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    A Site of Links (tutorials)

    Ok, I am in the process of building a site that is just links (links to tutorials and tools for webmasters). The purpose of the site is to be a set of 'bookmarks' for novice web designers.

    http://sample.adminsites.com/

    How will the search bots react to it? Will they scan the *names* I have given the links *and* the links?

    Tks.

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    Spiders look at everything, but a site with only links will have a hard time getting a good ranking.
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    "...but a site with only links will have a hard time getting a good ranking."

    This is my problem: I want to keep the site very streamlined so that it stays useful. But how do I keep it on the radar screen?

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    If you want a better listing you should do a couple things.

    1. Divide each section into a different page.

    2. Write Content

    Instead of listing links for HTML, explain in a paragraph what HTML is and why you use it. Then after that list links for "further reading"

    Get it? Put actual content in.
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    Originally posted by Jimknee
    This is my problem: I want to keep the site very streamlined so that it stays useful. But how do I keep it on the radar screen?
    From what I hear...If you split the page into many sub pages you should have better luck. This will give you more links back to your main site. Maybe each category gets a seperate page, or maybe you review that each page. Of course the problem comes into the fact that you will lose the ease of use of your bookmark page.

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    Yes, I understand those methods, but they would change the site from a 'quick reference' into a more complex (and, I think, distracting) site.

    In future, I'd like to add content- but only as a link on the main page. For example, the words 'Advanced Techniques' would lead to a new page.
    That page would have a list of links to on-site articles, etc.

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    Tks, Dan. Yes, I want to keep the usability as high as possible. Many resource sites are so crowded and confusing that they become tough to use. In fact, that's why I made this site- to avoid all the junk and just deep link to a tutorial/tool.

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    Write a short description for each listing. This will create more content for the engine spiders to eat, yet it will allow you to maintain your focus, a quick reference. Plus, I think descriptions will be much more helpful to the user. What good are links if the user doesn't have some idea of what's on the other side?
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    Good point. Hmm... maybe I could make the link descriptions a bit more clear. But, I still want to avoid the descriptive *paragraph* idea. Here's why: I want people to come back to the site as a quick 'chart'- so I don't want them to scroll through paragraphs that they no longer need.

    Yep, looks like my site and the search engines aren't going to get along.

    Unless there's another way? ...


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