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andrewljohnson 715 days ago | link
0. The zeroth rule of SEO is get your site listed for a search for your site. If your site is, make sure if someone searches for Bob's Fishing Tips, you get found. This means simply getting at least one real site to link the name of your site to you, or maybe a couple sites if you have some common word like Yelp.
1. After that, make sure people link to you with proper anchor text for other keywords. If you want people to search for "fishing tips" and find you, then several people will need to link you something like this:
This site has great <a href=>fishing tips</a>.
2. The more authority these links have, the better you will do. If you get a very high PageRank site to link "fishing tips" to you, you might be immediately first for that query in Google. Or, 2-3 medium links might do it.
3. The words you want people to search for need to be used several times on your site. You should have the words "fishing tips" on several pages and you should link to your best page on "fishing tips" by putting that phrase in your own links to your own pages.
4. Also make sure you put the keywords you want searches for in the title of your page, and enclose them in H1 tags or other bold/header tags. This won't help very much, but it's probably worth doing.
5. Links don't really help you unless they are from a real domain - a link from will not help your PageRank much at all. Also, the domain needs to exist for a while to help you - something like a year.
6. Good places to get links are from your college and high school newspapers, local newspapers, and anyone else who has a website that would appropriately cover you.
7. Some sites have way more PageRank than you might expect. is an anchor site for the link graph, and a link from this site will do wonders for your PageRank.
8. Here are some excellent pages on SEO:
You should also check out That site is SEOed within an inch of its existence on Google, so take some tips from them but tread carefully.
9. In the end, it really boils down to having authoritative links with the right anchor text linking to you. The rest matters very little.
jsm386 715 days ago | link
All good advice. I'd add:
1 Speed matters. Google is on record about this. They want your site to load quickly. This factor is part of the 'caffeine' update that Google is in the process of rolling out
2 Don't stop with H1s. Think about the structure of your page. Subheaders should be H2, and so on.
3 Use Google Webmaster Tools to submit a sitemap. They'll regularly pull it down from your server so as you add pages to your site, Google will know to index them. They'll tell you how many pages you have submitted, and how many are indexed.
While you're in Webmaster Tools, check out if your site has crawl errors. Check out the HTML suggestions. Google will point out the pages which are missing title tags, which have duplicate tags, short descriptions, etc. Lots of other information in there, including page load times.

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@Jamesseo-jpg Jamesseo-jpg commented Aug 10, 2021

very helpful information

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