Tip: Enhance your blog and websites. Add your photographs
Free Site subission to Google, MSN, and Yahoo
Recently, we told you how to check your website to see if it had been indexed. If you found that you were not indexed by the search engines you may want to submit your name to the big three search engines.
Here are the links for free submission to Yahoo, Google, and MSN. We include these because this is where the lion's share of traffic originates. Note that no search engine guarantees that your website will be included in its search index but as the old saying goes - nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Has my website been indexed?
From time to time folks ask us if their website has been indexed. It's pretty easy to check.
Copy the following links and paste them into your Internet browser. Make sure you replace PUTYOURDOMAINHERE with your actual domain name.
We also have an test page that might work for you. Check your website
How can I get Search Engines to Index me?
In our support system, we see this question frequently. I will tell you there is no magic answer. Getting Search Engine traffic requires time or money or both. However, you should know that Unique Content is the essence of the Search Engines world. The more content the Search Engines see the more they devour (index). If you don't add your own unique content there is absolutely no reason for a search engine to index your website. Fortunately, your Online Agency account has several features to help. We know because we use them ourselves. When we post regularly to our blogs we get more search engine traffic than when we don't.
Your Online Agency account coupled with the Levelfield Broadcast Option is the first step to getting noticed by the Search Engines. If you don't have the Levelfield Broadcast Option call us (866) 489-4889 and get it today. This month (January 2007) you can get it for $69.00 normally $169.00 and an extra month of service on your account.
The next step is to add unique content to your website. I'm not talking about the various supplier specials that you get in the email. Promotions are important and you should add them to your website but they are not unique content. I'm talking about something that is unique one of kind. This sounds hard but here's a little tip that might help you.
- Create a blog
- Set up a link on your website to your blog
- Post regularly to your blog - the more the better but at least several times a month.
- Not sure what to post - try this approach.
- Find 30 to 100 photos that you have taken while traveling
- Post a blog entry about the photo and attach the photo. Make sure you mentions things like where you took the photo, the time of the year, why you were traveling, and a brief description of the photo. Mention it's colors, travel suppliers, and your personal comments. Every noun that you write is a great keyword in its natural format. And every natural keyword gives the Search Engines something to index and can help bring Search Engine users to your website.
- Make an entry every 2-3 days and before long you should start seeing some search engine traffic.
One thing I am sure is that if you do nothing, nothing will happen. Get busy it's going to be a great year!
PS. There is nothing magic about META KEYWORDS. Most search engines don't even look at them these days. Yet we see customers being instructed by various EXPERTS to set them up. You may want to think a bit about your META TTITLE and META DESCRIPTION but I'm betting and seeing that the real deal is the actual content of the pages.
A cautionary note from Google - ""Beware of SEOs that claim to guarantee rankings, allege a "special relationship" with Google, or advertise a "priority submit" to Google. There is no priority submit for Google. In fact, the only way to submit a site to Google directly is through our Add URL page or through the Google Sitemaps (Beta) program, and you can do this yourself at no cost whatsoever."
We still want you to blog! - Get BusyWe still want you to blog! If you are not you are missing out of one of the most cost effective marketing tools in the world and certainly on the Internet.
On July 7, 2006, I posted here to introduce "Clarity - Levelfield's Small Business Blog". Since that time I have tracked the progress of the new blog in terms of views and search engines using the reports that are built into every Levelfield (TM) / OnlineAgency (TM) account.
Here's a bit of what I am seeing.
In terms of page views the new blog has become this website's 2nd most popular page taking 19.5% of the page views. What page is number 1? The Levelfield Broadcast Blog, of course. During the same time period, the Levelfield Broadcast Blog got 22.9% of the page views. Based on the trend however, we expect our Clarity blog to move into first place soon. However there is nothing like a bit of healthy competition. Expecially if it results in increasing the overall number of pages views and attracts new visitors to the website.
So how has the new Clarity blog fared with the search engines? Well, on Google, it's visible on the 4th page of results when one searches for small business blog. Not the best position, but look at it this way. This blog is less than 2 months old and is showing up in the top 35 of 337 million results. check it out here
And I have found seven inbound links to the home page from external sites.
We saw another new website, www.jeanniesamson.com that launched this past month that has been indexed and is showing up in various searches on Google and MSN. The magic - two things with this site. This is a redesigned site but has been visibile in its old format for a few months and this site is making chock full of unique content. Note that the site doesn't have hundreds of pages but just a few. No work has been done to add unique keywords or other meta tags. We don't feel that these are viable any more. Instead the content that carries the site and attracts the search engines is the page level content.
