According to a poll I conducted, just over 1 out of 10 people don’t think SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is mandatory as a designer; and what really surprised me is about 24% don’t even know what SEO is! If you’re among the quarter of people who don’t know what SEO is or understand how it can help you, you should really read this article. This is an SEO guide for designers who want to learn about making it easier for websites or blogs to be found by search engines. I’ll explain the common mistakes made by designers and developers. Then I’ll provide some basic tips that you should be practicing to optimize your site for search engines.


Why Should You Learn About SEO?

  • SEO isn’t only for online marketers. As a web designer or frontend developer, most on-site SEO is your responsibility.
  • If your site is not search engine friendly, you might be losing a lot of traffic that you’re not even aware of. Remember, besides visitors typing in "" and backlink referrals; search engines are the only way people can find your site.
  • There are many benefits of getting a high ranking site. Let’s use for example. I have, on average, about 14,000 visitors a day. About 40 – 45% of that traffic comes from search engines (about 6000+ referrals a day). Imagine, without search engine referrals, I would be losing thousands of visitors everyday. That means, I’m risking losing potential clients too.
  • SEO is also a value-added service. As a web designer/developer you can sell your SEO skills as an extended service.

The Basics: How Search Engines Work?

How search engines work

First, let’s look at how crawler-based search engines work (both Google and Yahoo fall in this category). Each search engine has its own automated program called a "web spider" or "web crawler" that crawls the web. The main purpose of the spider is to crawl web pages, read and collect the content, and follow the links (both internal and external). The spider then deposits the information collected into the search engine’s database called the index.

When searchers enter a query in the search box of a search engine, the search engine’s job is to find the most relevant results to the query by matching the search query to the information in its index.

What makes or breaks a search engine is how well it answers your question when you perform a search. That’s based on what’s called the search engine algorithm which is basically a bunch of factors that the search engine uses to say “hey is this page RELEVANT or NOT?”. The higher your page ranks for these factors (yes some factors are more important than others) than the higher your page will get displayed in the search engine result pages.

Your Job As a Search Engine Optimizer

SEO jobs

Each search engine has its own algorithm in ranking web pages. Understanding the general factors that influence the algorithm can affect your search result position, and this is what SEO experts are hired for. An SEO’s job has two aspects: On-Site and Off-Site.

On-Site SEO: are the things that you can do on your site, such as: HTML markups, target keywords, internal linking, site structure, etc.

Off-Site SEO: are the things that you have much less control of, such as: how many backlinks you get and how people link to your site.

This is a guide for designers and developers. The main concern is the On-Site aspects. Secretly though, if you do your job right… and design a beautiful site… and/or produce useful content… you’ll get Off-Site backlinks and social bookmarks without even lifting a finger.

Top 9 SEO Mistakes Made by Designers and Developers

1. Splash Page

Splash page

I’ve seen this mistake many times where people put up just a big banner image and a link "Click here to enter" on their homepage. The worst case — the "enter" link is embedded in the Flash object, which makes it impossible for the spiders to follow the link.

This is fine if you don’t care about what a search engine knows about your site; otherwise, you’re making a BIG mistake. Your homepage is probably your website’s highest ranking page and gets crawled frequently by web spiders. Your internal pages will not appear in the search engine index without the proper linking structure to internal pages for the spider to follow.

Your homepage should include (at minimum) target keywords and links to important pages.

2. Non-spiderable Flash Menus

Many designers make this mistake by using Flash menus such as those fade-in and animated menus. They might look cool to you but they can’t be seen by the search engines; and thus the links in the Flash menu will not be followed.

3. Image and Flash Content

Web spiders are like a text-based browser, they can’t read the text embedded in the graphic image or Flash. Most designers make this mistake by embedding the important content (such as target keywords) in Flash and image.

4. Overuse of Ajax

A lot of developers are trying to impress their visitor by implementing massive Ajax features (particularly for navigation purposes), but did you know that it is a big SEO mistake? Because Ajax content is loaded dynamically, so it is not spiderable or indexable by search engines.

Another disadvantage of Ajax — since the address URL doesn’t reload, your visitor can not send the current page to their friends.

5. Versioning of Theme Design

For some reason, some designers love to version their theme design into sub level folders (ie., v3, v4) and redirect to the new folder. Constantly changing the main root location may cause you to lose backlink counts and ranking.

6. “Click Here” Link Anchor Text

You probably see this a lot where people use "Click here" or "Learn more" as the linking text. This is great if you want to be ranked high for "Click Here". But if you want to tell the search engine that your page is important for a topic, than use that topic/keyword in your link anchor text. It’s much more descriptive (and relevant) to say “learn more about {keyword topic}”

Warning: Don’t use the EXACT same anchor text everywhere on your website. This can sometimes be seen as search engine spam too.

7. Common Title Tag Mistakes

Same or similar title text:
Every page on your site should have a unique <title> tag with the target keywords in it. Many developers make the mistake of having the same or similar title tags throughout the entire site. That’s like telling the search engine that EVERY page on your site refers to the same topic and one isn’t any more unique than the other.

One good example of bad Title Tag use would be the default WordPress theme. In case you didn’t know, the title tag of the default WordPress theme isn’t
that useful: Site Name > Blog Archive > Post Title. Why isn’t this search engine friendly? Because every single blog post will have the same text "Site Name > Blog Archive >" at the beginning of the title tag. If you really want to include the site name in the title tag, it
should be at the end: Post Title | Site Name.

Exceeding the 65 character limit:
Many bloggers write very long post titles. So what? In search engine result pages, your title tag is used as the link heading. You have about 65 characters (including
spaces) to get your message across or risk it getting cutoff.

Keyword stuffing the title:
Another common mistake people tend to make is overfilling the title tag with keywords. Saying the same thing 3 times doesn’t make you more relevant. Keyword stuffing in the Title Tag is looked at as search engine spam (not good). But it might be smart to repeat the same word in different ways:

    "Photo Tips & Photography Techniques for Great Pictures"

“Photo” and “Photography” are the same word repeated twice but in different ways because your audience might use either one when performing a search query.

8. Empty Image Alt Attribute

You should always describe your image in the alt attribute. The alt attribute is what describes your image to a blind web user. Guess what? Search engines can’t see images so your alt attribute is a factor in illustrating what your page is relevant for.

Hint: Properly describing your images can help your ranking in the image search results. For example, Google image search brings me hundreds of referrals everyday for the search terms "abstract" and "dj".

9. Unfriendly URLs

Most blog or CMS platforms have a friendly URL feature built-in, however, not every blogger is taking advantage of this. Friendly URL’s are good for both your human audience and the search engines. The URL is also an important spot where your keywords should appear.

Example of Friendly URL:
Example of Dynamic URL:

General SEO Do’s and Don’ts

Let me tell you WHAT TO DO by telling you WHAT NOT TO DO:

Don’t Ignore Your Audience

Write about topics your audience cares about. Like what? Find out, by conducting a poll (like I did), scan some relevant bulletin boards or forums, look for common topics in customer emails, or do some keyword research. There are great free keyword tools like the Google Keyword Tool or SEO Book’s Keyword Tool and loads more. The plan is not to spend your life doing keyword research but just to get a general idea of what your visitors are interested in.

Don’t Be Dense About Keyword Density

Keyword density

Once you have a topic for readers; help search engines find it. Keyword Density is the number of times a keyword appears in a page compared to the total number of words. You want to make sure your keywords are included in the crucial areas:

  • the Title Tag
  • the Page URL (friendly URL)
  • the Main Heading (H1 or H2)
  • the first paragraph of content.
  • at least 3 times in the body content (more or less depending on amount of content and if and only if it makes sense).

Most people aim for a keyword density of 2% (i.e. use the keyword 2 times for every 100 words). But what if your keyword phrase is “SEO for Web Designers and Web Developers” how many times can you repeat that before it sounds just plain unnatural? Write for your readers not for search engines. If you follow the tips
in this article you’ll be writing naturally for your readers; which works for the search engines too.

Warning: Do not over fill your page with the same keywords or you might be penalized by search engines for keyword stuffing.

Don’t Ignore Relatives

In this article, it makes sense to mention topics like “keyword research”, “search engine crawlers” and “title tag use”, but what if I mentioned a highly trafficked term like “cell phone plans”… kind of out of context right? So use other keywords and topics that make sense to your audience, the search engine measures keyword relations to determine relevancy too.

  • Cars and Tires (yes)
  • Web Design and Flying Monkeys (no…well sometimes)

Don’t Be Afraid of Internal Linking

Do you want the search engine to see every page on your website? Help the search engine spider do its job. There should be a page (like a sitemap or
blog archives) that links to all the pages on your site.

Tip: You can promote the more important pages by inserting text links within body content. Make sure you use relevant linking text and avoid using "click here" (as mentioned earlier).

Don’t Ignore Broken Links

404 not found error

You should always search for and fix the broken links on your site. If you’ve removed a page or section, you can use the robot.txt to prevent the spiders crawling and indexing the broken links. If you have moved a page or your entire website, you can use the 301 .htaccess to redirect to a new URL.

Tips: You can use the Google Webmaster Tool to find broken links and your 404 Not Found errors.

Don’t Be Inconsistent With Your Domain URL

To search engines, a www and a non-www URL are considered two different URLs. You should always keep your domain and URL structure consistent. If you start promoting your site without the "www", stick with it.

Don’t Be Scared of Semantic Coding

Semantic and standard coding not only can make your site cleaner, but it also allows the search engines to read your page better.

Search Result Position

Coding and setting up your site to be SEO friendly can improve how well a search engine can access your website, it doesn’t guarantee you’ll end up at the top of the search engine result page (SERP). There are many factors in determining the search result position, but here are the basics:



Some professional SEO’s pay attention to Google’s PageRank and some don’t. In my experience it doesn’t hurt to have a high Google PageRank. It’s a nice little benchmark to let you know how important Google sees your web page as. You can improve your PageRank by following the tips above and building-up quality backlinks. If you want to learn how PageRank works, Smashing Magazine has a very good article.

Domain Age Before Beauty

You might be surprised to learn that domain age is also a factor in the search engine algorithm. Older domains have a history, and their content is looked at as more credible than the website that got started last week. Older domains sometimes get the edge in search results.

