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Q: listing on google ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: listing on google
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: doublelu-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 23 Jun 2004 23:21 PDT
Expires: 23 Jul 2004 23:21 PDT
Question ID: 365500
I have two websites, one for my photography,(, one
for my ghostwriting/editing services ( Why does
the writing site not come up when I google my name (the photo site
does)? What do i have to do so that it does come up? several hundred
other search results (re books i have written) come up under my name,
but not the website, which is the most important to me.   Laura/Lulu
Subject: Re: listing on google
Answered By: aceresearcher-ga on 25 Jun 2004 01:03 PDT
Greetings, Laura!

While your entry page at is aesthetically
attractive, where the Googlebot search engine spider is concerned,
it's got a couple of big problems.

First and foremost is that this page has essentially no *content*.
Content is a really big consideration for the Googlebot -- a great
deal of the importance factor (Page Rank) which Google assigns to a
website is based on the actual text content of primarily the home
page, and to a lesser extent, the subpages. The Googlebot can only
read **text**, not **pictures of words**.

So this is *all* that the Googlebot sees when it crawls your site:

It's not very interesting, is it?

Secondly, you've used a portal page with javascript and an image map,
all of which can be confusing to the Googlebot.

Google Information for Webmasters - Webmaster Guidelines

"... Create a useful, information-rich site and write pages that
clearly and accurately describe your content.

Think about the words users would type to find your pages, and make
sure that your site actually includes those words within it.

Try to use text instead of images to display important names, content,
or links. The Google crawler doesn't recognize text contained in

Make sure that your TITLE and ALT tags are descriptive and accurate..."

I recommend that you read *all* of the information on the Guidelines
page that I hyperlinked above.

Your site *has* been indexed by Google, but it doesn't see anything of
importance there, so it moves on to crawl another website. It doesn't
even know what to list for a description of your site.


Google can show you the following information for this URL:

Find web pages that are similar to 
Find web pages that link to 
Find web pages that contain the term ""

If your website designer merely had a contract with you to design a
website for you, that's what they did. However, if their contract with
you specified that your website would be Optimized for Search Engines,
they did not do that at all, and you should probably be asking for
your money back.

THIS page is the default page that should be loaded when someone
enters "" into their browser address bar:

And note that even on this page, where your name appears, it is as
images rather than actual text. You are going to want to change that.
This goes for the menu items along the left-hand side as well. These
are in Courier font. There is no reason that they should be images,
instead of text. Using all of theses images instead of text will hurt
you when it comes to the Googlebot gauging the importance of the
content of your site.

All of the lovely quotes in blue are also images, and will never get
indexed by a search engine. This is something that could be helping
your site, if the quotes were in text instead.

Of the following Keywords/phrases specified for this page:
"Laura Torbet, ghostwriter, developmental editor, book proposal
specialist, non-fiction, experienced non-fiction ghostwriter,
extensive publishing experiernce, book doctor, writer, editor,
collaborator, co-author, writer for hire, self-help books, memoirs,
popular health and psychology market, graphic design experience, trade

only this word/phrases *actually* appears in the page's text content!

If these key words and phrases are essential to this page, then they
should appear somewhere in the text content on it. (N.B. the
"experiernce" typo.) If they are not essential to this page, then they
should be removed from the keyword list. I would imagine that you will
want to seriously re-work the content on this page when you set it to
be your default home page.

**ALL** hyperlinks on your site should have "alt" attributes, because
these are indexed by the Googlebot.

All of the above information also applies to your site .

If you're going to have your site be in Flash, then you also need to
provide viewers with the option to view an alternate set of pages
which are *not* in Flash. Flash presentations take *significant* time
to download, and not everyone has Flash capability. Users with dial-up
modem connections, or without Flash capability, or even without enough
patience, may well just give up on your site and go away without ever
seeing it.

What's more, if I hit the "Back" button on my browser, the Lulu site
won't let me go back to the site I was previously viewing! I don't
know about you, but sites that try to trap me this way **really** earn
my animosity, and I suspect that I am far from the only person
browsing the web who feels this way.

If you first make the changes I suggested to these sites, *then*
resubmit the sites to be crawled by the Googlebot at:

I think you will find that the sites have much better luck in getting
indexed by Google. THEN you can start trying to find quality sites to
request that they place links to your sites on their sites.

Once the changes have been made, if you'd like me to review them,
please post a Request for Clarification here, and I'll be glad to take
another look at your sites.

Before rating this Answer, if you have questions about the information
that I have presented, please post a Request for Clarification, and I
will be glad to see what I can do for you.


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