Ok What Am I doing Wrong?

I have had my site live for a while, Well over a month. - http://www.jamiejonesphoto.co.uk/

The Hosting Company Easily have submitted me to hundreds of search engines.

I have added me to as many links as possible and submitted my URL to google, Added the Analytics to track the website.

Given every item on the website a meaningful name.

But when I search google for “Birmingham Photographer jamie Jones” it finds me at the top of the list. Ok that is because I am Jamie Jones.

But if I search under “Birmingham Photographer” or Birmingham Photographers" I go though endless pages an can’t find my website anywhere.

Search on Google UK for “Birmingham Photographer” there are about 377 listings and 38 pages. my website is no where to be seen?

The words “Birmingham Photographer” are littered through my website. Used on Items, in the page headings, Key words ect.

What Am I doing wrong?

If I can’t be found using the search words “Birmingham Photographer” it would be pointless having the website.

Can anyone please help with some advice?


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I just tried this here in the US and get 1,160,000 and most are in
Birmingham Alabama. Sorry I won’t look through them all. And of course
that doesn’t help much.

Dave

On Feb 28, 2009, at 7:46 AM, Snapper wrote:

I have had my site live for a while, Well over a month. - http://www.jamiejonesphoto.co.uk/

The Hosting Company Easily have submitted me to hundreds of search
engines.

I have added me to as many links as possible and submitted my URL to
google, Added the Analytics to track the website.

Given every item on the website a meaningful name.

But when I search google for “Birmingham Photographer jamie Jones”
it finds me at the top of the list. Ok that is because I am Jamie
Jones.

But if I search under “Birmingham Photographer” or Birmingham
Photographers" I go though endless pages an can’t find my website
anywhere.

Search on Google UK for “Birmingham Photographer” there are about
377 listings and 38 pages. my website is no where to be seen?

The words “Birmingham Photographer” are littered through my website.
Used on Items, in the page headings, Key words ect.

What Am I doing wrong?

If I can’t be found using the search words “Birmingham Photographer”
it would be pointless having the website.

Can anyone please help with some advice?


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Hi Jamie,
I am a bit of a novice when it comes to search, but here are a couple of things that might help…

  1. Time…be patient, google does place value on the age of a domain name so that is a factor with a brand new site.

  2. List your business with Google’s “Local Business Center” feature…that might help you when you do your generic “Photographer” search.

  3. Page titles…I think google searches through page titles, I’m not sure if having your domain name in each page title before your page title description helps or not.

  4. The big one - Quality Links…both from your site and to your site. If you are a member of any photographers club, or organization or if you can just link from and to any site that is relevant to either photographers or Birmingham, it should help.

  5. Have you added and submitted a site map?


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I did the search on Google UK, http://www.google.co.uk/
and I don’t get listed.


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Sometime around 28/2/09 (at 10:46 -0500) Snapper said:

If I can’t be found using the search words “Birmingham Photographer”
it would be pointless having the website.

You may be in what is sometimes referred to as the ‘sandbox’ phase:
http://www.webconfs.com/google-sandbox-article-11.php
Google won’t automatically rank you highly if you’re a new site, even
if the content is good. This can take time, but there are things you
can do (as that article suggests) to minimise the delay.

Submitting your URL to Google won’t speed things up at all. The only
good that does is if there is no other way for Google to find your
site. And Analytics also doesn’t give you an edge. Google only
cares about ranking sites according to how it thinks they match up to
search requests - it couldn’t give two hoots for that sort of thing
as far as ranking your site is concerned.

BTW, what did you mean by “I have added me to as many links as possible”?

k


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Hi Rich

I have done a sitemap using http://www.xml-sitemaps.com

I have downloaded the site map and then uploaded it to the server.

http://www.jamiejonesphoto.co.uk/sitemap.xml

I have submitted the site map to the google webtools function sitemaps and that comes up ok.

Thanks for the Google Local Business Listing idea. I didn’t know that existed. Just sorted that one out.

Any other ideas Welcome?


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Hi Keith - I will look into the sandbox link

Please keep the suggestions coming


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One thing that might help is to try buying some google keyword ads with
Birmingham photographer.
It neednt cost much to try out and may help if if it shouldnt.

all the best
Brian

Keith Martin said recently:

Sometime around 28/2/09 (at 10:46 -0500) Snapper said:

If I can’t be found using the search words “Birmingham Photographer”
it would be pointless having the website.

You may be in what is sometimes referred to as the ‘sandbox’ phase:
http://www.webconfs.com/google-sandbox-article-11.php
Google won’t automatically rank you highly if you’re a new site, even
if the content is good. This can take time, but there are things you
can do (as that article suggests) to minimise the delay.

Submitting your URL to Google won’t speed things up at all. The only
good that does is if there is no other way for Google to find your
site. And Analytics also doesn’t give you an edge. Google only
cares about ranking sites according to how it thinks they match up to
search requests - it couldn’t give two hoots for that sort of thing
as far as ranking your site is concerned.

BTW, what did you mean by “I have added me to as many links as possible”?

k


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