How I Got High Google Page Ranks with Synthasite

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Short answer: I don't know. Google is ever mysterious, and always evolving.

Long answer: These are the things that I think helped most...

First, my sites, and page ranks:

A web comic:
http://redmenace.synthasite.com/ or Li'l Nyet - 0
Another webcomic:
http://scratchinpost.synthasite.com/ or Scratchin Post - 4
A reference and how-to site for webcomics:
http://psychedelictreehouse.synthasit... or Psychedeltic Treehouse (Treehouse for short) - 6

1. I installed Google Analytics. But I made a mistake on Lil\'l Nyet and didn't put it on every page. That hurt that site.

2. I stayed close to my category, which for Google's sake is comics or webcomics. That means I linked to other comics sites when appropriate, and limited linking to unrelated sites.

3. I did favors for comics people, and said by way of thanks, they could to me. Some did, some did not. The ones that did show up routinely on my anlytics.

4. When visiting comics forums and commenting on comics blogs, I signed my name, followed by my links.

5. I recently learned that the words above a link matter, so now I include the word comics above them, as I did above. This explains the link to readers, and confirms Google's understanding of it.

6. After a few months of tinkering, my sites were ready for a broader audience. I used EntreCard to add a traffic boost, followed by ads on Project Wonderful. EntreCard traffic is not sticky, but I did pick up some regular readers from it, and the increased traffic made me look more respectable to advertisers when I started hosting ads on my site. Note: To do EntreCard right is time-consuming, and not recommended for people on a tight schedule.

Project Wonderful is a much cheaper ad service than Google but it is built around comics, games and related areas. New category members are trickling in, but most people will find limited opportunities there until it gets bigger. It is a lovely, helpful site, though. I give it a "10."

7. If you decide to host ads to supplement your ad budget you can try Google, Project Wonderful or a few others. You'll get more money for ad locations visitors can't miss.

8. My PR6 site, the treehouse, is a huge site with thousands of links to comics and comics sites. This gives it an authority that is unusual: few people can or want to manage so many links. You also might not want them on your home page. Create a few extra pages with titles like Annex, Links, Resources, Related Vendors and the like and fill them as you find worthwhile links. A link to an obvious site -- the photographer who links top Kodak, for example -- will be almost meaningless, but a cluster of links to meaningful sites of various sizes will matter.

9. After you have found a valuable person to have link to you, befriend them. If you have personal chemistry, let the relationship grow naturally. Put their link on your site, but don't announce it. A portion will develop a fondness for you and your site and will link to you. I'm not saying to be phony, or pretend to like someone who is unpleasant. I am saying to offer unsolicited support and goodwill, gradually over time, and let nature take it's course.

10. Sadly, you don't want to do link trades too much. Google prefers unreciprocated links because people swap meaningless links all the time to try to get a higher page rank. This is why category is so important to Google: comics sites link to comics sites, not to plumbers. I can't tell you how to balance it, because I don't know Google's formula. Therefore, letting things evolve naturally is good.

A huge benefit of my Treehouse site, which is all about comics, is that if someone links to my comics I can reward them with a big, fat link on the Treehouse, with illustration in many cases. Perhaps you should spread outgoing links between your site and a blog site, for example.

11. Don't try to beat the system. General principles of search engine optimization should be researched and understood, especially for merchants. (Comics don't have this issue -- we actually promote our competitors instead of trying to knock them down the rank.)
I don't know how Google factors traffic generated from various social networking sites (including EntreCard), but to the extent that it generates pass-through traffic or bartered traffic, Google has certainly figured out a way to discount it. Fact: the best thing you can do is make your site as wonderful and easy to use as possible, quick to load and clearly organized. Don't hype yourself. Just look classy and responsible and ask experienced people to criticize your site. With Synthasite, it's easy to change things, so your site should go through periods of evolution as you learn and hear feedback.

12. Watch your choice of fonts. Synthasite has added in the five months I've been using them, and I am sure they will add more. Will every font has its uses, the current roster includes poor man's versions of Trebuchet (Verdana) and some others that are low rent. This is Microsoft's fault, not Synthasite's, as they chose the bad ones for inclusion with their browser (all fonts must be known by a browser or it will substitute another font). Times NR is useful for conservative looks. Gill Sans is a 100-year-old font of great distinction that I use heavily. The fonts in our comic word balloons are not browser compatible and not offered by Synthasite, but are embedded in the image so the browser reads them like a picture.

