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Finding MIT on the Internet. S. Lisanti April 2004. Overview. Q: Why have a search engine strategy? A: 85% of web traffic comes from search engines. Meta tags. Q: True or false? To get a top ranking in search engines, all you need to do is

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finding mit on the internet
Finding MIT on the Internet

S. Lisanti April 2004


Q: Why have a search engine strategy?

A: 85% of web traffic comes from

search engines.

meta tags
Meta tags

Q:True or false? To get a top ranking in

search engines, all you need to do is

to add "meta tags" to your web pages.


types of search engines
Types of search engines
  • Internet search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Inktomi, Ask Jeeves, MSN
  • Meta search engines such as
  • Local search engines, MIT-wide or site-wide
how does mit rank google
How does “mit” rank? [Google]
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MIT distribution site for PGP
  • Welcome to the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science
  • MIT OpenCourseWare | OCW Home
  • About ICRA
  • MIT Media Laboratory
  • Home - The MIT Press
  • Radio-Locator
  • The Internet Classics Archive: 441 searchable works of classical ...
  • Technology Review: Welcome
  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
  • MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab
  • Die Bahn - Reiseportal - [ Translate this page ]
  • Open Source Initiative OSI - The MIT License:Licensing
  • College and University Home Pages
  • MIT Libraries
  • MIT Sloan School of Management

Top 4 hits

or 7/10

other mit terms
Other MIT terms

Search for - Ranking

Media Lab 1

Media 3

Sloan School 1

Sloan 5

Nanotechnology 37

Linguistics department 12

Computer science 3

Biotechnology research 0/40

Frank Gehry 0/40

Gehry building 0/40

what do people search for
What do people search for?
  • Google Zeitgeist
search engine advertising
Search engine advertising
  • Fundamentally different from banner ads, since the searcher is not passively observing banners while reading news.
  • The searcher is actively seeking information and may be in the process of locating a product or service for purchase.
  • Thus, the search engine prospect is better qualified than the banner clicker.
cost per click
Cost per click
  • The average cost-per-click (CPC) is 29 cents, even as rumors proliferate about $7 CPCs on popular keywords such as “casino.”
  • For direct marketers, 29 cents converts to $290 per thousand, which is a respectable rate for collecting interested prospects.
ad budget
Ad budget
  • The Minimum Budget: Yahoo’s flat $300 annual fee that Yahoo charges to be in its human-compiled directory may help ensure that Google picks up your home page quickly in Google's crawler-based results.
seo what is pagerank
SEO: What is PageRank?
  • PageRank is a numeric value that represents how important a page is on the web.
  • Google figures that when one page links to another page, it is effectively casting a vote for the other page. The more votes that are cast for a page, the more important the page must be.
  • The importance of the page casting the vote determines how important the vote itself is. Google calculates a page's importance from the votes cast for it.
writing for the web
Writing for the web
  • Headlines
    • Fire Your Biggest Gun First. There is no point in holding back the greatest benefit until half way down the page.
  • Expand text references
    • For example, a stamp collecting page might have references to "collectors" and "collecting." Expanding these references to "stamp collectors" and "stamp collecting" reinforces your strategic keywords in a legitimate and natural manner.
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Writing for the web
  • Have Relevant Content
  • Smaller pages are better than larger ones because it is easier to target a search term when there is less text on the page to dilute the focus. Matching search terms to a page's content is essential.
  • Use HTML instead of graphics whenever possible
  • Include links
  • Pick Your Target Keywords.
    • Each page in your web site will have different target keywords that reflect the page's content.
  • Position Your Keywords.
    • Use your target keywords for your page headline, if possible. Have them also appear in the first paragraphs of your web page.
meta tags21
Meta tags

<HEAD><TITLE>New center to study impact of ocean pathogens on human health. MIT News Office.</TITLE><meta name="keywords" content="Biology; Environment and energy; Health sciences and technology; Oceanography and ocean engineering" /><meta name="abstract" content="Scientists from MIT and two other institutions have joined together to create a new center for research on issues involving oceanographic, biological and environmental health sciences." /></HEAD>

order of importance
Order of importance

Link text The Title tag The Description tag The Keywords tag The H tag (heading)Bold text Text (content)Alt text

top mit search terms 1 2 04
Top MIT search terms (1/2/04)

63 jobs  53 employment  49 sloan  41 cssa  34 lsc  33 websis  29 library  29 kerberos  28 pgp  28 iap  24 athena  22 media lab  21 certificates  20 human resources  20 chemistry  20 athletics  19 chomsky  18 reuse  18 physics  18 eudora  17 mit press  17 economics

google licensed for mit
Google licensed for MIT
  • We’ll receive the “search appliance” on July 1, 2004
  • Start using Google in the Fall
  • Help MIT publishers transition to Google during the rest of the year.
future work
Future work
  • Keyword promotion is essentially a niche-oriented medium. What should be our key word strategy?
  • Consider focusing efforts on News Search engines such as Google News
  • Dspace alliance with Google, promote research papers
  • Different forms of publishing: automatic news updates via email, etc.
  • Pay for ads for specific events
  • Promote better search engine optimization at MIT
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Finding MIT on the Internet
  • Questions, comments?