This has been confusing me for quite some time. Why is a software generated sitemap needed. I mean, could a sitemap designed in say Dreamweaver do the trick?
What is the point of a sitemap for search engines?
What is the average amount of Keywords each page should have? Will more keywords HURT your rank?
HF is getting into some SEO and we want to make sure that it is done correctly and maintained properly to ensure the highest ranking possible. Is it true that more sites that link to yours, the better the PageRank?
A sitemap is good for the search engines as all the pages within your web site are generally just 1 page away for the search engine crawlers such as Googlebot to eat up. Depending on the amount of pages within your web site a software generated sitemap would usually not be needed.
There is no average amount of keywords a page should have. For instance if you have a "Cpanel VPS" page, you would want to adequately label the title of that page with what it's about. So something like <title>Cpanel Virtual Private Servers (VPS) Services from Host Frog</title> & <meta name="description" content="Cpanel Virtual Private Servers (VPS) Services from Host Frog"> would be warrented. Obviously your content within the page would be about your Cpanel VPS servers, so it's going to have good keywords throughout it anyway.
Yes it is true the more links, generally the higher the Pagerank of your site.
Basically a link is seen as a vote, the more votes you get, of course logically the better you will do. If you do get links, get related links, not unrelated ones.
A good rule of thumb when getting links also is to include a keyword in the link-back to your web site. This is known as anchor text.
So say you want to rank higher for the keyword "Cheap Web Hosting" down the track, with all links pointing to the HostFrog home-page, create the link to read HostFrog - Cheap Web Hosting incoming to your site. The more of these structured links, the higher your web site may do for that keyword in the future.
Web Hosting is a competitive area, so I wish you luck!
Most Seo experts recommend to keep key word density in the range 2-5%, these recommendations are based on the fact the those pages with the key word density over 5% tend to be banned by google. Another recommendation is to optimize different pages for different keywords in order to attract a larger range of queries.
Host frog, there are so many Seo forums, where you'll be given a more detailed answer, like http://seo-forums.com/index.php http://www.seo-guy.com/forum/index.php
It really depends on what you mean / need. Use to be when people mentioned sitemaps, they thought of a page where everything was broken down into categories for people to easily find a page.
Now a lot of people think of Google Sitemaps, an example on how to make one can be found www.xml-sitemaps.com
I kind of have a feel for what you are saying here. I do see what Google SiteMaps is all about and xml format sitemaps aswell purpose is. Can you suggest anything to me regarding the current setup that HostFrog has for better ranking in regards to discription, keywords, robots.txt, etc? If so that would be excellent.
You also might want to take a look at Sitemaps as over at International Web Developer's Network. There is some interesting information there. And Michael Duz talks about the same thing on his blog regarding sitemaps and references Apple's sitemap as a good reference.
I usually try to go to a sitemap when I might not be able to find something in the navigation. The sitemap should contain some type of hierarchy. SmarterTools's sitemap for the consumer is pretty good as well I think.
Originally Posted by HostFrog
Can you suggest anything to me regarding the current setup that HostFrog has for better ranking in regards to discription, keywords, robots.txt, etc? If so that would be excellent.
I know most people try to build their site for search engines, forgetting about the consumer at times. Unfortunately we have to please both an alogorithm which very few people know and the customer's individual tastes. On a personal level, I like you site. (I would make the images like Unix Shared Hosting clickable though.)
Start reading the blogs above and looking through posts and I think it will make sense. You won't be able to please everyone and everything, but hopefully you can meet up somewhere in the middle. Michael hangs out over at the Frontpage Forum and is great at helping as well.
one of my clients has employed the top UK SEO company to help on a site i'd built. very interesting to see what justsearch.co.uk have done to the site. especially the site maps, google xml maps and about 5 or 6 other new files in the root directory. within one week, the site went top of google.uk.