13. Synthasite is a great place to learn about customer service if you are a merchant. Learn from their desire to please, their sincerity in talking with you, their determination to follow up no matter what, and their friendliness. Note that like anyone, they will set limits for people who are over-demanding, so choose your questions and advice requests with care so as not to overwhelm them. It's partly because I got great help last week that I have set aside time to offer these tips to other Synthasite users. I want to do the help squad a favor, and give them a reference to share with people.

14. If you read this far, you probably want to make your site a success, you chose Synthasite for service and ease of use (not to mention upcoming feature additions), and you probably see that building a site will be a long term commitment, requiring a year or more to really get rolling in many cases. You probably have the sense to see that there is no gimmick or quick fix that will propel your site toward high rankings. There will be lucky breaks -- a favorable review, an unexpected high powered link -- and there will be times when you feel stuck and frustrated. I think you'll find if you think back to where you were two months before, you'll be amazed at how far you've come.

P.S. Use every part of your Google Analytics. Read every report (not every day of course) until you understand what it is telling you. Entry Sources is particularly useful once you get going.
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Just a quick question about your site Bengo, did you actually put one image in one page, in other words it must have taken you a lot of time to put each image in each page. How many pages do you have overall
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I'm not sure which site you mean, so here are the three main ones I have with SynthaSite:
http://PsychedelicTreehouse.com is about 300 pages
http://LilNyet.com is almost 200 pages
http://ScratchinPostComics.com is roughly 120 pages

I often build a new page by doing a "Save As" on a page that is similar to what I want, then deleting extra stuff.

But it's true, SynthaSite will offer a big benefit to us all as they increase our ability to manage pages contents or tags all at once. I know they consider it an important enhancement but would have to refer you to staff for any sort of official statement.

I have been w/ Synthasite since the days of about 4000 members, and I have worked with a much more primitive system than we have now, so many of my pages were built slowly and steadily. Again, and again. But this company often takes big jumps and I believe it won't be long before they are stealing people from WordPress.
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i never thought of making a new page by doing "save as" on a page that is similiar to a page i want to create. Thanks a lot for this tip now, this will help me make my pages faster!!!!!
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i never thought of making a new page by doing "save as" on a page that is similiar to a page i want to create. Thanks a lot for this tip now, this will help me make my pages faster!!!!!
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Great! Remember that save as will include properties like title and description, so don't forget to modify them.
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How many synthasite Members are there now?
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A quote from the big man,


SynthaSite has grown in one year, from 10,000 users to over 1m people building and maintaining their website and ..........


Taken from: http://www.vinnylingham.com/silicon-c...
(Very interesting reading)
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This post is for Ed,

I am absolutely amazed with your site you must have spent a lot of time on it. I have was checking out your site and your page rank was 4 that is great and your site comes up on the first page with the key word playhomes nice work.

My site is relatively new, and not as well done as yours but I have achieved a good deal of traffic rather quickly, no page rank yet, but I am working on it.

I believe the secret to my quick success is in the content. People have been reading my articles and I update daily so people check in regularly to get the new information. I also have posted articles on other sites which brings in traffic. I checked your link popularity and you have 194 other sites linked to you. I have 140 but my site is only a month old. I spent the first month building the site, then I have spent two weeks doing nothing but promotion and it is paying off I get more hits every day. You can check backlinks with this tool Link Checker I do however need to have a balance and do half web upkeep and half promotion.

So I do have one suggestion and that is this: You are obviously an expert in play homes. I would write a series of articles about play homes, the benefits, how long they last, the process of the construction of play homes and you could even write articles about the specific homes, the motivation behind them. You could write about childrens furniture. You are an expert Ed and people will benefit from your expertise in this area. You will be helping people and you will be creating more traffic for your website. You could add an article section to your site or blog. Find other blogs to comment on or be a guest blogger. Or you could submit your articles all over the internet at Article Marketer I use it and they do a partial submission for free which is what I use it is not bad for free, not as good as synthasite but not bad. When I begin to profit with this web site I will upgrade to a full subscription as they submit your article to over 3000 websites. This strategy works and is done by webmasters to build links and traffic.

