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01/10/2006 11:19:57 PM · #1
I was wondering if there are any tech gurus out there who can give me some tips on increasing website visibility. I designed my site using Dreamweaver and have gone back and added meta tags, but all to no avail. I have also submitted the site to various browers to or three times, but it is still not showing up. There are no external links (is that the term for it???) except for on my profile here and at another photography forum. The site has been up for about six months now, I think. Please help!
01/10/2006 11:24:21 PM · #2
Hope someone can help you out. Cause I'd love to know how to get more visibility as well once my website is up. One of the things that I want to accomplish is to try to reconnect with an old friend who has moved to Europe...so I figured that if she googles her name, then maybe she can get to my website and see that I'm trying to look for her. Good luck!
01/10/2006 11:32:28 PM · #3
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01/10/2006 11:38:07 PM · #4
Thanks for the suggestion, Katy. I'm not that website saavy, but shouldn't metatags accomplish the same thing, or do you need actual text???
01/10/2006 11:39:07 PM · #5
I will definitely try that though.
01/10/2006 11:42:19 PM · #6
You are more than welcome to add your website to my links page. One more in and one more out, never hurts. All I ask is a link from yours to mine.
You can go here Photos4Aidan, the under Members/Artists or Links/Artists
I have also done this...Google Sitemaps. Seems to have bumped up my hits a little bit. I can also finally find my images when googled (not to mention old crap). There is a Sitemap generator at the bottom of that page that takes you to a page that tells you how to do it. Mine is set up to send changes to the website daily, but can be changed to weekly, etc. You also can put the off limit things in the generator (robots.txt, works also, but I think it speeds the process). This .XML then goes into the top level of your webspace.
01/11/2006 12:23:59 AM · #7
Thanks for the sitemap suggestion and the generous offer to create a link to my site. I have put a link to yours on my links page: //www.lanimaphotography.com/links.html. My website is www.lanimaphotography.com. Sara.
01/11/2006 12:33:48 AM · #8
Done and Done! You are able to do it yourself, but I went to your site and used your info.
Anyone else that would like to trade links, feel free to "Add A Link" under my artists section. Or if you have any other little thing to go to links, go for it.
thanks Sara.
01/11/2006 12:57:36 AM · #9
Just a warning - DO NOT put the aforementioned "invisible", repetitive text in your pages. They do not work and can get you removed from some major search engines altogether.

My company has SEO programs to achieve Search Engine rankings that we have used ourselves for over 3 years and it has been nearly the sole source of leads that entire time. As an example, Google "Seattle Web Development" and see where Point B Web is ranked out of the number of results. We are usually 2nd or 3rd out of over 24million.

The programs are not for the faint of budget, but are a huge savings over pay per click ads, not to mention more effective. They start at $1200 setup and $100/month, but monthly fees only apply if and when you achive the ranking results indicated in the program description. PM me if you want more info.

Aside from that - the basics are:
- Meta Tags
- Having your URL link on many other sites. Look for relevant directories that let you place free ads or listings - there are a ton of those. Stick to reputable ones as much as you can tell anyway.
- Relevant content on your pages - and use text as much as possible. Content should be relevant to the keywords in the meta tags. Some people try to use keywords that have nothing to do with their business just because people search for them a lot. How stupid is that?

You can find all kinds of info on do-it-yourself SEO info on the web. One thing to keep in mind is that there is a long, unpredictable delay between any action you tak, to seeing any results - the key is to establish a baseline (where are you now), plan the changes and implement them at one time and wait 60 days and check progress if any. Then repeat. People who constantly change things and then look for results a week later and think their efforts failed never get anywhere.

Hope that's helpful.
01/11/2006 01:05:13 AM · #10
Originally posted by sarrobi:

I was wondering if there are any tech gurus out there who can give me some tips on increasing website visibility. I designed my site using Dreamweaver and have gone back and added meta tags, but all to no avail. I have also submitted the site to various browers to or three times, but it is still not showing up. There are no external links (is that the term for it???) except for on my profile here and at another photography forum. The site has been up for about six months now, I think. Please help!


