Welcome to WebmasterWorld, Dazzy Star.
For a long term Google strategy, Brett's Successful Site in 12 Months with Google Alone [webmasterworld.com] is still probably the best place to start, even 16 months after he wrote it (a long time in SEO). A lot of the advice is applicable to other engines too.
In terms of site construction; page titles, body text and link text from other sites are all very important. The theme pyramid [searchengineworld.com] site structure is the easiest to work with.
Thanks very much for the reply. It's really appreciated!
I'm having a tough time trying to understand why another website owner would allow linking to my website if we are in similar businesses? Perhaps someone could enlighten me!
The 'Successful Site in 12 Months with Google Alone' topic is indeed full of interesting content but again as I'm a newbie a number of his terms are meaningless to me but I guess as I re-read it and carry on searching and learning on this forum it will become a little less 'foggy'!
My website is based on an affiliate scheme where the only thing I have to design and build is the welcome page and a navigation bar, the online ordering facility is provided to me by the company of which I am affiliated to and the content (the actual items with pictures, etc.) is derived by the central frame. Will this affect how my page is ranked,etc?
Thanks in advance.
> as I'm a newbie a number of his terms are meaningless to me
At the very top of the screen you have a link to the [href=http://www.webmasterworld.com/glossary/]glossary[/url].
Also, each forum has a library, where the most useful threads are temporarily archived.
I found a great book by searching Google for "search engine visibility". I'm not the author (wishful thinking!) and hope telling you this much does not violate posting guidelines.
The problem with books in a rapidly changing field is that their long production cycle makes them out of date before you buy them.
for adwords, head on over to [webmasterworld.com...] everything you need has been asked, and feel free to ask about things which you do NOT understand.
however on reading your post, I was a bit concerned about "your project" as an affiliate and basically just building the menu structure etc etc.
the main and important bit for SEO is Unique content, however unless I am mistaken, the content that you will have will be the same as 100s of other websites.
please do not let me sound negative, as that business model has made quite a few millionaires (a few are on this board), however it will limit you in controlling what keywords etc etc is getting indexed by the search engines.
Thanks ever so much for the reply.
Again as a newbie perhaps you could enlighten me into the danger in simply wrapping my site around anothers in terms of traffic.
Thanks in advance!