The most important website content is the text on your pages. Besides the usual places to incorporate key words and phrases (such as your paragraphs and bullet lists), look for other opportunities to add search terms that reflect the page content. Here are some ideas!
Each page must support the site as a whole
Consider how words on any one website page support each other and how keywords used throughout a site will strengthen the rank of the site as a whole. A page which uses the terms “rivers”, “streams” and “lakes” can rank higher than one that only discusses “rivers” since those terms are themselves related. A site with specific pages highlighting each may beat out a site that again only talks about “rivers”. So keep in mind the relevance of terminology within pages and over a number of pages.
Speaking of rivers, the tone of text should “flow” in the same general direction throughout a site. If different people are responsible for writing different pages, an editor should be appointed to give the site a uniform feel.
Maintain strong customer focus
Build the site and flow of information on each page from the customer’s point of view instead of your own. Meet their needs before presenting your credentials and “why to buy from us”. People are only interested in you if you can help them. Here’s a real world example… When prospects call or visit, instead of first telling them about yourself and your wonderful background, ask what you can do for them!
Make images more visible with alt tags
Although images don’t qualify as content to the same degree as text, you can make them more tasty to Google and Yahoo as well. Image “alt” tags should be used to describe photos and graphics to robots and visually impaired viewers. Insert a text description of one or more words as follows:
<img src=”images/tiger-photo.jpg” alt=”Photo of hungry Bengal tiger”/>
Squeeze in some fine print
Image captions, smaller print notes, and even copyright lines of text allow additional inclusion of keywords. You may not want to clutter a page with too much text or by repeating the same terms over and over, but there are always opportunities to squeeze in some remarks such as below an image. Even generic images could have a short comment under it. Your page about tigers in Africa may include a couple photos. Even if no explanation is necessary, “African tigers” would definitely not be out of place. Or maybe it’s an opportunity to inject some humor into a dry subject, pleasing both robots and humans simultaneously.