While basic points, these are easy to overlook as a site develops over a period of time so should be routinely checked to make sure the most is being made of the limited optimization possibilities afforded by pictures.
Do You Route The Search Engine Robots Well?
A Robots.TXT file is an essential component of any site’s root as it tells the search engine web crawlers where they should and shouldn’t be looking as they roam around your web pages. If there are pages within the site that you do not want the search engine’s to reference in their results pages, you can use the Robot.TXT file to signify this.
While a file would usually be set up when the site is created, you should check this listing sporadically to ensure all pages you wish to be excluded are present on the list. If you’ve recently incorporated a search function to your site for example, you may wish to exclude the results pages using the Robots.txt function to avoid passing visitors referred from a search engine from one results page to another.
Be Aware Of The Value Of No Follow
The ‘No Follow’ attribute can be leveraged to great effect if you have recently introduced a blog to your site or forum which allows others to post. Including the ‘No follow’ tag will prevent your PageRank ‘goodwill’ being passed on to sites being linked to from within your site. This simple procedure will ensure your site does not become open to link abuse while still allowing visitors to participate in community based activities within the site.
Have You Checked Your Web Stats?
Web analytics are an invaluable tool and if you’re not already using them with your web site, should be included with your first site audit. Google offers its own free Google Analytics package although there are a number of other solutions which are just as easy to incorporate. Simply follow the instructions to paste the relevant code in to the site’s HTML.
Once installed, checking usage stats and analytical data should become a force of habit. Analytics will give you a door into soul of your site, collating information on how users reach and then use each of your pages along with proving a valuable testing ground for changes made.
By highlighting popular areas of the site and indicating the success of controlled changes, Analytics will help you become more switched on to the behavioral habits of your users. This insight makes you better placed to develop more of the right kinds of content and address areas within the site proving unpopular with viewers.