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Define Goals
Select Keywords
Choose Domain
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Hosting Service
Develop Content
Optimize Images
Design A Logo
Design Pages
Insert Meta Tags
Optimize Content
Payment Processor
Shopping Cart
Contact Forms
Autoresponders
Bulletin Board
Mailing List
Test, Test, Test
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Search Engines
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Test, Test, Test!

Before publicizing and submitting your web site to the search engines, it is extremely important to test EVERYTHING thoroughly! Here is a list of the main things to test:

HTML Coding And Links - If there are HTML errors on your pages, the search engines may downgrade your placement or reject the web site completely. Dreamweaver and most other WYSIWYG HTML editing programs include utilities that can check for improper HTML coding and broken links. There are also online services that check internal and external links in both directions. Many of them offer a demo or trial period. It is worth it to make sure that there are no broken links to begin with, then stay on top of it by checking again from time to time.

Spelling And Grammar - Misspellings, typos, and bad grammar are a sure way to turn your customers off. Dreamweaver includes a spell checker. Use it! Even if your body text was composed in a word processor such as Microsoft Word, you need to check the spelling of link text and other text that may have been added or modified during the page design process.

Cross Browser Support - There many different possible combinations of browsers, versions, computers, and screen resolutions. Your web pages may look great in IE6 and be all screwed up in IE5, Netscape Navigator or AOL Browser. You should test your web site with at least the three most commonly used browsers and with different screen resolutions. Design web pages to fit within the smallest common screen resolution.

Programs and Forms
Check all programs such as shopping cart, bulletin board, contact form, autoresponder, and submission forms. Go through the process for each program in real time as if you are a customer. Make sure that redirection pages open, email notices are received, and that database records are updated if applicable. This step can be tedious with large web sites, but it is absolutely essential.

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