in SEO Basics by Jeffrey_Smith

Sometimes SEO is all about the basics, particularly in regard to achieving high SEO rankings. Relationships are important, such as the relationship between contextually relevant content and someone who really enjoys reading it. This relationship is the basis of relevance and relevance is the core function of search engines and how they rank documents in their index.
Tips on How to Increase Search Engine Rankings, by SEO Design Solutions.
It is safe to say, since search engines are programmed by humans, they are modeled after traits we deem necessary such as:

1) Search engines prefer specialists and the expert versus a random opinion.

2) Search engines are programmed and fashioned on principles of good behavior such as reputation and trust.

3) To search engines, the source of information or references matters, for example a link using your main keyword from a similarly themed site and a keyword used out of context from an unrelated site have different degrees of relevance.

The message here is, ranking in search highly in search engines is largely dependent on grouping relevant information and highlighting that information in such a way that it is clearly defined for the reader.

For example, if I wanted to create a relevant search engine ranking that ranks highly using the principles we just discussed, the first thing I would do (after keyword research) is concentrate on grouping themed information into clearly delineated segments.

For example, I may create 20 pages of useful and specific information, determine 3 key phrases for each of those 20 pages (60 keywords). Use a common denominator / key word or key phrase to increase site wide relevance and establish the type of site structure most suitable for the type of site.

Find the most searched keywords for the niche or genre, sprinkle those keywords throughout the documents and then use an internal linking strategy based on contextual architecture (*Think Wikipedia as an example of relevant internal linking).

Then, tag the content with informative, yet compelling titles, descriptions, make sure the alt-attributes, the CSS, and the file naming conventions were optimized (meaning themed) and then build 20-40 links per page to give them buoyancy in the search engine result pages.

What individuals and businesses alike need to consider is usefulness and essentially how much information you pages are providing about a subject. Creating a knowledge base, and index of data with links to other useful sites, a blog chock full of articles and posts or offering a free product or service can go a long ways to set your site apart from the 5 page who we are and what we do websites.

Useful relevant information is the essence of why search engines exist, not to say that are not other means for delivering pre-qualified traffic to your pages, but to be competitive and encourage user engagement, search engines are a prerequisite for success in the new millennium. For more information about learning SEO basics here are some other great SEO resources

About Jeffrey_Smith

In 2006, Jeffrey Smith founded SEO Design Solutions (An SEO Provider who now develops SEO Software for WordPress).

Jeffrey has actively been involved in internet marketing since 1995 and brings a wealth of collective experiences and marketing strategies to increase rankings, revenue and reach.

12 thoughts on “SEO Basics to Increase Search Engine Rankings
  1. Good points. Bloggers need to focus on making themselves valuable resources that the community cannot do without.

  2. Great post Jeff – your blog is becoming quite established!

  3. Eric, just had to add to that one. Using the resource strategy for ranking in my feeling is not going anywhere anytime soon.

    @Matt: Thank you (sincerely), It means a great deal to hear feedback from other SEO’s, I appreciate it.

  4. While search engines do prefer specialists they still tend to rank authorities (like newspapers) very high for almost every term you can come up with.

  5. Hi Malte:

    The key factor here is that they already are an authority, so whatever they write in context, has the potential to rank in the top 10.

    Whereas a site without trust and authority has every ounce of link weight targeting their main phrases. This is why it is so important to increase relevance and authority versus just links and sparsely related content.

  6. Increasing authority, adding relevant contents, getting backlinks from sites on the same subject, using h1 and h2 tags in source code, developing one way back links, using blogs for getting traffic etc. plays a major role.

  7. I couldn’t agree more in the fact that relevance is the standard by which all things are now judged in the world of search. The key is to have relevant content and links to relevant expert and authority sites to propel your own rankings upward. We discuss relevancy on an hourly basis at

  8. Thanks Jay:

    Seems that spiders are more intelligent that we thought, call them picky or biased, but they sure have a grasp for quality and who gets in to the index.

    Content, site structure and link popularity are the new metrics to enhance site synergy and coherence for achieving a higher relevance score. Once you have search engine trust, less is more (you can rank on a title tag alone).

  9. How many companies actually optimize for the term top 10? That’s what I’d like to know…

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