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Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

This is how I got my sites to rank very high organically in the search engines.

This is part 1 of a 3 blog post series where I will write about a combination of working from home howto, SEO and affiliate marketing. I'm married with two kids and we're a single income family . I work and my wife is a stay at home mom.

9/11 according to Richard Dawkins
"Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense. Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but, we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation, where's the harm? September 11th changed all that. Revealed faith is not harmless nonsense, it can be lethally dangerous nonsense. Dangerous because it gives people unshakeable confidence in their own righteousness. Dangerous because it gives them false courage to kill themselves, which automatically removes normal barriers to killing others. Dangerous because it teaches enmity to others labelled only by a difference of inherited tradition. And dangerous because we have all bought into into a weird respect, which uniquely protects religion from normal criticism. Let's now stop being so damned respectful!"-- Richard Dawkins

Let the debate begin!!

Do you know what keywords your sites and your competitor's sites are ranking for? There are free tools available to help you check like Google's Webmasters Tools, but it doesn't tell you what keywords your competitor/client's sites are ranking for. Just recently I've started to use SEMRush for keyword research for my clients and I'm extremely pleased with their service. SEMRush offers keyword research tools for both organic and paid listings. If you have a client that needs to play some catch-up with their competitors in the PPC space, then SEMRush is the tool you need!

What keyword do you want to target today?

What keywords do you want your site to show up for? Easy, the keywords that are most searched for! If you head over to Google's Keyword tool and type in the keyword(s) you think your site should be listed under, Google will return suggestions and most importantly the search volume. The search volume column is an average monthly number of searches over the recent 12 months. This will give you a good idea if people are searching for the keywords you had in mind.

I'm a web developer by day and a SEO'er by night. I'm not claiming to be an expert with Search Engine Optimization, but my results show that I might be on my way! :P In this post I will explain what techniques I've used to get my sites ranked in very high in the search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing, AOL, Ask and many others).