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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-12-2006, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Creating my own website for my store...

I own a small retail store. We sell trophies and other various awards. Im so busy running the store this website has taken me about a year to make. But this is basically my first attempt. I dont really even know what Im doing. I know NO code, im basically just dragging and dropping in Frontpage until it looks good.


Anyway, I know there are still a few missing links and error pages, but im about 90% or more done with my site. Overall im pretty happy with it but would like a few critiques.

www.awardsandbeyond.com

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I dont really know how to do the whole google, yahoo thing. So that my site comes up on those places and people to find it. Any suggestions for that would be great.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-12-2006, 05:38 PM
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I'm stuck on dial up right now, my cable is down, again.... But the site looks good. To add it to Yahoo or whatever, go to the seacrh engine and there is a link at the bottomto submit a site.

http://search.yahoo.com/info/submit.html


There are also places that can do that for a small fee, or even some hosting companies have a tool to do it too.
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Looks good. Agreed with Lynn... You can register yourself on some search engines or you can pay a service to do it for you.




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yeah the site is nice, works well on different resolutions and has very intuitive navigation. I like the contact info on the side bar, i hate sites where you have to dig for a phone number

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You'll first want to scan your site for broken hyperlinks, missing images and other issues. Then you'll want to look into setting up search engine optimization, basically setting up your sites keywords, metaphrases, image text, and other items to get your site better rated. Search engine optimizing is a painfully slow process, it takes a month or two to get your site where you are wanting it in results. Also, getting other websites to link back to your site will up your pages rating. Be sure to setup a robots.txt file to let search engines know what you want scanned on your site. There are a million different SEO pages out there, just do a search for one and most of them will tell you what you are missing.

It took time for me, but I got Cruz Cranford to show abecx.net first and dfw ls1, dallas ls1, and some others to show dfwls1.com first as well.

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You'll first want to scan your site for broken hyperlinks, missing images and other issues. Then you'll want to look into setting up search engine optimization, basically setting up your sites keywords, metaphrases, image text, and other items to get your site better rated. Search engine optimizing is a painfully slow process, it takes a month or two to get your site where you are wanting it in results. Also, getting other websites to link back to your site will up your pages rating. Be sure to setup a robots.txt file to let search engines know what you want scanned on your site. There are a million different SEO pages out there, just do a search for one and most of them will tell you what you are missing.

It took time for me, but I got Cruz Cranford to show abecx.net first and dfw ls1, dallas ls1, and some others to show dfwls1.com first as well.
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Cruz, how come when I search, "internet god", you don't come up???

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Cruz, how come when I search, "internet god", you don't come up???

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hmm, I think I might work on that one next.

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meta tags and keywords can be buried in every image you have on your site, to help with it's natural placement on Search Engines. If you're selling trophies, t-shirts and helmets, and you had an image for each one, you would want your meta tags to go something like this:

(Picture of Trophy): meta tags are: trophies in dallas, dallas trophies, awards in dallas, award makers in dallas, sports awards, sports trophies, helmets & collectibles, team t-shirts, etc.

(picture of helmet): meta tags are: sports helmets, football helmets, football gear, protective equipment, sports trophies, sports memorabalia, etc.

Depending on the order you have your meta tags in, dictates where google ranks you for when someone enters a key word in google that you offer on your site.

If you sell trophies, you want someone to type in "trophy store in dallas" in google and have your site pop up on the first page, ideally. 2nd page is allowable, but beyond that, the consumer will generally find what they need on the first page.

This would be free placement.

Here's paid for placement:

At the top and on the sides of each google page, there are sponsored links. Usually in the blue bars. These are pay-per-click spots that the web-site owner has paid for their ranking and presence. You bid each day for your ranking on these spots, and the more you're willing to bid, the closer to the top you'll be. When you click on one of those sponsored links, the site owner gets charged a small fee (whatever they bid for the day, starting at $.05). So if you bid $1 for your placement, and that placement generated 300 hits that day, you're tab would be $300. The trick is that once you've got them on your home page, give them no reason to look elsewhere for said product. You're paying for each hit, make it pay for you.

Generally, clicks are a numbers game. Example, 20 clicks might generate 15 leads, and those 15 leads might result in 3 products sold. It just cost you $20 (at the rate of a dollar a click) to sell 3 products.


I'm leaving out a ton of information, but someone else on here has listed a number of helpful tips too...

Good luck!
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Just an FYI, your "huge sport sculptures" link is broken. The one where it looks like something is holding the football up...Nice site otherwise.
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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-20-2006, 11:06 AM
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Looks good. If you could make your scrolling text window a little longer, that would be better, IMHO. Again, looks like the site is coming along nicely.
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damn good looking site. I would have never guessed an amateur designed it. When you get ready to throw a shopping cart on your site look into Yahoo! Small Business. They have some really easy to use stuff on there.

AbecX is right get as many links back to your site as possible. List it in your profile on any of the forums you visit. Throw a link in your sig if they allow that. PLEASE only do thi son forums you actually visit. I get about 5 new members a day that only sign up to have the link back to a site and that’s annoying.

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it would be cool to have the images have a "popup".

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post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-21-2006, 10:51 AM
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abcx posted some good points

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post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-30-2006, 04:03 AM
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Cruz, how come when I search, "internet god", you don't come up???

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Try now...

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...=Google+Search

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LOL, I thought you had to pay to have your website listed that high on google?

On a side note, the website looks good man!
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post #17 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-30-2006, 12:06 PM
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aww gay it was on the first page, its on page two again.


You dont have to pay, you just have to know how to massage your page so google likes it.

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