Archive for June, 2006

How to do a 301 Redirect

Monday, June 19th, 2006

301 permanent Redirect

Redirects are essential for some websites. Without them pages don’t get indexed and that hurts your search engine visibility. The best way to do a redirect is to use a permanent 301 redirect. A permanent 301 redirect sends a status code to the browser alerting that the page has moved and a new page is taking its place-redirecting it permanently.

Here are a few ways you can achieve a 301 redirect:

Redirect from a subdomain to a domain

It is important for SEO that all of your backlinks go to the same URL.
Remember, www.bigoakinc.com, bigoakinc.com, www.bigoakinc.com/index.html and bigoakinc.com/index.html are all different pages to the search engines. We want all the PageRank funneling to one page.

This can be helped with a 301 redirect to send browsers and bots who go to one of your home page variations. Modifying your .htaccess file that sends a 301 redirect status is where to start.

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^domain\.com
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.domain.com/$1 [R=permanent,L]

If your host doesn’t allow mod_rewrite, you can use this code in an .htaccess file

Redirect 301 http://domain.com/oldpage.html

http://www.domain.com/newpage.html\

Code for various 301 redirects:

PHP Redirect
< ?
header(‘HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently’);
header(‘Location: http://www.newdomain.com/newdir/newpage.htm’);
exit();
?>

ASP Redirect

<%@ Language=VBScript %>
<%
Response.Status=”301 Moved Permanently”
Response.AddHeader “Location”, “http://www.newsite.com/newdir/newpage.asp”
%>

ASP.NET Redirect
.NET ASP 301 code

ColdFusion Redirect
< .cfheader statuscode=”301″ statustext=”Moved permanently”>
< .cfheader name=”Location” value=”http://www.new-url.com”>

Please use the information responsibly and be sure this will be a 301 permanent redirect. Moving it again can upset the search engines.

SEO Copywriting Services

Monday, June 12th, 2006

SEO Copywriting, or to give it its full name, search engine optimization copywriting or search engine copywriting, is the technique of writing the viewable text on a web page in such a way that it reads well for the surfer, and also targets specific search terms. Its purpose is to rank highly in the search engines for the targeted search terms.

As well as the viewable text, SEO Copywriting usually optimizes other on-page elements for the targeted search terms. These include the Title, Description and Keywords tags, headings and alt text.

The idea behind SEO Copywriting is that search engines want genuine content pages and not additional pages (often called “doorway pages”) that are created for the sole purpose of achieving high rankings. Therefore, the engines cannot possibly view SEO copywritten pages as undesirable, and the rankings they achieve tend to be as stable as those that are achieved by other search engine optimization techniques.

SEO Copywriting, also known as Writing for Search Engines, is a new kind of writing! There is another very similar discipline which is popularly called Writing for the Web. But, SEO copywriting has search engines as the primary target, instead of the actual reader.

It is safe to say that any action you take to enhance your search engine ranking at the detriment of the user is unethical SEO. So, if you write in a way that enhances your appeal to search engines, but makes your content less valuable but this is possible to have both! Good SEo Copywriting and voluble marketing content.

So, what is SEO copywriting again? Well, to begin with, learn that writing for the web is different from writing in print. On the web, you must use short content, bullet points, getting to the main theme right away… Additionally, SEO copywriting brings in the need to target keywords. Depending upon the content generation plans, you could target one or more keywords per page. Things are getting so competitive, that I prefer to target one keyword per page. But, there are many SEOs who are unable to justify the high cost of content generation and will prefer to optimize a page for more than one keyword.

Writing copy optimized for search engines can be tricky so let us do it. You want a website with enough of the right keywords to attract the search engines. But you don’t want copy with so many keywords that it then sounds silly to the people who read it. Effective search engine copywriting is a delicate balance between satisfying your website’s human visitors and the search engine spiders.A

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