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Using Effective Optimized Press Releases To Boost E-Commerce Sales and Visibility

As an e-commerce website owner, you’ll find that optimized press releases are an effective way to impact your e-commerce sales and Internet visibility.

Optimized online press releases can be very useful as part of a successful Internet marketing strategy. In fact, a well-presented optimized press release with good online distribution can typically be read by over 40,000 people in one week. Read more

Writing Powerful Product Descriptions That Sell

In terms of e-commerce, the job of any good product description is to persuade the customer to take the next step…in this case, to purchase your product.

In order to persuade, you need to inform and entice.

However, when it comes to product descriptions, perhaps the biggest mistake eCommerce site owners make is to use the generic “text description” provided by the manufacturer. Manufacturer descriptions tend to be full of product features making them dull and dreary and leaving the customer feeling that they’ve “heard it all before”.

The key then, to creating powerful product descriptions that sell is to bring something unique to the table…to capture the product’s essence and highlight your product’s unique benefits so that the shopper will be compelled to buy. Read more

Shopping Cart Systems & Search Engine Optimization

Search Engine Optimization SEO Shopping CartsIf you are considering an e-commerce enabled website, or adding a shopping cart to your existing website you will want to:

– Ensure that you can maximize your organic search engine exposure

and ensure any existing rankings are not lost

While some shopping carts are being created with search engine optimization (SEO) in mind, many other shopping carts are still not very search engine friendly.

Optimizing Shopping Carts

Whether you are intending on having a search engine optimization company assist you with your shopping cart optimization, or you will be handling it on your own; you will want to ensure that you have access to what’s needed to complete the job.

Below we will cover some areas of importance if you want a search engine friendly e-commerce website.

Server Level Access

While most website owners love a “hands off” approach, it is crucial to have server level access when optimizing a shopping cart.  Various files that are located in the root folder may need to be uploaded, edited and revised.

These files can include:

  • .HTACCESS File
  • Robots.txt File
  • Google Verification File
  • Template Files

Having server level access ensures that the needed modifications can be made by you, a web developer or professional SEO expert.

Template Modification

All website templates are not created equal. Often times a website template is created with the website user in mind; not a search engine spider.

The ability to modify the shopping cart template ensures that you are able to incorporate headings, sub-headings, unique titles, Meta descriptions, meta keywords and a search engine friendly navigation system that can be easily crawled by the search engine spiders.

Default Settings

The default settings used in a shopping cart or content management system (CMS) is not always search engine friendly.

You will want to ensure you enable specific settings that will help to increase your website rankings and indexation.

These types of settings would include:

  • Mod-Rewrite / Search Engine Friendly URL Rewriting
  • Textual Navigation Structure
  • Silo / Hierarchy Product Structure

These areas can literally make or break your website’s ability to be indexed and achieve any rankings within the major search engines.

Options

As many shopping cart developers are coming to understand the importance of search engine optimization, they are continually adding modules and add-ons to help with natural rankings. However, it is your job to ensure that these areas are used in a way to maximize your exposure.

Below are some tips on which options to consider when choosing a shopping cart:
1.    Always check for updates to ensure that you have the latest version of the shopping cart software.
2.    When looking online for updates or add-ons, search Google with the shopping cart name and the words seo or search engine friendly
3.    Include any updates that help generate a Google / Yahoo! Sitemap
4.    Look for updates that include upgrading to a “flat file structure” or “URL Rewriting”
5.    Add any updates that allow for unique titles, meta descriptions and meta keywords
6.    Include any updates that help create text links to related products

Website and webpage content

Although content does not come with the shopping cart, it is often times provided by the manufacturers.
You will want to take any content supplied by 3rd parties and either revise it or add unique copy to it as much as possible.  Duplicate copy will not help you achieve high rankings in the search engines and may result in all your hard work and effort being in vain.