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Posted 13 September 2003 - 03:31 PM
Are the lead-in pages or the lack of content on the home page hurting us?
Posted 13 September 2003 - 03:45 PM
Until your site is actually listed in some directories such as DMOZ, Google won't pick it up. Having the link from your site is good, but is Google yet aware of that link? Submitting to DMOZ is also good, but is it listed yet?
Try submitting to the numerous other directories out there to build up your link popularity, and eventually Google will find your site and add it to its database.
Once you've had enough posts under your belt here, you can also submit it for a site review in our site review section.
Posted 13 September 2003 - 03:56 PM
I was wondering if the into pages are preventing the engines from finding content. There is plenty of content, just not on the index and home pages. I even made sure I used many of your tips in "The Nitty-gritty....".
Posted 13 September 2003 - 04:39 PM
As long as you have html links from your home page to the inner pages and/or a site map, the SEs will be able to find your content-rich pages even if the home page is light on copy. But, as Jill said, it is important to be in one or more of the directories.
However, I believe that flash intro pages can cause problems with the SEs (at least, they used to) and likewise frames, but I'll leave that to more expert forum members to comment on.
In fact, we have had other threads on frames - can't remember where, but try the forum's search function.
Also, Jill has loads of useful info in her back catalogue of newsletters on www.highrankings.com
Hope this helps.
Posted 13 September 2003 - 04:45 PM
Just had a very quick look at your source code and, unless I'm mistaken (could be, as I'm not fluent in html!), your pages don't have a title metatag.
Although you have both description and keyword tags, I can't see a title tag. This is the single most important tag, which needs to include your top two keyphrases from the page.
BrianR (also learning SEO - slowly!)
Posted 13 September 2003 - 04:49 PM
Posted 13 September 2003 - 04:51 PM
Each page has a <title>Architectural Natural Blue Stone for Patios Countertops Tile</title>
Do I need a meta tag as well?
Posted 13 September 2003 - 05:03 PM
No, you're not missing anything - I am!
This is what happens when it gets late and you're trying to read html while a cat is insistently clawing your leg!
Sorry, your pages do indeed have titles.
Posted 13 September 2003 - 05:10 PM
Have you ever used the Sim Spider tool. It will show you exactly what the search engine spider see when it crawls your page. In the case of the page you are asking about there is not only no content on the home page -- it is all flash -- there is also only one link on it which leads to an interior page. And that link says "skip intro".
Have you considered putting more site navigation on this page? Have you considered using a site map which is linked back and forth from this home page.
You do have a title on this page but it is weak in my opinion -- what keyword phrase does it include?
I'd probably can the flash -- although I agree it looks nice -- and write some serious content telling what the company is all about and put that along with complete site navigation links on the index page. Google will find you and index you in two weeks if you do that.
Edited by compar, 13 September 2003 - 05:30 PM.
Posted 13 September 2003 - 05:24 PM
If you take up compar's good suggestion and want to test your current home page against a compar version, you could try paid-for-inclusion on Inktomi.
If I remember rightly, Inktomi crawls PFI pages on a 48 hour cycle, so leave the flash version up for a week and note the traffic, then swop the home pages and leave compar version up for a week.
That will give you a rough indication of the quantity and quality of traffic each version of the home page will generate.
Posted 14 September 2003 - 07:49 AM
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Posted 14 September 2003 - 10:51 AM
How do all those sites with flash intros get into SE's?
Posted 14 September 2003 - 11:12 AM
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