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    What else is to be learned on Search Engines?

    Hi,

    SitePoint has been publishing a load of articles on Search Engines and for that reason, I am not sure if I should write an article on this subject.

    So here is my question. What would you most like to know about search engines?

    Post any questions or difficulties that you have about Search Engines. Then I'll make the proper research (if I don't already know the answer) and write an article on the subject that came up more often in this thread. For the other questions, I or someone else who’s a sitepoint member, will answer them in this thread.

    This is the thread that could clear up any individual questions about search engines.

    Regards

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    It seems there is so much to know.

    Something like the top 10 things to do that are the most important.
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    They already have articles covering the top 10 things, (more or less).

    And honestly quite a few of the articles aren't that accurate.

    http://www.promotionbase.com/article/762

    Coves all of the basics.
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    My suggestion

    Rank each engine on expected return traffic for high ranking keywords.

    For example if you had a top ranking in google compared to alta vista etc.

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    What would I like to know about search engines ?

    I want to know why I have several sites at No#1 in most of the search engines, google,yahoo,msn,etc..

    But the problem is that for the key words I want, the sites are ranked nowhere...how can I get the engines to pick up my sites for the keywords I want to use?

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    Re: My suggestion

    Originally posted by micmol
    Rank each engine on expected return traffic for high ranking keywords.

    For example if you had a top ranking in google compared to alta vista etc.

    Kind Regards

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    If you read the important thread at the top of this forum you will find links to multiple reports on search engine popularity.
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    Thanks for prompt reply Aspen. But I'm a little confused. Can you quote exact url.

    Hope this is not a bother.

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    I'm not sure anyone needs anymore SE articles, the web is overflowing with them, Aspen has provided SP many useful ones. People just need to READ them...SE knowledge does not happen overnight and it's not just a quick tip that will do it for you. You need to spend time learning and tweaking and learning and tweaking and learning and tweaking.
    And when you get stuck pick Aspen's mind

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    Originally posted by Golgotha
    I'm not sure anyone needs anymore SE articles, the web is overflowing with them
    A great deal of these a complete rubbish. Unfortunately there are a good number of people that don't know that what they are reading is useless, and sometimes will be harmful to their rankings.

    Then there are people that know their stuff, like Aspen, who actually seems to know a freakish amount about the search engines.

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    Originally posted by moonman


    A great deal of these a complete rubbish. Unfortunately there are a good number of people that don't know that what they are reading is useless, and sometimes will be harmful to their rankings.
    Exactly, just because something is published doesn't mean it is accurate, you need to question the source.

    Oh and Golgotha, I have not written any "search engine" articles for SP, most of my articles are technical in nature - my SE Friendly URLs article is closer to a php tutorial than a SE one. I suppose that cloaking one I wrote is about SE's - but thats not an article I wanted to do, thats one I was asked to do.

    There is a reason I haven't written any such articles, I'm saving it all for my book, which may or may not be published by SitePoint. I prefer to write indepth articles on more specific or niche topics.
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    my point is that there are a plethora of resources on the first thread of this forum that will keep most people busy for months. Through reading enough of it you can start to find out what is rubbish and what isn't.

    I am interested about this book, how would you write such a book so as to make it not outdated in 6 months after its release???

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    When is your book going to be available, aspen?

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    Hi micmol

    Rank each engine on expected return traffic for high ranking keywords.
    There is a resource that I believe is good in providing this information for each key phrase you want to know.

    This resource you may have heard of is Wordtracker.com .

    I got to run now, but email me and I'll tell you how you could use it to find out exactly what you need to know.

    Sheriff

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    My book isn't going to be outdated because things don't change THAT often. Sure some "keyword density" value might change from 3.14 to 3.33 but I'm not going to give specifics like that, my book covers everything you need to know to create a successful content site, from planning, to promotion, to profitability. The search engine advice is mostly just common sense advice that never goes out of style. Google may occasionally tinker with their algorithm but they have used the same premise for their ranking since their inception.

    Also if I use a Print on demand service, like SP uses, it will be very easy to make changes to the book after it has already gone to press.

    When will it be available? I don't know - right now I'm waiting to hear from SitePoint, they liked the book, and were interested in publishing it, but they don't know if they want to go in that direction as a business. I guess it will depend on how many people selected "How to build a successful content site" from their recent survey.
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