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Topic: HELP! Why doesn't my site come up when I do a search?  (Read 1481 times)
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Norahsmom
« on: July 26, 2005 06:41:53 PM »

 I just finished putting a website together using Freeservers.com (Yes, it's really generic but it is my first try at a website.) and if I type the address in it comes up just fine, but if I try doing a search it just won't come up.  Does anyone know why this might be happening?  Here's the site:  http://norahnadine.4t.com

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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2005 07:34:32 PM »

If you mean searching on google and such, you need to submit it. on the google website theres a page where you can submit your site, you'll have to search for it, i don't know where it is exactly.

also, you need to do something with meta tags. i've never understood what they were for, but as far as i know they're needed for key words and phrases when doing a search on your website... i'll have to go look those up some more so i understand them..
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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2005 07:41:50 PM »

You should also use some tags in the head of the page.  Tags are basically keywords to describe your website.  There are many websites where you can learn about said tags.
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2005 04:39:12 AM »

Even after you submit it, it'll take many weeks for it to kick in, so the sooner you submit your site to the search engines, the better.

Keywords and tags aren't enough these days. You have to work your keywords into your page text. If you sell handmade items, the words handmade should show up on your front page somewhere (instead of "made by me", for example).
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2005 06:24:16 PM »

 :)Thank you so much everyone! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2005 05:45:25 PM »

i haven't gotten very far on this, but this might help, it's for submitting your site to google:

http://www.google.com/support/bin/topic.py?topic=356
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2005 12:08:43 PM »

Get yourself some links on other sites, too.  Google's listing order takes into account the number of people who link to your site.  I think...
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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2005 12:19:54 PM »

yeah, i think jojo9 is right...so, link swapping with other sites might be a good idea.
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« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2005 09:02:00 AM »

A techie I'm friendly with told me that the whole issue of websites coming up in searches is pretty complicated.  When you do a Google (or other) search, the listings that come up first have paid thousands of dollars for the privilege.  There's also something called "search engine optimization" which can cost you thousands and which she does not recommend. And there is a factor of how many hits your site gets affecting how you come up in a search.  Being a small entity, your best bet is to just do everything you can go get your URL known to people so that they can go directly there when they want to access your site.  Put it on your business cards, flyers, emails, etc.  Good luck.
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« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2005 09:12:56 AM »

A friend of mine works at Google, and he explained it to me like this: 

Paid pages DO get priority, and rightly so.  However, the whole meta tag thing isn't really how it works anymore.  Google essentially caches your entire page, and stores the plain text information for search and retreival.  If you want your page to be easily searchable, make sure to have the name of your page, and some information about what exactly your page is about, in PLAIN TEXT somewhere on your first page. 

Also, it's a good idea to submit your page.  You can do so here: http://www.google.com/addurl/?continue=/addurl

There's also a program called "site maps" that automatically tells them when your page has been updated. 

I bet Yahoo is quite similar.
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