Be Patient

You may have done every single thing right., but your site is still not showing up in the search engines for your target keywords. Why? Because everything takes time. It takes time for the search engines to index and rank your site (especially for new domains). So, be patient.

Another reason — it could be the keywords that you’re trying to target are very competitive. Try altering the keywords on the page and you may have different results. Remember, you are competing with millions of web pages on the internet.

Resources to Help You Go Farther

Google Webmaster Tools

Google Webmaster Tools

Google Webmaster Tools allow you check the crawl statistics of your site. If you haven’t been using this great tool yet, login to the Google Webmaster Tools, then add and verify your site.

After you’ve verified your site, you can find out:

  • When was the last time Googlebot crawled your site
  • HTTP errors
  • 404 Not Found errors
  • External link counts
  • What keywords people are using to link to your site
  • What are the top search queries to your site
  • And more.

Free SEO Tools

Here are some online SEO tools that you can use to check your PageRank, Link Popularity, Search Engine Position, Keyword Density, etc.

SEO Resources

Here are some external links where you can learn more about SEO:

Final Remarks

Please note that I’m not a SEO expert (although I manage to get very high rankings on all my sites: N.Design Studio, Best Web Gallery, and Web Designer Wall). The tips I share in this SEO guide are based on self-taught knowledge and years of web design experience.

Good Luck.


David Appleyard
May 9, 2008 at 2:50 am

Fantastic article – raises some great points for new designers.

May 9, 2008 at 2:52 am

Hi thanks for this good article, i still do some SEO but with the knowledge of this article i can do some more!

May 9, 2008 at 2:52 am

I think the h1-Tag is not as important as h2, because h1 is often used for the title (Company Name, Blog Name etc.) or as replacement for the brand.

Look at WordPress. The main content is structured by h2, h3. We can find the h1 only as Blogtitle. And WP-Blog are well SEOized. :)

May 9, 2008 at 2:53 am

I must admit I was in the 24% of people not knowing what SEO really is. That is until now. Your article has really given me a good insight into the topic and I will do my best to put all the tips in practice. Thanks a lot!

May 9, 2008 at 3:10 am

nice article

cheers mate

Evan Meagher
May 9, 2008 at 3:16 am

Great article. I’m sick to death of hearing about SEO, but this is a good primer.

May 9, 2008 at 3:21 am

Thanks for sharing this info!
More power!

May 9, 2008 at 3:24 am



May 9, 2008 at 3:39 am

thank you great article… good read!

May 9, 2008 at 3:42 am

great article, i work on seo since one year and there are so many sites outside that do not care about seo – its amazing to see, how quick a page comes up in search results after doing some seo on site/off site work… thanx :)

Paul M. Watson
May 9, 2008 at 3:47 am

I was expecting more design orientated SEO tips. This is a good primer but my graphic designers aren’t going to make a whole lot of use of it.

What specifically do designers need to keep in mind to make the developers job easier and better when it comes to SEO?

May 9, 2008 at 3:53 am

Probably the best intro to SEO I’ve read, fantastic!

May 9, 2008 at 3:59 am

That was really useful !
Thank you so much !

Web Design Belfast
May 9, 2008 at 4:15 am

Nice article, I’ve read many of these tip before but it’s good to have such a comprehensive list all in 1 place.

Cobus Bester
May 9, 2008 at 4:52 am

Great article! I’ve always wondered how much a designer/coder can actually do to help with SEO. Now I know!


May 9, 2008 at 4:58 am

Nice post for beginners, it is really accurate and complete.
Well done.

May 9, 2008 at 5:04 am

Great article, can only confirm many of the things you mention here!

May 9, 2008 at 5:06 am

Thanks very much! I’m off to change my default title to show the constant part after the page name! Genius xD

May 9, 2008 at 5:16 am

Wow, great article! Thanks a lot!

May 9, 2008 at 5:42 am

This Guide is a Brilliant SEO Starting point for any developer / designer

Many thanks

May 9, 2008 at 6:19 am

Really interesting article, very useful, thanks

May 9, 2008 at 6:20 am

Very usefull! Thanks for the great post!

Web designer
May 9, 2008 at 6:38 am

Very nice post Nick, you have done a really good beginners guide about SEO, this is really helpful for any designer.

Dejan Cancarevic
May 9, 2008 at 6:51 am

here’s another SEO guide

Lathan Britz
May 9, 2008 at 7:25 am

Hi there, from what I have read on the subject many people make this mistake with the alt and title attribute.

I think it should read as follows.

8. Empty Image Title Attribute
You should always describe your image in the title attribute. The alt attribute is what describes your image to a blind web user. Guess what? Search engines can’t see images so your title attribute is a factor in illustrating what your page is relevant for.

Drupal Museum
May 9, 2008 at 7:36 am

Wow, very thorough! One thing I might add is external links to quality websites. Giving your users access to useful information outside of your site makes your site more useful, and search engines take notice. Thanks for the great article!

May 9, 2008 at 7:39 am

Yeah, this is a good one :) Some things I knew, some were new to me. But this is a good summary of several SEO techniques. :)

May 9, 2008 at 7:50 am

Nice article! It explains the basics really well.

I wrote an article about making a custom 404 page, so you won’t get the standard Ie or Firefox 404 page:

And this one is about SEO friendly redirecting:

May 9, 2008 at 8:03 am

thanks a lot, man. i was looking for something like that for ages :3

Kurt Cruse
May 9, 2008 at 8:22 am

Could you explain a little more about being consistent with your URL? This is the first time I’d ever heard of this.

May 9, 2008 at 8:42 am

This is an awesome article. I’ve learned SEO very much the same way you have, through lots of research and experience. SEO really isn’t rocket science, and there are so many companies out there that want to charge clients and arm and a leg for search engine placement, which is really unnecessary if the site is designed properly from the beginning.

I also HIGHLY recommend the Google Webmaster Tools, they are free and offer you so many ways to improve your search engine placement.

May 9, 2008 at 8:53 am

Great article…very informative…love the poll too, really shows how many designers don’t know about SEO. …and the ones who don’t think SEO matters.

I always find it so hard to believe when some of my graphic designer friends think it will be quick and easy to make a website with two things: a Photoshop file and the slice tool. People need to do some research before they throw together a website…might as well make your time and effort worthwhile – with great SEO practices.

May 9, 2008 at 8:54 am

good stuff

May 9, 2008 at 8:59 am

Thanks for sharing. I’ll try to fix my own.


May 9, 2008 at 9:11 am

this article could not have came at a better time .
i just had an interview with a place who.s looking for not only a front end web designer, but a seo professional . of course, as a web designer, i knew what seo stood for, however, since technology has changed so much, i wasn.t really aware of all these little things that help with the seo process .

i appreciate this article more than you know .thanks .

May 9, 2008 at 9:14 am

Wow, that’s a cool overview which brings it to the bottom what there is to do :-)

May 9, 2008 at 9:17 am

This is an awesome post. I think on-page SEO is a vital part of web design.

May 9, 2008 at 9:43 am

such a great post about this blog.. for me, it’s also nice that you know atleast the basic seo in order for you to gain traffic.

Alex – Markup4U team
May 9, 2008 at 9:49 am

Very nice post indeed.
Our company does *not* offer any Search Engine ranking improvement services, however we can help you out with the SEO optimized markup or WordPress theme coding.
At least On-Site SEO part is no longer a problem at all.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

May 9, 2008 at 10:38 am

Thanks Nick, its always a pleasure going through your articles. This article was a bit more special since I’m also digging into articles regarding SEO’s and I’ll surely follow the points that you’re focused.

May 9, 2008 at 10:41 am

It’s a good post indeed..
Some sites are not for BOTs to find out though.. :)

May 9, 2008 at 11:01 am

Thanks for the great tips. As more of a designer than developer it can be tough to keep up with SEO, but this article is a great help.

May 9, 2008 at 11:24 am

Nice Nick, I’ve been threatening to write up a post covering SEO for designers myself. It looks like you’ve done a great job!
Watch this post for a bunch of spam showing up in the comments, anytime there’s an SEO discussion, that seems to happen, the spiders come out of the woodwork!

May 9, 2008 at 12:07 pm

This is a great article for beginners! I often have a hard time explaining the do’s and don’ts of SEO. This is very helpful!

Davor Peić
May 9, 2008 at 12:12 pm

wow! awesome tutorial, and great tips! some of the things you listed must be “default” for every designer who is trying to work serious, but the other ones helps so much! thanx! another great article!


Todd Smith
May 9, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Great article. Thank you!

A question about WordPress title tags: how do you change them? I went into the header template (header.php) in the default WordPress theme and found a dynamic title tag which I did not know how to edit.

After reading your article, I would really love to change my title tag for each post on my blog but I don’t know how to do it.

Also, can I write a custom meta description tag for each post too?


May 9, 2008 at 12:26 pm

Great Post!

@Todd – Try searching for “SEO Title Tag Plugin” in google. It’s one of the best plugin available for properly SEOing a blog:)

May 9, 2008 at 12:28 pm

Excellent post! All web designers should read it.
One question: putting my web design company’s link on the bottom of all client’s pages would be considered search engine spamming? (Link Anchor Text)
Thanks in advance!

May 9, 2008 at 12:41 pm

This is definitely a great tutorial on SEO. Thanks!

Daniel de Paola
May 9, 2008 at 12:44 pm

Man, wonderful post. I´m designing my new portfolio and this will be very usefull to me.

really good!!!!

May 9, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Nice Article! Will be a helpful resource! Thanks!

May 9, 2008 at 2:50 pm

This is great! As a beginning designer, the idea of keeping up with SEO seemed a little intimidating until I read your fantastic article. Thanks!

Todd Smith
May 9, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Thanks Tim! I just downloaded “SEO Title Tag 2.1.3” This is a huge help. Thanks!


May 9, 2008 at 3:52 pm

One point regarding AJAX loading content. I agree completely that AJAX loading should be used sparingly as it’s not spiderable content, but there’s absolutely no reason any developer worth their pay can’t parse the hash at the end of the URL on page load, creating a copy-pastable URL in the process.

