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search engine optimisation

What is search engine optimisation ? Search engine optimisation is the act of configuring web pages for search engines, to achieve high rankings. This means that when someone conducts a search for your product or service, your website is returned by the search engine in the top of the pile.

What's the big deal ? Imagine 'Ivan Urge' desperately needs to buy a 'thingamy'. You happen to sell 'thingamys' by the case load. You also have a website. Ivan does a search on his favourite search engine for 'thingamys' and the first bunch of websites are all selling thingamys. Where is your website ? is it up there with all the leaders or sleeping down at 3,245,657 ? If you are at the top of the pile, you are in with a chance of a sale. Down at the bottom? Then who on earth will find you?

What if my customers know my website already ? That is great, seriously, that is excellent news. Consider this, approximately 80% of all visitors to your site can come from search engines. The guys in marketing call these visitors 'hot prospects' because they are actively searching for your goods. To illustrate a little, you had  40 visitors today at your website. With a high ranking in a search engine, this would be 200 visitors. Each of them a 'hot prospect'.


How is a web site optimised ? There are a myriad of different ways to optimise pages for search engines. Each search engine has its own idea of what a 'good relevant' page is. Some like long pages with loads of relevant text, some like short pages with few graphics, some hate Java, log-in and plug-in pages, some hate the wrong domain extension ( will have trouble getting listed on a lot of Aussie search engines for example). A web site is optimised page by page. This is best done before the website is actually built. However, I do particularly enjoy the challenge of optimising prebuilt sites.


Can't I just do it myself ? Yes, of course you can. There are plenty of tips and guides on the internet that will help with all aspects of search engine optimisation and positioning. I started out by monitoring the changing algorithms and reworking them over and over until I could echo the results of the major search engines. I read all the information I could find, indeed I still do and even now, I spend 5 days every month rechecking the algorithms, who has changed to a new one, who is sourcing data from another search engine or directory..... and so on.


What about stealth and cloaking ? I never use these techniques but I must say they can be very effective. To sum up the effects of these methods, it is a way of feeding the search engines with one page, but feeding a visitor another. The idea being that the search engine reads a wonderfully optimised and very dull page, but a visitor gets to see the proper website. Why don't I use these techniques ? I believe the biggest war search engines have is foiling these tricks. They are open to abuse, consider the following effects. A minor searches for his favourite car, a Ferrari Dino. The page fed to the search engine was a page that was plastered with the words 'Ferrari' and 'Dino'. The same minor clicks on the first listing in his search results and what he is delivered is xxxxxxxx Russian hard-core 'you know what !'. Sooner or later someone will file a lawsuit and the search engines know it. In fact some search engines threaten to ban any domain found to be using these techniques. For now however they are still a very effective way to get good rankings.


What is Bait and Switch ? Bait and switch is another technique for fooling search engines. This happens by accident for the most part but it is not unknown for search engine optimisers to use the technique on 'lazy' search engines. Bait and switch is where the search engine is fed a page and the search engine optimiser waits for the search engine to crawl the page for indexing, then switching back to the proper pages again. the lazy search engines only carry out their indexing once in a while and can often be predicted to return at a certain date. This is another trick I avoid as I have yet to find a website that cannot be successfully optimised.


What are doorway, gateway and corridor pages ? Doorway or Gateway pages are additional pages created specifically for high ranking in particular search terms. For instance, if a high ranking was required for the term 'thingamys' then a doorway page would contain all the necessary optimisation to attain a high ranking. The page would simply have a 'next' or 'click here' hyperlink into the actual website. A corridor page is a page that contains links to all the doorway pages and frequently to all the proper pages within the website. This technique is frowned upon by many of the search engines and so additional domains are set up to facilitate these pages, thus disassociating from the main domain pages.


Will Optimising my website alter the look ? No. In most cases a website can be optimised for search engines by behind the scenes work that is not necessarily visible to the viewer. If however, your website is simply one large image or Flash movie. Then you may have to consider additional HTML pages to support not just the search engines but the the hundreds of thousands of people that surf without plug-ins, images switched off and java switched off.


How much does it cost ? Optimising a website of lets say five pages would cost around 200. Twenty five pages would cost around 500. Creation of doorway pages etc is a little extra. The fact of the matter is, every website has different requirements for the individual search terms and is further complicated by the presence of competition. In short, the competition has to be analysed before great results can be achieved.


Will that get my website in the top ten ? maybe. I never promise a top ten placement because I don't know what i'd say to my eleventh client. Furthermore, neither you nor I know what your competition will be up to come the next indexing period. Take a look at these following statements from a few of the 'big' search engines;

"We do not add all submitted URLs to our index, and we cannot make any predictions or guarantees about when or if they will appear."  Statement from Google.

"Submitting your site to the AltaVista Search Index does not guarantee your site will be added to the index." Statement from Alta Vista.

"We do not guarantee that all submitted sites will be listed in our index." Statement from Northern Light.

As you can see, I cannot even promise you a listing at all. I have yet to come across a website that I could not get listed but as a disclaimer, I must inform you that who gets listed and who does not is the responsibility of the search engines themselves. Indeed, I perceive each of the above statements as disclaimers in their own right.


What happens next ? Once your pages have been optimised, I submit each of them to over 100 search engines and directorys. For the more major search engines, I monitor the page position and report back the search term and rank position attained. This can take several weeks to complete depending on the indexing habits of the search engines. This service is included in the price.

the following extract is from the Ranking management clients guide;

2.1) Clients that pay my monthly 200 fee for 'Ranking Management' will get the added services as detailed below
  • Activities. The 200 fee is split into 3 main activities. Firstly I spend approximately 10 hours monitoring your website against your competition. I analyse your competitors pages and readjust your pages in order to get above them. Secondly I will construct extra 'doorway' pages as required for ultimate effect. Thirdly you are contributing to the research and development time spent actively cracking algorithms.
  • New SE's. As new Search Engines are created, your site will be added to them. If you hear of any that you aren't listed in, please email me the URL of the site and I will analyse the ranking system then create a doorway page or submit your web site as required.
  • Logs. It is often advisable to reverse engineer web pages to the unexpected searches that find your web site. For this exercise, I will require access to your website logs. These logs contain information that can tell me where visitors found your page and where each visitor is (demographically) located.
  • Spam email accounts (as detailed in 1.2) are kept active to trap spammers and will be closed when the spammer is identified. A new account will be opened immediately and you will be notified at the first opportunity. Please feel free to read the emails, although business related mail will be virus checked and forwarded by me, direct to your correct email address.
  • Dropped.From time to time, search engines will drop your website without warning. They offer no reason for this but it will inevitably happen. The monthly retainer includes immediate (within 24 hours) re-submittal of you website to the relevant search engines, should this occur.


What if my Competition hires you after I have ?  I work to a set of very strict set of rules as defined in the clients guide;

   2.2) Business Ethics and practices 
  • I will not participate in free for all schemes (FFA), multi level marketing schemes (MLM), pyramid selling, illegal or racially offensive web sites, web sites that provoke hatred or violence or 'get rich quick' schemes.
  • Whilst under contract of 'Ranking Management' I will not knowingly promote companies perceived as direct competition for the same search terms. 






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