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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 2 edition (Aug. 29 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321503244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321503244
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 1.6 x 22.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,035,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Search Engine Visibility is not about merely obtaining top positions in search results. Rather, Search Engine Visibility is about designing, writing and creating a web site primarily for your site's visitors, and helping them find what they are searching via the major search engines, directories, and industry related sites. Most web developers/designers build a site first and worry about "searchability" later, which is a costly mistake. Companies spend thousands of dollars on a site that (a) the search engines are unable to index and (b) directory editors tend to reject. This book teaches developers/designers, programmers, and online marketers about what pitfalls to avoid from the beginning so they can provide their clients with more effective site designs. Topics covered in this book include: how to write search-engine friendly sales copy, search-engine friendly design solutions, how to increase your web site's popularity, solutions for dynamic web sites, what types of search services are available (search engines and directories), and submission guidelines. The web site will include a working model of the web site designed in the book so readers can see and implement the techniques on their own. Searchenginesbook --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Shari Thurow is a sought-after and popular speaker at SEO conferences. She's an experienced practitioner of search engine optimization, marketing, and placement. She knows what it takes to get top positions in the major search engines and--even more importantly--knows what not to do to avoid being blacklisted.

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I read this book over the weekend and my advice to you all SEOer, pass your way ... you won't learn anything new.
I'm sorry :) if I was not supposed to read this book, but this is clearly material aimed at beginners to website development and to search engine promotion.
Moreover the 5 chapters that compose this book (sold for 300 pages) span over 225 pages with a third-of-the-page right margin ... this book could be half its size.The rest is forewords, introduction, link list, glossary, index and a free chapter of another book "Speed up your web site" (nothing-new-here-also).
The five chapters are :
- Before you build (36 pages)
- How to build better web pages (72p)
- Page design workarounds (47p)
- After your site is built (47p)
- Best practices : the Dos and Don'ts of Search Engine Marketing (17p)
I only give two stars now because nowhere is this book clearly advertised as a book for beginners.
The back-cover tells : "This book teaches developers, designers, programmers, and online marketers what pitfalls to avoid from the beginning so they can provide their clients with more effective site designs" ... I find it hard to believe that we can still find developers and designers... that don't know those basic facts about website building.
But give me that book 5 years ago and I would have loved it :)
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This book puts search engine optimization in perspective. If you've been looking at the web sites of search engine optimization firms and not been able to figure out what it is they do, this book will clue you in as to what you should expect to hear from a reputable company. It may also be an eye opener if you think attaining top rankings in the main search results on engines like Google is as simple as breaking out the checkbook and paying some company to "do optimization" without making any changes to your website (though there are some companies that can pull this off for surprisingly long periods of time).
Search Engine Visibility is the first book I've ever seen that acknowledges search engine optimization does not exist in a vacuum separate from the business or philanthropic goals of a website. Search engine optimization should be an integral part of the planning and design stages of any website. It's refreshing to see a publication that emphasizes this.
This book will help you understand what you can do to increase search engine referrals and further your business goals without spamming the engines. [Though if you take everything in this book literally you may be scared that if you put a few words in your meta tags that don't appear in the copy of your page Google will ban your site - that's just not going to happen, but you do put your site at risk if you resort to some of the other Spam tactics mentioned in the book]
You'll learn best practices in:
* Keyword research and selection
* Site design and layout
* Designing search engine friendly navigation systems
* Crafting keyword (and user!
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After having read the book "Search Engine Optimization" back in 2002, I hadn't run into anything as useful and concise to help with the SEO (Search Engine Optimization, in case you're wondering) functions. The beauty of the book by this long time consolidated Web Marketer is that it is general while still being extremely useful. True, it doesn't focus on Google, but I think that is precisely its biggest strength, because there's life beyond Google.
As much as we'd like to think that Google is the ultimate Search Engine for which you need to optimize, the truth is that there are several others, any of which, if you do your homework, following the advice from this book, you will get the traffic you deserve... specially, considering the shakedown that the Search Engine industry will be submitted to during 2004 and 2005, as Yahoo! dumps Google and Microsoft strikes back with a propietary search solution.
All in all, I appreciated the information by Ms. Thurow and the structure it was given. It is one of the two best books out there on the topic.
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I agree with the guy who said that the book is mostly her opinion on what makes good designs.
There is very little actual SEO information and what can be found is very basic in nature. You can find much more information from free websites.
There is also an excessive amount of fluff. For instance she spends an entire page explaining what a URL is. Maybe she thought her target audience was the Internet ignorant.
She also contradicts herself sometimes. For instance she uses the example of a site called "TranquiliTeas" and says that it would be unethical to separate the run-on just to increase keyword density because that is not the true site name. One inch down on the page she then advocates leaving off ".Inc" for this exactly purpose. (actually she claims that its because people don't search for "Inc." but of course people don't search for "TranquiliTeas" either). In any case you're doing the same thing, changing the actual company name to increase relevance. Depending on which part of the page you're reading its either spam or good practice.
Of course if you want my opinion the correct advice would be to plan for promotion before you form your business, and so when naming your business include a space between your keywords. So in other words, don't name your site "CarParts" name it "Car Parts." Problem solved.
My recommendation? Don't buy it, but if you must have it find it at a library (if possible). It'll only take a day or so to get the few bits of useful info out of the book.
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