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  • #31
    I checked your site again, and for other suggestions.

    Google views http://markgoodyear.co.uk/index.php and http://markgoodyear.co.uk/ as two unique urls, this means that you could risk having the same content indexed on both, if someone hits in index.php, and starts linking to it.

    Seeing that you use PHP, the first solution which jumps to my mind, is simply to check the requested path, somewhere before any content is outputted by PHP, example below.

    Code:
    $requested_path = $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'];
    if ($requested_path == '/index.php') {
      header('HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found');
      exit();
    }
    Above would make sure that the index.php throws out a 404, if directly requested. Your site will still be viewable on the actual domain.


    As for the old WP site, you should make sure that those old pages throw our 404, you can see this in GWT (Google Webmaster Tools), this should get them de-indexed fairly quickly.

    Then start including a link in your signature for your site on dofollow forums, with your name as the anchor text. Dofollow forums are the easiest way to improve your ranking, for a particular search string, since you can control the anchor text.

    The text of your h1 could be optimized a bit more, i would simply try and make it shorter, reading something like "Mark Goodyear's Portfolio", and then move the promotional text below it, as a normal paragraph.

    Its not so important to include all potential keywords in the H1, your site should also look nice to visitors after all. Simply including it in the content, and building some backlinks should be enough. Just note that some keywords, like "Webdesign", are close to impossible to rank on, unless you either hit a gold mine, or really dedicate time to writing about webdesign (blog/articles/whatever), and/or Linkbuilding. (could take days/weaks/months)

    It may also be a better idea to take the textual content from the about section, and place further up, lets say below the h1. Other then that, i don't see the reason why you would have an image as h1, when you can do same effect with CSS, and keep it resizeable.
    Last edited by MyTower; 07-12-2009, 05:30 AM.

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    • #32
      Yeah, i guessed that terms like webdesign would probably need alot to get on the ranks, but for now, i'm aiming for my name to be in the top 10 at least.

      The reason why my image is a h1 is because underneath that image is the same text. This allows me to use my own font, and style it better than i can with CSS. If you disabled CSS, you would see the full text too.

      Putting a 404 error on index.php, how long would it take for it to unlist about index.php?

      I think the old WP site does throw out a 404 error at the moment. Again, i've read that 404 errors take a while too update on search engines. I've read about robots.txt for search engines not to include my whole "http://www.markgoodyear.co.uk/wordpress/" directory, because there was alot of different pages and posts within that. Would that also help get it removed quicker?

      Should i create a custom 404 error page, which links back to www.markgoodyear.co.uk too? And META tags, do meta description and keywords still help or are these not really taken into account anymore?

      Again, thanks for your very helpful replies!

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      • #33
        I have a larger site in a high competition niche (Webdesign/development), a lot of my pages, especially those i optimized are in the top 10. However even that ain't enough to catch peoples attention, i also got a few pages in the top 5, and that's where people actually start clicking my links, in my own experience.

        Its hard to tell how fast google will update its index. I've generally experienced them to be faster then Yahoo, who can take months before they get their finger'(s) out.

        You can also speed up the process with google, this is done by logging into Google Webmaster Tools, navigating to the page called "webcrawleraccess" and choosing the "Remove Webaddress" tab.


        Robots.txt is mainly used to disallow search engines access to certain areas of your page, they may still show up as a reference in some cases, so use with caution. The description meta tag is still important, because google generally tend to use this, as the description in the SERP's. Which again may increase CTR for your pages.

        You should chose description's with the same care you chose your titles, they should attract peoples attention when encountered by users. It would be easier, if you saved the description in the database, along with the posts them self. I used to generate the description from the post content, but I've found that saving it in the database, along with my posts, gives far more control, and almost enables me to sculpt my CTR.

        The keywords meta tag is on the other hand useless in google, i personally left it entirely out of my site.
        Last edited by MyTower; 07-13-2009, 07:39 AM.

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        • #34
          Some of your tips have payed off well.

