A sitemap smells ok. I would link the sitemap from your main navigation bar ... at all pages. This way your visitors can find it without going back to the index page. ;)
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Today is my site's first birthday. I started with nothing and have grown to 800+ pages, 2500 visits/day, 3 employees and solid revenue.
Thank you all at webmasterworld for the good information.
I haven't been on the 12 month plan the way I should, but I have been doing what i can. As someone noted earlier if you're running a one man show, it's hard to add good content regularly. My average "new content page" is over 2000 words in length (they are intensive how-to articles). Needless to say getting one of them posted every month is a chore, but I've been able to do it.
After 4 months of trying to follow the plan, my daily average hits have risen from 25 a day to over 150. I know this is small potatoes compared to many of you, but I'm in a niche market and the increase has been steady.
I don't know how much of Brett's material is in the book, but it's surely worth the purchase price just for his contributions.
<but it's surely worth the purchase price just for his contributions.
No doubt, plus any book that Tara puts her name to is worth getting the credit card out for.
nice guide - i'll use it with my next site :-)
"Don't go with virtual hosting - go with a stand alone ip."
why is this?
The beauty of Brett's guide is that you'll build a great site for users as well. Good for users + SEs, I love it :)
I just started, I'll report back in a year.
This seems like a good place to say thanks!
My site just had its first 10,000 pageview day.
Okay, I'm very cautious about this stuff, so I've made changes very slowly, but it seems to be working since this is about 7 - 8 times the traffic I was getting when I found this place.
Keep in mind one of my first questions here was something like.... "should each page have a different title" :)
Anyhow, Thanks to all for sharing your knowledge.
I guess I should say thanks, too. When I discovered this forum my site was getting about 200 visitors per day, and, right after reading the 12 months with Google alone post, I slowly started to make changes and add content at a faster pace. After six months (I've only been able to add 10 pages a month, on the average) my site is getting 700 visitors per day and ranks first or second for most of the keywords I am really interested at. The strange thing is that, as the likely result of a change with the link structrure of the site, right after I started the new content policy the PR for my site dropped from 5 to 4. This drop didn't have any effect on the search results, since, as I said, they were greatly improved. I am trying to work my way back to PR5 (and hopefully PR6) soon, but I feel like this is very secondary compared to adding meaningful content to the site. Thanks again everybody for the great help that I am getting reading this forum!
Just playing devil's advocate here...and something I've wondered about search engine optimization and yes, I'm a rookie: if everybody is doing SEO, then how do you stay high in the listings if everybody else is doing the same types of SEO?
My opinion is that it only appears that everyone is doing this type of SEO because we are reading this forum, and many people on this forum practice it.
In the real world, it is relatively rare. Few people know how to decently optimize a site. And very few to take the time and put in the work to do a good job of it.
Most webmasters are clueless when it comes to SEO. You're probably ahead of 99% of other webmasters just by participating at WebmasterWorld, so if you follow the techniques discussed here you're bound to beat a lot of sites.
To be honest I'm a bit clueless and a rookie as well, but thanks to Brett and all the other experts here, I've made huge improvements in my area, which isn't that competitive apart from a few keywords.
I suspect it comes down to things such as being quick to adapt to changes in your competitors and the search engines, being better and doing more research and planning, generating more content, perhaps taking some more risks, etc. etc. You can't go wrong with the article that's the subject of this thread, and with the Google knowledgebase.
OK folks, be patient with me on this as I am posting on this forum for the first time. I am intrigued about the mentioned "things" to do in 12 months to be successful on Google. Would one of you kind souls direct me to that list? I cannot seem to locate it at present.
My curiousity lies in that I have experienced good success with Google, typically within 45 -60 days of submitting, with mine and my clients sites and wonder if there is anything else I can do to accelerate of improve my rankings . However, I am not so arrogant to believe I even know a fraction of what there is to learn.
It's the first link in the first post of this thread. It points to [webmasterworld.com...]
|In the real world, it is relatively rare. Few people know how to decently optimize a site. |
It makes me sad when I fine an excellent page or site with 'untitled' for the page title. Some average Joe or Joan has put their heart into writing up and offering some good information and they don't know something this basic.
That's one of the reasons I'm working on a building good directory for my history topic.
I wonder if I should write and tell them but I worry if it would seem rude.
Maybe write and offer to improve their rankings for a charge and they'll be less insulted ;)
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