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    Serial Publisher silver trophy aspen's Avatar
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    #1 at Google

    I've posted quite a few times the last month or so that I would be #1 at Google the first week of October.

    Well just in case any of you were skeptical they just updated their index and voila:

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...=Google+Search

    How did I do this? Simple.

    I looked at the top 5 or so sites, I checked out their backwards links, where appropriate I got every site that linked to them to link to me. I sent emails or submitted my site if it was a directory.
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    You da man!

    "Backwards links" huh? I'll have to read up on that one. My client decided to pay some company a pretty big chunk of change to do that kind of stuff so that I could focus on coding. But I'd love to learn the search engine stuff at some point so I can do it for him.
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    The positions must change pretty quick though, you're down to seventh at the time of this post!
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    He is now number 8, for the record.

    Very strange.
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    when i took a look, he was number one for the term wilderness survival.
    i guess that is also proof as someone once told me that it is better to have a hyphen in the name for search engine placement.
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    congrats aspen, looks like its been a pretty good month for you and that site!

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    Google is probably still in a transition period between the new and old indexes, which is why you see me jump back down to 7, which is where I used to be. You'll notice that when I'm listed at 7 the site title is different because it's the old title.

    Googles secondary server, www2, will have the new index

    http://www2.google.com/search?hl=en&...=Google+Search
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    I'd be interested to know if you notice a big change in traffic from #1 to #7.
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    Props to you man. Not only did you get it, you knew in advance that you would.

    I would say that is quite an accomplishment and a testimony to your planning and execution.

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    Hey folks!

    We are in the first 2 positions for the keyword: flat glass industry!! (thats our site about - and it's new!!!) We are so happy. But tell me one thing. As aspen told google need some times to update all servers. If I search on google trough anonymizer (wich is of course located in us in the way I don't get the IP from wich google transfers to the nearest server) I see my site listed and must say VERY WELL RANKED!!!! but on regular google, guess on the neares server we are stil not even in!!! How long does it take for google to update all servers?

    10x alot
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    31 at Google

    Aspen,

    Way to go. I’ve done the same thing and am #1 for at least one keyphrase (coit tower) and 1st page for others (San Francisco dining reviews).

    I have noticed that small variations make big differences in rank—like the difference between “San Francisco alcatraz island” and “alcatraz island”, the difference is page one or can’t find it anywhere.

    A high ranking on Google gets you the same rank on Yahoo! web pages. What is your experience with Yahoo! web pages vs. web sites (as far as number of visitors). I am trying to decide whether to shell out the $299.
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    I paid Yahoo $199 to get listed in there. It brings in alright traffic. I'm number 1 for their directory search - but all in all only about 40 uniques a day.

    Google brings in far more because they have indexed my entire site so any page on my site can match a user's search.
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    We now have 350+ visitors/day and 90% are from google. We paid altavista listings (6 sites) and only 10-20 visitors from altavista/day!!! I know we could optimize our site better for altavista, but why? what's the point? I think google is far most used SE and I think is better to point our mind only on google. Al the rest is just a plus!
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    Google is my favorite search engine, all these other "search engines" are trying to be "web portals". When I just want a good search, that's what I use Google for.
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    it doesn't exactly hurt to have a domain name that is the same as the search terms. That's going to give you a huge boost, as it's going to be much more relevent generally than any site that doesn't have that in the domain name. Google does index sites partially based upon things like that. The appearance of the search terms, and you domain name having the appearance is a huge trigger for them. Give me a month and I'll get a few really excellent positions for searchgecko.com, however, I'm not going to be anywhere near the #1 spot, especially since i have competition such as yahoo, excite, lycos, and the likes. They took years to get that much traffic, along with millions of dollars, I have no money to spend on this... so I'll build it with brainpower... Great job though on getting the #1 spot and way to call it, but try that with a more difficult search term, such as 'free stuff' or 'webmaster' or something like that... they'll chew you up!

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    Of course some search terms have more competition. The smart person doesn't make a site that has 1000 competitors. Instead try to make a site that is so unique that the amount of competitors is drastically reduced.
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    Or you try to develop a site that is so good, those thousands of competitors don't mean a damn thing!

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    I could probably be number one for 'tinned spam and mushy peas', but I doubt I'd get too many visitors.

    You need to concentrate on search terms that
    surfers are actually using around your 'subject area', assuming it's a popular one.

    In the long run, popular search terms could
    decide what kind of site you actually set up, if you
    want to make money.
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    how to find backward links

    How do you find the links from other sites to your competitors sites?

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    first get the google toolbar

    http://toolbar.google.com/

    Then visit your competitor's site, and select Page Info>Backward links.

    You can do it without the toolbar, search at google for

    link:http://www.theirsite.com

    But its easier with the toolbar and the toolbar is something you should have anyways.
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    Must i pay google to list my site in their search engine ?
    If so, please tell me the link to add my site, i searched, in vain ,
    Thanx a lot,
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    I'm going to be number 1 for "XXX pornographic zebra sucking fat **** a DOODLE sex ropes chains bondage" Without the zebra part, I wouldn't have a chance... then again, I've heard about animal sites.. uck!

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    affordable website design

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    hey, when i type BrianStudio at google, i see Sitepoint !!!!


    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=BrianStudio


    Have a look !!

    Brian
    Ps: Any explanation
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