Seo Optimization

Don't have the time or the know how to do your own SEO? Our SEO programs make sure it all gets done and done right!

Your best Keywords are relatively rare on the internet (low supply) and those that many people are searching for (high demand).

Search Engine Optimization

Flexible, affordable, and effective SEO!

Our SEO Services

Included SEO

A client-driven SEO service providing excellent value.
Our Included SEO service is provided as part of our web site management service. Your site will be optimized initially according to the materials and information you provide us during site construction. This will get your web site off to a "quick start," ensuring your site is indexed and ranked by the major search engines as soon as possible after it goes live.

This is a "client-driven" service, meaning that once the site is live, you are in charge. You tell us when traffic levels need boosting, which keywords you want to optimize for, what ongoing changes/additions you want to make to your web site for SEO purposes, and when you want to make them. We answer your questions, provide hit statistics and resources, and do any necessary web site work at your request.

If you are interested in our Included SEO and would like to know more, see our Included SEO page.

Extended SEO Programs

Proactive SEO that provides additional levels of optimization.
Our Extended SEO Programs are for web site owners who are serious about SEO, have a budget for it, and need our expert help to increase overall traffic levels and boost the proportion of traffic from qualified buyers.

These programs are "proactive" because we take charge. We perform detailed analyses to determine what needs to be done to get optimal results, gather the information about your company that we need, and then schedule and execute the work according to that timeline. We send you detailed reports along the way, and continually track and evaluate results to determine the next steps throughout the program. There are several levels of SEO to choose from according to your needs and budget, including a program that provides guaranteed placement.

If you are interested in our Extended SEO Programs and would like to know more, see our Extended SEO Programs page.

SEO Components

SEO components purchased separately as needed.
Our SEO programs are composed of several parts that work together. Although these components work best within a scheduled program and are somewhat dependent on each other, our web site clients can optionally purchase components separately.

If you are interested in our SEO Components and would like to know more, see our SEO Components page.

Included SEO

The following is a list of SEO services Back2Front provides to its clients at no extra cost, as part of its web site management service:
  1. Search Engine-Friendly Technology
    First, we build your site to be search engine-friendly from the start by only using technologies known to be accessible to search engines. This is by no means standard practice in the industry. With other web site companies, if you do not ask for a search engine-friendly site, they will choose the easiest web site development option for them—not the most search engine-friendly option.
  2. Search Engine-Accessible Site Structure and Navigation
    When designing your site, our default practice is to use a site structure and navigation system that search engines can easily follow to index all of your pages properly. We avoid common site structure roadblocks to search engines such as JavaScript or Flash-based navigation, framesets, textless entry pages and splash pages.
  3. SEO Guidance
    We offer SEO guidance during the construction of your site and during major updates when you are asking for something that may have a negative impact on your web site's SEO. You may not know the SEO implications of your requests, but we will tell you so that you can make informed decisions.
  4. Backlinks
    We provide backlinks to your site from our web sites so the search engines can quickly find and index your site once it is published.
  5. Robot Directives Meta Tags
    We add the correct robot directives meta tags to the code of your site.
  6. Descriptive Meta Tags
    We use the text you give us and any other information you provide about your SEO goals to add the standard descriptive meta tags to the code of your site, including keywords, description, audience and geography. We pay particular attention to the TITLE tags for your pages, since they are currently the tags that are most valued by search engines.
  7. Alt Tags
    For all images and other media documents that are not visible to search engines, we include human-readable alt tags so the content of those images is correctly described and can be "understood" by the search engines.
  8. Content Editing for SEO
    At your request, we will help you write your content to add the keywords you think will be most useful in getting you relevant traffic. Alternately, we provide you with writing guidelines so that you can do this yourself if you prefer.
  9. Web Site Hits Statistics Reports
    We will send you monthly statistics reports via email that will allow you to track your traffic and gauge the results of any SEO and marketing efforts you are undertaking.
  10. Statistics Support
    Upon request, we will help you understand your stats and guide you in evaluating the numbers so you can make good decisions for your web site.
  11. Link Checking and Code Validation
    On an ongoing basis, we will maintain your site's code to ensure that its internal links are never broken and that the code is always valid and correct. This will enable the search engines to index all of your content in a correct manner.
  12. Search Engine-Friendly URLs
    We create your web site with URLs that search engines can easily navigate and access.
  13. SEO Tips
    We provide quarterly newsletters full of web site promotion and SEO tips.
  14. SEO White Papers and Articles
    We write numerous articles and white papers on a regular basis and post these on our web site. We will also forward relevant articles to you when you have questions on a topic we have covered.
Extended SEO Programs
If you are serious about increasing your traffic levels through natural search and have a budget for SEO, you may want to consider one of Back2Front's Extended SEO Programs. To learn more, see our Extended SEO Programs page.

