You know all that extra time you have to work on Search Engine Optimization? (A little sarcasm there) Actually, I tried to put together a list of quick things you can do that will help you move a little higher in your Google or Bing results.
How to take the headache out of your search rankings
1. Get listed in more search engines
There are tons of them out there. There are also many free services that will help you get listed. Or just set aside some time to get it done yourself. Here is a free search engine submission site that will let you cycle through the top 100 search engines and get your site submitted.
2. Get listed in more directories
Again, there are a lot of them out there. Look for higher pagerank directories. Here are some listed directories with high domain authority. Look on the left side of the homepage.
3. Clean up your html and check your links
You want the bots to have smooth sailing through your site. Use the tools on W3c.org and have a real person check them over too.
4. Get a few more links to your site
Make them relevant and at least the same or higher domain authority as you.
5. Make your page filenames descriptive and keyword rich
Naming your page new_page_1.html is wasting an opportunity to do some SEO. Use names that describe the content and keep the keywords flowing.
6. Check your Title tags
You can use up to 592 pixels in the title, so add some keywords. We know Google looks at them, and so do many more search engines.
7. Check your ALT tags
Searchbots can’t see pictures but you should make sure you have ALT tags on all of your pictures, and make sure they are descriptive and keyword rich.
8. Rewrite your URL (anchor) tags
Good anchor tags (the text between the http: and /a tags) reinforce the message and keywords of your site.
9. Go post in a few forums and put your website in your signature
Oldies but goodies still work. Using forums are a great place to put one way links but there’s a strategy behind this and not spam. And you can help somebody out at the same time.
10. Put together a text based sitemap and put it on your site
Fifteen minutes every couple of days will make a huge difference in getting your rank higher.