Firt day at school. Got an apple but dont know who to give it to.
I have had a website that I live on from 1999.
It has evolved a lot since the first attempt. I made lots of mistakes along the way but was always proud of my efforts. The first attempt was realy basic, full of ugly colour, drop down shadow etc. However, in that firs year I was more than happy with the revenue the site produced. (I rent villas in Spain) My first attempt I knew nothing about optimisation, in fact the title, keywords and content tags were in the "BODY" section of the page. I had lots of picturea (and still do) which made it slow. I knew nothing (and still dont) about writing keyword rich text but people still found it.
I paid for an inclusion on Yahoo but thats all.
I woke up, late last year and decided to clean things up a bit (the site). I read till my eyes hurt and digested. By late January 04 I was #10 on Google and Pos #11 on Yahoo for my best keyword (very competitive "HOLIDAYS IN SPAIN")
All looked good and i was reciving lot of hits.
THEN I MADE A BIG MISTAKE.
Not knowing enough about SPAM I got another site going, same name as the old one without the hyphens, same host. BANG, my site was gone.
Realising my mistake (and I didnt spam intentionally) I deleted all the pages of my new site. Within 3 weeks I was comming back, Google 40 etc.
My point is...maybe you have some people who use this site that are like me, and like we all where at one time, novices.
My friend told me to put my site back to the way it was when I started. All I had to do was add new properties when they came up, take bookings and take my small boat out onto the Med. Now I spend hours chasing that pot of gold at the rainbows end (GOOGLE PAGE 1)
AND I ENJOY EVERY MOMENT
I use to dream that I would live in Spain and earn my living on the internet, Iīm possibly lucky, my dreams came true. Its never too late.
Comments apriciated (sorry for SpeLliNg)
Removed live link per Forum Guidelines
Edited by Randy, 22 March 2004 - 10:10 AM.