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The Search Light Newsletter - Vol. 1 Issue #3



              THE SEARCH LIGHT

          Guiding your web site to the

            top of the search engines...


8 September 2001                        Vol 1 Issue # 3


Editor : Kalena Jordan, CEO, Web Rank Ltd


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    =>  Feature Article – How Compatible is Your Site With Search Engines?
                                   Take Our 5 Minute Quiz!
=>  Industry News – Yahoo! Express Submission Price Hike                            
Excite’s Final Curtain Call?
=>  Search Engine FAQ's – Limited Search Engine Budget
=>  Site Spotlight – Search Engine Compatibility Reports 60% Off
=>  Customer Feedback   
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How Compatible is Your Site with Search Engines?
Take Our 5 Minute Quiz!

            by Kalena Jordan

Remember those quizzes you used to see in magazines with headlines
like: “How Compatible Are You and Your Partner?” or “Are You Dating Mr
Wrong?” Well, we thought it might be fun to create a 5 minute quiz for
you to test the compatibility of your site with search engines.  

Your total score will give you an idea of whether your site is destined for
a “high ranking honeymoon” in the engines or headed towards separation
from the indexes. Pens ready?

Here we go: 

Q1. The Home Page of your web site consists mainly of:

      a)       Graphics
b)       Text
c)       A mixture of text and graphics
d)       Flash files

Q2. Within the HTML code, does your site use:

                  a)       A Title Tag only
                  b)       A Title Tag plus a META description tag
                  c)       A Title Tag, plus META description and keyword tags
                  d)       You don’t know

Q3. The content of your site includes:

      a)       Text based on internal sales copy
b)       Text containing keywords and phrases you think are relevant
c)       Text containing keywords and phrases based on search engine research
d)       Little or not text

Q4. The images used throughout your site:

      a)       Use keyword-filled ALT IMG tags
b)       Don’t use ALT IMG tags at all
c)       Use ALT IMG tags that don’t contain keywords
d)       You don’t know

Q5. Your Web Site was submitted to how many engines?:

      a)       The top 10 search engines & directories
b)       The top 10, plus regional engines in your target markets
c)       None  – don’t search engines find sites automatically?
d)       You don’t know

Q6. The links to internal pages within your web site are:

      a)       Graphic buttons
b)       Text links
c)       Graphical text links
d)       Keyword-filled text links

Q7. Your web page URL’s are mainly:

      a)       Static URL’s (consisting of .htm or .html extensions)
b)       Symbol-free dynamic URL’s (e.g. .cfm, .jsp, .asp extensions)
c)       Symbol-filled dynamic URL’s (e.g. containing symbols such as “?”)
d)       You don’t know

Q8. You track the following to your site:

      a)       Number of visitors only
b)       What search engines they came from
c)       What search terms they used to find you
d)       All of the above

Q9. You track your ranking in the search engines by:

      a)       Conducting manual searches occasionally
b)       Receiving detailed ranking reports occasionally (less than once a month)
c)       Receiving detailed ranking reports regularly (once a month or more often)
d)       You don’t track your rankings

Q10. What is your site’s link popularity like? :

      a)       There are less than 10 external sites linking to yours
b)       There are 10-50 external sites linking to yours
c)       There are over 50 external sites linking to yours
d)       You don’t track your link popularity

Q11.When your search engine rankings slide, you:

      a)       Don’t notice
b)       Re-submit your site to all engines
c)       Re-submit your site only to the engines where rankings have dropped
d)       Wait for the engines to re-index your site automatically

Q12. Of all your web site traffic, search engines provide:

      a)       Less than 10%
b)       Between 10 and 20%
c)       More than 20%
d)       You don’t know


Points for each question range from 0 to 3. Results are: 

Q1 a)1, b)3, c)2, d)0;
Q2 a)1, b)2, c)3, d)0;
Q3 a)1, b)2, c)3, d)0;
Q4 a)3, b)1, c)2, d)0;
Q5 a)2, b)3, c)1, d)0;
Q6 a)0, b)2, c)1, d)3;
Q7 a)3, b)2, c)1, d)0;
Q8 a)0, b)1, c)2, d)3;
Q9 a)1, b)2, c)3, d)0;
Q10 a)1, b)2, c)3, d)0;
Q11 a)0, b)2, c)3, d)1;
Q12 a)1, b)2, c)3, d)0; 

Add up the total points and scroll below to see how compatible your site is.

