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Search Engines

A Web search engine is a tool designed to search for information on the World Wide Web. The search results are usually presented in a list and are commonly called hits. The information may consist of web pages, images, information and other types of files. Some search engines also mine data available in newsbooks, databases, or open directories. Unlike Web directories, which are maintained by human editors, search engines operate algorithmically or are a mixture of algorithmic and human input.

Without these search engines nobody will be able to find your website, so at DC Development we know how important it is to create search engine friendly websites.

All of our websites will be created with search engines in mind, placing text where it will be easy for search engines to pick up your keywords.

Search Engine Optimisation

Pretty much every web development company out there offers search engine optimisation (SEO). But how many of them could get you to page one of Google for anything more competitive than 'organic plums farm in Chipping Sodbury'. The answer is not many.

If an 'SEO consultant' is telling you search engine optimisation is all about META tags, you should quickly put your money away and run for the nearest exit. There was a time when you could stuff META tags full of spam and hey presto you were on page one. Thankfully those days are long gone. Search engines are constantly evolving with the aim of providing higher quality and more relevant search results. To put it simply, in the big picture, META tags are about as useful in a search engine optimisation campaign as a punnet of organic plums.

Our SEO service is broken down in to two areas:
  • On-site search engine optimisation - this involves making sure your site is easy for search engines to index and each pages tells the search engines what it is about
  • Off-site search engine optimisation - this involves getting your site known on the internet, so search engines have a reason to think your site is worthy of being on page one

On-site Search Engine Optimisation

On-site search engine optimisation can come in two stages, the first stage being initial optimisation. The aim is to create each page of your web site so that it tells the search engines exactly what it is about through the use of semantic HTML. At this stage we are shooting in the dark, since we don't know exactly what people are searching for to find your products and services. However, we use a number of tools we have available to us to guess what keywords people are searching for. It also takes a certain amount of common sense, e.g. if your web page is selling organic plums it would be highly probable that you would like it to be optimised for the keyword 'organic plums'. It is possible to increase the amount of keywords a web page is optimised for, which is carried out in the second stage of on-site search engine optimisation.

The second stage of on-site search engine optimisation involves reviewing what people are searching for to find your web site and to try and push your site into other markets that have become apparent are worth targeting. Realistically, you can only optimise a page so much for multiple keywords/phrases without weakening the other search terms and making the page read like a shopping list. However it is possible to optimise a page for a myriad of search terms using off-site optimisation.

Off-site Search Engine Optimisation

Off-site search engine optimisation is the main focus for all good SEO consultants in the modern search engine marketplace. You can make off-site optimisation work without any on-site optimisation, but the results are much better when the two are coupled. If you have been on the internet for a few years, it may be that your site already has some off-site optimisation that has happened naturally. This is a phenomenon which we can harness using a method known as link baiting. It is probably the most effective type of long-term SEO. We have dealt with some companies that have had a surprisingly good off-site optimisation without actually doing anything. Whereas other have been on the internet for years, spent large amounts of money on conventional advertising and were as good as invisible on search engines.

Whether you already have a good presence on search engines, have struggled for years to get anywhere or have a brand new site that hasn't even been indexed we can help.

If you would like more information or a quote contact us.