Anyways Great Site, good work, keep it up and I appreciate all the info you have submitted to this community.

Casey Stubbs-- Winners Edge Trading
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Casey...

Expert... lol... Thanks but by no means am I am expert in much of anything other than liking to help others. ;)

I much appreciate your kind comments... They are always nice to hear.

Yes I have much time, sleepless nights and long weekends to make my site as you see it. Sometimes I just don't realize how much is invested but when I see the quantity of links to my site I am happy I spent the extra effort. The link checker you showed us is a good tool and resource to use but I was a bit disheartened at the fact that they did not accurately represent Google results. For that I use the Google Webmaster tools to check the inbound links. As of today I show 551 total inbound links. Yes this is good and I continue to add more as I go but as I am one cheap sob I refuse to pay someone to do my work for me ;) It is the hard work that pays off in the end is it not?

Even before my site was featured on the Synthasite index page I was already showing a page rank of 4 and hope that by continuing to add more inbound links I can maintain this rank and search result listings on the first page of most searches and in the top 5 for the remaining (always moving up ;). In many cases I see my site on the very first page of over 400,000,000 websites and this really puts a smile on my face but the economy as it is and the fact that the nation does not have disposable income I am sad in that my line of work is hurting as a whole. I have contacted many others who build playhouses and they are simply not doing any business either. I do however have high hopes of the return to the economy and my site being high on the list thereby ensuring that I will always have business in one form or another. As they say that if your site is in the top few golden pages of all the searches you will have a higher likelihood of a a successful business. I just don't know how I will be able to handle the wait... It has been too long already has it not? ;)

The blog or forum is a great idea and I did play around with it earlier but as some of my affiliate networks frown upon them I am in a catch-22. I have plans to have a blog within the month that will link to my site but not be attached to get around the affiliate networks restrictions. It will be a day to day construction blog for the building of each individual playhouse. Again and sadly the market is kicking me there but I am currently working on some off the web advertising in the more affluent areas of the Seattle Puget Sound. Hard to do so on a limited advertising budget but I am not to the point yet that I walk around with a billboard on my back... Embarrassing as that sounds I would do so if it meant even one more customer. ;)



Hopefully by the economy return I will have thousands of inbound links and more every month. Staying on the first pages is not an easy thing to do but as you well know it in the end will be very rewarding. Your site is turning out quite nicely and I am impressed with your forum participation and informative replies. As many of the wonderful reps here have pointed out... Our comments, tips, tricks and advice will be used by tens of thousands of current and future Synthasite webmasters throughout the globe for years to come. I myself get comments from many who have used what I shared and made their own site better from it and wished me thanks for investing of myself to help them. You too have given of yourself and as well will have many loyal fans of your valued input here in the forums. You are well on your way for that I am sure. Keep up the good work. ;)

It is amazing to be able to see my input and help in many hundreds of other users sites and as I was told the other day my tutorials being shared around the web when others search for Synthasite and whatever feature they are needing to add to their site. This is well worth the effort and time... To help others and enjoy doing so...

Lets all pray for the economy to come back very soon...............

Happy site building
Ed
http://honeybearplayhomes.com/
http://honeybearplayhomes.synthasite....
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You should know, if you don't, that Webmaster Tools is never able to report all your incoming links, so you always have a least a few more than you think.

You can see how often your URL is mentioned on the Internet by Googling

"example.com" -site:example.com where you replace example with your main name will give a number for total returned results at top right, and that is your URL mentions.

It's nothing amazing, but nice to know about and track.
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hi all
i hv posted a doubt earlier about site verification and got it clarified here. i hv submitted three sites for verification and out of that 1 got a error.. the error is 'Redirect error'
can u pl help me with this
thanx
francis
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The Redirect error is a bug with the sitemap we generate on your behalf. This will be fixed shortly. Please note - the bug is not with the structure of your actual site, just with the automatically generated sitemap. If you were to manually create a sitemap you would not get this error. However, if you can bear with us for a few days this should resolve itself.
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So I just had to post my Google search stats as of today... Amazing that they are all under the first five pages huh? I am especially proud of "new playhomes" ;) Check that one out... LOL

