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SEO Egghead Consulting Group is a web development firm dedicated to creating custom, search-engine-optimized web site applications.

We specialize in eCommerce and content management web sites that not only render information beautifully to the human, but also satisfy the "third browser" - the search engine. To us, search engines are people too.

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SEO Tips and Tricks

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SEO tips are echoed almost like static across the internet. However, as programmers, we see things a bit differently. Here is our list of tips in descending importance:

1. Start with a sound architectural basis

Content embedded in technologies or a mess of links that a search engine cannot understand or reach at all is useless to it. Focus on creating one authoritative URL per page, and avoid embedding copy in less-indexable technologies as Flash and JavaScript. Search engines deal best with copy that is obviously visible in the source of an HTML document.

2. Avoid using boiler-plate content and titles

Boilerplate content is the anathema to search engine rankings. The worst example of this is using the same title tag for every page in a dynamic web site. One could reasonably posit that a search engine should ignore this in favor of other valuable content on the page. However, a search engine must not only factor actual relevance in to its algorithms — it must also factor perceived relevance. The title of a page dominates the space of an item on a search engine results page. A boilerplate title will not contribute positively to a search engine user's perception of relevance, and such pages are likely relegated to a lower priority in an index.

3. Write useful persuasive copy with natural interposition of key phrases

Search engine optimization does not entail the needless repetition of keywords to end of search engine optimization. Copy that is excessively search engine optimized reads like it is search engine optimized! Keyword stuffing like this has not been effective to the end of search engine optimization since 1999 or so. Instead, focus on writing useful persuasive copy that creatively includes the key phrases your clients are looking for. See our section on SEO Copywriting.

4. Include content on all pages

Many dynamic web sites create a vast number of web pages with various permutations of products and/or services using a database. Often this looks like a spider trap to search engines and they may not index such pages. If possible, include an excepted section of relevant copy from each product on the page based on the category. This will help substantially with regard to perception and possibly also contribute to long-tail rankings.

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