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Re: Why does Google practically ignore me?

  • Subject: Re: Why does Google practically ignore me?
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@schestowitz.com>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2005 14:43:03 +0100
  • Newsgroups: alt.internet.search-engines
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / Manchester University
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Lorri Fanny wrote:

> Hi everyone.
> First off, I already know I am stupid, so please don't flame me. I'm
> someone's grandmother; nevertheless I spent years over a hot computer
> trying to figure how to have an online business. I use Microsoft Front
> Page 2000. I know you're laughing, and so am I, in between periods of
> trying to get my website ready for holiday sales.

Nobody in this group throws flames. nntp://alt.www.webmaster and
nntp://alt.html are homes of tough nuts who would ridicule people who use
WYSIWYG editors.

> Anyhow, the business is going, but my page is hardly on Google. Though
> many hits come from Microsoft and Yahoo only 20% is Google, on most
> days. I followed their directions but obviously I did something wrong.
> It's been 12 months now, and every time the pages are changed the URL
> is re-submitted to their index, usually once or twice a week. I have
> linked with many of the most important and popular vintage jewelry
> sites as well.

Google backlinks show 8 links from 6 sources and your Google PageRank is 1.
This will make you virtually invisible in Google results pages. One of my
sites gets about as much attention from MSN and Yahoo as it gets from
Google. I suspect it's related to the number of backlinks, which all pretty
much come from he same source.

>  But whenever I run "vintage costume jewelry"--my main keywords--my
> site doesn't appear in Google at all! If you run the name of the site
> "Enchantment Vintage Costume Jewelry,"you get about a dozen other
> sites first, sites that have my link on their page!  Some of my stuff
> appears on Google when someone is looking for specific items.
> Any help is welcome.
> Many of my images have another URL inserted beneath them so that when
> you click you get a bigger image. Will this trap crawlers and robots?
> Also, is it true pictures should have ALT tags so that search engines
> will pick up the names of the pictures and index them? Or will ALT
> tags trap crawlers and robots?

I think you are far-reaching for explanations that will lead nowhere.

> I'm hoping uploading a file of my items at Froogle might help, but
> it's slow going. Has anyone here used Froogle? Can you upload only a
> partial inventory of your stock, and re-upload later with more items
> or changes?
> It would be greatly appreciated if any of you could look at my site
> and see what might be the matter. It's not like I expect to be in the
> top ten, but it would be worth the work of even submitting to them if
> there were any hope of getting my main page indexed at all.
> Best,
> Rebecca
> http://vintagecostumejewels.com

I can't help you much on the latter points. I could mention and suggest some
design improvements, but that would take us off-topic.


Roy S. Schestowitz

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