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SEO Hosting: Inter-linking websites on different IP addresses

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

As we discussed before in Google Sandbox, Google doesn’t place value on mini-network including inter-linking websites, which most likely to be hosted on the same IP addresses.

The idea is that you can build multiple inter-linking websites on different IP addresses, so that hopefully search engines would not think that they are operated by the same person. So that the links can be counted genuine, and the linked site get a boost in popularity. The assumption is obviously that search engines will discount non-genuine links if two sites are found to be related (from IP address or WHOIS records). Search engines do that (if the assumption is true) for a reason — webmasters should not game the system to fake popularity. In addition, SEO specialists we would make sure all domains are registered with different registrars under different names. We wouldn’t use the same template on more than one site. We would try to erase all traces that these sites are run by the same person.

In conclusion, building multiple inter-linking websites on different IP addresses will help your websites rankings. If your business is a web design company that hosts several clients’ websites on the same IP address using either virtual private servers or shared servers, definitely, we recommend you to try to build multiple inter-linking websites on different IP addresses. Here is tips for interlinking to keep from setting off alarms with the engines when you are setting up interlinking.

How to get out of Google Sandbox

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

If you have a new web site, expect that your web site will be listed within 6-8 months in Google. Add content to your web site “constantly”, get good incoming links “constantly” and make sure that your web pages are optimized for Google. In another word, don’t do linkbuilding all at once. Graduately, you should increase links and pages.

As soon as you have a domain name, create a temporary page and link to it from another web site to make Google aware of your web site. The 6-8 months delay seem to start with Google’s first contact with your web site. The sooner Google knows about your web site, the sooner it will be listed.

Can we speed up the whole process?

Yes, you can. Network solutions’s SEO facilitator, Randy Windsor stated that Network solutions researched and tested “how domain extention effect search engine rankings”, and Peak Web Marketing also tested “domain name extention”. If you can extend your domain name “10 years” (maximum), you can speed up the whole process.

Finally, work on creating the content that visitors are intersted in on a daily or weekly basis. This shows that your website is very active and provides updated information. In addition, get your website listed in directories, yellow pages, social media websites and social bookmarking websites to increase links naturally in addition to old-fashiioned “link exchange” with relevant information.

Please remember that there is no magic or trick to get your website listed on the 1st page of Google. Please ask an ethical SEO company to help you with positioning your website in Google.

What is Google sandbox?

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Definition of Google Sandbox

In general, brand-new web sites with new domain names need about 6 - 8 months to get top rankings on Google.

The usual process is that Google indexes the new web site, lists it for some less important queries and then the web pages drop from the search engine result pages for several months, even if your on-page optimization is perfect. Although other search engines work fine, Google doesn’t list the web site.

If you have a brand-new web site, don’t worry about Google Sandbox. You are not doing anything wrong. Google seems to delay the inclusion of new web sites. This phenomenon is called the Google sandbox.

Google Aging delay: Why does Google delay the inclusion of brand-new web sites?

It seems that Google delays the inclusion of brand-new web sites to encourage webmasters to build content instead of building mini-networks or buying links from link firms. Many webmasters try to artificially inflate the link popularity of their web site by creating a network of small web sites with different URLs that all link to each other. Many of these web sites have no purpose other than linking to the main web site. The delay might encourage webmasters to focus on the content of their main web site instead of building useless links. This delay is called “Google aging delay”.

Now, you are concerned about “how to get out of Google sandbox” and “Can we speed up the whole process?”. Please visit “how to get out of Google sandbox”.

How to improve your Google Maps and Yahoo Local search rankings

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Google Maps SEO - Google Maps optimization & marketing

Here are tips for Google Maps SEO (Google Maps optimization) and Google Local SEO . The two main factors that influence website rankings in Google Maps and Yahoo Local, are back-links from other local directories and user generated reviews. Simply, get your website in the following search engines, popular local search sites, local directories, and yellow pages. Regarding Live Search Map (Bing Map) optimization, please go to Live Search Map SEO page.

Search Engines & Popular Local Search Sites:

• Google Local Business Center (Google Maps)
• Yahoo Local
• Windows Live Local (InfoUSA Affiliate)
• AOL Local (InfoUSA Affiliate)
• Best of the Web Local

Local Yellow Pages and Online Yellow Pages Site

Local Meta Search Engines & Special Local Listings

• SuperPages
• Big Book (SuperPages Affiliate)
• InfoSpace YP (SuperPages Affiliate)
• 411.com (SuperPages Affiliate)
• Switchboard.com (InfoSpace YP Affiliate)
• Yahoo Yellow Pages (InfoSpace YP Affiliate)
• YellowPages.com
• AnyWho (YellowPages.com Affiliate)
• MagicYellow
• YP.com (YellowPages.com Affiliate)
• True Local
• Local.com

• MapQuest (InfoUSA Affiliate)
• Dogpile (InfoSpace YP Affiliate)
• WebCrawler (InfoSpace YP Affiliate)
• MetaCrawler (InfoSpace YP Affiliate)
• WebFetch (InfoSpace YP Affiliate)
• Metrobot

     

Local Business Data Providers & Data Listing Services

• InfoUSA, the most important data listing source
• MacRAE’s Blue Book (Industrial sites only)
• Localeze
• WCities (Provides data to Yahoo Local
• IBegin

Local Social Networks & Online Business Networks for appropriate sites

• Yelp
• Insider Pages
• Judy’s Book
• MojoPages

Local Social Networks

With Web 2.0 and social media marketing, the search engines have carried the democratic process even further, relying heavily on customer reviews on Yahoo Local and Google Maps and social networking sites such as Yelp and Insider Pages to help determine local search engine rankings.

For other Google Maps algorithms, visit our Google Maps Algorithm page and Google Maps Optimization (Google Maps SEO) page.

If you want us to get your website listed in the search engines, popular local search sites, local directories, and yellow pages listed above (local SEO), please contact us for further assistance.

Google Maps SEO :: Google Maps optimization :: Google local SEO :: Google Maps marketing

How to rank your local keywords in Google Maps

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Here are three easy steps to rank your local keywords in Google maps.

Step 1: If you are not already in Google maps, you can create a new listing at Google Local Business Center.

Step 2: While creating your listing, you’ll have the opportunity to list relevant local keywords you wish to rank for. You may list them in up to five categories. You can choose from preselected categories, or you can manually enter your own categories.

The trick is to simply type in your local keywords so that you can better control the terms you rank under. Once you enter the keywords, you’ll be asked to complete a few more sections (business hours, payments accepted, user photo, etc.)

Step 3: Verify your new listing. You can do this either by mail or via telephone. Since the snail mail method takes up to 2 weeks, I recommend using phone verification. You’ll receive a call within a minite

As for how to improve your rankings in Google maps and Yahoo Local maps, you can read “How to improve Google Maps and Yahoo Local Website Ranking“.

Listing a website in Google Maps is a fast, easy way to get top search engine placement for highly targeted keywords.

Sub domain vs Sub Directory vs New Domain (SEO: search engine optimization)

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Should you or should you not use sub domains for you new site?

There has been a lot of debate about a Sub Domain versus a Sub Folder versus setting up a new domain.

A sub domain would be: new-topic.yourdomain.com

A sub directory would be: yourdomain.com/new-topic

A whole new domain would be: newdomain.com

Our opinion from a SEO (search engine optimization) point of view is that you should choose sub-folders if you want to leverage your ranking, but if you want to really target keywords, you should go with New Domain.


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