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rtgreen
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Thanks Paul. I have remedied the ODP issue Smile

I also had one of those revelations of stupidity I sometimes have. My homepage is in actuality a graphic and a flash object. Other than the title and the copyright notice, there is no actual text in the page. I did have some stuff in meta tags, but evidently Google values actual content text more. Consequently, the main reason I am having such trouble getting indexed under my keywords is the lack of textual content on my index page. For the time being, I'd really like to keep the flash look of the page, but I have added some tiny (i.e. hard to see) descriptive text at the bottom of the page. Hopefully, Google will pick this up and index the words. The text would make sense to anyone actually reading it, but contains all of the keywords I could think of. Now I just have to wait . . .

Thanks,
Richard
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Richard,

You can put the text suggested above on one of your other pages that link to your home page. In many Google searches, pages deep within my site are the top hits. All of my pages link to the home page in the banner at the top, in buttons at the bottom, and in the menu.

Google wants text that matches the meta tags. No text, no match, and the meta tags are then considered irrelevant.

As you have discovered, pages with flash animation and no text don't score well, but they can be a kind of foyer in front of pages with a lot of content.

Keep at it!

Yours,

Paul
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You guys are giving away too many secrets!!!
NJJ
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I've managed to claw my way to position 140 (from 1000). My goal is to be in the top ten for searches for Melbourne Magician within two months....starting now....

...no wait...NOW!
rtgreen
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How are you finding your position? Are you just paging through the list or does Google have an easy way to find out?

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Richard
NJJ
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Yep

http://www.googlerankings.com will do a world wide search but there isn't a local Australia only version
rtgreen
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Thanks Nicholas. This was good news and bad news. For Portland Magician, I didn't even make the top 1000 in Google, but I was listed at 32 in MSN. Smile

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Richard
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As of seven o'clock tonight I am
Google #5
Yahoo #8
MSN #1
Alta Vista #5
AllTheWeb #7
AOL #7

HUZZAH!
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On 2006-05-17 02:31, Nicholas J. Johnson wrote:
My goal is to be in the top ten for searches for Melbourne Magician within two months....starting now....



so what are you going to do for the next 58 days?

timothy
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Congrats Nicholas! I'm still struggling with google, but I am #35 on MSN for Portland Magician.

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Richard
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On 2006-05-19 09:52, MrHyde wrote:
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On 2006-05-17 02:31, Nicholas J. Johnson wrote:
My goal is to be in the top ten for searches for Melbourne Magician within two months....starting now....



so what are you going to do for the next 58 days?

timothy




Try and maintain the *** things!

Google is a fickle beast and can knock you down a hundred spots at a drop of the hat!

Posted: May 21, 2006 12:38am
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......rum=30&0

I started a thread here to encourage magicians to exchange links. Click above if you want to join in.
rtgreen
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Hey Nicholas,

Just for fun I googled Melbourne Magician and you came up #5. Of course, I'm in Portland Oregon, so I don't know if I get different results as someone would in Australia.

Thanks,
Richard

Posted: May 23, 2006 5:47pm
It finally happened! http://www.smallmiraclesentertainment.com was rated at #348 on Google for Portland Magician. I know this isn't a great place to be, but it is far better than the cyberspace limbo I was in just yesterday. Hopefully, there's no place to go but up

Thanks,
Richard
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A nice article about Optimizing Search Engines

http://www.jeroenwijering.com/?item=Google_Optimization_Tips

Hope it helps
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