There’s having a Web site and there’s having a Web site that works. It’s all very well to have a flashy intro, a fully integrated shopping basket, and lots of features and functionality that can wow the audience on every single page. But what if they can’t find you? What if you’re not visible on the search engines and on Google in particular? If they don’t know your address (which most users don’t), many members of your potential audience are going to try to find your site by typing in a keyword or phrase, and if you don’t rank on those return results, you may as well not have a Web site at all. It’s that serious.
Making your site Google-friendly or employing Search Engine Optimization techniques, or SEO, as it’s known in the trade, at your earliest convenience should be a priority; SEO is this year’s black. What it can cost varies wildly, so be sure to question the worth of both the cheapest and the most expensive service providers, but remember that there’s lots that can be done internally and at minimal cost other than your time. This book will show you what needs to be done and empower you to ask your SEO service provider—and yourself—the right questions.