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Re: Why does Google practically ignore me?

  • Subject: Re: Why does Google practically ignore me?
  • From: Big Bill <kruse@cityscape.co.uk>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2005 15:08:41 GMT
  • Newsgroups: alt.internet.search-engines
  • Organization: Kruse Internet Services
  • References: <eo22d1dmv4be2npuv3nc475nqhtg4a3t9b@4ax.com> <dar8li$2j2l$1@godfrey.mcc.ac.uk>
  • Reply-to: kruse@cityscape.co.uk
  • Xref: news.mcc.ac.uk alt.internet.search-engines:63123
On Sun, 10 Jul 2005 14:43:03 +0100, Roy Schestowitz
<newsgroups@schestowitz.com> wrote:

>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.

Actually I do. Not as bad as they do, but I do.
>> 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.

Stop submissions, they're a waste of time. They do nothing.

> I have
>> linked with many of the most important and popular vintage jewelry
>> sites as well.

More importantly, have they linked back? That's what you want.

>Google backlinks show 8 links from 6 sources and your Google PageRank is 1.
>This will make you virtually invisible in Google results pages. 

No it wouldn't necessarily. I've got a client at no.4 out of 3,000,000
(sans quotes) with a PR of 2 and a handful of ibls. It all depends on
the competition and the linking strategy, validation etc. It's not
impossible at all.

(Ignore us there, Beka, we're squabbling!)

>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! 

It does, actually, you are in there as yourself not as a link from
other pages. Use the search within results facility.

>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?

Yes you should have them, they should probably include your keywords
and no they won't trap spiders.

>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?

I've never used Froogle, sorry.
>> 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.

You do need to stop that submitting.
>> Best,
>> Rebecca
>> http://vintagecostumejewels.com

You know you have a link back to your home page that says "enchantment

If I were you I'd change that so it reads "Enchantment vintage costume
jewelry home". 

On your home page, among a zillion others, you have a graphic link to
vintage brooch pins. When I pass the mouse over that graphic, no text
is displayed as you have no alt tag. You want to put an alt tag into
the code there that reads something like alt="costume jewelry -
vintage brooch pins". Then the engines can read it and make a guess as
to where the link leads.

What you have to do is beat the engines about the head with what your
site is about. Every opportunity you get, you pound it right into
them. The text you use in your text links (called anchor text, by the
way) is one way to do this. You don't link to your home page just by
using the word home, nor even enchantment home, because what are the
engines to make of that? They don't know it's about jewelry, do they?
But they do if you tell them by including the expression in the link.
Same with graphic links, use the alt tags to tell the engines what the
link it to, namely, a page about vintage costume jewelry in some way.
So you should alter all your links like that. Have a go at that,
Becks, see how you get on.


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