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Publish website for search engine

  1. Jun 4, 2008 #1
    Hi,

    I want to publish my webpage online so that people can search for my page from Yahoo, Google...What should I consider of, and do I need to edit my page's meta tags for example? I am an EE and don't know much about webpage design. Appreciate for any of your help.

    Mike
     
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  3. Jun 4, 2008 #2

    Borek

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    First of all - you need links to your page. The more the better.

    Google for SEO - it stands for Search Engine Optimization. That should open whole new world :smile:

    Meta tags are almost of no use, they were abused for so long that - at least Google - ignores them. The only that is used is description - but it is not used for positioning, but as a snippet displayed in search results. It is displayed if it contains keywords that someobody was searching for.
     
  4. Jun 4, 2008 #3
    Thanks Borek!

    1. SEO is for free? How people can find my pages from Yahoo for example?
    2. It can search for any word contained on my pages? If not, what I should do on my pages?
    3. Yes, how "you need links to your page"?

    Again, thanks.

    Mike
     
  5. Jun 4, 2008 #4

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    You can either learn SEO and do it by yourself, or find someone who will optimize your pages for money. This is not a service provided by search engines, this is done by others and they can never guarantee 100% success.

    What you are aiming at is that someone enters keywords you are interested in into search engine - and link to your page will be at the top of search results. For example if you enter "buffer capacity" in google as a search term, you will most likely see one of my pages at the top.

    What "it" do you mean? Search engine fetches your page and checks its content, then adds this information to its database. When someone looks for something, search engine uses this database to find pages that are most likely to contain needed information. Algorithm used is hidden from public.

    Read about SEO. In short - put a lot of good content. Search engines feed on text, give it to them.

    Links from other sites. Like here: Physics forums - this is not only a link to physicsforums, it also has a good anchor text. The more links you have the higher your pages are in the search results and the faster your pages get indexed. That's what you need.
     
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  6. Jun 4, 2008 #5
    Thanks Borek!

    1. "It" meant SEO. I thought that SEO add only the keywords to its database. For example, my keyword is "friend", and your keyword is also "friend", SEO remembers that "friend" is referred to Mike page and Borek page. When "friend" is searched, both pages of Mike and Borek will be listed. THat's what I thought.

    2. It might be a dumb question!: I don't understand what you mean" link from other sites", like physicforum. Could you please give me example?

    Mike
     
  7. Jun 4, 2008 #6

    Borek

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    Hopefully you undesrtabd now how the search engine works. Well, at least partially :wink:

    You know what link is? Look below - I have added signature there. It contains two links to my two sites. These are links from THIS site (physicforums) to MY sites (chembuddy and ph-meter). Hopefully they will be one day indexed (when Google fetches this thread to put it into its database) and they will improve my rankings (ie they will put my sites higher in the search results).



     
  8. Jun 4, 2008 #7
    You meant that when Google see and word like "http://www.", it will fetches to its database? I have never known this! I have learn from you a lot. Thanks

    Mike
     
  9. Jun 4, 2008 #8

    Borek

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    No! Link is this part of the text that you can click to move to other place. It doesn't matter if it starts with with http:// or not.

    Looks like you have a lot to learn before you will be able to start with your own page. Please read some HTML tuorial, as it seems right now you will be not able to understand what I am talking about.
     
  10. Jun 5, 2008 #9
    If you want to get to the bottom of it, refer to the popular saying "Content is king." And, that's really the truth. The programmers for the search engines have done a decent job identifying information that people might want. In other words, they don't care what we're all selling. They care what information we have about whatever we are selling.

    I wont tell you that you just need to write articles(although it sometimes works) and do nothing else. I suggest, once you have good quality content, to submit your page(s) to the search engines. Then, if you have some advertising capital I recommend looking into Pay-Per-Click programs from various search engines.

    So, if you still don't believe me then explain why Wikipedia and forums come up #1 on a ton of search queries.

    Good luck!
     
  11. Jun 5, 2008 #10

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    Exactly.

    Sorry, but submitting pages is a waste of time. Submitted page may wait weeks or even longer before search engine bot will fetch it. However, once the link to the page is published and indexed (even in the signature on usenet) bots will came in a day or two. That's much faster and much more efficient. All my new pages are visited by bots in 2-3 days after they are published and they are included in the search results after a few days. I don't even know what are actual addresses of submitting pages, as I never use them.
     
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