Search Engine Things To Know - Google Your Web Part 1

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Real Estate Services with SitesBuildings.com

I thought I'd put some posts about search engine basics out here.  If these topics have been covered by others on ActiveRain, please let me know.  I don't want to duplicate anything.  Also, please feel free to provide links to any other posts (on ActiveRain or not) that cover the same stuff.

There is a very simple way to get a feel for how your web site is being seen by the major search engine, Google.

Go to Google and type in your domain name (without the www).  For instance, try activerain.com.  You'll see this:

================ WHAT YOU'LL SEE ON GOOGLE ====================

ActiveRain, Inc.

Lead distribution and management system for real estate.
activerain.com/

Google can show you the following information for this URL:

 ============================================================

First, you'll see your web site title (usually from the title tag in the head of your home page code) followed by a brief description (i.e. "Lead distribution....").  This description can come from:

  1. The description meta tag in the code of your home page,
  2. A short description created by an editor of DMOZ.org (more on DMOZ in another post),
  3. Content within your home page -- text in your navigation bar or text in h1/header tags. 
  4. ATTENTION BLOG READER: If you know of other sources, please comment below.

After the description is the web address.

Next follows several bullets.  The first one is:

  • Google's cache - This shows the last time google made cache (or copy) of your site.  If your site has been cached in the past few days, excellent.  If the cache has been in the past 15 days, good.  But if Google has not cached your site for months, then you have problems.  If anyone has this problem, post a comment, or e-mail me directly, and we'll do it as a case study blog post.

We'll cover the other bullets in Part 2.

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Rainer
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Cheronn Collins
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Century 21 Trademark Realty

Cache was not an option when I typed my site "homeinfocenter"  It picked up my newsletter and further down my active rain profile

July 18, 2006 08:13 PM
Rainer
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Cheronn Collins
Silver Spring Real Estate
Century 21 Trademark Realty
Thanks Thomas.  I see how you got that now.  OK, so how do I fix my problems since is has been over a month since I have been cached.
July 18, 2006 09:35 PM
Rainer
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Have seen these complaints before...time for techies...
July 20, 2006 02:03 PM
Rainer
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Thomas Bailey
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Cheronn, I wasn't able to pull up your site on 7/18.  It could have been a problem on my end.  But, I see it now, and I am working on a no-cost, no-obligation review for you.

I'll hopefully get an e-mail out to you some time late this evening, and if you have no objections, we'll do your site as a case study for everyone (hope that doesn't scare you :)

July 20, 2006 02:14 PM
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I would love for my site to be a case study.  I'm nervous but willing :)
July 20, 2006 05:27 PM
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On ActiveRain, Tom is SitesBuildings.com.
Along with Cathy Chappell, his business
partner, he is also NewDrone.com and
BusinessBlogHive.com.