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  1. #1
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    My website is not getting any traffic

    My website has been online for almost four months, and I don't get more than 50 unique visitors a month, who all and only come, because they have seen an ad in a paper.

    It is created in iWeb, which doesn't allow you to create keywords in the html code.

    I have heard, that google, for example, searches websites for content.

    Well, my content are photos, and I don't want to distract from them with too much text.

    Is it the text you write on a webpage that gets you hits on a search engine?

    What if I wrote that text, and set the opacity to 0%, so it is there, but cannot be seen by visitors. Can it still be seen by googlebot?

    I never got a single hit from google, as show my awstats.

    I feel like having opened a lemonade stand on the moon.

    Any tips to get some hits by search engines? If you post a tip, please be specific how to do it, as this is Newfoundland to me.

    Thanks!

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    If you want organic traffic you might consider redesigning your website with a more SEO-friendly template that would allow you on-site optimization.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Host Ghost View Post

    What if I wrote that text, and set the opacity to 0%, so it is there, but cannot be seen by visitors. Can it still be seen by googlebot?
    Yes it can bee seen but if/when Google finds out they will heavily penalize you so it is not worth the risk.

    What is you're site so we can give you some tips?
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    Couldn't you change the index page to have a description of your website, and then links to the pictures and whatnot? That way visitors can view your photos without distraction but still find the site through a search engine.
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    Its all about the search engine, so I would redesign and try to make it google perfect.

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    Serious question - what do you guys mean by terms like "google perfect" and "seo optimized" ?

    Is there a certain type of coding you need to do? I thought it's just a matter of including the proper meta statements for keywords and description on every page of your site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starsky View Post
    Serious question - what do you guys mean by terms like "google perfect" and "seo optimized" ?

    Is there a certain type of coding you need to do? I thought it's just a matter of including the proper meta statements for keywords and description on every page of your site.

    There are no clear rules on seo optimized,

    But I can tell you that you are more things to look at than just
    "proper meta statements for keywords and description on every page of your site."

    1. optimized each page on your site for anything between 1 - 5 keywords some people
    will use more or less. you do not have to compete for the same keywords of every single page.

    2. key words optimized,

    This ranges from using the

    h1. tag
    bold text
    highlight text
    links and using key words within them internally & externally
    using ald text but don't spam it.
    And many more

    3. Other parts of key words optimized.

    Me making sure sure keywords are in dir & filenames including CSS
    make good use of your header text for example don't use words like
    hallo, to, by, and many more, you can find lists on the web
    most likely can be found under stop world list search this google

    There are so many things regards seo their is no simple answer or fix
    seo takes time and efforts and more time to get some kind of success

    Hope this will help you understand a bit more.

    dennie

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    Thanks for the info Dennie

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinohosting View Post
    If you want organic traffic you might consider redesigning your website with a more SEO-friendly template that would allow you on-site optimization.
    I already ordered an HTML book, will learn html, and code the site by hand.

    I just need to do something about the lack of traffic until I am through that book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bakie View Post
    Yes it can bee seen but if/when Google finds out they will heavily penalize you so it is not worth the risk.

    What is you're site so we can give you some tips?

    Thanks for the warning.

    I guess I also have to be careful which keywords I put in.

    It's a photography site, and I am trying to keep the amount of text as little as possible.

    My first site was with a lot of text, and my research has shown, that actors, my main clientele, just want to see images, and not read a lot.

    I am currently thinking of adding a text page, that is separate from the main pages, and I'll call it "for further reading" or "information in deatail or something like this.
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    I researched books about seo on amazon, and here are three books that stood out for me. Ranking 1-2 from most to least likely buying.

    Does anyone know any of these books?

    1. How to Win Sales & Influence Spiders: Boosting Your Business & Buzz on the Web (Voices That Matter) - Catherine Seda

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...X0DER&v=glance


    2. SEO: Search Engine Optimization Bible - Jerri L. Ledford

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...X0DER&v=glance

    Sounds like overkill for me and my current needs.

    3. How to Use the Internet to Advertise, Promote and Market Your Business or Website with Little or No Money - Bruce C. Brown;

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...X0DER&v=glance
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Tullock View Post
    Couldn't you change the index page to have a description of your website, and then links to the pictures and whatnot? That way visitors can view your photos without distraction but still find the site through a search engine.

    By "index page" do you mean that index.html file, that isn't actually a page that viewers are seeing? And to put the site description into the meta tags? Which I could also do with a photos-only page...

    Or do you mean a page with descriptive content, to which the photos are linked to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Host Ghost View Post
    I researched books about seo on amazon, and here are three books that stood out for me. Ranking 1-2 from most to least likely buying.

    Does anyone know any of these books?

    1. How to Win Sales & Influence Spiders: Boosting Your Business & Buzz on the Web (Voices That Matter) - Catherine Seda

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...X0DER&v=glance


    2. SEO: Search Engine Optimization Bible - Jerri L. Ledford

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...X0DER&v=glance

    Sounds like overkill for me and my current needs.

    3. How to Use the Internet to Advertise, Promote and Market Your Business or Website with Little or No Money - Bruce C. Brown;

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...X0DER&v=glance
    read this Ghost it may help you http://www.google.com/support/webmas...n&answer=40349

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    Try inlcuding alt tags - this would help your pictures get indexed by google...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Host Ghost View Post
    Any tips to get some hits by search engines?
    I have already posted this suggestion in a thread here. Hope it helps you!

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    I would check out search marketing standard magazine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hsphereclub View Post
    Very helpful. Thanks.

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    In the past when I've set up meta keywords and description tags, I usually pick one good set of keywords to describe my company/business, and one general description, and then use this on all the pages of my site. Is that the right way to go about it? I have a feeling that the better way to do it is to set up the unique and suitable keywords and description specific to each page of my web.

    What is the recommended way?

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    The best strategy is to target keywords you want to show up with on google searches.

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