6th on the 1st page Results 1 - 10 of about 1,650,000,000 for new playhomes

9th on the 1st page Results 1 - 10 of about 922,000 for custom playhome.
4th on the 1st page Results 1 - 10 of about 1,090,000 for custom playhomes
2nd on the 3rd page Results 21 - 30 of about 4,370,000 for kids playhomes
9th on the 2nd page Results 11 - 20 of about 485,000 for kids playhome
2nd on the 1st page Results 1 - 10 of about 449,000 for childrens playhome
6th on the 1st page Results 1 - 10 of about 90,300,000 for childrens playhomes
3rd on the 1st page Results 1 - 10 of about 286,000 for children's playhome
5th on the 1st page Results 1 - 10 of about 880,000 for children's playhomes
5th on the 2nd page Results 11 - 20 of about 3,500,000 for new playhome
7th on the 1st page Results 1 - 10 of about 357,000 for outdoor playhome
2nd on the 2nd page Results 11 - 20 of about 3,680,000 for outdoor playhomes
7th on the 5th page Results 41 - 50 of about 825,000 for luxury playhome
9th on the 1st page Results 1 - 10 of about 3,230,000 for luxury playhomes
8th on the 4th page Results 31 - 40 of about 845,000 for custom playhouse
10th on the 4th page Results 31 - 40 of about 1,090,000 for custom playhouses
9th on the 4th page Results 31 - 40 of about 7,390,000 for custom play houses
5th on the 3rd page Results 21 - 30 of about 6,840,000 for custom play house
10th on the 1st page Results 1 - 10 of about 184,000,000 for kids play homes
4th on the 1st page Results 1 - 10 of about 195,000,000 for play homes
6th on the 1st page Results 1 - 10 of about 476,000 for playhouse builder
8th on the 2nd page Results 11 - 20 of about 1,040,000 for custom playhouse homes
3rd on the 1st page Results 1 - 10 of about 2,020,000 for custom play house companies
5th on the 3rd page Results 21 - 30 of about 6,840,000 for custom play house
9th on the 4th page Results 31 - 40 of about 7,390,000 for custom play houses
5th on the 5th page Results 41 - 50 of about 184,000 for custom built playhouses
1st on the 4th page Results 31 - 40 of about 149,000 for custom built playhouse
8th on the first page Results 1 - 10 of about 26,000 for custom built insulated playhouses
6th on the 1st page Results 1 - 10 of about 25,700 for custom built insulated playhouse
3rd on the 5th page Results 41 - 50 of about 13,100,000 for playhome
6th on the 1st page Results 1 - 10 of about 194,000,000 for playhomes
3rd on the 1st page Results 1 - 10 of about 13,900,000 for play homes for child
3rd on the 3rd page Results 21 - 30 of about 55,300 for Storybook Bungalow
7th on the 2nd page Results 11 - 20 of about 599,000 for Crooked Wagon
10th on the 1st page Results 1 - 10 of about 11,300 for Crooked Castle playhouse
3rd on the 4th page Results 31 - 40 of about 51,500 for Cotton Candy Manor.
7th on the 5th page Results 41 - 50 of about 37,200 for Sara Victorian Mansion
8th on the 4th page Results 31 - 40 of about 67,300 for Grand Victorian playhouse
9th on the 2nd page Results 11 - 20 of about 58,700 for Neighborhood Market playhouse
3rd on the 2nd page Results 11 - 20 of about 3,570 for Lil' Raskal's Lookout playhouse
8th on the 3rd page Results 21 - 30 of about 2,480 for Sassafras Castle playhouse

Image searches
1st on the 1st page Results 1 - 20 of about 331 for custom playhomes
5th on the 1st page Results 1 - 20 of about 5,490 for custom playhome
16th on the 2nd page Results 21 - 40 of about 79,700 for custom playhouse
2nd on the 3rd page Results 41 - 60 of about 88,200 for custom playhouses
5th on the 4th page Results 61 - 80 of about 45,500 for best playhouses
20th on the 5th page Results 81 - 100 of about 825,000 for best playhouse
19th on the 1st page Results 1 - 20 of about 13,700 for best playhome
1st on the 1st page Results 1 - 20 of about 15,200 for best playhomes
3rd on the 4th page Results 61 - 80 of about 10,300 for kids playhome
10th on the 1st page Results 1 - 20 of about 12,000 for kids playhomes

It just goes to shows you that if you put your website URL on every website you can find and stuff your pages full of BUZZ keywords that a self built Synthasite website can perform as well as those out there who hire professionals to build and promote theirs.