The unfortunate fact is that people can be lazy and they don’t take the extra couple of steps to get this done.

May 9, 2008 at 4:47 pm

wow..superlative tut!! oh, thanks for the MCTE V3 Component :-D lol…it’s great!!


Steve Edge
May 9, 2008 at 4:51 pm

I was really shocked by those statistics, however not suprised. One of the key flaws in the design – developer relationship is SEO. This is usually an after thought and left up to somebody to try and turn the website that may look graphically creative and beautiful into something that a search engine can actually read.

ALL graphic designers need to read this article, It is one of the best articles I have read in a long time! Well done

May 9, 2008 at 7:09 pm

hey! thanks so much for this article. i’ve actually been trying to find a great source on SEO because, unfortunately, i fall into that bottom quarter of uneducated designers. not for long!


May 9, 2008 at 9:26 pm

Hey … that was a great article

May 10, 2008 at 1:48 am

I see you are accepting only convenient comments :) Pretty bad ..

D. Carreira
May 10, 2008 at 2:17 am

Great tips! Thank you for this!

David Carreira

Marcin Petruszka
May 10, 2008 at 3:30 am

Thanks a lot for this tutorial. I’m aware of my responsibilities as a web designer/developer, but since my background is in graphic design it’s always nice to read something as clear and simple as your article.
I’m using it right away :)

May 10, 2008 at 8:29 am

This post is great! Keep up the good work!

May 10, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Amazing post. Do comments in a blog also get indexed as key words? :)

May 10, 2008 at 12:38 pm

Excellent article!
Regarding the flash menus, when I decide to go with one on a site I make a second menu and put it somewhere on the page (in the footer for example, depends) just for the search engines.

May 10, 2008 at 3:44 pm

Thx for the great post!

May 10, 2008 at 6:32 pm

Great article! I’ve read that the TITLE tag is one of the most heavily ranked factors in determining search relevancy. Putting your page/post title first before the site title is important for search engine listings. You only have so much space (65 characters) before the title gets chopped off. That’s exactly what were doing with Spotobe by putting the event/location title first, before the site title.

Muhammad Aftab
May 10, 2008 at 7:29 pm

Thanks for the post.

May 10, 2008 at 8:00 pm

hey nick, good on all points. Indeed a lot of designers do not care about SEO . Another thing which i found during my research into SEO for clients, use of invisible for h1 tag can actually hurt your web site. Some people use h1 tag hidden/invisible when using image based page title. Great alternative to that is simply to use text-indent: -9999px; Something I learned from a fellow designer from design team i’m in.

Alex Samsonas
May 10, 2008 at 8:31 pm

great tips!!!

SEO Firm Owner
May 10, 2008 at 9:56 pm

I am not really surprised that 24% did not know what SEO is because it is just becoming ‘mains stream’ over the past six months. In another six months I bet that percentage will be up to 50%.

May 11, 2008 at 3:59 am

Thanks a lot for this article. This will help me a lot on my designs. Your posts are always informative. Keep it up!
May 11, 2008 at 7:02 am

Just to help people that like using ajax, like me, make your links next way:
<a href=”static-page.html” onclick=”ajaxEvent(); return false;”>link</a>
This way even spiders AND visitors with Javascript disabled will be able to view your pages. Another technique I used a few times is using Javascript to replace the link urls with #link-like urls and add the onclick event. (Don’t forget users cannot bookmark pages if using ajax, unless using #link-like urls)

May 11, 2008 at 8:15 am

It is such a great post learning on this thing, for me it’s a good way to learn atleast the most basic in SEO as it can also add a marketing to your self. Once you been a doing SEO it can make you an asset

May 11, 2008 at 10:48 am

nice writeup… SEO I feel is mandatory when building any website today. Any website I build now is setup with what I call basic SEO. What I mean here is that I will do all the on-page optimization (h1-h6’s, tags, etc…) but I do not do any keyword research or off-page optimization. I let my clients know this and tell them that the site is built for SEO, so at any point if they feel they would like to invest more than it would be made easier since I have now laid out the framework…its just a matter of changing the keywords being used within the site. I feel there are different levels of SEO to offer clients (not all clients truly need seo or would benefit, certain industries don’t rely on the internet)…you got your basic, medium (keyword research, etc) and large (building external links to website, aggressively try to increase PR, analyze the competition that ranks for keywords you want to rank highly for and go that next step past them).

I think there is one thing you can add… analyzing the competition that ranks for the keywords you are gunning for…this is huge and a great way to know how your competition got where it is and how to get past them.


May 11, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Very interesting article Nick ! ;-)

May 11, 2008 at 4:04 pm

Thanks a lot, it’s very helpful… as always :)

Bali Web Design
May 11, 2008 at 8:50 pm

Thanks mate..this is what i’m looking for..

Ken Nickless
May 11, 2008 at 9:57 pm

Very informative and right to the point for all designers,webmasters and in fact anybody wanting to increase their site presence.

May 12, 2008 at 12:55 am

Thanks for you post,which so useful for me.

May 12, 2008 at 12:55 am

Thanks so much for putting this together. This is a very helpful ‘how to’ I will be sure to reference frequently.

May 12, 2008 at 1:01 am

Google can track AJAX’ed-in pages, it’s explained in their Google site map page.

Peter Steen Høgenhaug
May 12, 2008 at 1:36 am

Amazing article! Thanks a lot!

Paintworkz Web Design
May 12, 2008 at 1:46 am

Thanks for this amazing post on SEO. Its really helpful as you have put it up as points and easy to go through the details.

May 12, 2008 at 9:17 am

very interesting article! sometimes people forget that seo needs to be address in the design of the website

Marc Reeder
May 12, 2008 at 10:05 am

Great info I will be using it all to help my site out.

May 12, 2008 at 11:01 am

Great article..this is what i’m looking for..

Brian Petty
May 12, 2008 at 11:12 am

Really great article! Thanks so much. I’m going to save this for future reference.

May 12, 2008 at 11:28 am

The title of the page is very important in my opinion.

May 12, 2008 at 11:28 am

The title of the page is very important in my opinion.

Joshua Goodwin
May 12, 2008 at 11:43 am

Sometimes, people sacrifice usability for SEO, and then I think, “this search engine optimisation stuff is stupid.” But many of the practices described here happen to be good for usability etc. too — for example, splash pages are idiotic for reasons other than SEO disbenefits — so well done.

May 12, 2008 at 1:05 pm

great article. i’m actually an SEO that’s come from a design background and i am very happy to be seeing more designers take interest in SEO and realize that a lot of it starts with design.
something i’d like to recommend adding to the Search Engine Position (page rank, doman age, etc) is content. while it may not seem like a design thing to be concerned about, a page of good content is highly important for visibility and placement within a SERP. it’ll help you can create url structures, title and description tags, you can also code the CSS so that the content sits higher so it’s found faster and it all backs up the keywords or phrases on the page.

really stellar job on the article. :)

Edward Turtle
May 12, 2008 at 1:10 pm

There’s some real useful into there. Like I never knew that a domains age would have an effect. Thank you.

Wai Ng
May 12, 2008 at 2:56 pm

think i’ll print this article on my bathroom wall.

very very helpful information here, thanks alot for sharing.

Ray Gulick
May 12, 2008 at 8:47 pm

I’m waiting and hoping for the day when web designers aren’t expected to be specialists at everything having to do with the web. SEO is its own specialty and, frankly, one I don’t find very interesting. As a result, I confine my concern with SEO to building SEO-friendly websites (and this article contains some great suggestions about that) and recommending an SEO specialist to clients who want or need that service. Most clients are grateful that I’m not trying to represent myself as having expertise that I don’t have (and don’t care to have).

May 12, 2008 at 9:55 pm

i learned a lot 4rm this article..
ill use all these on my site and hopefully i can get some mo visitors :)

May 13, 2008 at 12:24 am


May 13, 2008 at 1:31 am

Awesome article. You covered a lot of ground and didn’t drag it on forever. One for the bookmarks.

Lisa Ditlefsen
May 13, 2008 at 5:08 am

Haleluja, a designer that totally get SEO! This is a brilliant summary of what SEO is Nick!! Really good, and I’m Head of Search and write an SEO blog ( In fact I’m going to Sphinn this blogpost!

cheers, it was a pleasure to read!!

SEO-Chick =)

May 13, 2008 at 6:39 am

This is really great article!

Matt Wilcox
May 13, 2008 at 7:40 am

“You should always describe your image in the alt attribute” – this is not good advice. ALT is an alternate for when the image can not be displayed, and not simply a description of the image. If the image is purely decorational and has no semantics relevant to the main document then the alt attribute should be blank. This allows screen readers to hop right over it without reading a redundant description or an ‘image missing alt attribute’ type warning.

But that’s the only thing I found contentions in an otherwise spot-on article.

May 13, 2008 at 9:59 am

So I am taking the challenge to build my own website. I had a designer create the visual and now I am constructing. He is really big into Flash. I finally convinced him to not have a Splash page because of the reasons you mentioned above. However, he designed the menu navigation to include a bit of javascript, or did he say flash?! Can’t remember. How would you recommend to construct the menu navigation? (I have CS3 package and just a beginner). Once I finish building my website, I will upgrade my wordpress blog in a similar design.

May 13, 2008 at 10:34 am

This is the best no-noncence piece I have seen on SEO. You might want to look at the SEO functionality on the Bitrix Virtual Lab at They have the functionality you are commenting upon.

Kevin Crawford
May 13, 2008 at 2:56 pm


Javascript can be either destructive or transparent to spiders, it depends on the quality of the code. When possible, it’s advisable to use CSS to power drop-down menus (with a tiny bit of javascript to help out IE6). You can see some search engine-optimized menus in my portfolio. If you need any help, let me know, I’m available for work.

Weverton Naves
May 13, 2008 at 3:37 pm

Very Good Article!

The SEO its a way for sucess in the disclosure of your site.

Real Estate Graphic Design
May 13, 2008 at 4:32 pm

The Alt text on images sometimes shows up in the SERP descripton, if it’s pulling text top-to-bottom, so make sure you factor this in.

Great article, I’ll be coming back often for review.

May 13, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Very useful, complete and well explained. A great article.

