Developing Incredible Websites that Wins SEO in 2014 and Beyond

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Any SEO company requires web developers to go with their search engine optimization practices. It may be any type such as in-house or outsourcing agency. The level of knowledge for SEO varies for every company and it greatly requires trained developers to go with it.

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I am here to let you provide insights about the important elements that every developer should be aware of:

Technical Vs Onsite elements

Onsite SEO

Onsite elements are the elements which user can view on the site without looking for coding. It includes the following:

  • Title Tag
  • Headers
  • URLs
  • Body Text

As you have seen about these already in many blogs I am skipping the explanation.

Technical SEO

These are the main elements of the website without which a site cannot function. They are the key factors that are included in the source code. The user will be able to view it only in the coding side. This includes:

  • IP detection
  • Site load speed
  • HTTP header codes
  • Flash
  • Java script
  • Crawler access

Let me explain about everything in this section, as it is the important factor that gives the best impressions on the site.

IP Detection

IP detection is nothing but sensing the IP address of the user coming to the site and redirecting them to other content based on their location. For example, if a user landed on www.example.co.uk and his IP address indicates he was in France, then he will be taken to www.example.fr which may have content in French.

But it has become a problematic issue when it comes to search engine crawlers. Detecting IP’s will not be always accurate. This is because sometimes search engine crawls from US based IP’s and it means troublesome for that to see content on your site. So, it is very important to be aware of this accident of stopping search engines from crawling your pages.

Site Load Speed

This must be the first priority for the developers when they set to work. It is not only meant for ranking factor, but as well as for user-friendly experience that can lead to conversion and sales. It is always important to have a smooth relationship between the speed and the user satisfaction. Future proofing the site with optimum speed is very essential for a site to increase its ROI.

HTTP Header Codes

Of course this is a very common thing which every web developer might have known. The effectiveness of these codes and how the search engine will treat them; are the important factor in the site’s performance. Following are few header codes which every SEO and a developer must know:

  • 200 – success
  • 301 – moved permanently
  • 302 – moved temporarily
  • 304 – not modified
  • 403 – forbidden
  • 404 – page not found
  • 410 – permanently not found
  • 500 – internal server error
  • 503 – service unavailable

JavaScript

It is a great thing to do with websites to enhance the user experience. But yet the search engine does not have full access to execute the JavaScript. Hence, the biggest advice is that don’t place valuable content within the scripts. So it is best to have the main content onto the page and avoid additional content using JavaScript. But it also means that placing the content or links inside the JavaScript might be a black-hat SEO tactic. It is also better advisable to use the Jquery wherever possible.

Flash

As you know search engine feels difficult to understand the flash elements of the page. However, Google can extract few of them, but not all can do it. It is not always possible to build everything with flash. And, few webmasters say flash is no longer used as the technology has transformed too many latest techniques.

Crawler Access

It is not possible for the search engine to automatically crawl and index every webpage instantly. It is a must for a developer to make sure that the pages are easily crawlable by the search engine bots while launching a website. It all depends on the site’s architecture that should be built in a powerful way.

Robots.txt is another important factor to be considered is the search engine obeys it. It is nothing but a file that will be first indexed when a search engine crawls your site and notice the pages or files that should not be crawled.

Rel=Canonical is again a recommended tag that resolves the issues faced with the site’s architecture. It can greatly help in duplication issues if it is used rightly. But don’t think it as a tool to help you out in any way!

Hope you will like this post! Please do share your comments and views about the same.

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Vishal Gaikar

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I am Vishal Gaikar, Software Engineer, Web Addicted, Living in Maharashtra, India. If you like This post, you can follow Tricks Machine on Twitter, also you can add me on Google+.

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  • SEODr

    Robots.txt is a very important factor to be considered if the search engine obeys it.

    I am all about Page speed these days, great blog

    • Yes, Page speed play a vital role in website ranking.

  • Amy Jasmine

    Thanks for your comments. Keep visiting tricksmachine to see more interesting tips!

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