Buying your way out of the sandbox

by Donna Fontenot November 22nd, 2004

If Google is indeed sandboxing new sites for a period of 6 months or more, then what is that costing you while you wait? If your site truly would have ranked well during that time, but is being placed "on hold", you could easily be losing out on a lot of money. One option to [...]

More directories to submit to

by Donna Fontenot November 21st, 2004

Yet another nice list of directories can be found at www.socengine.com/seo/guide/seo-list-of-directories.php

Condensed version of Google SERPs

by Donna Fontenot November 20th, 2004

I mentioned recently that it would be a good idea to take a screen shot of the current Google SERPS, so that if any major changes occur, you could more easily make comparisons. Unfortunately, very few results will show up in a screen shot, so here is a better way to handle the problem. By [...]

Easily generate robots.txt file with this tool

by Donna Fontenot November 19th, 2004

Nice little free tool that makes it easy to generate a robots.txt file, ensuring you do not accidentally make a blunder that would end up blocking the bots you did not intend to block. It also has a good tutorial on robots.txt. You can use it at www.mcanerin.com/search-engine/robots-txt.htm.

Some questions to ask yourself if you have poor rankings

by Donna Fontenot November 18th, 2004

Here is a quick 10-point checklist of things to consider if you are not ranking well in the SERPs. If any of these look like they may be a problem, do some research if necessary and solve the problem. 1. Is my on-page optimization taken care of? 2. Is my site too new? If so, [...]

Add MSN beta search box to your site

by Donna Fontenot November 17th, 2004

Yes, like Google, MSN Search beta allows you to add a search box to your site, allowing visitors to your page to search either the web or your site. If your keywords are ranking well in the new beta, this might be a good way to spread the word. For those stuck in the Google [...]

WebmasterWorld Conference begins

by Donna Fontenot November 16th, 2004

The best place to get updated info on the happenings at these types of SEO gatherings is from Rustybrick. He keeps an ongoing post regarding what he experiences at each of the sessions he attends. Over the next two days, keep an eye on www.seroundtable.com/archives/001148.html for anything interesting that might happen at the conference.

Are you ready for another Florida update?

by Donna Fontenot November 15th, 2004

The anniversary of the devastating Google Florida update is upon us. Last year, at this time, Google had a massive update (nicknamed Florida) that rocked the SEO world. Rankings disappeared for so many sites that even the press picked up on it. Many businesses went out of business as their income disappeared overnight. Many people [...]

Keeping up with the SEO world

by Donna Fontenot November 14th, 2004

So how do you keep up with the ever-evolving world of search engine optimization? Personally, I try to keep up with the forums, blogs and newsletters that I like best. So here is a list of my favorite places to keep up-to-date with the SEO world. (There are lots of others I visit as well, [...]

Reminds me of the search engine battles

by Donna Fontenot November 13th, 2004

A friend of mine sent this to me, and my first thought was that these little guys represent Google and Microsoft. I will leave it to you to decide which is which.