96 Writing for Search Engines "Presumably man's spirit should be elevated if he can better review his shady past and analyze more completely and objectively his present problems." - from As We May Think by Vannevar Bush Finally…What was all that other junk? What do the spiders want to see? What are the best words to use? Where do I place them? Don't worry, the above chapters are not a complete wash. The more you learn about the web, the more you will learn how ideas overlap. Good usability is usually equal to good search engine optimization. Some people stress search engine optimization so much that they forget about their visitors' needs. SEO is just one part of the site-building puzzle. Ultimately, it is your social impact or cash in the bank that is a measure of success, not where you rank for some random search query. In the Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell shows how small changes can bear amazing results. If you can learn to include some of those little extras that make your site better than your competition's, site, you will find that others will do your marketing for you. That is why I think it is more important to understand the concepts of the web and the goals of search engines versus just learning the flavor- of-the-moment optimization. If everything else is good, then you do not need to worry as much about optimization. Plus, knowing the above in addition to doing search engine optimization will allow you to draw lots of visitors and have a higher conversion rate. On the web, when you lose a customer, it is usually forever. The last thing you want to do is draw prospective customers into a minefield they are sure to regret. Each and every page is a chance to capture or lose customers. Focusing a Site & Combining Site Ideas One time, a person contacted me asking for a bit of help with their site. They wanted me to submit their site to directories. When I looked at their site I saw it sold handmade hemp jewelry and SEO services. Chapter 4

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