May 14, 2008 at 1:12 am

Check my SEO, search web design blog in google…

Felipe Ramos
May 14, 2008 at 3:31 am

Awesome as always ^^

May 14, 2008 at 7:59 am

@99 – I wonder if the remark in the original text meant more that you should never forget to put at least an ALT=”” on an image. Obviously putting ALT tags on purely decorational images (ALT=”Blue shading” for example) is completely redundant and a hindrance.

May 14, 2008 at 8:35 am

Very useful, complete and well explained. A great article.

May 14, 2008 at 11:11 am

“Hey! I read your tutorial and found it very usefull, so I took the liberty to translate it into Spanish, to share it with my colleagues. You can check it out at, Cheers!”

Freelance Web Design
May 14, 2008 at 1:56 pm

Thanks for the article. I never really understood SEO until now.
Keep up the good work!

jody Desbiens
May 14, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Just curious, what is the difference between using www or no www?
Cause I haven’t been consistent. But I will try from now on thank you.
Thanks so much for your great articles.

May 14, 2008 at 4:35 pm

Hi Nick, probably you don’t know me.
But… Can i translate this guide as is and post on my blog (portuguese) and for sure give all the credits here?

See ya.

Darren Cornwell
May 15, 2008 at 3:19 am

Thanks for the really great guide – everything all in one neat little package. Great Stuff.

May 15, 2008 at 7:19 am

Hi, nice guide, however the points about Flash aren’t exactly true. Google’s spider (i.e. the only one you should really be concerned about) can crawl .swf files, indexing the text inside them and following the links they contain. You can see this by specifying filetype:swf in a google search.

Having said that I do agree that you should only use Flash when necessary. Just don’t think people should panic about their sites not being indexed at all due to it :-)

May 15, 2008 at 9:47 am

Very useful, complete and well explained. A great article.

Joefrey Mahusay
May 15, 2008 at 11:32 am

Great article. Bookmarked! Thanks for sharing. :)

May 16, 2008 at 7:42 am

Fantastic article!

Adam Kayce
May 16, 2008 at 9:39 am

Very nice … I’m lucky in that I studied marketing for years as a solopreneur in a different arena before getting into web design. Your tips are sound; people would do very well to listen. I’d say you’ve shaved a few years off people’s learning curve, if they put into practice what you’re preaching!

Volkan Görgülü
May 16, 2008 at 10:08 am

Turkish translation avaliable at

May 16, 2008 at 10:44 am

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Adam Patterson
May 16, 2008 at 12:43 pm

I was talking to a friend of mine who is a very competent flash developer and he was saying that Google is the only search engine that can index SWF’s the drawback is they have to be version 8 or better.

Peter Ochabski (web designer)
May 16, 2008 at 10:22 pm

Just wanted to add that getting your content onto and other social media sites is a great way to get incoming traffic AND boost your SEO!

Thanks for the great article,
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SEO Experts
May 16, 2008 at 11:46 pm

I’ve designed new site and I would appreciate any suggestions to improve site more for SEO friendly. (

May 17, 2008 at 4:36 am

Thank you very much indeed for this great article, very easy write and explained in a high readability.
Bookmarked … of course :P

Kind regards

May 17, 2008 at 4:36 am

magnificent huge tree to dine had probably I noticed Forest. gardening sour, and we all what

Nantucket Art
May 17, 2008 at 4:46 am

A great bite-size intro to what used to be considered a dark art. Well done

May 17, 2008 at 4:46 am


Great Guide. I did know from SEO – I just didn´t know what it exactly is and I didn´t realy bother looking up what it is. Well as I see I´ve already done most of the things correct you have stated in your guide. I just left the alt tag on images empty. I am going to fix that asap. I have my site up like 3-4 months and a PR of 3 already.

Best Regards

May 17, 2008 at 5:00 am

Just wanted to add that getting your content onto and other social media sites is a great way to get incoming traffic AND boost your SEO!

May 17, 2008 at 11:11 am

good i’m learning about seo too..this articles gave me more information about seo itself

Gary Pollock
May 18, 2008 at 11:48 am

keep up the good work. I really enjoy your tutorials on flash,css,etc.

Gary Pollock
May 18, 2008 at 11:50 am

Nice work. I have enjoyed your many tutorials on flash, css, etc. – Thanks for sharing your knowledge with the rest of us.

May 19, 2008 at 3:58 am

Great article Nick! This is what I want to know about SEO! I’ll translate this article to Burmese Language if you don’t mind.

Thank you so much for all of your efforts! :)

Octoberfest Info
May 19, 2008 at 10:07 am

Man could you translate this wonderful article in german? :)
Best Regards from Munich

May 19, 2008 at 10:15 am

WOW!!! Thanx. What a helpful article.

May 19, 2008 at 10:46 am

Thanks for your great web site,
can I translate this article and put it on my weblog ?
Many thnx…

May 19, 2008 at 3:33 pm

Awesome and comprehensive article. Thanks for all the great tips and links!

May 20, 2008 at 3:10 am

Another useful and informative article from web designer wall. Nice work and a good read.

May 20, 2008 at 3:22 am

It depends what ones speciality is. If you are strictly a front end developer working only in Photoshop and not marking up anything, for example, then SEO is largely irrelevant to you.

Design itself and SEO are 2 completely seperate things.
If you do markup/page building then of course it is relevant.

Although there is no excuse not to know the basics as it’s a easy to learn set of rules.

May 20, 2008 at 6:26 am

Very very helpful article, most of the things mentioned I did know, but I also learned a lot from this aswell. Great Job!

May 20, 2008 at 6:32 am

Really nice work. I am a webdesigner at first, but the “SEO-guy” in our company, too. So I know most of the problems and faults you mentioned above.
Ever thought about trying a similar article about the Social Media buzz? ;-)

Roda Golf and Beach Club
May 20, 2008 at 7:19 am

Thanks very much for an informative and useful article.

Antoine Lépée
May 20, 2008 at 8:16 am

Hey, thanks for all !
It will be really usefull, an easy way to build SEO website :)

If I have free time I will translate it in French ;)

May 20, 2008 at 8:45 am

Thanks !

Ant Sir Pest
May 20, 2008 at 2:31 pm

Great read! I just got a chance to browse through it, but I am for sure going to boomark this and come back to it. SEO is very important, and often overlooked. This as MANY very helpful tips. Thanks.

May 20, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Very good article! Thanks Nick!

May 21, 2008 at 4:01 am

10x, very useful article!

Mike Archibald
May 21, 2008 at 4:41 am

Great artice. Full of good sense. I’m also shocked at the number of developers who never give a thought to SEO. Surely these days it’s an integeral part of the job description? Unless SEO and copy are covered by a third party company.

SEO Techniques
May 21, 2008 at 11:31 am

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Brian Yerkes
May 21, 2008 at 11:49 am

With regard to your note on keeping consistency when adding your url to other site, using the www prefix or not….this is all corrected by adding 301 permanent redirects to your pages or htaccess file ….you can simply send all non-www pages to permanent redirect to the http://www….and it ensures you get all backlinks etc for your one site

May 22, 2008 at 1:23 am

Thanks very much for an informative and useful article.

Matthew 'Web Design' Adams
May 22, 2008 at 5:54 am

Great article! i’ll have to work some of the ideas above into my site and clients sites. Cheers

May 22, 2008 at 4:09 pm

Wow! Thanks for all that input. Now to implement.

Sean Hartigan
May 22, 2008 at 11:40 pm

A really simple and effective guide.

Thanks a lot for spelling it out and giving me some really useful tips!

Adaptiv SEO
May 23, 2008 at 1:30 pm

This is absolutely the best synthesised guide to seo for designer’s who are not in the know. Great! Now get your sites search engine optimised

Kronik Media
May 23, 2008 at 5:29 pm

Although offsite SEO factors are important one should not forget the importance of good quality and fresh content on the website. In the long run adding regular new content will play a crucial role. Look at the rank of Article website and press release websites.
Our own web design company website initially saw good results after our on site and off site SEO campaigns. After a while however we were running out of new SEO techniques to try. In the second phase of our SEO Campaign we are concentrating on updating our website with regular, new , quality content. We have also set up a web design resources blog at mainly for this purpose.

May 23, 2008 at 5:50 pm

Very useful and informative, thanks.

May 23, 2008 at 10:57 pm

Thanks, very helpful and clarified a few things. Fantastic posting, keep it up!

May 26, 2008 at 10:44 am

Great article. I think a lot of people do follow some of these, but like me, question if they are doing things the ‘right’ way. Good stuff. Cheers.

Shycon Design
May 26, 2008 at 12:07 pm

Great post. All designers should keep SEO in mind. 6 Months down the line when you client isn’t seeing any traffic, they’re going to come back to you. Why not seperate yourself from other designers right from the get go!

May 26, 2008 at 3:57 pm

Well, I think it was mentioned in the comments before, but describing every image in “alt” attribute isn’t a good idea. Who the hell need information like “top border”? Certainly, such images should be backgrounds not <img>’s, but what I mean is: If the image has any attibution to the content of the page, it should have an alt, otherwise alt=”” should be your friend.

May 26, 2008 at 11:41 pm

This website is excellent!
Very beautiful!

design nottingham
May 27, 2008 at 7:53 am

I think SEO is important for all web designers and it’s becoming increasingly one of the most frequent client requests after website launch – ‘why can’t I find my site in Google’ type questions. Even if the site needs to be flash based, you can still have SEO friendly content running behind the site

Graham Strong
May 27, 2008 at 8:21 am

As you pointed out, there are some very simple and basic ways you can improve your page ranks by simple design optimization. You don’t need to be an “SEO Guru” to help your clients (or yourself). Just by tweaking minor things like file names, link structure, and code layout, you can make a huge difference in your rankings.

In other words, I agree wholeheartedly – yes, designers should have the basics of SEO down, and do them as a matter of course, not as an extra service!

And BTW, thanks for listing “Splash Page” at the top of your do-not-do list. I saw one for the first time about 10 years ago, loved it for about five seconds, and can’t stand them ever since. Not only do they restrict your SEO, splash pages are self-indulgent and get between your reader and your content.


