Posts Tagged ‘sitelink seo’

Meta Tag Implementation Techniques

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Posted by Stacy Miller, Dydacomp Search Engine Marketing Manager 

Stacey Miller, Dydacomp SEM ManagerThere are many types of Meta tags you can implement and utilize on your web pages to help engines digest the most relevant content on your site. Implementing proper Meta tags is an essential component of on-page website optimization, especially when you are trying to sell online goods and services.

More popular tags, such as Meta-titles and Meta-descriptions, are important to implement because they display the content in the search result when that particular web page of your site shows up in browser search results. Once ranking, the description tag content needs to address the searcher for your listing to catch the searcher’s attention. If there is no specified tag, the spiders will pull any text that can be found in the source code and index it for your listing content.

Character counts for Meta data – follow these guidelines for optimized search engine listings:
Meta Title Tag – 65 characters (summarize with most important keyphrases) plus domain address for branding!

Meta Description Tag – 155 characters (marketing pitch with most relevant keyphrases) – capture the click!

Meta Keyword Tag – 4-5 per product, 6-9 per department, 10-13 for the homepage maximum – no spamming!

Below are some examples for a better understanding of optimized meta tag content pulled from a Google search for ‘power tools’ and then just ‘tools’. Please note how the search phrase becomes bolded naturally in the results text:

1. Title Tags – they show in your listing and should be no longer than 65 characters so the verbiage does not get cut off in the most popular Internet Explorer browser page title section. This character count does vary by browser so better to be conservative here and not get your marketing message text cut off.

Listing Example: (ranked but not using full title tag text space for optimal marketing message)

 title tag listing example

 Optimized Listing Example: (utilizing specific search terms plus branded search keyphrase) 

 Title Tag Optimized Listing

 2. Description Tags – include your marketing content in the first 155 characters due to the fact that when your site receives a Google listing, the description text will be cut off with three dots… There are character count variations for Yahoo/Msn/Ask, but with Google being the most popular, it is best to optimize to shoot for natural listings with them first. See below…

 Listing Example: (the description text does not utilize maximum search marketing content space)

 Description tag listing

 Optimized Listing Example: (utilizes maximum text display for search-friendly marketing pitch for clicks) 

 Description Tag Optimized Listing

 3. Keyword Tags – not necessary but they do offer a high level of suggestion if your content relevancy. It is best to keep your keyword phrases specific to the content on the particular web page to maintain the highest relevancy factor.  Too many keywords can be noted as ‘keyword spamming’. Depending on number of products, here is a guideline:

  • Home Page – 10-13 keyphrases at most
  • Category Pages: 6-9 keyphrases at most
  • Product pages: 4-5 keyphrases at most

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Driving Traffic to Your E-commerce Site

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Posted by Christopher Lang, SiteLINK Supervisor, Dydacomp Technical Support

The other day I was having a conversation with a client that sells clothing online and in retail locations. Because of the industry they have different sales all the time and are constantly sending out e-mails to their customers with various promotions and sale items to try and drive sales to their e-commerce store. Their biggest pet peeve, however, was that they had no way to track which sales were coming to their site based on the marketing e-mails sent out. Therefore, they had to find a way to determine how much money they should budget for their upcoming sales quarter for more e-mail marketing.

The client was already on our latest version of SiteLINK so I showed him our new e-mail campaign feature. This feature generates a link that you can put into your e-mail blasts that when clicked, automatically adds a specific source key to the customer’s order applying the order promotion without them having to do extra work. Even better, it allows you to have a direct link to the product listed in the e-mail blast!

Email Campaign Link

Needless to say, the very next concern from the client was, “Well that’s great and all, but then I can’t track any of this source key information unless I’m in my office sitting in from of my Mail Order Manager workstation.” I was then able to explain to him that this is one of the reporting features built in to the online admin interface on SiteLINK so he can run these e-mail campaign reports from anywhere he has internet access.

Email Campaign Report

Now the client is sending out even more e-mail campaigns each month and can correctly determine how many customers and how many orders were driven to the site for each and every campaign and they’re saving time and money because they took the guesswork out of the equation!

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Best Practices: Search Engine Optimization

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

As more and more business is being conducted online, retailers are looking to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to improve organic search ranking and drive more traffic to their sites.

On the most basic level, as the search engines spider sites, they seek out the density of keywords and relevant content to determine the site’s position in search listings, making it essential that retailers use all the tools at their disposal to make their sites keyword rich and therefore more visible to search engines and consumers alike.

Our newest release, SiteLINK eCommerce 6.0, offers you essential tools to not only conduct online business easily and seamlessly, but to improve your search engine ranking.

• URL Rewrite – URLs for product and department pages are named based upon the product and department titles themselves, making those pages keyword rich and feeding relevant content to search engine spiders

• Dynamic H1 Tags – When products are added to pages, tags within the code flag product identifiers as the most important piece of information on the page.