Happy site building
Ed
http://honeybearplayhomes.com/
http://honeybearplayhomes.synthasite....
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We're as happy as clams for you too, Ed.
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Ed,

Great job on the search rankings. I think I need to spend more time on my keywords.

What kind of traffic do you get to your site? If you don't mind my asking?

Casey Stubbs-- Winners Edge Trading
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Casey

"What kind of traffic do I get to my site" you ask...

This is almost laughable because as you well know the economy is presently in the toilet so to speak. Any market is driven by the ups and downs of the economy and as my chosen line of work is quite a luxury item for anyone I am presently awaiting the upswing to reap my rewards. Because there is no disposable income there are very few individuals searching for items that cost over even $1000. I have been in touch with many other playhouse builders and they are as I am eagerly looking forward to the end of this recession and the return of searching buyers. (Mind you they are quite envious of my reaching the top of most searches and wonder how I did it in a mere months) I just tell them hard work and Synthasite...

To be on the top of the search results is good and to be in the top 5 pages out of tens of thousands, hundreds of millions or even over a billion and a half means very little if no one is currently buying what you offer and this is why I chose to offer products from another playhouse company on my own site. I did this to ensure that when the market returns I can reap rewards from it instantly and have more to offer those who look at my site. With the playhouse company I use and am an affiliate with it is the first website which collects the cookie that makes the sale. So if I can get the visitor to click through to their website and a month or two later this visitor goes to one of the other 5000+ affiliate member websites and purchases a playhouse I still get the sale. The first affiliate always gets the sale and as I am on on the top of most searches and moving up the the search results for the others I hope that I can get the majority of the 25+ playhouses daily sold in North America. At $150 to $2500 commission a pop I am drooling at the possibilities but remain both optimistic and realistic at the same time.

Hopefully I can turn this business into an online venture which offers me income to support myself and as well build a dozen playhomes each year to donate for raffles or auctions to help needy charities. That is my dream and the thing which keeps me going till the end.

With that being said any website (like yours) which has to do with money, saving money or helping a person get through this current downturn should do well. Any business (like mine) which means taking out a loan to purchase a luxury item will struggle and flounder. Sadly this is true but will not last forever. ;) Those businesses which can survive till the end of a recession and prove their worth will statistically be a business that lasts much longer and be more lucrative than those that were created or opened in a time other than a financial crisis. This offers me much hope and confidence that I will survive. In the interim I build my website and help as many others build theirs as I can. Both offer me some form of satisfaction and joy... ;)

I wish you and everyone reading this to know that this economy will return to some form of normalcy and we must do what we can now to make tomorrow and next year the best that it can be.

To answer your question... I am waiting for my traffic to come ;)

Happy site building
Ed
http://honeybearplayhomes.com/
http://honeybearplayhomes.synthasite....

This still amazes me to see... ;)
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Ed...I get the same results concerning my pages and keywords.Like you I have only been with Synthasite for a few months.As I have said here before I think what we get from Synthasite is that we have nice clean very search engine friendly pages with all of our titles,meta tags and keywords exactly where they need to be.
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Ed and John, that is very exciting! The traffic will come eventually, you are off to an awesome start!
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Ed, keep at it and you will be a huge Success :)
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Hi all again:
Im very confused lol, im really very new at this but thanks to the tutorial of Bengo Im getting some traffic to my site evendo I know i have made a lot errors in my page cause im confused hope you can help me;

1.- when you choose to update mysite an then you put the tags, what do they stand for? ex. my site its a foodservice consulting and equipment, so there i have to put foodservice, "kitchen equipment" and so? or an overall description of my site? this are the keywords for all the site?*

on each page properties:

2.- what do i supouse to put in the window title? name of the page? like equipment for one page and home for the other?, services? or a title describing what you may find in the page?

3.- Description of what? i have put on my index page ex page 1: companies we represent, kitchen equipment, sales, foodservice equipment, 162892983506368D94E979BF8337C910, 51437e545724eed9 etc and at the end i put the code yahoo gave me as someone here did, as I understand i have to put a brief keyword description for each page am i right?