Dennison Uy
May 27, 2008 at 11:14 am

Great guide, especially for someone who knows very little about SEO, I really learned a lot. You may want to reconsider the title though, as “designers” may be too specific – this guide is for everyone, not just designers.

Stephen Orsini
May 27, 2008 at 11:55 am

Well put… good article. I joined the SEO bandwagon 2 years ago and my business has more than tripled… not to mention that I don’t need to attend networking functions to drum up business.

Anyone have any thoughts about ArticleUnderground(.com i think)? They have a keyword/meta analyzer available that I used to make full use of…

Also, if you don’t have an attachment to any sort of tracking software (which is half the battle of SEO), I strongly suggest you install on a site and see how comprehensive it is.

Thanks for the article… i just stumbled upon this site… i’ll be back.

May 28, 2008 at 5:09 am

Hi there.

Very usefull article. Thank you!

But i’ve an eternal problem with the splash pages. I live in belgium, wich is a country with 3 national languages. My clients often insist to have a “choose your language”-like homepage. What’s the best way to manage these kind of situation. Is there any “automatic” language redirection script ? Is this SEO Friendly ? Argh.


May 28, 2008 at 7:12 am

Thank you for the seobook / wordtracker SEO keyword tips – I had totally forgotten about them…!

seo freelancer
May 28, 2008 at 12:50 pm

I would add:
– don’t use heavy pics everywhere (>100kb). There are mobile devices and people with slow providers. Big pic can be cutted on jpg (better) zone and (rude, bad) gif zones
– Don’t overuse png pie – tons of layered png images with transparancy
– We still don’t have smart image reading Search Engines. Keep design simple and elegant: use text and pics in smart way

May 28, 2008 at 2:27 pm


Great post. I bookmark this for my clients when he ask me to make a splash screen for a new site!!

Gilberto Galea
May 28, 2008 at 6:58 pm

Not only the humans surf the web. 24+365 the search engines, bots and other software try to put order at those we call internet. The correct use for the seo tools let us take advantage to make more visibility to find for other users.
Great explain and good research.

wellsworth - Internet Business
May 29, 2008 at 3:02 am

You’ve made so many Great points here, these should be make into a checklist for anyone wishing to gain some ground in the organic side of the engines.

There are truly so many little points that add up to big factors, and when they’re not followed, your rankings just slip away leaving you wondering what happened.

Thanks for also offering so many links to resources to help in the process.

May 29, 2008 at 9:17 am

Really good article for Web designers…. I always say that to my designers: “Don’t use Flash for Homepage or menu”, but a designer prefer to use Flash :(

May 29, 2008 at 11:31 am

This really was excellent!

Misty Beier
May 29, 2008 at 7:20 pm

First time on this site and I’m very impressed. I’m learning about SEO also, and this article helps a lot! Thanks!

Bryan P.
May 29, 2008 at 9:32 pm

This outline was very good for people are just becoming familiar with search engine optimization. Although this article is very clear, and concise, there are tons of techniques to improve a website’s position and search engine position.

May 29, 2008 at 10:44 pm


Very Useful Article………. Thx Man…….

May 31, 2008 at 1:50 pm

help me give me flash lessons i am study this preogram I am from mongolia

Colin Miller - Freelance web designer
May 31, 2008 at 3:27 pm

Excellent article, some really good points. I am in the process of ‘raising my game’ when it comes to SEO, so this is very useful. Thanks

SEO Factors
Jun 1, 2008 at 7:49 am

Good techniques for beginners, but there are lot of other factors which really need for good SEO.

esperto seo
Jun 1, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Your post about seo is very cool! thank u my friend ;)

Jun 3, 2008 at 6:21 am

Actually, alt is wrong. You should be using longdesc for a description of the image, and Google definitely knows how to use longdesc. alt is the alternative to the image, not the description.

Jun 4, 2008 at 11:24 am

Nick, I absolutely love this article and agree with you full heartedly that a succesfful designer is one who’s at least knowledgeable in the basics of SEO. Really nice article, great detail as always! 2 thumbs up.

As for the tools you listed, some are out dated and don’t give exact results like on seobook, the ones i use (design/seo related) to help me optimize my designs are simple ones like the Spider Viewer, http head tool and a couple others that help me build one way links rather than reciprocal ones has dozens of these exact tools for free too, thought you’d be interested (some readers might be also)

Keep up the great posts man! Cheers!

Seo - India
Jun 4, 2008 at 1:18 pm

Very Practical info. Simple and common sense article.

Matthew 'Web Design' Adams
Jun 4, 2008 at 7:14 pm

Cool Article! gotta keep SEO in mind always

Jun 4, 2008 at 8:13 pm

This is a great piece of research on the search engine world of intrigue but i have questions are the links more important or the text I’m a newbie and just getting things in the right order links or more developmental text .

Jun 7, 2008 at 4:48 am

Seo is more important than people can imagine..however, when a site is done well, the effects are immediately. Congratulations!!

Jun 7, 2008 at 10:17 am

First of all thanks for sharing your knowledge about SEO. Today i read an article about SEO and now i complete all gaps with your post. From now i can make my web site a better one for search engines to get more visitors.

Jun 10, 2008 at 11:30 am

Wow, can’t believe that 24% didn’t even know what SEO is. Thank you for this article and the links. Going to be using that Google Keyword Tool in the near future.

Jun 11, 2008 at 2:17 pm

Thank you very much for sharing these SEO ressources. tremendeously useful!
Best regards.

Web Design Company
Jun 11, 2008 at 2:49 pm

It is interesting to see that 24% of designers did not know what search engine optimisation is. From a business perspective, I have seen a remarkable increase in SEO awareness amongst small businesses. We work on web design projects with diverse businesses mainly smaller businesses. Recently we have seen a big shift in awareness. Last year for some reason it took us a lot of convincing to make a small business realise the benefit of investing in an organic search engine optimisation campaign that we offer. However now a days often customer inquire themselves about how it can be achieved.

Michael Robinson
Jun 13, 2008 at 8:55 pm

Thank you very much, I am pleased to have found such a great resource!

SEO - Search Engine Optimization Philippines - Perth Australia
Jun 14, 2008 at 8:44 am

Good design without seo is nothing. You need to optimize the site to make profit on search engines.

Egypt Web Design Company
Jun 14, 2008 at 5:11 pm

yes SEO is required and very important

Jun 14, 2008 at 10:57 pm

Nick, That was a really helpful article. Thanks. Have a nice day :)

website design
Jun 15, 2008 at 9:50 am

it’s really useful for designer

Joel G.
Jun 16, 2008 at 2:03 pm

Wow – what a great article. I’m pretty new to web development, in fact I’m really just beggining to learn the basics. This is some very useful information for anyone who’s learning web design.


Code It Red
Jun 17, 2008 at 5:17 pm

Extremely useful information. I like the huge amount of coverage and very in depth explanations. I know not many people focus on Page Rank but I feel it is something that is always worth having :)

Chris Thomson
Jun 17, 2008 at 6:57 pm

Extremely useful resource. Thanks for the guide. I’ll have to read it over again in the future…


Jun 18, 2008 at 6:54 am

thaks for this article.
it was very, very helpful. :)

Jun 18, 2008 at 7:25 am

I agree having a good design and good products doesnt help at all, one must know about seo, no traffic = no money. Thanks for this in depth article.

seo egypt - Egypt Web Design Company - Egypt web design company
Jun 18, 2008 at 6:16 pm

thanks alot for this guide line however i would like to add one important information.

there is a different type of keywords:
1- Keyword for browsing like if you wanna search for web designer
2- Keyword for comparing like “web designer under 21”
3- keyword for buying like “freelancer web designer in egypt”

search engines rank better the keywords for buying…

hope that helps and thanks

Jun 18, 2008 at 6:44 pm

Simply an Awesome blog post; thank you for posting it.

Jun 18, 2008 at 6:58 pm

Thanks. This was really helpful article. Your work ROCKS!

Lisa Noble
Jun 19, 2008 at 12:54 pm

Very useful tips. I always feel a little overwhelmed when it comes to SEO. This article definitely helped.


seo egypt - Egypt Web Design Company - Egypt web design
Jun 19, 2008 at 9:55 pm

Wow – what a great and useful for designer

Jun 20, 2008 at 8:45 am

very good article indeed! I like how you bound the importance of design with the cruciality of SEO.
I think that far too many web designers aren’t profficient in terms of SEM and SEO and should probably take some sort of course to realise the importance of these domains. After all, combining knowledge of these techniques, applied with usable design will undoubtedly attract more clients, especially for small-medium companies and freelancers.
I wrote an article on this a while back, if you wanna check it out and leave me a comment:

Jun 21, 2008 at 8:27 am

Very good article. Thanks very much for the contribution.

SilkLink - Your link to the web
Jun 21, 2008 at 8:37 am

Very useful article.

I have noticed many comments on a site that refers to this document for the subject of Ajax overuse. I think they are taken out of context with the point you are raising.

Ajax/JavaScript/Flash can be used to create great functionality, but at the expense of being hidden from the (x)html viewing search crawler. Use of such technologies may be considered important for some designers/developers, but there should always be a great looking (x)html site beneath for the pure (x)html viewer.

Jurgen Jessurun
Jun 22, 2008 at 4:40 pm

This article should be very useful for designer who would like to focus on SEO.

Jun 23, 2008 at 5:02 am

Great post. I’m a professional SEO and I was expecting to see an amateur take on SEO riddled with the nonsense myths that pervade SEO, instead I think that you pretty much nailed the important concepts, good job.

My one comment would be that since you haven’t mentioned Competitive Keyword Research, that what you’re describing in this article is Search Engine Friendly design, rather than any form of SE Optimisation. Yes search engines will have no problem indexing pages built the way you’re recommending but actually ranking well for anything but non-competitive terms is a lot harder than just building SEF pages. It’s a start but it’s not SEO.

Idaho SEO
Jun 26, 2008 at 6:09 pm

i hate waiting. anyway to speed things up with the search engines?

Jun 28, 2008 at 4:15 am

you think you could do a post on credible sources for seo help, like businesses that specialize in these types of things at a fair price and quality work, rather than taking all your money and dissapearing with no sign of change?

would be a nice little investigative report. i’ve been looking for someone to help me out in this department.