Results You Can Expect From Our Included SEO Service
This is a very cost-effective service that will provide a very good starting point for your web site. Many of our clients have never gone further than this and receive thousands of hits per month with our Included Service alone.

Disappointing Results from Third-Party SEO Companies
Several of our clients have opted to pay third-party SEO companies to further the SEO of their web site (most paid $500 just to start). The majority were disappointed with the results, seeing little or no improvement in traffic levels. One of the reasons for this is that a large portion of the fee is applied toward correcting the problems usually found on sites not created by us. Since we have already done this initial work, there is nothing to correct, so there are no more results to be had in this manner.

Guarantees
Our Included SEO Service will ensure that your site will be found and indexed by all of the major search engines within a reasonable time after launch. Your specific traffic levels and placement for certain keyword phrases will vary according to the level of competition in your industry and your location, your other marketing efforts, the size and age of your web site, and other factors. We cannot make any specific promises or guarantees with our basic service level.

If you are looking for a guaranteed SEO service, check out our Extended SEO Programs.

Our Included SEO is a very good starting point for your web site. If you need more help our Extended SEO Programs are the next logical step.

Extended SEO


Small Business Growth SEO   =>  Budget: Average $150 per month

Guaranteed Placement SEO    =>  Starting at $400 per month

Extended SEO Programs Overview

  1. Our clients are very busy people, and may not have the time to learn about SEO or to manage the ongoing requirements of a successful SEO program.
  2. Most SEO companies charge more per month for SEO than many of our clients pay for their entire web site for a whole year.
Back2Front's SEO programs are designed to bridge the gap and provide an SEO service that:
  • Does not require you to have any SEO knowledge.
  • Demands minimal time investment from you.
  • Has a range of price levels to suit any budget.
You can choose a program and then relax, knowing that the SEO advancement of your web site is being taken care of.

Small Business Growth SEO

Budget: Average $150 per month

The Small Business Growth SEO program moves you up a level from our included SEO service to a more active SEO program. In this program, we examine your site, make recommendations, and then create and work to a schedule that will make sure that all of your bases are covered. You can relax and know that we are working for you to improve your traffic levels. If you don't have time to learn about SEO and are wondering if you are doing the right things with your web site, this is the program for you. We will make sure you are!

Best suited to companies who need to increase their results for natural search but have insufficient time for/knowledge of SEO and a restricted budget.

Schedule

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Keyword Analysis
Domain Name Purchase
Web Site Analysis
Web Site Updates
New Pages
Link Building
Competitive Analysis