4.- Key words? as i understand this are the important ones these ara the ones google, msn , yahoo etc look for? right? how should i write them with comas, without them, like the tutorial said tu put in the page tags at the begining? (*ref 1) I have put here like 200 words or phrases including my name, i used the google adsense program for keyword.sugestions and used the suggested ones all without comas and like: foodservice "foodservice equipment" coffee "coffe shops" refrigerators, "microwave ovens" etc is this right?

5.- Page heading? what should i put here?

please advice because im very confused, yahoo site explorer keep saying ERROR https://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com...

Failed to authenticate your site ownership due to the following reasons:
Verification file y_key_fcabba9da97f711a.html: not found (http 404)
Meta tag:There was an internal error in the authentication process. We will try again shortly
To authenticate your site ownership, you can either add a META tag to your home page, or upload a verification file to your site, please follow the instructions below.

By uploading a verification file to my site.

Download an authentication key (DO NOT change the file name or content):

If you have a problem with downloading the authentication key, please create a text file named y_key_fcabba9da97f711a.html, and put the string 51437e545724eed9 into the file.

Upload the verification file to your site.

Please upload the key file that you downloaded, or created yourself, at the root level of your site directory. The expected file path is http://apolo69.synthasite.com/y_key_f....

When the file is uploaded, please click the button below to let us know that the authentication key is in place. We will authenticate your site within 24 hours.

Ready to Authenticate
By adding a META tag to my home page.

Copy the META tag listed below and paste it in your site's home page:

The META tag must be within and near the beginning of the first section of the page, and before the first section.
IS THIS THE PAGE HEADING?

When the META tag is added, please click the button below to let us know that the META tag is in place. We will authenticate your site within 24 hours.

Ready to Authenticate

ON MSN http://webmaster.live.com/webmaster/W...

I dont understand anything LOL

On Google i got some restricted url by robot.txt on my PDF files is this normal?

I also got a sitemap redirection error in the index page but i saw the answer already given by monique they told me to change my robot config

User-agent: *
Sitemap: http://apolo69.synthasite.com/sitemap...
Disallow: /classes/
Disallow: /resources/
Disallow: /definitions/
Disallow: /templates/

I dont know if these are very basic questions or not but ive read so much that Im very confused hope you can help me

Thanks in advance
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Hi Ticho,

You can also add tags to your pages to tell search engines what your site is about. These are key words which will help search engines identify your site. In the properties sidebar for each page you will see a field labeled "Keywords". Type your tags in there - your location, your business, what you offer etc.

This is the place to put the sorts of things you'd expect people to be typing into search engines to find you.

You should also add a description into the "Description" field - this should be a sentence or two describing your site.

An example of a description would be "The Quick & Easy Website Builder that Requires NO Technical Skills and offers free website hosting."

The "Window Title", which will become the title tag, is what shows up at the top of a browser when viewing your page, it will also be the text Internet users will click on in the search engine results pages (SERPS) to get to your site. An example of a title tag would be "ABC Store - Affordable Custom Widgets - Austin, Texas".

I hope this helps.
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Thank you a lot Ruth, but im still confused lol, the tags i put in Update my site arent the same? or ill put all the keywords of my site en this part and only the key words that have to see with each page?

How should i put each keyword in each page? with comas? whitout comas?

The description its the same in all my pages?

Thanks a lot
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TICHO,

Bengo has given you some very good advice. Do you feel that this answers your question, or would you like some more information?
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Hi Ruth Thank you very much, and yes his advise was great Im working on it
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Tycho,

I will try to add a few thoughts to what has been offered. I personally do best one one or two questions at a time so we can go back and forth if need be.

I apologize if some of this repeats what you've been told.

I believe you know where to stick title tags and description tags:

Content sidebar>properties>page, and if page doesn't come up, click near the top of your actual page to change it from whatever it was on, like Images.

Using my own style, learned from some pros, I use title tags of this sort. Here, I am tilting the topic toward your site but not recommending these exact choices, since you know best.

A title tag I might use:

Regional Cuisine | Name of Your Site

No commas, capitalize most words. The vertical bar is called a pipe and hides on your keyboard near the right end.

Because Google prefers you not duplicate title tags, you might consider a series like this:

Regional Cuisine 1 | Name of Your Site
Regional Cuisine 2 | Name of Your Site
Contents | Name of Your Site
etc.

