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#1 23-02-10 19:38:52

russguilfoyle
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From: surrey
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website listing, looking for advice.

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I have a website set up and running, but am quite low down on google, page 5, 10, 12 and 7  depending on which town i type in.
Is there any way of getting a higher ranking or does it just go on the amount of hits you get, the more hits the higher the ranking?
any suggestions will be greatfully recieved.
thanks.

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#2 23-02-10 21:34:43

Zipper
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Re: website listing, looking for advice.

See this post from Colin Martin to get a .pdf file put out by Google itself:
http://www.drivertrainingtoday.co.uk/fo … 68.12.html

It's a useful article

I just read an article in a computer mag saying that Google are changing some of their priorities, links from other web sites are even more important than before.

I often get emails from people saying they read & admired my site (the brown-nosers) and offering to help with ranking, for a fee of course.
I haven't responded to one yet, others on this forum might have had experience with this type of service.


Zipper ("G'Day Mate!")
I'm not 65! I'm only $59.95+tax
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#3 24-02-10 14:21:13

RobC
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Re: website listing, looking for advice.

Russ

I agree you need to read up on SEO, Ive sent you a PM

Rob


www.midasbustraining.webs.com
Midas Minibus Driver Assessor Trainer & Passenger Assistant Trainer
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#4 26-02-10 18:32:26

Colin Martin
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Re: website listing, looking for advice.

Over the months of watching our website through monitoring tools which was designed from the ground up to be well optimised here are key points from experience so far:

1) Make sure your site is designed with SEO in mind with keyword rich content.

2) Your site should conform to W3C standards if you want robots to make sense of it.

3) Tiiiiiiiiiiiiime - it takes a long time to get a good result. Most sites will get a reasonable result then disappear or drop for a bit then slowly go up. This is all to do with how Google indexes sites.

4) Be very careful about links. Some are in bad neighbourhoods and can cause problems. Also keep outbound links to below 100 a page otherwise you look like a link farm and get dropped like a stone.

5) Make sure your site is well hosted and you have a robots.txt file and a sitemap.xml. You can submit the sitemap.xml in Googles webmaster tools. It validates it immediately and will crawl regularly from then on. We get about 700 crawls a month on ours.

SEO can become almost a full time job. In some areas you are probably better than the competitions site so get a better result. We got brilliant results on the Isle Of Wight site very quickly, busier towns prove more difficult. Even if you have a good result you need to be the best site otherwise better ones will come along and beat you.

What is your URL so we can all see the site we are discussing?


Colin Martin
The Bright Red L http://thebrightredl.com
Instructor Apps http://drivinginstructorapps.co.uk
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#5 26-02-10 18:45:57

russguilfoyle
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Registered: 18-06-06
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Re: website listing, looking for advice.

Hi,
Suppose it would have helped if I had given the website address  :oops:
     www.russellsschoolofmotoring.co.uk
         Have only just got in but will start on the suggestions as soon as i can.
         Want to get higher as I will be independant from March 1st, so need all the work I can get.
         any suggestions on the website will be taken seriously, and will not offend.
                          Thanks again.

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#6 26-02-10 19:09:57

Colin Martin
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Re: website listing, looking for advice.

Just ran a couple of checks that might be of interest.

It looks like you have a pagerank with Google. It is 0/10 but this is good, better than no rank.

There are validation errors in your page which might cause robots confusion use http://validator.w3.org to check. The errors are few and easily fixed.


Colin Martin
The Bright Red L http://thebrightredl.com
Instructor Apps http://drivinginstructorapps.co.uk
Apps Video channel https://www.youtube.com/colinbythesea

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#7 26-02-10 21:19:14

russguilfoyle
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Re: website listing, looking for advice.

Thanks, will contact the company that designed the site for me and get them to correct errors.
What exatly is a pagerank? might sound a silly question but I dont have a clue.

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#8 26-02-10 22:58:29

Colin Martin
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Re: website listing, looking for advice.

Just that a ranking Google give your page out of 10 based on about 200 factors, or thousands of factors depending on which help file you read. It doesn't usually follow that the higher the page rank the better the search result.


Colin Martin
The Bright Red L http://thebrightredl.com
Instructor Apps http://drivinginstructorapps.co.uk
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