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SEO News Bytes March 2005

By Shelley Murphy

Best SEO optimization techniques survey

How do you measure success when optimizing a website, well we took this question straight to the polls. We ran an online survey for period of one month to gain an outside perspective on what other people deemed relevant in terms of optimizing a website.
This in turn allows our readers to gauge for themselves some applicable changes they may need to make when optimizing their websites in order to stay competitive.

You be the Judge...

 

1) Which top level domains did you have the most success with?
.com
57
(82.61%)
.net
7
(10.14%)
.biz
2
(2.90%)
.org
8
(11.59%)
Other
12
(17.39%)
 
2) What is the total number of web pages per website have you had the most success with?
1
3
(4.35%)
1-5
12
(17.39%)
5-10
11
(15.94%)
10-20
13
(18.84%)
20-30
13
(18.84%)
30-50
4
(5.80%)
50-100
5
(7.25%)
100 or More
18
(26.09%)
 
3) What % of keyword density has been most effective for you in the Body text?
Less than .5%
2
(2.90%)
Between .5% to 1%
3
(4.35%)
Between 1% to 2%
4
(5.80%)
Between 2% to 3%
9
(13.04%)
Between 4%to 5%
16
(23.19%)
Between 5% to 6%
10
(14.49%)
Between 6% to 7%
6
(8.70%)
Between 7% to 8%
5
(7.25%)
Between 9% to 10%
6
(8.70%)
More than 10%
8
(11.59%)
 
6) How many words per page have you had the most success with?
Less than 10
7
(10.14%)
Between 10 to 100
16
(23.19%)
Between 100 to 200
6
(8.70%)
Between 200 to 300
12
(17.39%)
Between 300 to 400
14
(20.29%)
Between 400 to 500
8
(11.59%)
Between 500 to 1,000
5
(7.25%)
More than 1,000
1
(1.45%)
 
7) What % of keyword density has been most effective for you in the Title tag?
Less than 10%
13
(18.84%)
Between 10% to 20%
14
(20.29%)
Between 20% to 30%
12
(17.39%)
Between 30% to 40%
6
(8.70%)
Between 40% to 50%
4
(5.80%)
Between 50% to 60%
7
(10.14%)
Between 60% to 70%
4
(5.80%)
Between 70% to 80%
1
(1.45%)
Between 80% to 90%
3
(4.35%)
Between 90% to 100%
5
(7.25%)
 
8) Does a keyword rich domain name guarantee better ranking?
Yes
41
(59.42%)
No
28
(40.58%)
 
9) Do you place your keywords in your folder/directory names?
Yes
38
(55.07%)
No
31
(44.93%)
 
10) Do you name your web pages with your keywords?
Yes
53
(76.81%)
No
16
(23.19%)
 
11) Do you name your image files with your keywords?
Yes
46
(66.67%)
No
23
(33.33%)
 
12) Do you use hyphens or underscores when naming your directories and web pages?
Hyphens
36
(52.17%)
Underscores
32
(46.38%)
 
13) Have you created a search engine friendly site map?
Yes
47
(68.12%)
No
22
(31.88%)
 
14) Do you optimize text-based navigation of the site with an optimized inter-linking structure?
Yes
45
(65.22%)
No
24
(34.78%)
 
15) Do you control the web page content headings through optimized CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)?
Yes
44
(63.77%)
No
25
(36.23%)
 
16) Do you add keyword rich H1-H6 tags to your web pages?
Yes
48
(69.57%)
No
21
(30.43%)
 
17) Do you create an optimized robots.txt file to control indexing of your website by the search engines?
Yes
32
(46.38%)
No
37
(53.62%)
 
18) Do you add a visible keyword rich text to the anchor text with the Title tag attribute?
Yes
35
(50.72%)
No
34
(49.28%)
 
19) Do you add a visible keyword rich text to most of the images with the Alt tag attribute?
Yes
51
(73.91%)
No
18
(26.09%)
 
20) Do you use Bold, Strong, Italic and other font attributes to emphasize keywords?
Yes
49
(71.01%)
No
20
(28.99%)
 
21) Do you include and optimize the META keyword and description tags?
Yes
65
(94.20%)
No
4
(5.80%)
 
22) Do you place your domain name in the Title and META tags?
Yes
30
(43.48%)
No
39
(56.52%)
 
23) Do you engage in reciprocal linking and maintain a resource or link page?
Yes
44
(63.77%)
No
25
(36.23%)
 
24) Do you solicit or buy one way inbound links?
Yes
17
(24.64%)
No
52
(75.36%)
 
25) Is a link a link, or do you look for quality authority websites to get links from within the same business as yours?
Yes
44
(63.77%)
No
25
(36.23%)
 
26) Do you specify to your link partners which internal page(s) you want their links to point to or most of your inbound links point to your home page?
Yes
38
(55.07%)
No
31
(44.93%)
 
27) Do you submit your website(s) to DMOZ?
Yes
50
(72.46%)
No
19
(27.54%)
 
28) Do you submit your website(s) to the Yahoo! directory?
Yes
50
(72.46%)
No
19
(27.54%)
 
29) Do you agree creating a community on your website(s) with a forum or web blog will help your ranking?
Yes
54
(78.26%)
No
15
(21.74%)
 
30) Is high Page Rank as effective as it used to be to get high ranking?
Yes
33
(47.83%)
No
36
(52.17%)
 

Closing Comments.

After reviewing the results of this survey it is clear on page optimization is key to ranking well.
At the beginning of February the word out was Google danced again and called it "Allegra". The weighting of back links appears to have been reduced while the weighting of on page factors has increased.

Congratulations to our winners

We would like to thank all of those who had participated in our survey and congratulations to those 10 lucky winners of SEO Studio Professional.

 

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