OR

your might have two pages about cuisines, and make one
Regional Cuisine
and another
Regional Cuisines

Now that you have a picture of how some good titles look, step back with me and let's do what the pros do: we use keyword tools to see what words are important in our text, and we often select title content words from them.

My article on tools for optimization covers keywords tools (with links) near the bottom half: http://www.psychedelictreehouse.com/w...

******Important note: keywords as discussed here do not have much to do with the KEYWORDS box on properties. This is because THOSE keywords, which are entered with word, comma, space, word, coma, space, are of low importance. The major search engines have abandoned them, so they are there on the off chance they will regain prominence, but also because some obscure search engines may use them.

So, to clarify, we are using KEYWORDS to mean important words within your text for the search engines, and candidates for use in titles and descriptions.

If you decide an important keyword in your text the phrase IRON COOKWARE (keywords can be phrases), don't fill your text with that word. Maybe use it a bit more, but if you use too much, you are de-optimizing the site for the reader. Above a certain amount, say 6% of text, you will be penalized. Note that I link to tools to help with this in my article.

Page descriptions often look like this:

Louisiana Cooking: Technique, Flavors, Methods, Ingredients

Or, if you have a preferred keyword that is not very competitive (see the Google tool in my article for competitiveness), you might use that phrase alone:

Pelican Stew

Note that you can include a lot of words in description, but google prefers short, tight titles. I don't have the exact piece that lists the total allowed for descriptions and will have to hunt it down. I can tell you this: you have at least 50 characters. Webmaster Tools will tell you if your descriptions are too long, also.

Page caption - You asked about this. Because I do a comic, I don't use this. If you use it, work in the most important words for that page. Some experts would suggest skipping it and instead placing a page caption at the top of your working area surrounded by html h1 tags, which look like this:

Working inside the HTML tool:

Your Caption



Close HTML tool and position it on page if necessary. Edit the text portion if desired.

If h1 makes the letters too big, try h2 or even h3.

Reason for this: Google looks for these tags. They are also easy as pie; you can still edit the text. This gives you control over text styles, like bold, font face, and color.

Downside: You are moving the caption lower where it might not be perceived to be as important by Google. (Kind of a catch-22 there, so experiment by trying different things and Googling the results after a few days.)

Keep in mind, using myself as an example: every comic on the web choose "comic" as a keyword. Most also choose "webcomic." If you choose similar words, they won't help you much.

Note that one of my sites, http://psychedelictreehouse.com, a webcomic help site, does well using phrases like webcomic help, webcomic information, or whatever I am using (I'd have to check). One expert I speak to says phrases are the future.

So there is my contribution for now. It did not cover everything, but I have to budget my time.

I remain pleased to assist more if I can, and am sure others can help you too. I think you will find that your frustration will start to give way all at once as your growing understanding helps you fill in the blanks.

Bengo

P.S. If anyone sees me making any mistakes, do speak up! I need to learn too.
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The description should be different in each page, just as each page is different and deserves its own description. But, you won't be penalized for a few that are the same. Still, why not have them be different? It's better.
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Thanks Bengo.
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Thanks Bengo Your advice was great, sorry if i made so many questions at the same time, Im working on your ideas and ill be back
Thanks a lot for everything
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There is some awesome information in this thread - special thanks to Bengo and Ed for all of their suggestions here!

I wanted to add another tool for discovering links that I don't think I've seen mentioned here. In addition to the "site:" operator mentioned by Bengo way above, Google has some other special operations for their search (http://www.google.com/help/operators....) that can dig up some interesting data.

Playing with "link:" operator can show a different set of links than show up in Webmaster Tools. For instance, Googling for "link:synthasite.com" shows a small sampling of pages that link to our home page, both on and off our site.

Using this on your site can give an idea of what links Google sees as important.

Another interesting tool is to use Google Alerts (http://www.google.com/alerts) to track links to your site. Entering "yoursite.com" as a search query on this will allow Google to send you an email every time someone mentions or links to your site. You can also use any of the search operators here to only get alerts of links to your site, pages indexed on your site, etc.

Of course, as with most Google tools, these aren't comprehensive - they just give a subset of what Google actually finds and sees.

Happy sitebulding!
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Users: Beware of people prowling SynthaSite threads and offering to send your site traffic for a fee, or for purchase of a product.

