Sessions at IA Summit 2012 about Information Architecture on Thursday 22nd March

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  • Architecting Search-Engine Friendly Websites and Intranets

    by sharithurow

    Search engine optimization (SEO) is optimizing a website or intranet for people who use search engines. In reality, search-engine friendliness is a critical component of overall findability. The human aspect of searching is just as important as the technical aspect of searching…and often the missing findability ingredient.

    As Peter Morville states in his book Ambient Findability, “Findability precedes usability. In the alphabet and on the Web. You can’t use what you can’t find.” Users should be able to locate and discover desired content via browsing and searching. Believe it or not, a usable and consistent information architecture that communicates aboutness, information scent, and sense-of-place actually makes a website and intranet more search- engine friendly. Site search results are more accurate, and your website is more likely to be displayed well on the commercial Web search engines. And not only your Web pages – videos, graphic images, blogs, and PDFs – can also achieve relevant search engine visibility.

    In this full-day workshop, Shari will show you how to architect a website that makes your content easier to find via internal search engines and the commercial Web search engines in a way that enhances the user experience.

    Bring examples of websites and intranet pages: this is a hands-on session with plenty of what- not-to-dos and exercises.

    After attending this workshop, you will be able to:

    Architect a website that satisfies both your site’s visitors AND search engines
    Create and maintain a successful information architecture – learn what Web search engine optimizers don’t know
    Use a variety of keyword research tools for usability testing wireframes and prototypes
    Understand the role of keywords in site navigation and page interlinking
    Types of page interlinking that are necessary for search engine visibility
    Effectively place targeted keywords and links on Web pages, graphic image and video files without sacrificing a positive user experience
    Avoid common (and costly) architecture, navigation, and design mistakes Implement proven techniques and strategies for long-term results

    At 8:30am to 12:30pm, Thursday 22nd March