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How do I get ranked Higher?

I’m trying to get higher on the search engines when “grief” and “widow” is entered but that is not as easy as it sounds. All advice is appreciated.
Mary Francis
www.thesisterhoodofwidows.com

Sorry if this sounds harsh, but it is intended to be helpful, not mean.

I would suggest a variety of steps to improve your SERP (Search Engine Results Page):

  • Register your domain name for at least 2 years. If you don’t have confidence in your site for at least another $11 (2nd year cost at GoDaddy.com) , then Google will not think you are serious about your site, and therefore not treat you seriously.
  • Get links from other sites to your site. Google knows of no other links to your page (I know because at google.com Advanced Search I entered: link:thesisterhoodofwidows.com at the bottom). To Google, that means, no one else has recommended you, so Google feels that since no one else thinks you are worth recommending, that you are not a very worthwhile site. Of course there is nothing wrong with promoting yourself with a blog (wordpress.com), social networking like Facebook and LinkedIn and others.
  • Add ALT tags that focus on what the different images are about including Grief and Widow. “Mary Cover” is not real helpful to the site impaired, mobile user, or Google search engine. However, “Book Cover for Sisterhood of Widows, A how to book for new widows” is a lot more helpful to Google and readers in understanding what the image is about.
  • Change “Widows understand Widows like no one else can” to a Heading rather then a ‘STRONG’.
  • Consider your wording. You have Widow 23 times on the page. Some search engines will see that as ‘keyword stuffing’ for the amount of text on the page.
  • Remember that these are very broad words that will have quite a bit of competition. I would recommend on a strategy that is more focused initially. This will build more traffic and buzz. Then you can attempt a broader focus. “widow’s grief” will be a lot easier. You will need to have the words next to each other to optimize for this and focus your work accordingly.
  • Since you have already created a PDF of the 1st chapter,
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    share the PDF wide and far. But consider updating your PDF to include the domain name in the properties, on a separate front page to link to your website (And a last page to order the book online), and the footer having the domain name on every page. Some of the search engines can now ‘read’ pdf’s and that will improve the links into your site. Be descriptive on the properties to make it easy for someone to understand what a great treasure it is when it gets forwarded without your website.

  • Consider using some of the free or low cost tools for measuring your site and telling you what you need to do to improve it. See my post on Google Analytics for a free solution.
  • Consider using the services of an search engine optimizer who will work with you personally short term and longer term to optimize your efforts either as a coach or a implementer.
  • Put links to the stores where your book is being sold.
  • Continue to update and expand the site. In the world of change (imagine 6 months ago not being able to go to most of the Florida 1350 miles of coastline this summer because of an oil spill). If you are not updating your site, SE will consider you irrelevant our our changing world. Add new testimonials, press releases, announcements of book signings, links to reviews, and your own on-going thoughts and learning on the subject. Sorry, the project is just beginning once the book is completed.
  • Consider other domain names that link to your websites that are simple – perhaps just short summaries of each chapter. Do not host all the different websites at the same company. Google will interpret them as spam and penalize you rather then reward you.
  • Consider working with a proofreader.
  • Commit to adding a least one new page per month to your website, and improving your existing pages.
  • Look to other sources to interview you as an author for podcasts and radio shows. These of course should all be linked to your website, as well as posted on your website.

Sisterhood of Widows

July 7, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

What should I do 1st to get ranked high in the search engines?

I am often asked, “What do I do first to get my site noticed on the search engines”?

Of course it is important to understand that SEO or Search Engine Optimization is best if it is an ongoing process to react to the world of other websites and changes in Google and other search engines way of ranking well. But we all want to take a pill and feel better in the morning, so here are some quick pills to take.

First, understand that Google has about 72% of all search engine traffic, so that alone says you should do whatever Google want. Second, the next 2 biggest search engines (Yahoo.com and Microsoft’s search engine-whose name seems to changes weekly) get most of the remainder traffic. Google basically sets the rules for ranking well on search engines – so lets do what Google wants.

So the question becomes – what should I do to rank high with Google.com?  3 ‘quick’ steps:

  • Register your domain name for at least 2 years. The reason for doing this is because Google thinks you will be around for a long time, and rates a website with a domain name registered for multiple years higher than a ‘fly by night’ one year registration. If you don’t have confidence that your site will be around for more than one year, then why should Google think you’ll be around and rate you higher?
  • Put a ‘good’ title on your page – a title that someone who does not know you would understand what the page is about without seeing the page.
  • Put a description on your page in the ‘meta’ tag section – again if you were emailing a description of the page to a stranger, that would let them know what the page is about and why they would WANT to visit it.

Domain Name registration

When Google looks at a new site, it is just like when we meet someone new.  We are trying to determine if that person is worth the effort to get to know. If that person is just stopping in the office, but you do not expect to meet again (say a friend of an employee that is leaving) – you probably do not put much into getting to know them. But when the new boss (that you think will stay around till at least your next review).  You prioritize her a lot higher and listen much more intently. So how does Google know a boss relationship vs. someone in the hall?  One hint is how long you register your domain name. If you register for 2 years, then you have ‘signed the lease’ for at least 2 years. That sense of commitment shows Google you plan to stick around and to value over someone who did not commit.

Page Title

When creating your website page there is a line of code called the TITLE line.  It can look like this:

<title>Social Media Marketing - Reputation Management, The Other Side of Social Media Marketing</title>

Notice this is not the typical ‘Home Page’ description. This is a keyword phrase and a clear benefit that includes the keyword phrase. Remember this might be the only thing that someone sees of your site in order to determine whether to visit your site.  Limit to around 70 characters, because that is what most of the search engines consider, as well as visitors read before making a decision. Your business name is usually not the correct title – unless someone is searching for you by name. If someone is searching for you by your product or service, that is what your site should be about.  Your website should be about your perspective customer’s needs, not about you.

‘Meta’ Tag Section

The meta tag section is the part of the website page that describes what a page is about.  This area has been abused in the past 13 years as people have tried to ‘game’, the search engines.  So search engines ignore most of the meta tags except the ‘description’ – this is what Goggle usually uses to describe your site in its listings. Because other people will read your description, it tends to trust it more.  A sample description of a page is:

<meta name="description" content="If you need Photoshop brushes or just love Photoshop brushes then come to Phatbrush. Phatbrush has High Quality Photoshop brushes of all kinds. Our Photoshop brushes will satisfy your hunger." />

Conclusion

These are few quick hints.  I will explain more as we go through different posts, but these are some quick hints that you should be able to implement in a day. Depending on Google, results may not show for a few weeks or more, depending on how often Google visits your website.

May 30, 2009 Posted by | domain name, How To, HTML Issue, Simple | , , , , , | Leave a comment