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Back in late February, I signed up for a PositionTech account, and since then, I've been trult frusturated. I have four pages paid for and in the index, and according to PT, they've been refreshed on the 13th of March.
All in all, I'm just stumped. All of the pages validate, feature unique and dense titles, and META information.
I'm getting outranked in MSN as well as Inktomi's Pure Search left and right, and often only find my pages buried 100+ results down.
Whats the catch? My pages feature unique content, so I'm really lost here.
Any help would be great!
sorry for not replying earlier, but I am amazed at your results.
Inktomi is an engine that quite easily will give us top 20 position with a holding page and corect metas :)
so I am lost to why this is happening, unless you have set off a filter or have too high keyword density.
I am probably not making sense, as I have NO answers.
I have posted about the mysteries of MSN ranking before,
I was in a similar postion a while ago.
You have obviously tried changed the titles and descriptions
and then waited for the 48 hr refresh, as I did.
Eventually though, after changing titles/description about
10 times, I did manage to get the page into the top page on MSN.
Some say links are taken into account by INK, but I have
not found any evidence of this.
My homepage has 500 links to it, yet is ranked below pages
with very few links.
Of course, if there are no `web directory` matches for your
keywords, you could join LOOKSMART and go straight to the top, but it will cost $0.15 a click.
I did this for a while until I got into top page via INK.
>>feature unique and dense titles
As Shak mentioned, how dense is dense?
Other top-of-the-head stuff:
I've always had a 'feeling' that Ink likes older -- make that 'gracefully mature' -- pages. Not much you can do here.
Do links count on Ink? They had eons ago and I believe they might still. Do a check on alltheweb on some of the sites above you in the SERPs (link.all:www.domain.com -site:www.domain.com).
Other than that I'm at a loss,
I've tried to get as much information as possible, so here's a rundown.
In ATW, using the link search, and excluding my own domain - I have 5,242 search results to the domain.
In running an overall KW Density test on the pages over on Brett's SEW site, I'm seeing the following percentages:
Page 1: 3.14%
Page 2: 3.11%
Page 3: 2.45% (Ranks #1 in an Ink Pure Search, Nowhere on MSN)
Page 4: 2.88%
Clearly, that will need to change today. What I had not realized, was how much code bloat there was because of poor ASP scripting.
I've been told, on many occasions, that the on page content for Inktomi doesn't matter nearly as much as the META's do, so I really thought that I would be well off with a strong HEADing on the pages.
I will be adding in more keyword dense copy today on these pages. What percentages should I target? Should this be the only thing to change?
Thanks again everyone.
I have 5,242 search results to the domain.
That just about knocks my belief that links carry substantial weight with Ink all to heck. If you can't get good placement on an obscure search term with 5000+ links then that theory doesn't seem to hold much weight.
Looking at some of my 1 and 2 results on MSN/INK for a slew of terms an eyeball test shows a strong title of 6 to 8 words and concise description of about 15 words works well with overall KWD using Brett's tool about 5%.
Keyword order does not appear to be as important as on Google. Same 1 and 2 rankings whether blue widgets this place or this place blue widgets. Go figure.
So, get to tweaking and let us know what happens.
...5,242 search results to the domain
RoosterTail, how many of your domain's other pages are in msn/ink? From other pages already in ink, are there links that spiders can follow from these other pages on your site to these 4 pages?
Without using your real domain, what's the format of your url for these pages?
Don't think Alt tags mean anything, keyword metas are part of the Trusted Feed data required so there is probably some weight on those.
Generally I'd go with nothing but keywords in the title and description (just so its readable anyway) and text near the top of the page with keywords.
I meant to say that the rendered/parsed ASP code is fairly bloated. It inserts comment tags for debugging, contains a lot of un-needed attributes, and many of the images are brought up through complete calls to the server, whereas relative links would be completely fine.
I completely agree about the links, or would have up until last week. This whole bout with Ink and MSN has thrown me for a loop, and I'm lost and confused. At my previous company's site, this same design and setup made a killing in MSN, and AOL back in the days they all came from Ink.
-- Thanks everyone! I've put the new text revisions into copywriting, and pending approval, we'll have that done. If that doesn't work, I don't know what will.
Did a closer inspection and saw the top 3 ranked pages, had little or no density, no keywords in title or metas, YET DID HAVE have one or two of the following:
-the keyphrase either in the URL
-the keyphrase in the URL of an outgoing link
-the keyphrase in outgoing link text
-the keyphrase in the 'alt'tag.
Does Ink really put this much emphasis on this?
<title>three word phrase</title>
<meta name="keywords" content="three word phrase, three word, word phrase, three phrase, three, word, phrase">
<meta name="description" content="Compeling desciption">
<p><h1>three word phrase</h1>
good sales copy copy copy copy three word phrase . . . etc <b>three word phrase</b> copy copy etc.
<h2>three word phrase</h2></p>
I have the same "problem" as Rooster Tail. My site has a good ranking with several competed keywords in Google. My site also ranks good with the same keywords in Altavista and ask.com (Teoma also). The ranking on Inktomi is however way behind (+ ranking on Alltheweb has also dropped?).
I have looked at the "competing" sites and they have a good ranking both in Google and Inktomi. I´m trying to figure out what makes my site rank poor in Inktomi. My site is optimized with all the usual methods (title, description, H1, bold, keyword density, links text etc.). The problem should not be there? The link popularity is also quite the same for my competing sites. I´m thinking of every possible thing - my site is in php and I my navigation is an include etc. Taht should not make any difference?
Anyone having this kind of problems or some suggestions on what to try out?
p.s. The drop in rankings on Alltheweb happened quite recently. Could be off page factors, but I´m also trying to remember if I made some bigger changes on the pages that could have affected the rankings - poor memory and no documentation :-(
The paid for option is different. It takes only the URL paid for and does not follow the links. You only get the page you paid for, one page. However, this is updated every 2 days on average allowing you to tweak to get their algorithm and your page into a harmonious match. Then you can tweak other pages, but you may be waiting a while before you get any results.
<title>Blue Thingamajigs in California</title>
<h1>Blue Thingamajigs in California</h1>
<p>Somewhere in this first paragraph you'll mention Blue Thingamajigs in California again.</p>
Some <ol>s. Some <li>s. You know, standard page structure. ;)
P.S. The title and <h1> don't have to be ordered the same. Just as long as the same keyword phrases appear. For example, your <title> might be Blue Thingamajigs in California and your <h> tag might read California - Blue Thingamajigs.
These are just a couple of the areas that need to be focused on. I've found that if the pages do well in Google, they typically do well elsewhere.