Jun 30, 2008 at 1:02 am

Very informative article, thanks for writing this.

Julieta - RANDOM web design studio
Jun 30, 2008 at 12:15 pm

Nice article, very useful! I used some of these tips while designing for my clients, but I’ll definitely add a few more.


Jul 1, 2008 at 7:04 am

This help a lot, thanks Nick!

Jul 1, 2008 at 7:06 am

This helps a lot, thanks Nick!

Tschirharts Custom Billiards
Jul 1, 2008 at 9:48 pm

Thank you lots this was very helpful ill be sure to come back if i have any questions

Prasanna Jathan
Jul 2, 2008 at 5:50 am

Thank you very much. It helped me a lot.

Jul 2, 2008 at 10:04 am

I agree with you, SEO is as important as you say.

Philip O'Hara
Jul 2, 2008 at 8:56 pm

Thanks for your article. I have been looking for just this article. SEO is so simple yet the execution of the few things you are talking about with this blog post can make companies millions of dollars. I run the largest SEO company in the fourth largest city in the united states and I couldn’t have said it better.

Webflo Studios
Jul 3, 2008 at 2:21 am

This article is just scratching the surface of SEO, however it is a well written blog that just shows you how much needs to be done to insure your site is visible to the world at large. Without search engines crawling your content and relaying potential clients/readers to you, no one would know you exist. Thanks you for a great refresher in the world of SEO.

Dan Collins
Jul 3, 2008 at 5:08 pm

Very helpful guide, cheers!

Jul 4, 2008 at 9:02 am

wonderfull and usefull information…. thank you

Jul 7, 2008 at 10:41 am

very helpful article, love your work and site

Seo Dragos
Jul 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm

Nice tipe, you are going to make me have no more clients.

Jul 9, 2008 at 4:25 pm

nice read. always good to get a thorough article on search engine optimization. One thing to note is that Google is beginning to index Flash files (assuming the text is in them is actual text). It’s still nowhere near as good for SEO as a traditional site but it’s a step in the right direction. there are also some nice ways to get “html” text into your pages under a Flash movie using javascript. I know this can be dangerous if done sloppily but I have yet to have any problems.

Google Flash indexing

Jul 10, 2008 at 9:29 am

As always, amazing quality and content and thanks a lot for the links to SEO resources, really good to have them in one place.

Jul 10, 2008 at 9:54 am

Those tips are very useful and necessary to promote a website. I personally try to respect every little point of SEO so that I can get a high page rank and lots of relevant backlinks.

Your SEO results tells well about how much you took care of it !

Farid Abdulhadi
Jul 10, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Really great article!
It’s one of the best I’ve seen for designers/beginners.
Great work!

DC web designer
Jul 10, 2008 at 6:48 pm

Great information for all web designers, we should learn this and have in mind that the important thing in web design is not how beauty it looks, but how effective the website is. All the tips you give are very helpful, thanks for sharing this big imformation with all of us!

Website design architekt
Jul 11, 2008 at 8:25 am

an excellant article and written in plain english, unlike others available on the internet, keep up the the good work

free online articles
Jul 12, 2008 at 8:14 pm

Thanks for listing the resources, especially the seo resources.

Jul 13, 2008 at 5:25 am

very good description thnkss

Search Scripts
Jul 14, 2008 at 2:15 am

I must say “You have excellent technical writing skills”. It is one of the best SEO tutorials I’ve came across from so long.

Jul 15, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Unfortunatelly Google can’t index dynamic content, so if you have a xml-based website you won´t get most of the content indexed.

Jul 16, 2008 at 7:44 am

I need your help.
Your Article open my eyes.
May I ask you that I want to be a web designer and Seo Expert,
which course I go for first. design OR SEO ?
I will be obliged for your kind reply.

Diseño Web y SEO van juntos
Jul 17, 2008 at 5:12 pm

Web Design and SEO always go together .. a good SEO does not mean your not accesible website is going to rank well and viceversa. Do both in any project. By the way this site has great design :P

Jul 21, 2008 at 7:26 am

Good to know! Thanks for the information; I had no clue about a lot of things…

Jul 23, 2008 at 2:52 pm


Great post. I bookmark this for my clients when he ask me to make a splash screen for a new site!!

Andrei Reounov
Jul 24, 2008 at 10:40 am

As a SEO expert I think this is a great article for web a designer. I’ve came across may websites that has a great design, but no one can find it. Website marketing, as well as on-site optimization is fundamental in website development.

Jul 25, 2008 at 8:42 pm

wow, simple but deep article regarding SEO, never thought there are som many elements to improve your ste to the world, a simple blog (with localised contents like mine) can benefit (probably not world wide hehe :) ) much from this article.

Thank You !! Gungde,

Jul 26, 2008 at 6:45 am

it’s a great tips btw. really good for newbies ;)

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Jul 28, 2008 at 6:55 am

really so thankful for your efforts for this important information

Max | Design Shard
Jul 28, 2008 at 8:29 am

as a web designer you learn the importance of SEO and every design has be thought through to allow for this, SEO is one of the most important aspects of a web page especially for commercial use after all this is the google age.

Good post.
Max | Design Shard

Jul 29, 2008 at 5:33 am

The article is very simple and very helpful not only to the web designer but also for those who are working in SEO too. Since i’m new to SEO, the article provides me a deep understanding about the SEO. Thanks for providing the excellent article.


Jul 29, 2008 at 7:10 am

This is the best description/overview of SEO I have read :) thanks a lot!

Jul 30, 2008 at 1:04 am

thnx it’s use full for me

Website Design Perth
Jul 30, 2008 at 5:01 am

Shocking stats! As of today – I can hardly believe it – almost 20% wither don;t think SEO is required or don’t know what it is!!! Sorry, but OMG.

Excellent article – I am working through point by point just to make sure I am doing everything I can for my, and my clients’ sites.

People Search Dude
Jul 30, 2008 at 2:37 pm

Right on! I gotta implement these things for my site..thanks!

Dejan Petrovic
Jul 31, 2008 at 12:27 am

Wow… how long did it take to write this article? Great job.

Jul 31, 2008 at 9:47 am

Thank you so much for writing this :) Very Helpful.
Kudos ^_^

Jul 31, 2008 at 1:45 pm

Nice Article, so some of point is old. Google’s algorithms is change so fast :D

Aug 1, 2008 at 12:40 am

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Shweta Lotlikar
Aug 2, 2008 at 10:11 am

hi,your website is brilliant.thanks for sharing your valuable knowlegde

Patrick Moore (Set Sail Media)
Aug 4, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Great post! One thing I thought worth mentioning is that some AJAX-driven web sites have overcome the SEO obstacles by implementing code that allows a SE spider to find the content, yet it be displayed to visitors within the same page without reloading.

For example, a JSON (similar technology to AJAX) navigation may use this XHTML markup:
a href=”second-page.html” id=”2ndpage”

Then use JavaScript to override the link:

The original link is valid so that search engine spiders may crawl and index the pages, but the JavaScript that follows tells JavaScript-enabled browsers to load the content into a DIV named body-container without reloading, rather than treat the link as a true hyperlink.

Just my 2 cents.


Aug 5, 2008 at 8:56 pm

Everyone just loves to put it on the designers desk!

When I started waay back in 93 as a media designer, I was paid 35k right out of school. At that time I did a great deal of 2D design with a decent amount of 3D, which really set me apart. By 2001 I was making 120k, albeit after changing jobs 4 times.

What I noticed was the job description evolved to such a point that I left the trade shortly after the really cool job because I was more than a little freaked out…I had to know programming, hardware, software (2D and 3D), firewalls, networking, and dont forget every designers favourite- Orifice and the damn outlook express not too mention cross platform issues for all the above, and the newest postscript ridiculousness.

Bottom line: no, metatags and the like are NOT the designers forte, nor should they be. If a designer does turn out to be good at ‘…SEO…’ as you like to call it, they should get the heck out of that sweatshop where they are likely clearing $10/hr and go to work for themselves!!

Aug 6, 2008 at 9:12 am

Thanks fot this article… really helpful!!

Aug 6, 2008 at 10:42 am


Aug 6, 2008 at 12:20 pm

Its really strange for me that 24% people on internet and even reading this post are saying they do not know “what is SEO”.Amazing for me! Anyway well written and thanks for focusing on design mistakes. Thanks!

Nikki Patrick
Aug 7, 2008 at 1:44 pm

I love this post. I am currently in the SEO business but got my degree as a designer. I realize now, after my time in the seo world that the schools these designers go to don’t even teach search engine optimization at all. I am not surprised at the results of the pole. I handle sales for my company and find I have to carefully explain SEO to the regular business owner all the time.

This is a great post and an awesome WP design. Kudo’s:)

'web designer' Kathaperumal
Aug 7, 2008 at 8:47 pm

Hi friend, You have explained the importance of SEO knowledge for designers. As an owner of viswam infotech , web design company, I forced my team to read this articles. Thank you
‘web designer’ Kathaperumal,
viswam infotech

Kyle M. Fenske
Aug 11, 2008 at 2:51 pm

I loved this article, great help. I spent all day reworking my seo. Thanks!!

i love the workpress design too.


barry corrigan
Aug 11, 2008 at 5:51 pm

Love the post just spent most of the night working on my SEO for a site im just finishing

Stephanie F.
Aug 12, 2008 at 12:08 am

This is a REALLY good article!

Aug 12, 2008 at 3:24 am

Thank you for the good help!

Search engine optimization coaching for excellence
Aug 12, 2008 at 7:24 am

I learn something new every time I visit. Thanks for the great post.

trCreative Web Design
Aug 15, 2008 at 9:21 am

Thanks for the article! Great help/read as usual.

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Aug 16, 2008 at 5:55 am

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Aug 17, 2008 at 5:06 am

Great tutorial, I’m a complete css novice but this was easy to follow and tweak to suit my needs. A quick question: should the -900% text ident interfere with positioning the menu on the page? I seem to have to rely on absolute positioning coordinates, for example to center the menu next to an image at the top of my page.

Aug 21, 2008 at 12:11 pm

thanks and regards.