Quick tip... put it in every signature of every forum you post on... don't SPAM sites, just make it part of your identity. To Google, incoming links are votes for popularity.

Also, don't expect much movement in ranking for about 3 months. Google sorta caches it's ranking engines to filter out Search Engine spamming.

All other SE's work in about the same way.

Message edited by author 2006-01-11 01:07:37.
01/11/2006 01:07:37 AM · #11
Thanks, Ken and Leroy for those tips.
01/11/2006 01:21:51 AM · #12
Originally posted by kdkaboom:

what i ended up having to do is on the homepage put some smaaaaaal invisible text that said "katy maslow katy maslow katy maslow poetry poetry poetry photography photography photography" and woohoo, two days later my site was at the top of list for a search under my name.

so that's my uber ghetto solution for you.


That's really a BAD move... it will catch up to ya... you need to remove it quickly. Adding textual content is the absolute BEST way to get the highest keyword rankings. If you use graphics menus, put the menus at the bottoms of the pages in text form.

Also, HEADLINES are the quickest way to a search engines heart. And name every page on your site with long descriptive file names and use the title tag to describe EVERY page.

The keywords metatag is almost useless ... because it was too easy to Spam.

Just as in Newspapers... CONTENT is KING!

Whatever you do, stay above board in all your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) techniques. The SE's will eventually burn you if you try any form of deception.
01/11/2006 01:44:53 AM · #13
As fotomann mentioned content is king. Also inbound links helps. But to get the most out of those inbound links use a major keyword in your link text. But looking at your site. the keyword photography is one key word that you will probably never see your site come up in search engines very high.

Also you have the keywords repeated 3 times in the head section. this will also cause your website to be flagged.

Also move the script to the bottom of the head section. Some SE show the first so many words of head section if a description tag is not used. And it would show your script as a description of your site and people would say huh??? what does that have to do with photography.

01/11/2006 01:51:20 AM · #14
Use a lot of cross-referencing. I have a link from my BP Gallery to our family site, and vice versa. We have meta tags on each page of our family site, and links to any POTD's elsewhere. If you Google "(my name) photos" now, it pops up everywhere.
You can also join "Rings" of websites with similar interests (family, photos, city, country, etc...), and that will send more people to your site.

Message edited by author 2006-01-11 01:52:39.
01/11/2006 02:28:00 AM · #15
oh also google link dumps. these sites are like free for all link sites. they don't care if you link to them or not. but SE love them as they are rich in text and loads of link for them to follow and index
01/11/2006 03:07:03 AM · #16
Thanks for all the good suggestions. I've remedied the repetitive keyword problem. I didn't even know it was there.

Thanks Tracy for getting a link to my website up on Photos4Aidan. That should be really helpful I would think.
01/11/2006 07:06:06 AM · #17
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Just a warning - DO NOT put the aforementioned "invisible", repetitive text in your pages. They do not work and can get you removed from some major search engines altogether.


Woke up this morning and saw this thread... I was going to post about invisible links, but saw Ken beat me too it. Just thought I'd point it out again and say YEP invisible repetitive text is a BAAAAAD idea!
01/11/2006 08:09:06 AM · #18
Putting your search term into captions and tags on images help, as do the file names of the images embeded in the page. Also, putting the search term into text that displays while an image is loading is supposed to help.
01/11/2006 08:31:42 AM · #19
Get a blog from Blogger. These show up quite high in Google rankings. Then link from your blog to your website. You'll be much more visible now.
01/11/2006 08:42:18 AM · #20
cool thread, nice website dacrazyrn, so anyone can add a link or thier webpage/site on your artist links
01/11/2006 10:02:56 AM · #21
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Message edited by author 2006-09-21 23:07:29.
03/26/2010 05:50:31 AM · #22
For me, because I run Mac, Windows, and Linux, there really isn't much in the way of must-have software, but I still use some programs exclusively like:

Photoshop - Windows
RegexBuddy - Windows
Filezilla - All (New version has SSH connectivity!)
Putty - Windows

I love to do with them..
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