For descriptions of each of this program's components (mentioned in this schedule), see the Search Engine Optimization page.
  • Written Reports:
    Each component of the program has a written report associated with it. In the Small Business Growth SEO program, reports will be sent nearly every month.
  • Keyword Analysis:
    Keyword Analysis is done at the start of the program to set a good foundation for all subsequent work.
  • Web Site Analysis:
    Web Site Analysis is done twice, once at the beginning, to set benchmarks and get a sense of what needs to be accomplished; and at the end to compare benchmarks and plan next steps.
  • Updates:
    Once the Keyword and Web Site Analysis are completed, we will begin making changes to the web site. The most important updates will be done first. Changes may also be made after the Competitive Analysis is done. Updates are spread out in the program to keep the web site fresh. A total of 4 updates are allocated in the budget for the Small Business Growth SEO program. 1 update in month 6, 1 update in month 8, 1 update in month 10, 1 update in month 11.
  • New Pages:
    Six new pages will be added to the web site. These include targeted keyword-rich pages and a page for the Link Building program if needed.
  • Competitive Analysis:
    In the Small Business Growth SEO program, we look at three competitors. This will provide the information we need to modify your site to compete effectively, and to check your competitive position against the actual competition so you don't leave anything to chance—or to guesswork.
  • Link Building:
    We work on link-building tasks two times during the program, spread out over the year.
  • Domain Name Purchase:
    Four keyword-rich domain names will be obtained.
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Guaranteed Placement SEO

Starting at $400 per month, with setup fee of $300
Guaranteed Placement SEO is the program for you if costs are not a concern but guaranteed results are. This program starts at $400 per month but may cost significantly more, depending on the keywords and placement level you would like guaranteed.

The program works like this:
Your web site is guaranteed to attain the placement level specified, for the keywords chosen, for the amount agreed upon each month, or you don't pay.

For example:
  • The keywords could be "Toronto Accountant".
  • The placement in Google may be first or second on the natural search results.
  • The agreed-upon amount could be $550 per month.
You pay the setup fee. We do our thing—and you don't pay any monthly fees until your site appears as the first or second item in the search page results on Google for a search done on the keywords "Toronto Accountant." Once your site attains the goal, you pay $550 each month. If your site slips below second place, you do not pay until we get you back up.

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What Does "Starting At" or "Budget" Mean?

"Starting at" means that this is the minimum cost for this program. For the Guaranteed Placement SEO program, the $400-per-month level may not be available, depending on the keywords you desire. Some keywords are in very high demand and it will take much more work to get your web site placed well.

For the Small Business Growth program, there is a set number of updates, new pages and other components allocated in the budget; however, after our review of your web site, we may discover that there are more changes needed than we have budgeted for within the program. In this situation, we will prioritize and do only the most important/urgent work. You may elect to do more and pay more than the program dictates. As well, according to your situation, you may not need all of the recommended components of the set program (or you may already have them). If this is the case, you will pay less than the program dictates.

Fees for SEO Program Components

All elements of the program are available separately and are charged at the same rate if purchased outside of the program. However, if SEO success is your goal, we recommend that you purchase an SEO program rather than purchasing the components separately, since the components work together and may depend on each other.

Guarantees

Only the Guaranteed Placement SEO program offers any specific results-based guarantee. All other programs operate on a "payment for work done" basis.

The goals for all of the programs are to increase general traffic levels and to boost traffic from visitors you are specifically targeting. Benchmarks of your starting traffic levels, successful keywords, page ranking and page placement will be done at the beginning, and again at different times throughout the program to guide activities and track the results.

Program Duration

Programs are planned out for a year.

Successful SEO requires repeatedly analyzing the web site, targeting keywords, setting goals, and tracking results. SEO efforts must be adapted over time to keep up with the competition, your business realities, and changes in the search engine algorithms. Search engines will quickly devalue a stale, unchanging web site, so the program is designed to make sure that the site is updated on a regular schedule.

Programs are planned out for a year. You can opt out at any time, but programs lasting less than a year are not as effective and very difficult to assess. The results of SEO changes can take months to fully realize, and if the tracking and analysis stop before the effects are all in, the next steps can be difficult to plan.

If you wish to remain in the program beyond the initial schedule, you can continue to pay the monthly fee and keep getting great results. At your program renewal date, we will create a new schedule for the coming year.

Written Reports

To help keep you informed of our efforts and the progress of the program, written reports will be prepared.

What Our SEO Programs Don't Cover

SEO is all about the search engines. Anything that does not concern search engines is not specifically addressed in this program.

This includes:
  • Conversion rates (turning visitors into sales);
  • User interface (how easy it is to use your site);
  • The design of the web site (its look);
  • Functionality (how the shopping cart works, for instance).