Montreal SEO
Aug 24, 2008 at 5:30 pm

It’s true that splash pages are bad for users, SEO, and sales conversions. However, the search engines can now read Flash files (to a limited extent).

website design
Aug 25, 2008 at 10:25 am

i think even web designers must be aware on SEO. The designer should do this for his client. he should at least show care over his designs, besides, if the design went up to top spot on search engines, he will be one to be credited for it.

Mayor of Kentonville
Aug 27, 2008 at 1:21 am

thank you for the the article, very informative

Aug 28, 2008 at 3:11 am

Thanks for the useful article.

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Aug 29, 2008 at 8:28 pm

thanks for great tips.

Aug 30, 2008 at 11:27 am

Thanks for the article ..

David Henderson
Sep 3, 2008 at 6:10 am

Thanks for the article. Found it very helpful.

Consultor Seo
Sep 5, 2008 at 6:53 am

Thanks for making it so easy for us :)

Sep 5, 2008 at 7:32 am

Thanks, This is useful for web designer

x7007 design
Sep 9, 2008 at 5:17 am

No it is not required – but it´s a good marketingtactic to find more clients for the own webdesigncompany ;-)

Jason Vandenbrink
Sep 9, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Great article. I know that I’m not supposed to use the same title tag over and over again. However, my site was designed to have the same header above every page. The title tag is in this header. Can I delete the title tag from the header and insert a title tag into every page body of my website. Would this work?

Sep 11, 2008 at 12:38 am

Very informative article!
Keep it up! :)

Sep 11, 2008 at 1:26 am

Nice one!

David Henderson
Sep 11, 2008 at 6:11 am

Thanks. SEO is sometimes tough!

ziv Gal
Sep 11, 2008 at 6:15 am

Great artice. Full of good sense. I’m also shocked at the number of developers who never give a thought to SEO. Surely these days it’s an integeral part of the job description? Unless SEO and copy are covered by a third party company.

Dave Ellis
Sep 16, 2008 at 4:29 am

Unfortunately it’s becoming increasingly the case that on-site SEO isn’t anywhere near enough on it’s own and off-site SEO is a very grey area for most designers and even more so for clients. However at the very least on-site SEO should be sorted by the website creator.

Jonathan McNulty
Sep 16, 2008 at 3:01 pm

Great article Nick,
I just wanted to let you know of a blog I started to help SEO and SEM with Web Design Integration. It is relatively new but there are some pretty good posts up there now. . .Could help with those looking to go a bit more in depth with some of the topics you mention above. . .

LightEcho – SEO, SEM Blog

Thanks and keep on truckin with the great articles!

Sep 23, 2008 at 9:27 am

Wow! Thank you!

As far as I recolect this is at first someone layed things out the way they suppose to be. The most accurate and proper one so far.

Umair Hashmi
Sep 25, 2008 at 4:07 pm

Great Article, You did very superb job. It is really helpful for web designers. I was little bit worried about SEO, I just hear about SEO but now all things are cleared.
Thanks & Regards,
Umair Hashmi

Alanya Haber
Sep 26, 2008 at 4:12 am

Great Article, nice work

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Sep 26, 2008 at 4:39 am

Nice and nicly done!

Sep 29, 2008 at 2:58 pm

Great Article! I work for the best web design firm located in NY called NoamDesign and it’s always great to stumble upon articles that help motivate, educate and inspire! Thanks!

Oct 2, 2008 at 6:51 pm

This was great information! I’m a graphic/front end web designer, and I just started taking an SEO course, and I love it. Your info was great reinforcement to my current knowledge and I know I’ll be back! Thanks, keep ’em coming!

Oct 3, 2008 at 6:21 am

I must really thank you for this i was searching this over the net thanks :)

Oct 4, 2008 at 4:51 am

The tips really helpful.
Although many are quite basic knowledge, while a lot designners does not obey or even know them

Oct 4, 2008 at 6:36 pm

great work!really!!!thx

Sam Christy
Oct 5, 2008 at 7:29 pm

Thanks for the awesome guide mate, you have really cleared SEO up for me and now I am confident about what it is and how it works!

Oct 6, 2008 at 3:53 pm

what you said is very true which normally people make them self to really web master but its not like that you have keep your doing good work like you thanks a ton BE Good DO Good

Brendon (inMotion Graphics)
Oct 6, 2008 at 8:40 pm

Well, I think your websites are a prime example of how quality content that thousands, if not millions of people will be interested in, plus some good SEO practices can benefit your PageRank hugely. It is obvious to me that you have done a great job with your own SEO, and then you share information and tips, which has created a huge following, the result of which seems to be many important back links and high page ranking. Sometimes you have to give to gain… I love it! Well done man!

Oct 7, 2008 at 3:29 pm

Thanks for the advice. It really helped me!

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Oct 8, 2008 at 9:01 am

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Conrad Gorny
Oct 8, 2008 at 10:28 am

Wow thats something i have been looking for, easy and understandable. Goodwork.

Conrad Gorny
Freelance Graphic Designer

Oct 11, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Another great post from this page, thank you!

Oct 13, 2008 at 1:57 pm

Que Clase de articulo!!!! Felicitaciones ;)

Professional Lab
Oct 16, 2008 at 2:53 pm

Excellent tips. Wish you could give some tips about for hosted blogs also. [Oh yes! I m first time here and your blog looks really beautiful.]

Oct 21, 2008 at 7:24 am

nice information.

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Oct 26, 2008 at 4:27 am

A very useful article indeed.

Oct 26, 2008 at 12:19 pm

As usual great stuff!

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Oct 26, 2008 at 3:35 pm

A great summary about the topic “webdesigner and seo”. Ralph

Oct 27, 2008 at 3:13 pm


Christine McKague
Oct 28, 2008 at 8:37 am

Thank you for the tips! I have made some changes and appreciate you sharing your knowledge. Your blog looks fantastic! It certainly adds credibility to your knowledge as does the fact that you rank on page 1!

Christine McKague
What’s In Store

Nov 1, 2008 at 12:20 pm

Great post! I’ve been working as a search engine optimizer for 4 years and I really enjoyed founding that designers are also interested with SEO (even if you found someone who does not know what it is about =) ).
Always remember that content rules: if you write useful and brand new contents, your popularity will automatically increase. And what about technical aspects? Just follow W3C and usability standards, you will be surprised!

Nov 3, 2008 at 11:53 am

Nice article, very useful!

Nov 3, 2008 at 1:48 pm

guat a fac!!!

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Nov 3, 2008 at 10:08 pm

I’m japanese search engine optimizer.
The entry was a nice information.

Nov 4, 2008 at 7:05 am

thanks for nice articles :)

Nov 13, 2008 at 2:36 am

great article for Web Designers and Developer……..i will try to implement in my next site.


Nov 13, 2008 at 4:09 pm

buena info!, aunque todo esta en ingles :-s, igual me servirá bastante.

Nov 13, 2008 at 4:34 pm

kardeş siten güzel ingilizce pek bilmem pagerank artırmak için tavsiyelerin nelerdir

Nov 13, 2008 at 4:35 pm

WordPress kurulumu hakkında bilgi verirmisiniz iyi akşamlar

Dreamweaver Contact Form
Nov 15, 2008 at 11:03 pm

Great Post. You have given me a new perspective on SEO. I will use many of these practices in upcoming projects. Thank you.

Nov 17, 2008 at 1:58 am

Very well written! I was taught SEO by an accessibility nut. I sort of had to adhere to these concepts out of the gate…. It’s great to see them presented from a design perspective. It has always seemed like good practice to me.

I am not exactly sure how I wound up on this page, I clicked a few links to get here. This site is quite cool. I love the graphics.

Nov 18, 2008 at 11:41 am

A friend of mine forwarded an outline for a prospective job that asked for “very strong writing skills — particularly in the on-line world (incorporating SEO)” Since I didn’t know what SEO was I googled it and found this site. Thank you so much! I learned a lot and I will certainly use this site again– especially if I get the job. Wish me luck.

Carlos Hermoso
Dec 2, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Great SEO Guide for Designers. Thanks

Dec 3, 2008 at 3:27 pm

We are in the process of redesigning our web site. This information will be very helpful.


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Dec 3, 2008 at 3:29 pm

Of course that is supposed to be:

The Language Lab Company

Thanks again.

Dec 5, 2008 at 8:03 am

Wow…great…thank you for informations :)

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Dec 6, 2008 at 11:53 am

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Di Kennedy
Dec 11, 2008 at 9:17 pm

Thanks, it’s so important to build sites that search engines can read. I’m far from an seo expert, but i try to help out my clients when I build the site, and information is definitely in my bookmarks.
Dec 11, 2008 at 10:32 pm

not bad,i like it!!!

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Sydney Web Design
Dec 12, 2008 at 7:27 am

Pure brilliance!

I really enjoy reading your stuff Nick, keep up the good work pal.

Dec 19, 2008 at 1:18 am


Gloucestershire Web Design
Jan 2, 2009 at 4:20 am

This is one of the best explanations about SEO on the web! Its not surprising considering this website is one of the top 10 (imhp) best website out there.

Its good to see real info about SEO unlike other sites which either fib about it or are trying to sell you something.

Keep up the excellent work!

Beat wishes,


Jan 3, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Great Tutorial…TQ So Much…. It would helpful on my picture based website… TQ..

Jan 5, 2009 at 6:26 am

sir i have experiance for 6 mon for seo development so any requirement for that job, so plz tell me.

Jan 9, 2009 at 9:18 am

you should update the flash part of this guide, Google now indexes links embedded in Flash ;)

overall, great tut :)

Jan 14, 2009 at 12:48 pm

This Article is very good which tell me about “SEO” , thanks for helpful information.

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Jan 19, 2009 at 8:21 pm

firstly i wanna say “thank you” becouse this is an useful article. i have learned lots of thing from it.

Jan 21, 2009 at 1:30 am

Very Impressive article – Useful for many designers and developers.

Social Evil Inc.
Jan 22, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Thanks buddy! This is some of the most honest content on SEO that I have found out there. Nice Work!

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Jan 31, 2009 at 4:52 am

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Feb 5, 2009 at 4:23 am

Awesome tips for beginners ,keep up the good work:)

Richard Clapp
Feb 9, 2009 at 8:08 am

Hugely informative. Thankyou!


