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7:33 pm on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hello,

I am about to launch a new site and am hoping google will pick it up. So far I am concentrating on these factors;

1. page content
2. incoming link anchor text
3. surfer-friendly design
4. title
5. metas
6. image names
7. images alt tags
8. page-file names
9. directoy names

Is there anything else I am missing?

thnx

8:14 pm on June 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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If it was that simple everyone would be an SEO expert!

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9:19 pm on June 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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"I am about to launch a new site and am hoping google will pick it up."

I guess it will be picked up. After that there would be the possibility that your new site might end up in Google sandbox ;-)

9:20 pm on June 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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1. Create good, informational and unique content that your readers and clients will find useful
2. Title and head your pages to properly reflect that content
3. ... er ...
4. ... That's it.
11:31 pm on June 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Look at who is ranking now for the keywords and phrases you want to rank for. SEO is not an all or nothing proposition. You just have to rank better than the pages above you.
Good content helps keep visitors, but for high Freq keywords you simply must have in-bound links or they'll never find you.
I think SEO is very easy. As long as you have an unlimited budget, and lots of time.
That's just Goog.
1:00 am on June 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Don't forget full urls, base href tags and pop out of frames scripts to deter hijackers.
4:55 am on June 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Your primiary concern should be getting indexed. You can worry about ranking higher later in the game.

1. Set up mod_rewrite,301s and url structure correctly.
2. Design your page with appropriate title/meta description tags so you stay clear of supplemental hell.
3. Make sure each page has plenty of unique text - as opposed to 10 word product descriptions and tables.
4. Get some incoming links so your site gains enough PR to get deep crawled.
5. Keep your site invisible to SEs until its ready for crawling.

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Google will pick up your site so long as you have a link to it from just one single page that gets spidered often enough.

The homepage of my main site is visited by G's spiders each day - when I want to launch a new site I add a link from the homepage. Normally the new page will be in Google for an url search in 4 days.

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Just wish to bring to the table, Brett's evergreen ;-)

Successful Site in 12 Months with Google Alone [webmasterworld.com]

Enjoy!

10:59 am on June 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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SEO 101
WebWalla wrote:
1. Create good, informational and unique content that your readers and clients will find useful
2. Title and head your pages to properly reflect that content
3. ... er ...
4. ... That's it.

Brief and wholly accurate - I'd only add one line:

1. Create good, informational and unique content that your readers and clients will find useful
2. Title and head your pages to properly reflect that content
3. Submit site to a couple of quality directories
4. .. er ...
5. ... That's it.

1:52 pm on June 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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If this is a new site, get ready to wait 8 months to get on even the 2nd or 3rd pages of google. It's not a question of whether or not you get stuck in the sandbox as you will DEFINATELY be put in the sandbox.
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ChildeRoland--

If this is a new site, get ready to wait 8 months to get on even the 2nd or 3rd pages of google. It's not a question of whether or not you get stuck in the sandbox as you will DEFINATELY be put in the sandbox.

not true.

example. not only was my newest site registered last friday but it was also deep crawled, cached, and showing up for keywords that very same day. if you build your site with the proper foundation in place, Google will seek you out with ease.

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I have to agree with ChildeRoland to a degree. We have site that was build by a good SEO guy with proven success, in simple HTML so no real doubts about it. Google did find it nearly immediately indeed - but it doesn't show backlinks after nearly a year of having some very decent ones, and doesn't rank under key phrases which are not even very competitive. IMO it simply isn't "old" enough for Google yet to be listed.

So - do what you will, but for a year or so you'll be ignored. And if your area is competitive - it's going to be uphill all the way.

But anyway - good luck. It's still worth doing.

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I have to agree with ChildeRoland to a degree. We have site that was build by a good SEO guy with proven success, in simple HTML so no real doubts about it. Google did find it nearly immediately indeed - but it doesn't show backlinks after nearly a year of having some very decent ones, and doesn't rank under key phrases which are not even very competitive. IMO it simply isn't "old" enough for Google yet to be listed.

this is a common misconception amongst many webmasters and SEO's these days. i have been in the industry for quite some time now and have worked with several fortune 500 companies as well as small startups and yet my core philosophy remains the same. KISS--keep it simple stupid. focus on the customer and not the search engine. build the site with the search engine in mind, your foundation. backlinks (IBL) will come to you. always focus on the consumer. think reverse direct marketing. the consumer is seeking you, not the other way around. people want instant gratification, it's in our human nature...so give it to them. make a way for the consumer. don't leave any cracks in the floor. don't deviate off course. stay focused. moderation is key.

11:36 am on June 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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this is a common misconception amongst many webmasters and SEO's these days.

what are you on about? In no way do I disagree with what you have posted - the site is built entirely for the customer, not the search engine. And it couldn't be more simple. But even so I think I can still comment about how the search engine reacts to it.

5:23 am on June 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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How can my site compete with a keyword that returns 81 million hits on google? Unfortunately the first page is all .gov sites and I've picked a doozie of a niche, any recommandations after what has already been posted... other then "pick a niche that no one else is in"?
2:44 am on July 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

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On a side note, does anyone know where I can find a tool that tells me where a certain keyword search pulls up my site on google? Such as if I have a keyword "widget" and I pass the website url, it will tell me the serp location (result #345) for my site with the result of the keyword search?
It would save me the time of having to scroll through page after page even though I have it set up to 100 results per page.