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bridold's avatar

Does anyone know anything about SEO or where to get more information about it?

Asked by bridold (638points) August 22nd, 2008

There are classes offered close by to me, but they are so expensive. I was wondering if any of you knew anything about it or if you could direct me to a website that has some information.

Thanks in advance!

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jballou's avatar

it would help if you had a more specific question about SEO- because it’s a rather detailed concept. I wouldn’t waste money taking classes on it though. Just do your research online, and see what works best for your purposes. A good place to start is learning about sitemaps, keywords, and meta tags. My personal knowledge of SEO is a little limited, so I hope I’m not giving you any misinformation.

Good luck!

damien's avatar

A lot of SEO speak is BS. Just have a read around online rather than go to a course. Just make sure that whatever you read is current (written within the last year or two at the most) so you don’t pickup old and outdated (and mainly now useless) practices.

At the end of the day, with modern search engines, content is king. Meta keywords, descriptions, etc. count towards nothing. They’re too easy to be completely unrelated or too vaguely related to the content to be trustworthy.

Good content (not just crappy, SEO copy), contained in well-formated, valid and semantic HTML will go a long way. Things like selective use of “h1” elements, good page titles and good linking between your pages and other related sites will also help.

Sitemaps are good if you have a large site or lots of content which will be hard for a robot to discover, but some people think that they’re a necessity for any site to be well indexed and this is just not the case.

cwilbur's avatar

The useful part of SEO is the bizarre notion that if you put up interesting, clearly written and well-marked up content, and use meaningful URLs and meaningful link texts, the search engines will be able to index your site more efficiently and will conclude that it contains information.

The best source of information is Google’s Webmaster Central, at Everything besides that is snake oil and fads. There’s a reason the courses are so expensive—fools and their money are soon parted, and if you’re going to part a fool from his money, you might as well get as much as you can.

megalongcat's avatar

Seomoz is you’re best bet actually.

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