          I've set up a custom 404 page, so that if any search engines are listing old pages, they will still get to my website.

          markgoodyear.co.uk/index.php gives a 404 error thanks to that code you gave me, i also added a line to include my 404 page too, so it looks like my proper 404 page.

          I set up a 301 re-direct from "markgoodyear.co.uk" to "www.markgoodyear.co.uk" as i read some search engines will class them as two versions.

          I've got my site in a signature on two DoFollow forums.

          Using the google webmaster tools, i requested to remove my old WP site, and another html page which was being listed. They were gone within 10 hours. Then my site started listing another page, another request for that to be removed, must have taken about 6 or less hours to be removed, and my website with the correct URL is now is now ranking 3rd upon typing my name on Google.

          Thank you alot for your help! MSN and Yahoo must be different, or slower, as my page is not anywhere to be seen. Yahoo seemed to list social networks first, especially twitter.

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          • #35
            Well it seems like being number one for a day was Google teasing me, my site is now all of a sudden nowhere to be seen in the first 10 pages. 10 hours previous, i was ranking first with my name, so i don't understand what could of happened?!

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            • #36
              took me about 2 months but i pretty much own the first 10 pages of google for my name.

              Darryn Cooke : Orange County Graphic Designer

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              • #37
                Originally posted by mark165 View Post
                Well it seems like being number one for a day was Google teasing me, my site is now all of a sudden nowhere to be seen in the first 10 pages. 10 hours previous, i was ranking first with my name, so i don't understand what could of happened?!

                You mentioned earlier that you have a H1 tag as a img tag? Im not totally understanding. But you want to avoid all sorts of black hat tactics. This includes hiding words in images or behind images or off the pages. Big no no so I hope that's not what your doing.

                As for being on number 1 spot for a day. Here is the deal with Google. They update their algorithm about every 3-6 months. They have also implemented individual search into each and every persons cache/cookies. So what may be number 1 on your computer may be number 5 on another. This all has to do with if you are logged into your gmail account or any other google services while performing searches.

                To build up your PR on your site, start hitting up backlinks. Find forums/blogs/community sites etc that have to deal with your specific genre on your site and start backlinking. You do about 20 of those a month and within 6-12 months you should start to see a huge increase in placement on the first page. Make sure your backlinks are not blatant advertising and keep in mind you are trying to hit a very large field with a lot more people with a lot more money.

                Honestly, for ranking for your name, should be super simple. I am about 28 out of 30 pages on the first 3 searches on the googe, almost every page is me. It's really not that hard.

                What are your Title, Desc and keywords you are using? Is your site live? I may be able to help you a bit more.

                TOWER: The bots for google will come back every 24 hours or so when it first detects a site. After that the time breaks out over different variables. But let's just say the magic number is about 60-90 days. If you don't put new content on your site within 3 months the bot will not return and you must re submit your site for indexing in the googe. Hope that helps.
                ‘Our great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is privately controlled. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world. No government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of small groups of men.’ - Woodrow Wilson

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                • #38
                  Help would be appreciated.

                  As for the H1 image, in theory, it is hiding words, however, the exact words are repeated in the image. This was to allow me create an image in photoshop and create typeography how i want, with the font's i want to use, rather than be restricted with CSS. Does google still see this as a black hat technique, when really i'm doing to to be able to style my site better?

                  The title of my site is "Mark Goodyear Freelance Graphic Designer", and the description is what is in the H1 tags behind the image. The title doesn't bring my site up anymore either.

                  Entering "site:markgoodyear.co.uk" shows that my site still exists on google, but i dont understand how i slipped over 100 ranks over night.

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                  • #39
                    I see your H1 tag, and that's a no no. Not like it's that big of a deal, but you should fix it.

                    <div id="logoarea"><a href="#top"><img src="images/logo3.gif" alt="Mark Goodyear"/></a></div>
                    This should be named logo, not Mark Goodyear.

                    Also Strong tags don't do anything for you as far as SEO goes. So it's pointless to have it that way in your code.

