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    Ten Basic SEO Tips for Any New Website

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    Once I’ve created and launched a new website I look to promote it online using various SEO techniques. These techniques generally stay the same no matter what type of website I launch – be it a blog, business site or brochure site. Today I’d like to share with you my top ten tips to follow after launching a new site; hopefully these will help new developers and act as a nice reminder for those more experienced.

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    Backlinks are an essential building block to help your site and some of the methods below will help you gain those valuable backlinks, other methods will help spread the word about your site, help you inform search engines your site exists and help you track backlinks, errors and search queries.

    Basic SEO for a New Website:

    Be it BlogSpot, WordPress, Static Website or any other platform, when you are launching a new Website, there are few basic SEO techniques, which goes for every type. These SEO tips, should be followed by everyone, and if you have question regarding any of these tips, feel free to ask me via comments.

    Before, we move ahead here are few articles worth reading:

    Create and submit sitemap

    Sitemaps help search engines discover all the content on your site, essential for new and old websites alike. You should ensure your sitemap conforms to the sitemap protocol and there are many free and paid for website and software companies that can automatically create a Sitemap for you. If you are using WordPress, you can use Google XML sitemap plugin to create sitemap for you new WordPress site.

    Webmaster’s tools

    Google, Bing and Yahoo all have webmaster sections for you to log in and tell them about your site. Once you have confirmed you’re the site owner you can submit your sitemap you made above, view details of sites linking in to you, top keywords and any errors they find when crawling your site.

    Blog Commenting

    Make your comments useful, not spammy as this will only waste your time when the editor deletes it. Comment on blogs relevant to your website and hopefully they’ll allow you a backlink. If not at least you are spreading word about your site to the relevant readers and you never know, they might have websites and add a link to you.

    Social Bookmarking

    Another useful way to spread word about your site and hopefully gain valuable links back is to take advantage of social bookmarking. Add pages (not just your homepage) from your site to some of the top bookmarking sites such as; Delicious, Digg and StumbleUpon. It also useful if each page or blog post from your site offers readers the chance to share your site to their bookmarking account. Consider adding share buttons or a toolbar such as those offered by addthis.com to your pages.

    Twitter

    Build up a good following of relevant businesses, clients and those in related industries and the benefits can be huge. Post useful tweets and occasionally throw in articles, news, or blog posts from your site with a link back to them. Don’t just jump right in for sell, sell, sell or you’re liable to put off followers. Add a tweetmeme.com button or similar to your pages too.

    Facebook

    This site has over 500 million members so adding a page on here is a must. Add Facebook like buttons to your website too so that visitors can share your pages with their friends. We have a good number of articles, related to Facebook marketing for a new website. Here are few links, which will help you to get started:

    Exchange links

    Most webmasters are happy to link to good quality, relevant websites so try contacting a few direct. When gaining links always link to sub-pages or folders, don’t just concentrate on your homepage. Looking for a good tip at finding sites that will link to you? Google “Add Link” followed by your website niche for a list of relevant sites that you can submit links to. Though 2 way link-exchange is a big no. Also after Penguin update, I highly recommend you to get backlinks from relevant niche. Here are few more resources, to help you build links for your new Website:

    Submit a press release

    Announce to the world you’ve launched, what you offer and why you do it best. Ensure it’s a good, well written press release and if necessary hire someone to write it for you. Then you need to get your release out there. The web has some good auto-submit press release sites that can often gain you links back but also consider local press, trade magazines or any publications concentrating on your niche. Do remember, Matt Cutts (Google Sposkesperson), recently added that Press release doesn’t give SEO advantage, but reports from SEO world shows that Press release still helps in search engine ranking.

    Internet Directories

    Submit your site to good quality internet directories such as DMOZ, Yahoo Directory, Business.com, Yellow Pages and Best of the Web. Some of these are paid and none offer guaranteed inclusion so ensure you meet all terms and conditions before submitting your site. Some directories are deemed to offer good quality backlinks so it could be well worth the initial investment.

    Don’t stop your SEO Effort!

    This one’s simple, don’t steam ahead, and do all this in one weekend and then forget about it! You need to constantly work hard, publish fresh new content, talk to your twitter followers, post updates to Facebook, build a good reputation on forums and blogs, get to know press contacts and keep them up-to-date with how you’re doing and eventually the web will build trust in your site.

    Do remember, SEO is an ongoing effort, and you should keep monitoring your site for progress. You can try tools like SEOMOZ, which will crawl your new Website like a search engine bot, and will give you recommendation to improve your site. So there you have it, the top ten basic SEO things I do to launch a site. I hope some of you found this useful, feel free to share what you do too!

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    Dinesh @ DailyBlogMoney

    Sometimes, there will be nofollow comments area in some blogs. In that case, guest posts will be useful to get exposer with dofollow links to improve new website’e SEO.

    Thanks for the list.

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    hubpk

    Daniel Bramley nice tips but if you work continue these tips developed the strong ‘SEO’.last is more important.

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    Aman Gulati

    These all points are really helpful in promotion of your blog or website.
    Definately, one must be following these points to make thier blogs or website successful.

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    Jens P. Berget

    I have to admit that I should probably be more focused on the basic SEO stuff, the free ways to climb the search engines, but I always seem to forget about the basics.

    At the moment I am testing Scribe SEO, it works great, but it’s expensive :)

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    Jimmy

    Thanks, Helpful tips for beginners :-)

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    Sujith

    I am not believing in link exchange. It is always good to do organic link building such as blog commenting, guest blogging, article submission etc.

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    Prabal @ Price Arena

    Very Well written article Daniel. Thanks a lot for sharing. These tips will surely help for my new website.

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    tushar

    yupp…thanks…i always love SEO tips whether they are told or before

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    Rose

    Be careful your social bookmarking on Stumbleupon, better to ask some friend to do it for you. You will get a better result.

    Note; I have noticed that several of my back links showing on Google webmaster tool appear to be from no follow blog, therefore I didn’t take much attention regarding do follow or no follow as long as I can enjoy reading and community. ;-)

    Daniel, what about forum posting and Yahoo answer? Are they still good? If you have to give all these tips some points, how much would you rate each of them from largest to smallest? Thank you.

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    Rahul @ MazaKaro

    great basic stuff to know and focus on , i have been looking for this , and i need it really ! thank you for the tips and what you shared ! well done ;)

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    Anoop

    Nice stuff!
    I am still struggling at getting my Blog indexed. :(
    But these tips will surely assist me. :)

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    Gojeg

    Hey, you’ve missed an important thing! You should ping the search engine after you created a sitemap, and if you have a photoblog, create an image sitemap. ;D
    Thanks.

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    Gautam Doddamani

    i have done all except exchanging links and submitting press releases! i guess i should get on with my site maintenance :D

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    Varun Bansal

    Thanks for the post. I loved the part specific to press release. I was not aware of that. Googled it arnd and found that its super awesome for seo. Thanks for a wonderful post :)

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    Ishan Verma

    Great Article Harsh,

    Can you please provide me the links of some basic e-book on SEO techniques !

    Reply

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