Bhavya Technologies
Feb 9, 2009 at 9:54 am

This article was very useful for designers…

Feb 9, 2009 at 10:43 am

very helpful, thanks!

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Feb 11, 2009 at 2:59 pm

I am so thankful for your article about SEO that help us

Feb 14, 2009 at 1:51 am

am obliged

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Feb 15, 2009 at 3:12 pm

very useful basic tips that even I can understand’ thank you

Joseph Curran
Feb 15, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Thanks you this was a very helpful and useful article… For those of us who are a little new at this and still struggleing with the concepts, it seemed to clearly lay out the subjec in terms that even I could understand. Sincerely appreciate the time and effort that went into keeping it understandable and basic, for us beginners.

SEO Web Designer
Feb 15, 2009 at 11:08 pm

Thanks for the efforts to wrote this wonderful blog about SEO for Web Designer. This really serve a min knowledge about SEO to all web designers :)

Internet Advertising Agency
Feb 18, 2009 at 6:47 am

Thanks for this excellent and informative post. As an advertising agency we work with lots of designers that don’t pay any attention to SEO at the design stages, which as you highlight in your article is rather a lot.

Gaurav Kasera
Feb 21, 2009 at 2:43 am

thanks for good information about the SEO

Miss Blossom
Feb 27, 2009 at 4:42 am

I’ve been reading a lot of articles across the web and this one by far is the best one for designers.

Miss Blossom
Feb 27, 2009 at 4:47 am

I forgot to mention I have had great success using a lot of these techniques for my site and have had a 950% increase in traffic in 3 months according to Alexa, which I think is due to a number of factors including hard work on my site, as well as research, and this article really helped so thank you thank you! I have even had some of my clients pointing out sites that have copied my site, which is upseting, but then I remembered how many people copy this site and I felt better!

Feb 27, 2009 at 11:39 am

Thanks a lot for this information, i found out that i have done a few mistakes in my site as well, lol, going to fix it now .

Feb 27, 2009 at 8:29 pm

I agree that SEO is very important to webmasters. It can help to increase traffic, make profits, and help with the marketing. Thank you for this great post. It is really true that all webmasters should master SEO to succeed.

Feb 28, 2009 at 3:54 pm

We got hit with a 2 point drop as well, from 6 to 4. We’re not about to remove our text links though until Google steps up and explains their reasoning behind the drop.

Mar 4, 2009 at 8:50 am

SEO is a Techniques, its hard to give you a one liner or quick guidance but you can read link development and search engine optimization forums here at Digital Point and other material for a while to get some idea. after that if you have any specific question, feel free to ask and there are lot of people here would would like to help

Amberi andreuje
Mar 12, 2009 at 5:35 am

Hello all’s it is realy too good that SEO Guide for Designers and very useful infomation about the How Search Engines Work i feel that it is adopted work for each SEO Persons.

Web Design Company
Mar 17, 2009 at 4:57 am

Amazing article. Very detailed

freelancer web designer
Mar 20, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Thanks a lot for this article , very intersting , time to change a lot of things in my website too

Thank you for letting us know!

Mar 22, 2009 at 4:37 am

thanks a lot
it is the time to update my website, lol

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Mar 23, 2009 at 2:00 am

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Mar 24, 2009 at 12:16 am

Any recommend reading?

Nick Julia
Mar 24, 2009 at 11:15 am

As a designer, I think this is a must have. What good is a website that no one sees? Thanks

Mar 24, 2009 at 6:51 pm

I red a lot about SEO and SEM. Trust me you wrote a professional article. not only a complete description but also easy to understand.

Great job. Thank you.

Mar 26, 2009 at 8:41 am

I enjoyed this post immensely! SEO was a lot easier to understand the way you put it! Found you through Dynamic Graphics Magazine! awesome!

Mar 26, 2009 at 9:22 am

Ps. Can Search Engines get to information in Spry Collapsible Panels?

Ottawa Web Design
Mar 30, 2009 at 10:04 am

Informative article. Really surprised that most designers do not think this is crucial.

Mar 31, 2009 at 3:35 am

very nice SEO article, thanks

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Apr 3, 2009 at 2:11 pm

SEO, as a profession, is bull. A well-designed site with well-designed content should stand on its own. A search engine, by its very nature, should be able to parse that site without aid.

The above are very good tips – practices which should be employed BY THE DESIGNER and BY THE CONTENT MANAGER. SEO should not be a job title.

Jeff Harvey
Apr 15, 2009 at 3:27 pm

to answer your question, “yes,” search engines can get to content in SPRY collapsible panels. Just yesterday I addressed this question when creating collapsible panels for a website I’m working on,
Check out the collapsible panels by clicking here.

The content is static html (text within an html file) and is placed within a div inside the html file…it is as fully accessible as other text in the html file is. I believe that SPRY is designed for people to use these flashy javascript effects to create rollover menus, animated panels, accordion effects, etc. with as much css and html replacing the otherwise “bad code” (search engine unfriendly) so that SEO is retained. SPRY uses SEO friendly javascript, in other words. Hope this helps…

M Hendra Herviawan
Apr 24, 2009 at 11:13 am

wowowow, great poss for beginer like me

Apr 28, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Hi yea, It would be great if you had a place on your site to download a pdf of all the latest info, something of a newspaper come book, If it had a pay here buttun and you were charging 10 odd quid for it I would get it every so often thus I can read it when I have a pint at home. I sometimes find for educational purpose studying on the net is too much for me, I like to print n paper and have a good read and use highlighter etc.



Guaranteed Houston SEO
Apr 29, 2009 at 6:46 am

Awesome information! I really appreciated it and looking for some new updates.

May 3, 2009 at 11:56 am

Excellent article….. Your writing skill has encouraged me. The way you have written is very simple and anyone can understand it easily. These tips are really very much useful for the new designers and developers. Thanks for writing such wonderful article. I will definitely share this link with my friends.

Free Search Engine Submissions
May 12, 2009 at 3:12 am

Only in the last 12 months has it become very clear to me that SEO is very important, so much so that I now spend a lot of my time on it. I have come accross several SEO guides recently, and this one is among the better ones, so thanks for compiling it. So many businesses and websites are scrambling these days to get generate leads and more and more are realizing the importance of SEO, so this post will likely become very popular.

Bob Williams
May 12, 2009 at 3:41 am

Excellent article. There are a lot of things I never even thought about.
Thanks for the links as well. Great job!

Bob Williams

Agent SEO
May 12, 2009 at 2:47 pm


This is a great article! This (in-short) details many of the intricacies of a good Search Engine Optimization Campaign. You can definitely tell you put a lot of thought, time, and effort into this. As a professional SEO, I must say you clearly know your stuff!

May 14, 2009 at 3:24 am

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SEO Australa
May 21, 2009 at 6:11 am

Nice article

SEO is simply designing your website to the needs of your customers, tailoring the experience to their type of search. Before you start any website design project, you should understand your target audience and what they are looking for.

My 2 cents

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May 22, 2009 at 3:37 am

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May 25, 2009 at 6:49 am

Really very great article.
Very nice and informative.

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May 30, 2009 at 3:29 am

The article is very precise and very informative, it is useful for designer as well as SEO webmaster.

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Jun 7, 2009 at 8:28 am

After reading this content, i got satisfied about this. im am really really very happy. thanks you

Constant M
Jun 7, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Thanks man! Great article!

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Jun 17, 2009 at 1:10 am

Many things were not known to me earlier, thanks for the informative article.

Jun 17, 2009 at 3:45 am

Very informative and well organised informations for SEO.
Thanks mate..

Ali Reza
Jun 17, 2009 at 6:55 am

Thanks. Thats was a very informative article. Well written.

Jun 17, 2009 at 1:26 pm

thanks it is very important info

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Jun 17, 2009 at 7:06 pm

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Jun 17, 2009 at 10:33 pm

I agree with you, SEO isn’t only for online marketers. As a web designer or frontend developer, most on-site SEO is your responsibility.

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Jun 21, 2009 at 1:54 pm

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Jun 21, 2009 at 2:42 pm

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Jun 21, 2009 at 2:43 pm


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Jun 22, 2009 at 3:41 am

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Akash Panchbudhe
Jun 22, 2009 at 9:34 am

Hi there,
i am also not a seo expert but the article like this helps alot to gain more amd more knowledge about seo.. great conent

Jun 23, 2009 at 12:37 am

What an article?
Gained Good Knowledge

Self Expert
Jun 24, 2009 at 8:56 pm

I am a newbie to all of this, and some of it sometimes goes over my head, but I am willing to learn and eventually become an expert in SEO. That’s why I created my self expert info blog

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Jun 30, 2009 at 12:59 am

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Jun 30, 2009 at 1:21 am

Very useful thanks!

I do like the part about samantic code, its very important!



Jul 6, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Thank you my friend …

Merlin Calo
Jul 8, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Hey Bob,
nice article. I am really just learning SEO, and know how important it really. It looks like there are a lot of resources here that I will want to revisit at some point. Thanks for sharing your input on the topic.

Merlin Calo

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Jul 13, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Thank you my friend

shravan Mishra
Jul 21, 2009 at 4:40 am

Great article about SEO. very informative.

Jul 24, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Very informative article Bob. However, I think a major SEO analysis tool you missed was SpyderMate. It’s free with a lot of graphics and statistics, plus it gives you the option to compare your site against competitors.

Jul 25, 2009 at 6:00 am

Great article about SEO. very informative

seo london
Jul 27, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Great article as usual.

Jul 29, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Great post. SEO is something I believe every web designer must take seriously to be able to provide quality service to clients.

Komik Videolar
Aug 2, 2009 at 7:07 am

Thanks admin.

Mike @ Toronto SEO
Aug 3, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Really serious and detailed article. I’ve read a lot of guides and manuals and by far this one owns them all =) SEO nowadays is very important …I’d call it VITALLY important thing so clear understanding of all basic rules and requirements is really what a great deal of SEO guys lack….

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Aug 1, 2012 at 4:33 am

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Sep 21, 2012 at 10:42 am

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Sep 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm

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