                    I like your site, you have some good work. If you want to put more pages up instead of having a lightbox that will probably help your rankings a bit. Having a porftolio page with each link having its own page and maybe a short description of your project is gonna be key. Google wants content, and your site only has one page. Plus its all javacript. CSS/HTML can do everything your trying to do, only cleaner, and more SEO friendly.
                    ‘Our great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is privately controlled. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world. No government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of small groups of men.’ - Woodrow Wilson

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                    • #40
                      I'm contemplating a re-design to allow for a multipage site. I think i got caught up in the whole single page jQuery trend.

                      Just to clarify, having an image that contains the same words as the H1 tag is bad SEO?

                      If so, how would i go about achieving the same effect? Put the image as a normal image, rather than a background, and use the alt tag instead?

                      Also, my site is now back and the number one position for my name, and second on the other PC in the house. Can anyone explain how my site could disappear for a few days, then re-appear back where it was a few days later?

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by mark165 View Post
                        If so, how would i go about achieving the same effect? Put the image as a normal image, rather than a background, and use the alt tag instead?
                        exactly. H1 tags are Header tags. They are meant as a title or the start of something important for text, using an H1 to hide and image is just bad form imo.

                        as for the googe, who knows.

                        *edited to add your alt tag should be a description of the image. this is to help visually impaired people using your site, and believe me, google as well as other SE's have started to conform to the W3S version of this rule. I think it started last year and you should def follow the rules on this as they do penalize for sites that are not 100&#37; coded right from W3.
                        ‘Our great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is privately controlled. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world. No government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of small groups of men.’ - Woodrow Wilson

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                        • #42
                          google is constantly checking pages for their relevance. in the beginning your page might be #1 but over a few days google might not have enough data that verifies that IT SHOULD be #1. Therefore it will bounce in the beginning. But after a while it will stabilize. In my experience that starts to happen within 2-4 weeks after the first time you achieve your highest ranking.

                          Darryn Cooke : Orange County Graphic Designer

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                          • #43
                            @Mark, I've just had a look at your source. I'd recommend that you redesign your page, and make less use of javascript, and certain elements such as strong and em as well. You should also get rid of those conditional comments in your source, if you must use them for anything, then use them to tell people to upgrade their browser.

                            Google dose use em and strong i think, i remember @MattCutts saying in a video that google views strong and b the same, also indicating that google dose use them. You would obviously want to use the semantic versions, when appropriate.

                            But you don't want to use them as much as you do, and certainly not inside your heading, using strong and em dose not make any sense in headings. You should only be using these elements in your content, where they make sense to your users.


                            You may also want to ditch XHTML in favor of normal HTML, since you likely don't use the features that it provides anyway, there are no SEO benefits from using XHTML, leaving us with no reason to do so, unless we want to mix our markup with other xml languages.

                            Edit:
                            The image in your h1 doesn't exactly provide a unique look, or contribute significantly to your design/layout that i would use it above normal text. Consider simply using text, and style it cleverly through CSS. I'm sure you will be surprised how pretty you can make it look with css alone.
                            Last edited by MyTower; 07-27-2009, 12:58 AM.

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                            • #44
                              Great article Punked. Another good idea about creating your title tag is to try and appeal to the viewer. This will make them want to click on your place in the SERPs.

                              Also a cool idea is to use "html charatcter symbols" in the description to try and pop out to the viewer. So if you like the number 4 spot in the SERPs, it will help pop out to the viewer and maybe they will click on it instead of the #1 spot. Its a tip worth a try and just use your analytics to test.

                              As for keywords, you don't want to use to many as Punked said. I often have trouble with this because I focus too much on my keywords while writing. Sometimes I then tend to use keywords excessively which may look like spam. My rule of thumb is to just try to write as you normally would and not think about keywords at all. Then later, you can add a keyword here and there if it looks like it needs a boost.

                              Keywords in your content should be about 5%, give or take a percentage or two. Which reminds me to fix some of my websites lol

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                              • #45
                                It’s Official: Google Now Counts Site Speed As A Ranking Factor

                                http://searchengineland.com/google-n...g-factor-39708

                                Digi
                                The world is divided into people who think they are right.
                                —Anonymous

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