Websites are becoming needles in a very large haystack – how do you put your piece of hay on top of the pile?  “Build it and they will come” worked for Kevin Kostner in Field of Dreams but won’t cut it in today’s world wide web.  You need a few key ingredients – good content, good design and good SEO – Search Engine Optimization.

According to Business Insider’s March 8, 2012 article: How Many Web Sites Are There?

(…) there isn’t a definite answer.  However, right now there are 644 million active websites on the Internet according to Netcraft.

Netcraft’s March 2012 website survey discovered 644,275,754 active websites, to be precise.

Half a billion is a lot. But when we’re talking about the Internet, sounds kind of small.

It won’t be small for long. The Internet is still growing by leaps and bounds. The March numbers were up by 31.4 million (5.1%) over last month.

Plus, nearly six million domain names were added to the Internet in the fourth quarter of 2011, bringing the total to 225 million domain names worldwide, says VeriSign. Each domain name can designate a single website or it can host lots of them.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I LOVE WordPress for websites!  All but one of my sites is a WordPress website (don’t ask – it would take an army to move the other and I haven’t found the army, time or inclination to make it happen yet!).  It is flexible, there are tons and tons of things you can do with a WordPress site… I could go on and on.

But today I just want to tell you this:  WordPress websites are great for SEO.

The people who created WordPress knew what they were doing.  They knew that the number of websites would continue to increase exponentially and it would become more and more important for people to have tools to make their website stand out.  They designed the platform to make it easy.

The folks at All in One SEO Pack created a fabulous plug-in that makes it really easy too.  Simply go here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/ and get the plug-in.  Install and activate it on your website.

Once the plugin is active, a box will appear at the bottom of every page or every blog post where you can add information that search engines like.  Add a title, a description, keywords and more. Here’s a screenshot of what you will have at the bottom of each post and page and what I filled out for the blog page of this website…

I use this on every page of every website to help my sites stand out.  With a name like “Tara Reed” I can assure you it was hard to get on page 1 of Google.  Even now, 9 years after I got online, Google will ask me “Did you mean Tara Reid”? – that’s how the actress spells her name. (I hear jokes about it daily…)  You will see that I still get to see lovely photos of her in my search, in spite of the name spelling differences, but most of page 1 is related to me.  Yeah to SEO – she used to be the whole first page no matter how you spelled REED…

SO – if you use WordPress for your website, make sure you use this or another plug-in to help you get the attention your website deserves!

Learn more about WordPress for Artists by getting a free copy of the Ask Call with Kim Beasley – head to www.AskAboutWordPressForArtists.com

Learn more about SEO for artists by getting a free copy of the Ask Call with Daniel Tardent – head to www.AskAboutSEOforArtists.com

Heck, get them both!

Here’s to your creative – and highly ranked – success!

– Tara Reed

P.S.  You want to see that Field of Dreams scene don’t you???  Here it is…

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