    Disallow: /cgi-bin/
    Disallow: /db/
    Disallow: /admin/
    Disallow: /cache/
    Disallow: /includes/
    Disallow: /templates/
    Disallow: /V
    Disallow: /stats
    Disallow: /post
    Disallow: /member
    Disallow: /mx_
    Disallow: /index.php? 
    Disallow: /posting.php 
    Disallow: /groupcp.php 
    Disallow: /search.php 
    Disallow: /login.php 
    Disallow: /privmsg.php 
    Disallow: /post
    Disallow: /profile.php 
    Disallow: /memberlist.php 
    Disallow: /faq.php 
    Disallow: /archive
     
    # disallow archiving site
    User-agent: ia_archiver
    Disallow: /
     
    # allow google image bot to search all images
    User-agent: Googlebot-Image
    Disallow:
    Allow: /*.gif$
    Allow: /*.png$
    Allow: /*.jpeg$
    Allow: /*.jpg$
    Allow: /*.ico$
    Allow: /*.jpg$
    Allow: /images/
     
    # allow adsense bot on entire site
    User-agent: Mediapartners-Google*
    Disallow:
     
    User-agent: *
    Crawl-delay: 2


    For SEO Optimized phpBB
    Code:
    # Allow all
    User-agent:  *
    Disallow: /js/
    Disallow: /css/
    Disallow: /cgi-bin/
    Disallow: /db/
    Disallow: /admin/
    Disallow: /cache/
    Disallow: /includes/
    Disallow: /templates/
    Disallow: /V
    Disallow: /stats
    Disallow: /post
    Disallow: /member
    Disallow: /mx_
     
    # disallow these urls
    Disallow: /viewtopic.php
    Disallow: /viewforum.php
    Disallow: /index.php?
    Disallow: /posting.php
    Disallow: /groupcp.php
    Disallow: /search.php
    Disallow: /login.php
    Disallow: /profile.php
    Disallow: /memberlist.php
    Disallow: /faq.php
    Disallow: /common.php
    Disallow: /index.php
    Disallow: /memberlist.php
    Disallow: /modcp.php
    Disallow: /privmsg.php
    Disallow: /viewonline.php
     
    # disallow urls starting with quote
    Disallow: /"
     
    # disallow all files with a ? in url
    Disallow: /*?*
    
    # disallow all files ending in specific extension
    Disallow: /*.php$
    Disallow: /*.js$
    Disallow: /*.inc$
    Disallow: /*.css$
    Disallow: /*.txt$
     
    # disallow archiving site
    User-agent: ia_archiver
    Disallow: /
     
    # allow google image bot to search all images
    User-agent: Googlebot-Image
    Disallow:
    Allow: /*.gif$
    Allow: /*.png$
    Allow: /*.jpeg$
    Allow: /*.jpg$
    Allow: /*.ico$
    Allow: /*.jpg$
    Allow: /images/
     
    # allow adsense bot on entire site
    User-agent: Mediapartners-Google*
    Disallow:
     
    User-agent: *
    Crawl-delay: 2

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    Hi, thanks for the tips its very useful.

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    thanks for the valuable tips.
    this answers most of my questions. perfect FAQ
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