Tip# 1: If you haven't added a blog to your account you need to get started. Blogs are free with your Levelfield (TM) / OnlineAgency (TM) accounts.
Tip# 2: If you have more than one person in your organization you might consider adding a new blog to your website to increase the amount of unique content that you get on your website. Your Levelfield (TM) / OnlineAgency (TM) accounts have built-in support for multiple blogs
Remember this formula:
Unique Content = Search Engine Magnet.
Blogs = Unique Content
Blogs = Search Engine Magnet
Travel Agency gets indexed by Google, MSN, and Yahoo in less than 2 months
I was working with one of the Online Agency customers today and saw that their website had been indexed by Google, MSN, and Yahoo. And they only signed up in September, 2005.
The customer has created about 45 pages of their own content including a blog and their own promotions, and they have the Levelfield Broadcast Option.
The end of the year is rapidly approaching and you want to make sure your site is ready for the wave. If you don't yet have Levelfield Broadcast Option get it now while the price is low. We are offering the Levelfield Broadcast Option for a one time fee of $129. But hurry this price is going up at the first of the year.
Be one of the first 20 callers to purchase this option on Monday November 21, 2005 and we'll make this great upgrade even better. We'll add 30 days of service to your account. Call Toll Free 866 489-4889 and add the Levelfield Broadcast Option.
Read more about the Levelfield Broadcast Option
This offer is only valid on Monday November 21, 2005
Get the word out!
You may have noticed that we are talking a lot about blogging. That's because we are trying to get the word out about a powerful new business tool that is included free with your Levelfield(TM) / Online Agency(TM) account.
It's one of those tools that are designed to make it easier for you to get the word out. Getting the word out always increases your potential for new business.
Here are a couple of articles that a Levelfield customer posted on their website that might help you decide to blog today: Business Blogging - Part 1 "Do You Blog?
Business Blogging - Part 2 "Why Blog?"
Here's a search that shows you one important fact:
Search engines love your unique content. Increase your business potential! Get the word out.
Google Search: levelfield.com blog
Add categories to your BLOG
While I was working on our Levelfield Broadcast Blog - I realized that I wanted to start categorizing my posts. I started to try this by adding something to the title but this was wonkey. But then I realized that we could just add categories to the blog and be done with it. This is a very powerful organization feature and I'm waiting to see who does magical things with it.
Now you can add CATEGORIES to your blog postings.
Give YOUR VISITORS the ability to browse your unique blogs by CATEGORY.
To see these categories in use look between the title and the content and you'll see the categories. In this case:
blog, Marketing, New Feature, Search Engine, Site Customization
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you'll see the categories list there as well. Each category becomes another page for your site Visitors to read and for Search Engines to find.
If you are using a BLOG on your website let us know. Send us your url even if it's not the one built into your account. Who knows we might post it somewhere for you so you have one more link back to your website.
If you haven't added a blog you should get started right now. The UNIQUE CONTENT that you add when creating a blog is just what the search engines want to see.
My personal blog is now getting search engine hits. What am I doing special - nothing really just writing something every now and then.
Those words you write today might be the best investment you can make of your time if they happen to pull in a big new customer. Given that the number one problem for all businesses, large or small, is to find that next new customer, don't you owe it to yourself to add some new content today?
Built in support for Google SiteMap beta program
Google has introduced a new program called Google Sitemaps. Levelfield has added built in support for this new program. Only Levelfield customers who have the Supreme Private Label program will be able to use the Levelfield site map creation tool. The pages that the Levelfield system can submit will be limited to the pages that you actually have created. The sitemap will not include the Levelfield content. Our goal is to encourage you to create "unique content" for your website.
In order to use this new system. You need to create an account with Google. Create new Google Account
Once you have the account you'll need to log into your Online Agency account. Click on Google Site Map link on the dashboard.
Once you have created the sitemap you will need to submit the sitemap to Google when you log into your Google account.
As with all search engines, Google states that they cannot make any predictions or guarantees about when or IF your urls will be crawled and added to the index. Remember that it is not technology that will make the difference for your business it is YOU.
Web Goobly goo - Blog RSS Promotion RSS XML
We have added in a few new feature that may help you spread the word about your website. We've had blogging capability built into your website for some time. It's a an easy way to add content to your website.
Now we have added in the ability to easily syndicate your blog. [examplelink]. The technology behind the syndication is called RSS. As time allows we'll extend this capaiblity to your promotions, product catalogs and so on.
The feature is available free to anyone who has the Private Label Supreme option for your Online Agency account or anyone who has an Levelfield Small Business account.
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