Reasons Why You Should Choose an SEO Friendly Website

Reasons Why You Should Choose an SEO Friendly Website

Posted:  October 30, 2010

Reasons Why You Should Choose an SEO Friendly Website

When you think of designing a website for yourself, chances are that  you dream of a website with all the bells and whistles – flash movies,  stunning images, streaming audio – the works! But, unknown to you, these  elements may actually be damaging your business prospects because what  appears attractive on the surface is detractive when it comes to search  engines rankings. If your website includes these elements, it is  automatically relegated to a much lower rank even though the content is  relevant and you are making use of cutting edge technology.

In short, it is important to stay away from design elements that can damage search engine rankings.

Unfortunately, a recent poll showed some appalling results. 1 in  every 10 website designers believes that SEO is not their business.  Worse, more than 24% of website designers do not have the foggiest idea  about what SEO is!

Before exploring the reasons to opt for an SEO friendly website design, it is essential to understand what this is all about.

You see, search engines employ automated ‘web spiders’ to crawl  through websites. These ‘web spiders’ collect important information  about the website. The information they glean helps them assess the  relevance of a website for particular keywords. Now,you must remember  that these are automated programs that have been coded to crawl through  web pages in a certain way. The spiders deposit the information they  collect in a database. So,when a user queries a keyword, the search  engine dips into this database and lists pages according to relevance.  Pages that ‘seem’ more relevant come out on top, while those that are  not, end up at the bottom.

While design elements alone are not responsible for dismal search engine rankings, they too play an important role.

Whether you are a professional web designer or a business owner, it  is important to know why you must always, always aim for an SEO friendly  website design.

  • An SEO friendly website design is the best way to befriend search engines. If search engines are not happy with your design, you can expect only a trickle of traffic from back-link referrals and direct visitors.
  • Surveys show that approximately 45-65% of web traffic to any website comes from search engines. Therefore, a website design that is not search engine friendly is washing its hands off this amazing volume of traffic.
  • Generally, an SEO friendly website design is also very user friendly. Therefore, ensuring that you use proper HTML coding, target proper keywords through content and meta tags, make use of ALT tags, use proper links and so on, make the site quick to download and easy for the user.
  • An SEO friendly website speaks of quality web page design. If you are a company with some standing, the kind of web page you have impacts your brand value.

Kevin Pirnie

20+ Years of PC and server maintenance & over 15+ years of web development/design experience; you can rest assured that I take every measure possible to ensure your computers are running to their peak potentials. I treat them as if they were mine, and I am quite a stickler about keeping my machines up to date and optimized to run as well as they can.