All of these things are important, of course—but they are not SEO. To see how you can improve these aspects of your web site see our Conversion page.

Additionally, our programs are concerned with "Natural Search" only. Paid advertising such as pay-per-click, Google Adwords, banner ad programs, etc., are not addressed in our SEO programs. If you are interested in pursuing any of these marketing strategies give us a call - we can help!

SEO Components

Our Extended SEO Programs are made up of several individual components which, along with our regular web site management service, work together to achieve optimal results. You may purchase one or more of these components separately. The fees for each component are the same if purchased together as a program or individually.

Keyword Analysis

Keyword analysis helps determine which keyword phrases to use to optimize your web site for best natural search results. "Best natural search results" means:
  • best placement on the search engines (like Google)
  • more traffic (higher hit count)
  • better quality traffic (i.e., from people who want to buy from you)
  • all without paying search engines directly (e.g., via a pay-per-click model).
What does it involve?
In our Keyword Analysis service, we work through a comprehensive process, using the latest research and various cutting-edge analysis tools, along with your input and our experience, to identify keyword phrases with the optimal combination of the following characteristics:
  • high demand
  • low supply
  • most relevance to the product/service
  • most likely to be used by your ideal client.
You will fill out an online questionnaire that helps us understand your business and its unique characteristics. We go through an exhaustive examination and analysis of your options to determine your best keywords. We then check your web site's current placement in the search result pages for those keywords as a benchmark. You will receive a detailed written report.

How is Keyword Analysis used?
The keyword phrases identified in this report should be used:
  • to modify the text and code of your web site
  • to determine the best domain names to purchase
  • in the text of incoming links to your site from other web sites
  • in any pay-per-click program
  • in any other online marketing efforts.
When should Keyword Analysis be done?
Keyword Analysis should be done whenever significant changes in your company or business environment have occurred.

Prerequisites:
You must be a current Back2Front client.
Keyword Analysis is recommended for most of the remaining SEO program components.

Cost: $150

Web Site Analysis for SEO

Web Site Analysis for SEO thoroughly examines all of the many aspects of a web site that can affect its search engine performance, with the goal of finding any areas that can be improved or updated. Successful SEO involves making changes to your web site. Although external forces do affect your traffic levels, the web site code and content is by far the most important and most easily controlled part of SEO.

What does it involve?
In our Web Site Analysis service we work through a comprehensive process using the latest research and various cutting-edge analysis tools. We combine this with the Keyword Analysis done earlier, the Statistics reports for your site, and with our own experience, to examine your current web site and identify areas that can be improved.

Web Site Code
We examine the code of the web site to identify anything that may interfere with optimal search engine access and indexing.

We make sure all of the opportunities for instructions to the search engines are exploited.

Web Site Content
We examine the content of the web site to ensure your best keywords are used sufficiently and in the correct places for optimal results. We also check to make sure that all good content is accessible to search engines.

Placement on Search Results Page
A benchmark for success is your web site's position in the search results pages of the major search engines using the keyword strings you are targeting. A higher placement on the search results pages may mean more traffic to your web site, as revealed in your Statistics Reports.

Statistics Reports Analysis
The Statistics Reports we put together from the server logs for your site each month are the definitive resource for traffic level information. The server logs record every single transaction and quite a bit of information about each one. PageRank and placement are useful indications of relative success with certain keywords or with various search engines, but what really counts in the end is: "Who is visiting your web site? How many are visiting? When are they visiting? Which pages are most popular? Where did they come from? What keywords did they use?" etc. An analysis of the Statistics Report can answer these questions and more.

