WEB SEO question

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  1. Jcolman

    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    I've had my website up for 1.5 years now and I still don't show up on Google unless you search for my name.

    What can I do to increase my rankings??

    Here's the info in my meta tags

    Raleigh wedding photography, Raleigh wedding photographers, Raleigh wedding photographer, Raleigh affordable photography, Jim Coleman photography, Raleigh, Durham wedding photography, Chapel Hill wedding photography, Jim Colman photography, Raleigh NC, Raleigh Photography, portraits, event photography, engagement photos, Jcolman photography, jcoleman photography

    Thanks!
     
  2. drpepper

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    IIRC, meta tags mean shit now. Your best bet would be to post your site here so we can recommend plain text content on your pages so google picks up your site based on whatever certain keywords you want.
     
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    backlinks
     
  4. Jcolman

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    Here you go.

    www.jimcolmanphotography.com

    Unfortunately my site is all flash based but I added some more text to my splash page as per some tips from another OT'er. I'll also start doing more blogging and trying to link my site to other sites.
     
  5. Pepsi1975

    Pepsi1975 Mod of the Year

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    Flash Sites are a little harder to get up in the rankings, but good idea on the blogging and linking, also social networking can help a bit
     
  6. Insert Tokens

    Insert Tokens Making Cancer My Bitch OT Supporter

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    Since you're a photographer, try and post some cute/funny/interesting photos to sites like Reddit, from a gallery section of your site. :dunno:
     
  7. Jcolman

    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    I can't post galleries from my website. It's a flash template.
     
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    Your first step would be to move away from flash and get rid of the popup. You want CSS/html so google can easily crawl through your site, you don't have any ranking because there is no content to be crawled.

    Yes, google cane supposed crawl flash content now, but come on, nothing will beat good old fashioned text.

    Write up something about yourself, your photography methodology, etc. etc. 3-4 pages will suffice for now and don't worry about inbound links until your website is in good order.
     
  9. Pepsi1975

    Pepsi1975 Mod of the Year

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    :werd: I did not want to rain on his parade about flash, I want to learn it, but I will never do a whole site in it
     
  10. Jcolman

    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    Yeah, that's what I've been told but I'm gonna stick with my current site for at least another year to to get my monies worth.

    I get enough business to keep me happy for now, but when I retire from my day job in a couple of years I'm gonna want to really up my photography biz.
     
  11. Browning

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    you could at the least add more content to that main page.
     
  12. Browning

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    Hello and welcome to JColmanPhotography.com

    My name is Jim Colman and I am a professional photographer out of Raleigh, North Carolina. I have been a photographer, cinematographer and video producer/director all my life. Specializing in wedding photography, engagement photography, portrait photography, commercial and event photography, I have the experience needed to not only get the job done, but to insure that you, the customer, are satisfied with the results.

    If you're in need of a great photographer, you can contact me, Jim Colman at the following:

    Business: 555-5555
    Cell: 555-5555

    Something like that would be better than what you currently have. you could also hyperlink some of the keywords:o
     
  13. Pepsi1975

    Pepsi1975 Mod of the Year

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    till then there is not a lot you can do with it, being flash, I agree that google is supposed to look at flash sites, but for ones like yours that is small businesses trying to get out there, I have yet to see it, with the new site I would try to keep the links and pages named the same, so if you do build links out there, you will not lose them when you get rid of the flash in a year and I would work on the blog too, that will always help, but personally I would install wordpress on your domain and have it be like JColmanPhotography.com/blog or blog.JColmanPhotography.com or something like that
     
  14. Jcolman

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    Thanks, I really appreciate it. However I thought that I should have search words like "Raleigh wedding photographer" near the beginning in order for search engines to find them? :dunno:
     
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    What exactly is wordpress?
     
  16. Browning

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    I don't try to group my keywords at the beginning. I figure as long as they're well placed throughout the content I'm good to go.
     
  17. Browning

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    just a blog platform. It's ftw:o
     
  18. Jcolman

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    how is it different from blogspot?
     
  19. Jcolman

    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    I'll give your wording a try. I do like the way you've worded it a bit better than what I had.
     
  20. Pepsi1975

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    well first of all you install it on your server, so like i said before it can be links like JColmanPhotography.com/blog or blog.JColmanPhotography.com and will be better for seo and google will like it better than a free blogging site like blogspot, and you can design it to look like your site
     
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    Well, if it isn't getting you any business due to a poor design, are you getting your moneys worth? If it isn't doing the job, ditch it.
     
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    You mean hyperlink a keyword like "Raleigh photographer" to...his own site? Would that help his search ranking?

    You probably don't want to give up on your flash site, so add a bio, some pricing, some observations about the business...but pack it full of the keywords that customers search for.

    Then, buy your keywords ("Raleigh photographer" "Raleigh photography" "Raleigh portraits") with a Google adwords campaign. Just google "adwords" and follow the directions.

    Build links to your site. Read seobook.com on how to do this. Eventually, you'll rank high enough in Google that you can stop paying for your search position.

    But don't photograph children naked, because that is child porn.
     
  24. Jcolman

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    Actually I have enough business to keep me happy for now. I'm looking more towards the next couple of years so that when I retire from my day job, my photography biz will pick up the slack.
     
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    I have my bio and pricing information contained inside my website.
     

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