Score of 12 or less – Oh dear. There is virtually no chance of finding your site at
the top of the search results, because you haven’t made your site technically
compatible with search engines at ALL. To give your relationship with search engines
a chance, you need to make some changes, FAST! If you don’t know why your site
is incompatible, or need step-by-step help to reverse the damage, request a Search
Engine Compatibility Report:  

Score of 13-20 – Lack of attention to your search engine relationship has cost you
traffic and your rankings are poor or non-existent. You have one or two of the elements
in place to make your site search engine compatible, but you really need ALL of them
to improve your rankings and increase the number of visitors to your site.
With 81% of
Internet consumers relying on search engines to find web sites, it is vitally important that
you keep the search engines interested in your site by ensuring it is compatible with their
algorithms and indexed by their robots.
If you need help to make your site more search
engine compatible, request a Search Engine Compatibility Report:

Score of 21-29 – You are aware of the importance of search engines and have tried to
make your site at least partly compatible. You have probably achieved a few listings for
your site on the major engines, but could be doing a lot better with a little extra effort.
Spend a few days tweaking your site content to make it as attractive to engines as
possible. Conduct a little keyword research to ensure you are targeting the right
keywords and phrases. Consider hiring a SEO specialist to boost your rankings and
get more customers to your site. The engines won’t pay attention to you if more
compatible sites come along so do it NOW before the honeymoon is over.

Score of 30-36 – Congratulations! You have taken many or all of the steps required to
achieve a high ranking on the search engines and are reaping the rewards in resulting
site traffic. Your efforts to make your site search engine compatible are sure to keep
them infatuated with your site for a long time. Keep it up!


The above article may be re-published as long as the following paragraph
and URL link are included at the end of the article:

Kalena Jordan, CEO of Web Rank Ltd, was among the first
search engine optimization experts in Australasia and is
well known and respected in her field. For more of her tips
on search engine ranking and online marketing, please visit:


Yahoo! Express Submission Price Hike

Following in the footsteps of Looksmart, Yahoo has this week
increased the price of their Express Submission by a massive
USD 100 from $199 to $299.  

With two of the major search engines now demanding such high
fees just to review web sites for inclusion in their indexes, it
remains to be seen how small businesses can afford to have
their web sites indexed quickly, or even at all. 

One suggested way to “negotiate” the new fees is to submit
to Yahoo via their regional sites (e.g., Yahoo. etc. Apparently there are more categories within the
regional sites that allow a choice of Express Submission and
Standard Submission (no time guarantees, but free of charge). 

The cost of search engine marketing has skyrocketed in the
past 12 months and doesn’t seem to be slowing. While Yahoo
and Looksmart believe the costs are justified due to market
share, the increases reflect a move in the entire industry
towards pay-for-performance and PPC strategies.
More :

Excite’s Final Curtain Call?

Rumours are rife that Excite, currently the oldest of the
major crawler based search engines, is about to become
extinct. It seems Excite’s operators, Excite@Home, are
heading towards bankruptcy, with creditors calling in their loans.

Should Excite fail to rally, AltaVista will step in to claim the
title of oldest crawler, joining Google, Inktomi and FAST as
the only remaining crawler-based engines trawling the web.

And it seems Excite is not the only search engine struggling at
present. FAST Search has laid off a second round of staff,
following initial lay-offs earlier in the year. More:


         *-----------------HOT TIP------------------*

            As well as your company name, include
            a couple of keywords or phrases
            within your title tag to add relevancy
            to your site within search listings.

         *-----------------HOT TIP------------------*    

SEARCH ENGINE FAQ'S : Limited Search Engine Budget 

Web Rank answers your search engine questions.
Please submit your FAQ's

From: Joseph Maldive [email address withheld by request ] 

I am responsible for a large corporate website and we have
a limited budget when it comes to search engines. We have
already paid to ensure it is compatible with search engines
but there are hardly any funds left for paid submission or pay
per click engines. Do you suggest we put all our remaining
budget into a Yahoo! Express submission or would a combination
of PPC be better?


~~~~~~~~~~ Kalena's Response ~~~~~~~~~~

Hi Joseph

With Yahoo receiving the bulk of the search traffic (over 80% at
last count), I strongly advise ensuring your site is submitted to
their index. Whether or not you can afford the Express Submission
is up to you, especially now with their price hike. But the
investment is bound to pay for itself quickly in the form of more traffic.

If you don’t mind waiting a few weeks for them to index the site,
you may like to try submitting using their free option (assuming
your chosen Yahoo! category allows both options).  

PPC options can be expensive and difficult to track. I believe
you would achieve better value for money by using Inktomi’s
Search/Submit option, which, for a reasonable fee per URL,
ensures your pages are indexed and refreshed in Inktomi’s
database every 48 hours. With Inktomi providing results on
AOL, iWon, MSN, HotBot and NBCi, you’d be surprised how
effective (and relatively inexpensive) this method can be,
particularly if you’re satisfied your pages are well optimized.
I have been using the service since it began and believe
it is excellent value for money. More info here:

Best of luck! 


Please submit your FAQ. We can't give a
personal reply, but we will do our best to answer as many
questions as possible via our newsletter.     


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