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1. Author’s Comments
Club is in the Web
4. Google and Yahoo Site Maps
busy weekend after another! We
great time with our English friends.
seven years old twins reminded us of many years ago when our boys were
We were younger then and I guess the energy that our
sons had then did
not make as much of an impression then as the twins did now.
weekend is a very special one as Linda and I celebrate our 40th
wedding anniversary. On
I used Google to randomly
research five lists of the top inexpensive web hosting sites on the Net.
I developed a table of the results showing the
ranking position for each
survey and then compiled the results.
results are shown as how many times the site appeared out of the five
(Count), the highest rank in the five lists, lowest rank in the five
It appears that
StartLogic is a favorite of the web hosting lists with LunarPages close
I had not heard of Dot 5 Hosting before, so that was
a new one for me.
BlueHost is a popular hosting site.
I do not profess to be
really current on this subject since I have used two web hosts for a
Only HostExcellence.com which
of my hosts appeared on one of the lists, but it did not make the top
I must caution you on
using what is advertised as an “inexpensive web host”.
These prices are driven by competition to get you
hooked so you will buy
more services from the site. These
are the old “lost leaders” in the website business.
These sites are really
VERY EXPENSIVE. You
will spend time
and money developing a great looking site on these hosts.
You will work hard and after about a year, you will
quit because you do
not get the traffic you needed to be successful.
The “build it and they will come” adage does not
work on the Net.
I know that this sounds
like a commercial, but Site Build It (SBI), while seeming very
expensive is a
good value for the money when you truly understand all of the benefits
get for the annual fee. I
see people waste a year of their Net careers trying to “poor boy” their
Internet businesses and fail.
I encourage you to follow
this link to go Site Build It for a detailed comparison of SBI and the
leading web hosts. Click
here now to
The reason that I can
write with such conviction is that I wasted a lot of valuable time
websites and trying to use search engine optimization (SEO) techniques
traffic with very low success. I
decided to experiment with Site Build It so I could report on it in
and I discovered how powerful it is.
am not yet finished building my www.retirement-jobs-online.com
(RJO) site and already my traffic has increased significantly.
I started the site on May 30 and in May, I had 3
visits by 3 unique
visitors who looked at 3 individual pages.
the month of July (as of July 28), I had 372 visits by 182 unique
looked at 934 individual pages. I
expect the traffic to continue to increase as I add more pages and
learn how to
better use SBI.
The RJO site already has
four keywords in the top 10 ranking with MSN, three with Yahoo, and two
Google. I am
starting to see traffic
come to the site from the search engines. (Site Build It reports this
This is free traffic that is looking for a solution
to a problem.
It is open to what the site offers since the
searcher found it
To really understand Site
Build It, go to this link http://buildit.sitesell.com/boomer.html
spend the time reading all the details about SBI.
Get ready to do a
If you have any questions
about SBI, send me an email, and I will answer you.
If I do not know the answer, I will get it for you.
I hope you can see that I am excited over what I know SBI will do for Linda and me in our retirement. I know it can help you too.
Club is in the Web Hosting Business
I thought I had seen it
all, but I was wrong. Sam’s
is now in the web hosting business.
you are a business member of Sam’s Club, you can get a five page
no charge. It is a
site since it says that you can bring it up and be live in less than
There are two higher
levels of service. One
is for $10
per month or $5 per month if you are a Sam’s Club Plus member.
The next level is $15 per month or $10 per month if
you are a Sam’s
Club Plus member.
For more information the
link is http://samsbiz.com/pages/google.
Again, remember this is
an “inexpensive web site host”!
Let’s discuss a site
map (sometimes called a site index).
start, let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about it.
“A site map
(or sitemap) is a web page that lists the
pages on a web site site, typically organized in hierarchical fashion.
helps visitors, and search engine bots, to find pages on the site.
Site maps can
improve search engine optimization of a site
by making sure that all the pages can be found. This is especially
links.Site maps do have limitations. Most search engines will only
finite number of links from a page, so if a site is very large,
strategies besides the site map may be required that search engines,
visitors, can access all content on the site.
developers argue that site index
is a more appropriately used term to relay page
function, web visitors are used to seeing each term and generally
as one in the same.”
topic that I want to address is the one
about search enginge bots (robots or spiders) that crawl your website.
It is very important to make it as easy as possible
for the spider to
search your site. The
easier it is
for the spider, the more likely you will improve your ranking with the
and Yahoo have sitemap features associated
with them. The
requirements of each
are a little different so if you maintain your site maps yourself, you
to know about the differences. When
you add a page to your site, you will need to update your site map and
Google and Yahoo of the change so it can schedule a spider to come
site for the new information.
You can also
go to Google and log on to add your site map
to their database. Once
it is added,
you can log in and see when your site was last checked by the spider
and if the
spider encountered any problems in crawling your site.
This is just another of the many functions that you
need to perform in
order to have a first class website.
Guess what! Site
Build It does this automatically each time that you add a page or
modify a page
to your SBI website. To
process started. you do have to manually add the site to both Google
but SBI leads you through the procedure.
will handle the following updates or addition of with Google and Yahoo.
To read the
Google explanation about site maps follow this
To log onto
Yahoo and submit your site to the index, go to
There are some packages
for developing and maintaining site maps.
can use Google or Yahoo to find some of these.
I have not researched any of these so I will not
Don’t forget to
maintain your site map on your site and notify Google and Yahoo when
changes or additions to your site.
That wraps up our issue
for this week. We
need to spend time
visiting with our family and getting ready for the surprise that they
store for us. Until
next week, stay
John and Linda Howe
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