• XML Sitemaps – SiteLINK offers 1 click sitemap generation using the software protocol common to Google®, Yahoo® and Microsoft®, streamlining search engine submission to make it faster, easier and more effective

• Fully Editable Meta Tags – Meta tags are another excellent source of relevant content and keywords for SEO. SiteLINK features fully editable meta tag descriptions and keywords for every product and department

• Customizable Page Titles – Every department and product page can be customized to reflect page content and utilize keywords

• Alt and Title Tags – Two of the most important tools for improving search engine ranking, SiteLINK allows you to create alt and title tags for every image and link pulled from stock and department information. These tags allow search engines to determine the content of the images and present an important opportunity to incorporate brand/company names and keywords

Our SiteLINK staff is available to answer questions about how to use these and other tools to help drive more customers to your site. They can be reached by email at sitelinkadmin@dydacomp.com or by phone at (973) 237-0300, option 2.

Not using SiteLINK? SiteLINK is the only 100% customizable eCommerce solution tailor-made for and completely integrated with M.O.M..For a complete list of SiteLINK’s features and benefits visit http://www.dydacomp.com/sitelink-features.asp. To schedule an online demo, contact your solution specialist at (800) 858-3666.

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Will Meta-tags allow better search ranking results for your e-commerce site?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Will Meta-tags allow better search ranking results for your e-commerce site?

Yes, it will. Especially for those e-commerce websites that currently do not employ meta-tags at all. Be aware that meta-tags are not the cure-all to boost your website to the top ranking on all search engines. Depending on the search engine, meta-tags are just part of the formula they use in determining page rankings. Inclusion of meta-tags will separate your website from the ones that do not use them.

Question: I still don’t understand why I would need meta-tags?

Let’s compare search engine page ranking to looking for books in a library. The ultimate goal for the higher page ranking is to get customers to visit your website if you are the merchant. If you are the customer looking for a particular product, websites with appropriately chosen meta-tags will have a higher chance of meeting your search query. When searching for books in the library, you may want to visit the card catalog and look up based the author, title, or subject. These criteria will allow you to narrow your search down to a specific section of the library.

Likewise using meta-tags will more specifically define your website to potential customers. It’s not going to guarantee customers will visit your site but it will increase the chances because your website will better match the search query entered by the customer. The better the match the higher the page ranking will be. As an internet customer, wouldn’t you be more likely to click on one of the first ten search result links instead of the 30th or 59th link?

Two of the most common meta-tags are keywords and descriptions. I’m sure you have seen the meta-tag description when doing a search on Google.com. For example, if you did a search for “Mail Order Software” one of the links you see would be for Dydacomp’s Mail Order Manager software. Directly underneath the link to the Dydacomp website is a small description. That description is the meta-tag description.

The meta-tag description is entered within the “head” area of html source code for the Dydacomp webpage. Below is the meta-tag description at www.dydacomp.com:

Please Note: I have replaced <> with {} respectively

{html}
{head}
{TITLE}Mail Order Software for Order Entry and Ecommerce – Mail Order Manager and SiteLINK – Dydacomp{/TITLE}
{META NAME=”DESCRIPTION” CONTENT=”Mail Order Manager’s Mail Order Software and Order Entry Software is specifically designed to address the unique needs of today’s multi-channel retail, wholesale and distribution businesses. Also use SiteLINK for your e-commerce web store.”}
{META NAME=”KEYWORDS” CONTENT=”Mail Order Manager, Mail Order Software, Order Entry Software, SiteLINK E-Commerce Software, Shopping Cart, Point of Purchase, Point of Sale, “}

As you can see, for each meta-tag it starts off with “{META NAME=”. After the equals sign is the type of meta-tag. The first meta-tag entry is for the “DESCRIPTION” meta-tag. The next parameter that is passed is the contents within that meta-tag.

The meta-tag keyword is coded in a similar fashion. Take a look at the meta tag keywords. One of them is “Order Entry Software”. If I go to www.google.com and enter in “Order Entry Software”, one of the links will be for Dydacomp’s website. Be aware some search engines take a look at the meta-tag keywords and compare them to the actual content on the website. Why? To prevent keywords that has nothing to do with the content matter on the website. Those keywords are used to bring additional traffic to the website. Don’t you think searches for Britney Spears or Paris Hilton would be more popular than direct marketing solution or multi-channel e-commerce integration?

Let’s remember that meta-tags are not the only criteria the search engines look at. They also compare the location and frequency of content related keywords on the webpage. Some of these parameters can be manipulated by the webmaster. To offset the weight of meta-tags and other user-defined criteria, most search engines take into account other factors like visitors clicking through to access the website. Other search engines develop additional methods to help determine page ranking. A link analysis tool called PageRank is the basis of the Google search engine. This tool looks at the different links from one website to the next. This method then calculates a value based on the number of links pointing to the different web pages on a particular site. Links from more popular websites will have more weight than ones from less popular ones.

If you are a current SiteLINK store owner, the SiteLINK team will be able to assist in applying meta-tags to your website. If you do not have an internet presence, feel free to contact the Dydacomp sales teams for further information on SiteLINK (the only true 2-way e-commerce designed exclusively for Mail Order Manager) or other direct feed order management modules for Amazon, Miva, or Shopsite.

Michael T

Dydacomp Rep

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