Using our Statistics Reports, we:
  • evaluate the performance of the web site to date and compare year-over-year or monthly data (if we have it) to spot trends
  • determine human traffic patterns as opposed to those of robots
  • discover which keyword strings are currently successful
  • see which other web sites are sending you traffic (incoming links); etc.
Domain Name Analysis
A domain name is your web site address. Ours, for example, is: "back2front.ca". Like us, you should have your company name as your domain name for lookup purposes and corporate identity. Having keywords that relate directly to the thing you do or sell in your domain name can significantly improve the SEO performance of your web site, which is why we also have "thewebsitepeople.ca," among others. Having multiple domain names all pointing to the same web site is not only possible, but also desirable. Domain Name Analysis will examine your options and recommend new domain names that will aid your SEO efforts.

If you are participating in an SEO program, we will identify domains that are available and that contain the keywords you want to target, buy the number of domains stated in your program level, and set them up. If you are purchasing domain names outside of a program, you may acquire as many as you wish. If you are purchasing the web site analysis separately, only the recommendation part is covered within the Web Site Analysis fee. Domain purchases are extra and the costs are detailed here.

When should Web Site Analysis be done?
At Back2Front, we build web sites that are search engine-friendly from the start. However, a Web Site Analysis for SEO may be needed or repeated for the following reasons:
  • You make major changes to your business which requires us to make related changes to the SEO.
  • You have just gone through a Keyword Analysis and we need to make changes to the SEO according to those results.
  • Web sites are built with a number of goals and priorities that must all be accommodated. Only one of these is SEO. Often, SEO initially takes a back seat in favour of other priorities. However, when increasing traffic levels becomes a priority, a web site should be analyzed specifically with a view to improving SEO.
  • SEO is not something that can be done just once and then forgotten. Your traffic levels may drop if you leave your site unchanged for too long. The search engines change their methods, technology changes, and your competition is not standing still either! Web Site Analysis for SEO will help identify what should be added and changed to stay competitive.
How is a Web Site Analysis used?
The Web Site Analysis is used to determine what changes need to be made to improve your web site's search engine performance.

Prerequisites:
You must be a current Back2Front client.
Keyword Analysis is highly recommended.

Cost: $150

Competitive Analysis for SEO

Competitive Analysis looks at your competitors' web sites and compares them to yours to determine what (if anything) needs to be improved on your web site so you can compete.

What does it involve?
We will identify your top competitors on Google by performing searches using your predefined keywords, or you may specify which of your competitors you want us to analyze. We recommend that you compare your web site to at least three competitors to get a good sense of the competitive marketplace. Comparing with only one may be misleading. You can opt to compare with the lead players in your industry to see how far you need to go to reach their level. Alternately, you can choose the closest matches to your business offering, size and location, to establish the minimum level. Or you can do both to really get a handle on your competitive position, which is what we do inside an SEO program.

The Competitive Analysis is similar to the Web Site Analysis for SEO, except that we must omit the Statistics Analysis, since we do not have access to the competitor's report. We also don't do a Domain Analysis (since we are not planning to purchase domains for the competitor). We will examine the competitor's web site for key SEO features such as keywords, accessible technology, size, content, meta tags, backlinks, etc., and then compare them to your web site and provide you with a detailed report containing our recommendations.

When should Competitive Analysis be done?
We recommend doing a Competitive Analysis when getting better page placement than your competition is important to you. It should be undertaken after most other SEO work has been completed. If your web site is not already optimized before we do a Competitive Analysis it may not be as well-placed as it could be, which means we will have difficulty establishing who are your real competitors on the web.

How is Competitive Analysis for SEO used?
The Competitive Analysis is used to identify any holes or further work that needs to be done to compete effectively with identified competitors.

Prerequisites:
You must be a current Back2Front client.
Keyword Analysis is highly recommended.
Web Site Analysis for SEO is highly recommended.
Your web site should already be well optimized.

Cost: $130 for each competitive web site.

Link-building

What is Link-Building for SEO?
A link-building program works to increase the number and quality of the incoming links to your web site (Sites that link to you). This will, in part, determine your position on the search result pages. In addition, the more web sites that are linking to you, the more traffic you will get directly from those links. This is why a link-building program is so crucial.

What does it involve?

