Five Ways To Win The Favor Of Search Engines

Written by Sean Felker


Youíve got a cool new website with allrepparttar works: cool Flash presentations, eye-catching colors, informative text, easy-to-use layout, and an interesting topic. You think your site is amazing, and you know that others will agree with you. If only they know it exists.

How do you make your website known? How do you make yours stand out among millions of others? You can spend lots of money on advertisement, but that will not work if you donít haverepparttar 150227 money to spare on advertising. So what do you do? Make search engines work for you, thatís what!

Google, Yahoo, MSN, Lycos, Altavista - you want to be atrepparttar 150228 top of their results list. The higher your site is in a search results page,repparttar 150229 better chances that it will be visited. The science behind making your site a popular search result is called Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Donít worry, though - even if SEO is referred to as a science, it is not all that complicated. You just need to take note of a few things, and before you know it, your site will have more visitors than you could ever dream of.

Here are five tips to ensure that your site would be a favorite of search engines all aroundrepparttar 150230 cyber world.

1. Give importance to substance over appearance.

Do you want to share your knowledge on a subject that you have authority on? Do you want to sell products? Do you want to build an online shrine for your favorite actress? Whatever topic you have chosen for your website, make sure that you are able to give useful information on it.

Search engines work by scanning sites for keywords. They search text and completely ignore everything else. So if you have made your site rich in colors, donít forget to make it rich in content as well.

After all, a beautiful layout can make people look, but relevant content is what will make them stay. Remember, in this day and age: content is king!

2. Know your topic well

If you know much about your topic, you will know what people usually ask about it. What they ask aboutrepparttar 150231 subject. This is what they will type inrepparttar 150232 search bar.

60 Day Sandbox for Google & AskJeeves. MSN Quickest, Yahoo Next

Written by Mike Banks Valentine


© Copyright July 18, 2005 Mike Banks Valentine

Search engine listing delays have come to be calledrepparttar Google Sandbox effect are actually true in practice at each of four top tier search engines in one form or another. MSN, it seems hasrepparttar 150099 shortest indexing delay at 30 days. This article isrepparttar 150100 second in a series followingrepparttar 150101 spiders through a brand new web site beginning on May 11, 2005 whenrepparttar 150102 site was first made live on that day under a newly purchased domain name. First Case Study Article

Previously we looked atrepparttar 150103 first 35 days and detailedrepparttar 150104 crawling behavior of Googlebot, Teoma, MSNbot and Slurp as they traversedrepparttar 150105 pages of this new site. We discoveredrepparttar 150106 each robot spider displays distinctly different behavior in crawling frequency and similarly differing indexing patterns.

For reference, there are about 15 to 20 new pages added torepparttar 150107 site daily, which are each linked fromrepparttar 150108 home page for a day. Site structure is non-traditional with no categories and a linking structure tied to author pages listing their articles as well as a "related articles" index varied by linking to relevant pages containing similar content.

So let's review where we are with each spider crawling and look at pages crawled and compare pages indexed by engine.

The AskJeeves spider, Teoma has crawled most ofrepparttar 150109 pages onrepparttar 150110 site, yet indexes no pages 60 days later at this writing. This is clearly a site aging delay that's modeled on Google's Sandbox behavior. Althoughrepparttar 150111 Teoma spider from Ask.com has crawled more pages on this site than any other engine over a 60 day period and appears to be tired of crawling as they've not returned since July 13 - their first break in 60 days.

Inrepparttar 150112 first two days, Googlebot gobbled up 250 pages and didn't return until 60 days later, but has not indexed even a single page in 60 days since they made that initial crawl. But Googlebot is showing a renewed interest in crawlingrepparttar 150113 site since this crawling case study article was published on several high traffic sites. Now Googlebot is looking at a few pages each day. So far no more than about 20 pages at a decidedly lackluster pace, a true "Crawl" that will keep it occupied for years if continued that slowly.

MSNbot crawled timidly forrepparttar 150114 first 45 days, looking over 30 to 50 pages daily, but not until they found a robots.txt file, which we'd neglected to post torepparttar 150115 site for a week and then bobbledrepparttar 150116 ball as we changed site structure, then failed to implement robots.txt in new subdomains until day 25 - and THEN MSNbot didn't return until day 30. If little else were discovered about initial crawls and indexing, we have seen that MSNbot relies heavily on that robots.txt file and proper implementation of that file will speed crawling.

MSNbot is now crawling with enthusiasm at anywhere between 200 to 800 pages daily. As a matter of fact, we had to use a "crawl-delay" command inrepparttar 150117 robots.txt file after MSNbot began hitting 6 pages per second last week. The MSN index now shows 4905 pages 60 days into this experiment. Cached pages change weekly. MSNbot has apparently found that it likes how we changedrepparttar 150118 page structure to include a new feature which links to questions from several other article pages.

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