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Search engine optimization (SEO) is not only the job of the marketing department. It must be considered from a web site's inception and throughout its lifetime by you, the web site developer. Making changes to the architecture of a web site and modifying presentation techniques can dramatically increase search engine rankings and traffic levels.

Written for the ASP.NET developer or tech-savvy marketer, this unique reference provides techniques for creating and maintaining web sites optimized for search engines. You'll discover how to facilitate the indexing of your site, as well as how to leverage specific technologies and services for site promotion. You will understand the role of web site architecture in search engine optimization and explore various topics therein. Knowing this will help you to develop a site that achieves great search engine rankings.

What you will learn from this book

  • Understand the criteria that influence search engine rankings
  • Create keyword-rich URLs using ASP.NET, ISAPI_Rewrite, and UrlRewriter.NET

  • Use HTTP Headers to properly indicate the status of web documents

  • Create optimized content and cope with duplicate content effectively

  • Avoid being the victim of black hat SEO techniques

  • Understand and implement geo-targeting and cloaking

  • Use site maps effectively—for users as well as search engines

  • SEO enhancements that can easily be applied to an existing web site

  • Build a search engine–friendly e-commerce catalog

Who this book is for

This book is for ASP.NET developers who need to incorporate search engine optimization principles into their web applications, as well as marketers who want to gain a better understanding of the technologies involved in search engine marketing.

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About the Author

Cristian Darie is a software engineer with experience in a wide range of modern technologies, and the author of numerous books and tutorials on AJAX, ASP.NET, PHP, SQL, and related areas. Cristian currently lives in Bucharest, Romania, studying distributed application architectures for his PhD. He’s getting involved with various commercial and research projects, and when not planning to buy Google, he enjoys his bit of social life. If you want to say “Hi,” you can reach Cristian through his personal web site at http://www.cristiandarie.ro.

Jaimie Sirovich is a search engine marketing consultant. He works with his clients to build them powerful online presences. Officially Jaimie is a computer programmer, but he claims to enjoy marketing much more. He graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a BS in Computer Science. He worked under Barry Schwartz at RustyBrick, Inc., as lead programmer on all eCommerce projects until 2005. At present, Jaimie consults for several organizations and administrates the popular search engine marketing blog, SEOEgghead.com.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A must read for Microsoft .NET developers who develop commercial websites, Feb. 17 2008
By Carsten Cumbrowski - Published on Amazon.com
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Most websites are developed without SEO in mind. They are often developed by teams that have a very deep knowledge and understanding about programming websites and applications, databases and also general business and e-commerce. A large (if not the most) number of those teams only have little or no knowledge of SEO at all. The result is a website that might violates some of the very basic rules of creating a site that is well accessible and understandable for the human visitors as well as the non-human visitors (the search engine spiders or crawlers).

Changing a site after it is live and around for a while, when somebody realizes that search engine traffic is not the way it should be, can be very costly and in the worst cases may be even require an almost entire rewrite of the website code.

That's why is it important that not only marketers are being educated about the benefits and principles of search engine optimization, but the people that build websites as well. Who builds websites? Web developers. This book was written exactly for this audience, but also a SEO who knows most of the information to SEO provided in the book could benefit from this book. It includes a lot of very practical .NET sample source code for ready to use tools that can help marketers in their daily routine.

Although a lot of the content is not .NET specific are other parts that are using a lot of sample source code to demonstrate possible solutions, specific for Microsoft IIS and the .NET Framework. If you are a PHP developer, check out the sister book of this one (Professional Search Engine Optimization with PHP: A Developer's Guide to SEO), which is geared towards PHP, Apache Webserver and MySQL web developers.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good Reference for ASP.net Pros Feb. 17 2008
By C. Nirmal - Published on Amazon.com
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Good:
1) Definitive guide with Step by Step instructions.
2) All the latest topics covered well.
3) Covers basics of SEO as well as Advanced Tutorials to implementing SEO in ASP.net

Bad:
1) Too many references and Links to websites. (its can be good as well as bad). Many people may not like reading the book and having to look at the websites referenced at the same time.
SEO - Wild West of cyberspace Jan. 19 2010
By Grettir Strong - Published on Amazon.com
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Every professional web developer at some point of time has to confront the ruthless reality - SEO. There are variety of reasons of why it is happening but the most common one is that customers don't just need greatly functional websites; they need greatly findable ("spiderable" is industry term) websites along with great functionality.

So whoever hoped to stick to cozy world of coding are pushed out from zone of comfort. SEO can be interesting, even exciting sometimes, but never cozy. It is like Wild West of the olden days with sheriffs (Google, Bing etc), bandits (spammers, phishers etc) and constant gold rush to get your site at the very top of the very first search results page.

To navigate well and, most importantly, satisfy your customers with sensible SEO results a web developer have to peruse astronomical amount of information, chaotically scattered across endless cyberspace. This book is a good, if not perfect, starting point to begin SEO experience.

Although sample code is in C#, it is simple enough to be understood by VB.NET developers. There is a good coverage on URL Rewriters, topic is not widely known but relatively easy to manage for anybody who worked a little bit with Regular Expressions. Chapter on Black Hat SEO is also quite useful, especially for those who involved in development of blogs. Pretty much all major parameters for proper SEO can be found in the books but they could be structured better - I had to develop my own checklist. Importance of 301 Redirection is stressed out quite well.

Something can be highlighted better, namely issues related to shared hosting. It is a topic on its own and there are some problems with that that can not be solved easily.

By the way authors are quite helpful and willing to assist if something is not entirely transparent with the code supplied with the book. Code can be downloaded from WROX website; it is OK for most part, with occasional not too severe flaws.

SEO can be pretty scary at the very beginning. That should be seen in positive light though. It may sound ridiculous but SEOing does improve mental resilience in dealing with vast quantities of loosely related data. Having this book in your arsenal can make that trait even better.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
interesting book on SEO July 23 2008
By Luis Abreu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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Ok, so this is the second book I've got from Wrox for reviewing (and yes, I did enjoy it much more than the first). SEO is one of those things that most developers end up forgetting when building ASP.NET pages Unfortunately, that might cost you a lot. This books presents several principles and ideas that will help you improve your site's indexing. The structure is clean and the content is good.

Now, the bad things: I didn't really liked the C# code style presented throughout the book and I think that some of the ideas were "duplicated" in several chapters. The text gives lots of emphasis on Google (which one can understand, since it rules the search engine market). I'm not against it but I'd like to see more about the other search engines too. Overall, I'm going to give it a 7.5/10.
consider Search Engine Optimization in the design phase Feb. 18 2010
By Joseph A. Skarulis - Published on Amazon.com
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this book is great. it was easy to understand and read. it's practical, teh techniques are described and explained in ways which can be adopted easily.
I am very glad I read it while in the design phase rather than after the site would have been implemented without any Search Engine Optimization.


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