PageRank
Google's PageRank is a number between 1 and 10 that is a measure of a web page's popularity. The higher the PageRank the better. Each of your web site's pages will have their own PageRank, which is mostly determined by how many other web pages link to your page. But it is also a measure of how popular those other web pages are. A link from a single very popular site may have the same effect as 100 unpopular web sites linking to your page. We use Google's PageRank as a benchmark to guide improvement.

Incoming Link Analysis
Using specialized tools, we examine the incoming links to see how many web sites are linking to your site, what the addresses of those links are, what text was used in each link, and if they have been used recently to access your site. This information is useful to:
  • Keep track of your incoming links.
  • Ensure the text of the links contains your best keywords.
  • Determine which links are working best for you.
  • Decide which web sites you want to check most often to ensure the link to your site stays up.
Reciprocal or Cross-Linking
A reciprocal link is a link coming to your site from a web site that you, in turn, link to—a classic "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" scenario. We recommend that you ask for links with non-competing but complementary web sites (for example, if you sell baby clothing, you contact a toy store). To be successful, try contacting web site owners personally or by phone.

A links page is a good idea and we will help you create one. We can also place the links on any page of your site. However, you should avoid cluttering your site with links as this could confuse your visitors.

To help with your link-building efforts:
  • We search for sites that rank high for search terms you are using, look through the results for non-competing web sites, and then pass this list on to you as possible businesses to approach.
  • We identify the sites that are already linking to your competitors and pass this list on to you as possible businesses to approach.
  • We provide you with the code the other Webmaster should use for the link to your site.
  • We remind you to work on this task in our reports.
Directory Submissions
Submitting your site to general business and vertical market directories (specific to your industry) is a good way to get lots of incoming links. There are a number of free local and national business directories we can get you listed on. We also research vertical market directories in your industry, get your web site listed on a number of free ones we find, and send you a list of the ones where payment is required.

You will receive a detailed written report where we:
  • list all the directories in which you have been entered
  • list "payment-required" vertical market directories that might be of interest to you
  • identify the page rank of your top level pages
  • list all existing incoming links.
When should Link-building be done?
Link building should be an ongoing task and a regular part of your marketing efforts. We schedule link-building activities in our SEO programs regularly throughout the program.

Cost: $150 for 10 general directories, five vertical directories, and a list of 10 web sites to approach for cross-linking. Our standard fees apply for new pages and updates required.

Article Submissions

Writing informative articles is an excellent way to add "link-worthy" content to your web site. We encourage you to write up everything you can: how-to articles, product reviews, tips, resources, case studies, technical studies, industry best practices, FAQs—whatever you can think of! They don't just have to be about your company or your products; they can also cover related topics. Put this information on your site and you will accomplish several SEO goals all at once such as:
  • Fresh updated content.
  • Lots of good keyword-rich text.
  • Increased web site size.
  • The ability to give an impression to your web site visitors that you are an expert in your field.
  • As well, you will get more web site owners willing to link to your site if you have good content they want to link to.
If you have already written, or are writing, good content for your web site that can take the form of standalone informative articles, you should also be submitting them to online magazines. You must make sure that there are links back to your web site with every article published if you want this to be effective for your link-building program.

In our Article Submission service, we will take that tedious task off your hands! We will submit and configure your articles to our list of five online magazines.

Cost: $50 per article

Blogging

A Blog is a special kind of web site that is designed to allow visitors to contribute content. It will only work if you have something interesting to say on a regular basis that your visitors will care enough about to respond to. The value of a Blog for SEO is that it generates links to your web site, or adds content to your site (if the Blog is embedded).

If a Blog is a good fit for your business, we will help you set one up and remind you to spend time on it regularly as part of our program schedule.

Cost: Since a Blog is considered a Basic Plug-in Module for your web site, the plug-in pricing applies. See Plug-in Module for details. Our standard fees apply for new pages (for embedded Blogs).

If a Blog is not a good fit for your business, you can still use blogging to drive traffic to your web site. Find other people's Blogs in related fields and post content by answering questions or making pertinent comments. Then you can add links back to your site at the end of each post. Your contributions must be relevant to the topic, or the owner of the Blog will likely remove them.

