In our previous article, we touched upon the surface with some basic tips on how to optimize your website for increased search engine traffic on the internet. This advice is valuable for any Bed & Breakfast or Hotel website to maximize your search engine potential.
Let’s consider another important attribute of your website, the TITLE tag. This is the title of your homepage or other web pages. The TITLE tag should always contain the primary keyword for your page. Write each page around one primary keyword that relates directly to your property, or the subject or niche of the particular page.
For example, if your bed and breakfast is in California, your niche is “California bed and breakfast”. Your title tag should include the name of your property and the term “California bed and breakfast.” Need more specifics, consider a title tag that reads “ABC B&B, a California Bed and Breakfast.”
Each page must have one primary keyword, and it should be included in the Title tag for that page. The Title tag does not appear in the body of the article, but in the HTML between the two HEAD tags in your html.
For each of your web pages, make sure to use Header tags (<H1>, <H2>, etc.), and use them wisely. These are heading tags, with <H1> being the most important. The heading for each main section in your page should be contained within <H1> tags, and often times, each page will only have one set of these tags. Subheadings, containing secondary keywords, should be contained within <H2> tags, and so on. So, for example, if you have a page describing Fall Foliage Packages, include a header tag as follows: <H1>Fall Foliage Packages at ABC B&B</H1>. After an introduction to your Fall Foliage packages, you may then have subheaders such as <H2>Fall Foliage Weekends</H2>, etc.
Another important feature for your hotel or B&B website is the ALT attribute. Use ‘Alt = ‘ within the Img tags of your images and graphics. This lets the search engines know what the graphic or photo is about. Search engines do not read graphics, and the Alt attribute presents you with the opportunity to use your graphics meaningfully to enhance your SEO web design. Remember to use your primary keywords throughout the Header tags and ALT attributes on your page.
That’s not all you have to worry about regarding HTML tags, but if you get these few tags and attributes right, you’ll be 80%-90% on track for your SEO web design. Beyond this, consider text formatting. Your text formatting can be used to emphasize to search engines what the important text on your page is. So, if you use bold text, underscoring or italics, these can indicate the important words and phrases on your page. Use <STRONG> and <U> html tags in your headings and elsewhere where you wish to emphasize certain keywords.
Finally, remember to write naturally. Don’t worry too much about your keyword density (KD), other than having too much. Keyword density is the frequency on your page of your important keywords. Too high a KD could harm you if Google thinks you are making unnecessary use of them. This is often referred to as search engine spamming. So, the basic rule is to write naturally, as you would for human readers, and not robots. If your text reads well and includes a clear message on what your subject is about, then your page should automatically gravitate towards optimum keyword density. Another way to approach natural writing is to ignore keyword density altogether, and simply include your important keywords in title and header tags, as described above.