Lately I’ve seen a lot of websites that look good on the surface, but are horrible when you look at their underpinnings (on page SEO). When I ask about this, I am told that the website designer doesn’t do SEO. Really?!
From a graphic design point of view these websites may be stunning. But from a website design standpoint, they are ineffective at best. Graphic design is not website design. Website design incorporates graphic design and much more. It is possible to build a website a hundred different ways and still achieve the same finished look. However, hidden in the code and content can be a website’s inability to be marketed, managed or monitored properly because a designer/developer used poor or dated techniques.
Some of the items that need to be considered when designing a website are:
1. Canonicalization (does www forward to non-www or vice versa [301 redirect])
2. Map 2-3 keywords per page.
3. What is the density of the target keyword on each landing page?
4. Image & Hyperlink Optimization
5. Header Tag Optimization
6. H1 Analysis – Is the target keyword in the H1 for each page?
7. Title Tag Optimization – Is the title keyword optimized?
8. Nofollow – Are non-target words nofollowed on site.
9. W3c Validation
A website is like a house. You can cover up the poor underlying structure with an aesthetically pleasing surface, but you still have a poor structure. Would you buy a house where you knew the underlying structure was in disrepair even though it looked good on the surface?
Ask your website designer if s/he includes SEO with the website. If not, find another website designer.