Search engines operate in a strange new world. Search engines are visualized as spiders crawling through cyberspace. They pick up “keywords” and add them to their lair of identifying words. They use these words to direct searchers to sites. Search engines operate by artificial intelligence–different from ours. The following tips are designed to help you bridge that gap and help your business gain a valuable friend in these search engine “spiders.”

When using SEO on your site, don’t forget about organizing your files in the directory. The more layers you have in your file directory, the less weight the search engine spiders will place on those pages. Organizing your files to be closer to the root directory will help to boost your rankings.

For search engine optimization, the first thing you should do is register with Google and other search engines (such as Yahoo! and Bing). You can visit a special site, fill out a very short form with your website address and you’ll likely be “crawled,” in other words added, by that search engine faster.

If your website provides a local service, it is important to use the name of the area that you serve as one of your keywords. For instance, use “our Minneapolis pizza” instead of simply “our pizza.” This will make it easier for people who live within your particular market to find your site.

As you begin to build your site, you will find out various ways to help customers and search engines navigate your site. One such way is to use breadcrumb navigation. This is a method of secondary navigation which makes it easier for users to navigate around your website once there. The idea is that each page is accurately described so people always know their way around.

To succeed at search engine optimization, you must choose your target keywords wisely. If you have a lot of competition for a particular keyword, try specializing in a less competitive, but similar keyword. You can use the traction you gain on that page, to support your other pages with more common keywords.

Be aware that search spiders cannot read images, they can only read text. You need to include text in the descriptions of your images and image tags so that they can be found in search engine results. Using the image’s “ALT” tag, you can add keywords and text, that can help the spider effectively find your image by reading around it.

Use analytics to track collect data. This will provide large amounts of very useful data about the traffic on your site. You will be able to see were the visitors of your site had come from, how long they are staying on your site and what it is that they are doing on your site.

We hope these tips have made this immaterial landscape in which search engine “spiders” operate clearer to you. Leading them to your website will give your business a tremendous boost. Search engines connect your business with customers. Study these tips–and much more information online–and your bottom line will definitely benefit.