How many of your pages are listed on Google? Not sure? Then try this:
domain_name+site:www.domain_name.com [.co.uk, whatever]
It can make sobering reading finding out how many, or few, of your web pages have been indexed by the biggest search engine. Recently, whilst checking the site of a new client, I found that only 1 of the many pages had been listed on Google. The web developer had decided to turn the main navigation bar into an image map and Google had been unable to navigate (and index) any further pages. If you're unsure of whether Google has indexed a particular page, simply go to Google and type in the URL for the page you wish to know about. If it is indexed, Google will display its page title and a link to the site.
For any pages that are not listed, you have to help Google find its way to them. In the case of the client above the recommendation was to come up with a plain text navigation bar; have hyperlinks at the bottom of the page and ensure that internal keyword links can be found throughout the site.
Remember, sometimes Google may have cached (indexed) and old page of your website and, again, you will need to help Google re-spider this page. You can view the page Google has cached for your site by typing in its URL into Google and clicking the cached button. Here, you can see that Google spidered the page on the 7th September.
A week ago I put up an article entitled Search Engine Optimization in Action. In it I mentioned that I had had problems getting some pages of Marketing Tom listed on Google with their correct page titles. To give you an example, this page: Search Engine Optimisation - Don't Forget Design! had following page title - https://www.marketingtom.com/2004/04/search_engine_o.html, that is the URL was listed as the page title. As page titles are such key elements in search engine indexing, this page stood little, if no, chance of being found.
In order to remedy this I did three things:
1. I wrote an article about the subject.
2. I created keyword links to the article, the page title of the destination page also used the same keywords.
3. I added a new section to this site called 'Recently Posts' which obviously included the article I published. This was important in that Google added the article/page to its index much quicker.
The result was that the article, Search Engine Optimization in Action, was created on the 27th July and it was added to the Google index on August 3rd. The problem articles were all re-spidered at the same time. It is worth noting that Google did spider the home page and article within 2 days of publishing but the individual URL for the article took a couple more days to index. It now means that I have 6 more optimized pages through which people can enter my site.
The other day I noticed that the pages that Google had spidered on Marketing Tom fell into 2 categories:
1. Those which where the page title was displayed:
Search Engine Marketing – Meta Tags (Step 4) and
2. those which only displayed the URL:
Needless to say that your ranking on Google is much better when the page title is displayed. When I found out that an important page on my other blog, Mad About Madrid, was not listed I took one simple step - I put a keyword link on the left-hand navigation bar to that page. The result: within a couple of days Google had re-spidered the page and it was appearing in position number 2 for my keywords (if you want to try it out, type in "Plaza de Cibeles" on Google).
Search Engine Optimization Experiment
I would like to use this article to demonstrate how the above can be achieved. I will simply put links to all the articles below and wait for Google to re-spider the pages and add in the page titles. You will obviously notice that the keyword link is the same as the page title on the destination page. In order to further help this process, I have also included a new section on the left-hand side of this page called 'Recent Posts' which links to the permalink of this article. Please check this article periodically to see how I get off and why not even read the articles. I hope to God it works now!
Search words – identifying them
Yahoo! launches a new paid inclusion programme
Search Engine Optimisation - Don't Forget Design!
Measuring Web site Success
Page Titles - How to use them effectively
Overture's Suggestion Tool for search keywords
I had a recent post to my other site, Mad About Madrid asking for more details on how to go about domain name mapping - I think Marketing Tom is a better forum than the other site to discuss this issue. Here is a definition of domain name mapping from TypePad (the people who power this blog):
Domain Mapping is the process of pointing a registered domain name to a TypePad, weblog or photo album. Domain mapping is more than domain forwarding, because your permalinks and URL contain the address of your domain (www.example.com), and not your TypePad sub-domain (example.typepad.com).
In my case the domain name www.marketingtom.com maps to madrid.blogs.com/marketing_tom and all sub-pages are displayed under www.marketingtom.com. Since I last spoke about domain name mapping, the control panel on Godaddy has changed. This is the new procedure you now need to follow:
Once you are in your control panel you select 'manage domains'
Click on the domain name that you need to set domain name mapping up on
In the bottom right-hand side of the page click 'Total DNS Control'. Then click Manage DNS Zone File' and add in the details.
From here, you can following the instructions on TypePad Domain Mapping
If you like Tom Peters, then you may be interested to know that he will be holding a FREE web seminar on August 19th entitled Outsource-proof Your Career. He will be joined by Dan Pink author of Free Agent Nation.
Apparently, there are over 2 million blogs out in 'cyberspace'. Here are 2 that I particularly like and which are also good Internet Marketing examples.
What's Your Brand Mantra?
This blog is written and developed by Jennifer Rice of Mantra Brand Solutions. Jennifer is a brand strategy consultant and uses the blog to discuss a wide range of issues related to branding. The site is simple, clean and focused and rarely wanders away from the subject of branding. From the comments on the site and references to other brand consultants, you can work out that Jennifer has built up quite a nice community. In fact, as a result of the blog she is working on a business project with another branding consultant. Like many business people who maintain their own blogs, she is not out to directly promote her own business, Mantra Brand Communications, yet anyone who has bought into what she says will undoubtedly make their way to her corporate site.
The Food Section
This is a fabulous site. Josh Friedland is passionate about his food and writes with passion about it. The Food Section includes articles on recipes, trips to food establishments and news on food events and practically every article invites comments from loyal FoodSection readers. Visitors to his Web site come in through a number of different routes, from links on other sites to food articles and obviously the search engines. The site has won praise from a number of food magazines and has got in to the well-known Yahoo! Picks Hall of Fame.
Search Engine users a huge variety of keywords to come in to the site, using words as varied as 'new york oyster festival' to 'soup dumplings', with Google listing 1,050 links to the Food Section and Yahoo! Listing 19,400 (Admittedly, both of these will include multiple links from the same blogs). However, through some searching you can see that a huge amount of ‘food bloggers’ have links to this site.
The key ingredients (oops!) to both these sites are:
1. A passion for what they write
2. A high-level of knowledge of the subject matter
3. An engaging writing style.
Heidi Cohen in an article entitled Found Money: Eight "Quick Hits" offers 8 quick fix tips for generating untapped revenue for you business. I like tip number 4 - putting links at the bottom of all your employees' outgoing e-mail. Given the number of employees who send emails to friends and families, outgoing email messages offer an ideal opportunity to place links to a company's products.
Setting up Email Signatures
If you're based in the UK, you may be interested in a Google AdWords incentive which gives new companies who sign up for the service £50 worth of Google AdWords for FREE. The offer lasts until the 15th August. You simply need to type in your company name and address and wait for a voucher to come through by post.
For a limited period (in November 2007) Google is now offering a £30 AdWords Voucher
Google AdWords - Useful Tutorials
Today, I received an email from Six Apart, the people who provide the technology for this TypePad blog, inviting me to take part in an on-line survey. The email took me to the website of Survey Monkey, the people who provide the on-line survey technology. The survey took a very short time, had a nice look and feel and was easy to use. The objective of the survey was to ask me questions on how I found the TypePad service, what improvements I would like to see and what new features I would like to see to the service.
One of the keys to a successful website is the ability to collect timely information on your website's performance. For all those with websites, this is a neat tool to help you work out what users think about your site, whether you are addressing their needs, identifying issues with functionality and asking them how you can improve the service. The pricing appears to be very good, too:
Professional Subscription - $19.95/month for up to 1,000 responses.
Basic - maximum of 10 questions and 100 responses per survey.