With the possible exception of hiring a consultant with good credentials, traffic is free, and people who charge for it are not worth your time. Worse, their gimmicks may get you traffic, but are likely to get you in trouble with Google and be of low value anyway -- visitors, real or phony, who just bounce off right away.
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Bengo,

Traffic is not exactly free it takes WORK, doing things like designing a website, building links, writing articles. Paying for traffic is a bad idea, unless you use google adwords that works I have used it for an earlier website I have had. However I get much, much more traffic by creating good content. Also by writing articles for other websites that then link back to me.

Casey Stubbs--Winners Edge Trading
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@Casey,

You probably haven't encountered any of my writing on that topic, which is completely understandable. Let me just say, I agree with you. Building a web-centered effort is no task for the lazy or the sloppy, though SynthaSite does make many things easier than they've ever been before.
Best,
Bengo
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Hello again! lol Ive been working in my page changing a lot of things, Thanks to your advices, Its been a lot of work but as you said this is not for lazy people lol, i have a question about the styles (templates) can we cahnge the width? Im using the midnight one, but the width of the page I find it very narrow, i try to change it to the Evergreen one but i can ́t change the banner :( , i love the stargazer but it does nota have a banner and the size of the heading letters are to big :(

the best for my taste its the thunder one, if only I could put my baner it would be great!!!!!

Hope you can help me, cause im looking for a wider webpage with a banner so i can put mine and with a black or red background can we change the templates? ( I think no:( ) Any ideas?

Can I downlad and use the Free CSS Templates.??
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Hi,

You can only use Styles that are available in the style library.

You might want to try Dirtylicious, it has a white background though, or Midnight, you can add a banner to both of them.
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Hi Ticho, glad to know you are making progress since we talked. Take a look at the templates that do not have defined borders. (I am sorry, but I am not an expert with the terms to use.) They are often mostly white. The effect they have is that the horizontal borders have no edges -- they just repeat after a certain point. "Liquid layouts" is the most professional team, but I don't know if these fully qualify, because though I begged for some for months I can't use any of these. They are all hobbled in some way. That doesn't mean they won't work for you. I think they are saving the best editions as premiums, meaning for a modest fee you can buy them. This is what Vinny, the CEO, said to me the other day, and it would explain why I have been waiting over six months for something so simple to deliver. In general, I suggest you consider the simplest, most versatile styles and modify them on your site, rather than try to force one to do something it is not designed for.

You can put a banner on a style that does not have a dedicated site for a banner. Pick a plain one, and install your banner as an image. On some, you will find the image sets too low, but on others it can work. Play with different styles, and remember, if you have a blank field, you can install anything you want. Look at Red Planet, which I use on two sites. It has a banner and lots of room to work. Make "test" sites and erase them before you commit.

Best,
Bengo
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Hope ypu can help me If a make a new page and use the evergreen i can change the banner, but with my curent page if y try to change the style, once the style is changed to evergreen i cant channge the banner i dont now why please help
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Hello,
The Evergreen style allows you to change the banner. Are you trying to change the style of your site to Evergreen or have you all ready done this? Can you tell me more about what you are seeing in the banner area of your page, do you see a white box that says "Click here to change this banner"? If you could post a screen shot that would be great.

Emmy
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Hi Emmy Thanks a lot,

In my page if a change the style when its changed i see the white box but if I put the mouse on the box it doesnot appear the hand to clik on it
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Can you try this from a different browser? If you are using IE, give Firefox a try. You can download Firefox for free if you would like to give it a try: Download Firefox. Let me know, possibly you are all ready using Firefox?
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Hi again Ive tried with Safari Firefox & IE and all its thje same I see the white box but cant click on it
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I think we need to have a closer look. Can you please email us from the Help Button in the upper right hand corner of your site builder, click contact support. You can put Attn: Emmy and I will assist you from there. Thanks!
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Thanks I made it with the banner option at the end of the properties but the withe box doesnt work with my page because i made a nex page as an example and it worked perfectly
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Ok, so it is just on the home page that you are not able to click on the white box, but you were able to add the banner using the field under the Properties tab. Great work! And you now made another page and the white box was there and you were able to click on it to add you banner. Is this all correct?
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Yes Thanks a lot