E-Newsletters

A company newsletter sent by email is a very useful SEO method in that it can drive significant amounts of targeted traffic to a web site. The more traffic a web site has the higher it will be ranked, which in turn will create more traffic—and it snowballs from there. Professionally managed lists and newsletter mailings can also provide vital business data that can be used to further identify markets, interests, and client preferences.

Back2Front recommends Constant Contact as its favourite e-newsletter service; we will sign you up with them or you can do it yourself using the link below. You will pay them directly for their service. Constant Contact provides all ongoing support—and they are excellent at it!

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  • We will help you choose a template.
  • Adjust the colours and fonts, create custom images and add them to the template to make it look more like your web site.
  • We will also add keyword-targeted permanent links to your web site for SEO purposes.
  • Add the e-newsletter signup form on your web site to automatically start building your mailing list.
  • Archive the newsletters on your site for increased SEO. Although Constant Contact offers an archiving service, this content will not count toward your SEO if it is not on your web site.
  • Place the articles you write on your web site so that you can link to them from your newsletter. This will encourage click-throughs to your web site.
  • Optionally: You can take advantage of our Newsletter Proofreading service: $50 per newsletter (including corrections made online).
Cost: Since a newsletter service is considered a Standard Plug-in Module for your web site, the plug-in pricing applies. See Plugin Modules for details. Our regular rates apply for additional web pages that contain the articles and/or newsletter archive pages, and for updates to your web site as needed.

New Pages, Domains and Updates

During the execution of our SEO programs we will be registering domain names, adding new pages, and updating the content and code of your web site. The number of these items will depend on your program level and are budgeted for within the monthly cost of the program.

Our regular fees, which are outlined on our How Much page, will be charged for these components and they will be listed as such (not as SEO) on your bill.

What Are Search Engines?

Google, Yahoo, AltaVista and MSN are examples of search engines used by surfers to search the Internet for information, products or services. Search engine companies use software programs called "spiders" or "web crawlers" to compile enormous lists of web sites and their content.

Complex algorithms determine the relative worth of each site (its rank) in order to return reliable results for searches that are relevant to the keywords used. Not all search engine companies use the same algorithms, and they constantly update their software for more accurate search results.

What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?

Search Engine Optimization is the process of designing a web site and writing the content in such a way that search engines can access and understand the content of the web site and index it in an appropriate manner.

If your web site is optimized correctly, it will be easier for people to find your site when they are looking for the products or services you offer.

SEO is an Ongoing Service

SEO is built into each Back2Front web site from the start. However, optimizing your web site when it is created is just the first step; SEO must be adjusted regularly as your site, your business, and your competition on the web change.

At Back2Front we can use our comprehensive statistics reporting engine, as well as your feedback on results, to maintain and improve your site's status over time. This SEO work can be done one piece at a time at your request, or as part of an Extended SEO program.

SEO Research

At Back2Front, we have done (and continue to do) the research and we know how search engines work. We avoid risky "black hat" SEO tricks, which may work for a short time but can actually hurt the site's ranking when discovered, because they break search engine rules and regulations. Instead, we only use legitimate "white hat" techniques that have been proven to work well over time and are approved by search engines.

Site Maps

Since Back2Front creates web sites that have no roadblocks to search engines, by default, the Google bot can index all pages of our sites without the need for site map submission. However, if you have a significant amount of content that is not "crawlable" (such as videos, PDFs or images), it may be beneficial to create and submit a site map of this content.

The Robots.txt File

For most sites, this file is not needed, as the default is to allow crawling by all search engine robots, which is what we want. In some rare instances where there is content on a site which the owner does not want to be indexed, we can add the correct robots.txt file and directives.

Social Networking

Using social networks to direct traffic to your site may be effective, depending on your business. The question is, "Is the time it takes to accomplish this worth the results?" If you are networking socially anyway, there's no reason why you can't add links to your web site whenever appropriate. If you are not, this technique may prove to be too time-consuming compared to other methods of gaining traffic.