10 Ways to raise your site in Google Part 6

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Home Inspector with EZ Rider Home Inspections LLC.

And now part six.

 This is part six of a ten aprt series on how to increase your website rankings on Google. That being said, there are tons of things webmasters can do to help their sites perform better in search, so this list is not by a long shot finished. It is, though, what I think are the top ten strategies for better search engine-and by "search engine" I mean "Google" - placement.

6. Spider Food

Search spiders eat HTML, not Flash. They eat text, not pictures. Make the spiders happy with HTML and lots of text to eat.

Search engines are an websites best friend (or at least can be). They drive traffic to your website and hook you up with leads. It's extremely important for you to get your site to the top of the list when someone is searching for an agent in your area.

The way that your site gets listed and the text used in the description is determined partially by what's known as a search engine 'spider' for the way they crawl through the web (no need for arachnaphobia here).

Spiders see the web differently than your clients will. It's extremely important that the text on your page is readable by the spiders as the text is a large part of what determines your ranking. They don't see graphics, they don't see flash. Some can read PDF's.

Check out http://www.iwebtool.com/spider_view and type your website into the box and view your site through the eyes of a spider. You might be very surprised. I've looked at sites that were full of content but due to errors on the page the spider only saw the first paragraph, completely missing the rest content. If this is happening to you, you have to figure out why.

More to come.

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Rainmaker
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Jeffery Griffin
Jeff Griffin LLC - Wailuku, HI
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Oh wow thats a good hint maybe I need more content in my web site.
Mar 31, 2008 10:56 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Steve Hirschler
Keller Williams Big Bear - Big Bear Lake, CA
Big Bear Real Estate
I will check out the web tool. Thanks!
Mar 31, 2008 10:59 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Lynn Johnson
Coldwell Banker Home Connection - Owatonna, MN
Owatonna, MN Real Estate
Don - Thanks for sharing the web tool.  It's a challenge for me to stay on top of all of the things I can do to move up in the rankings.  Tools and tips like this are helpful.
Mar 31, 2008 12:27 PM #4
Rainer
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Obeoman Glade Jones
www.obeo.com - Salt Lake City, UT

 

Don,

Web tools are great, but wouldn't you agree content is king?

Steve

Mar 31, 2008 12:53 PM #5
Rainer
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Don Rider
EZ Rider Home Inspections LLC. - Bossier City, LA
Shreveport Bossier Home Inspector

Jeff, Steve, Bronson, Lynn, and Steve,

Thanks so much for the responses, these are some some tip ands techniques, and if you do all of them with some other tips they will make a better website. After I finish this series I will be adding some more tip that I found that will take this even further.

 

Thanks again,

Don

Mar 31, 2008 02:37 PM #6
Rainer
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Geoff Scowcroft
Coldwell Banker - Studio City, CA

Dan,

I've used some Flash on our site, but I have developed it with some tools that allow systems without Flash to read the text version (similar to alt tags). It has worked well, it allows us to still use some Flash.

Mar 31, 2008 06:10 PM #7
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
Thanks for sharing some great tips. I will check out the link.
Mar 31, 2008 10:28 PM #8
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Gayle Fleming
Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, VA
Your Going Green Realtor

Don,

I just found your blog and what an eye opener part six was.  Can I get to parts 1-5 in activerain still?  I have a lot of work to do on visibility for my site.  Thank you Thank you.  I have a great site and a great blog but nobody is being driven to it on the web.  I'm joining this blog RIGHT NOW!

Mar 31, 2008 10:52 PM #9
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Joe Gonzalez
CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029 - King of Prussia, PA
NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563
Great stuff.  I just saw this blog & I will check out the previous parts. 
Apr 01, 2008 01:18 AM #10
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Don Rider
EZ Rider Home Inspections LLC. - Bossier City, LA
Shreveport Bossier Home Inspector

 

Geoff,, Gita, Gayle, and Joe,

Thanks so much for the responses. I am glad i was able to pass along some of this information. Gayle, as you requested i have added the links to the other parts.

 

Don

10 Ways to raise your site in Google Part 5

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10 Ways to raise your site in Google Part 3

10 Ways to raise your site in Google Part 2

10 Ways to raise your site in Google Part 1

Apr 01, 2008 01:55 AM #11
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