Eight hours or so ago, the site didn’t even exist - as of right now, on Google.com (without any New Zealand slant on it), its the number two result for myasterisk, number three for vfx asterisk, and on the front page for bluetooth proximity trixbox.
Yet I hear so many people complain about taking weeks or months to get indexed, and often not getting their whole site indexed, or simply ranking really poorly once their site does appear.
What have I done to ensure listing and ranking almost immediately? Well to tell the truth, I don’t know for sure. But I suspect the following things helped.
* I added the site directly via Google [link].
* I launched with some valuable content.
* I linked to myself in stories from a number of websites that also rank well (Geekzone especially)
* I linked to myself in my signatures on public forums.
* I used a pretty standard blogging platform (Wordpress), and enabled search-engine friendly urls.
* I used some of Googles own tools (AdSense) on my site.
I still have a way to go in my opinion - I need to keep the content flowing, I need to promote the site (without spamming anyone else’s site, or spamming the Google index), I need to check other search engines and directories, and optimise for them as well - we can’t put all our eggs in the Google basket, and lets not forget Technorati, they have sent some traffic my way for a while now, and are a great way to get exposure for your site.
So you see, it’s just not that hard. Create a real site, with real content, a few friendly links, and you should be listed in no time, and start seeing traffic arrive on your site.
Personally I think the bulk of the complaints I see, are from people who have websites that are not primarily made of original content, are there for ad-space, and do not actually contribute to the web or any community in any meaningful way.
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Comment by barnaclebarnes, on 13-Dec-2007 09:06
I would have to agree that all of those things are great. I added a page to my site which lists the rubbish transfer stations in Auckland with a Google map of where they are (The Auckland City Council version just listed the addresses which isn't very good if you don't know where the suburbs are). Now I am ranking fourth for the search term 'auckland transfer station' and looking at my Google Analytics logs quite a few other terms.
It is amazing how easy it is to rank highly for targetted pages by simply providing good relevant content.
Comment by Phil, on 13-Dec-2007 23:32
I'm sure it's really got more to do with being included on Planet NZ Tech ... :-D --Phil.
Comment by DEAN EADES, on 13-Mar-2008 05:56
Comment by Dean Eades, on 13-Mar-2008 05:57
Birds @ wildlife
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