Thursday, September 18, 2008

Google Guidelines

Google Guidelines

Here are some of the important tips and tricks that can be employed while dealing with



• A website should have crystal clear hierarchy and links and should preferably be

easy to navigate.

• A site map is required to help the users go around your site and in case the site

map has more than 100 links, then it is advisable to break it into several pages to

avoid clutter.

• Come up with essential and precise keywords and make sure that your website

features relevant and informative content.

• The Google crawler will not recognize text hidden in the images, so when

describing important names, keywords or links; stick with plain text.

• The TITLE and ALT tags should be descriptive and accurate and the website

should have no broken links or incorrect HTML.

• Dynamic pages (the URL consisting of a ‘?’ character) should be kept to a

minimum as not every search engine spider is able to crawl them.

• The robots.txt file on your web server should be current and should not block the

Googlebot crawler. This file tells crawlers which directories can or cannot be



• When making a site, do not cheat your users, i.e. those people who will surf your

website. Do not provide them with irrelevant content or present them with any

fraudulent schemes.

• Avoid tricks or link schemes designed to increase your site's ranking.

• Do not employ hidden texts or hidden links.

• Google frowns upon websites using cloaking technique. Hence, it is advisable to

avoid that.

• Automated queries should not be sent to Google.

• Avoid stuffing pages with irrelevant words and content. Also don't create

multiple pages, subdomains, or domains with significantly duplicate content.

• Avoid "doorway" pages created just for search engines or other "cookie cutter"

approaches such as affiliate programs with hardly any original content.