My bigger concern is that I feel like I have no clue what I am doing. At this point the owner isn’t giving me any more support or money, which is a shame because I feel the 200+ hours I put into this is at best half way.
Even if I was being paid moving forward, who wants to sweat over writing more articles and adding more site features if the world never sees your website.
I have always mocked things not in this article: 2Mb Web Pages: Who’s to Blame? Well, guess what? A simply design without cruft and good content hasn’t help this website one bit!!!
Okay that rules out user error which is always good to do. Unfortunately that is where my knowledge ends. I’ll do some searching tomorrow but hopefully someone better with SEO can give you some sound advice.
Keep in mind thaty most of what’s in the sitemap.xml file are more like suggestions than directives.
AFAIK, Google makes it’s own decision about when it will visit and how important it is despite what changefreq and priority are.
As I’ve said in other threads, you don’t get overnight success in Google. It can take a good year to get any decent results in my experience, but they do come. In the mean time, backlinks and all that.
The best thing to learn from this is that building a site implies nothing about marketing or getting found. If someone asks a builder to construct a shop in the desert, it’s not his fault if it gets no customers. You have to make this clear to a client, and have proper payment agreements in place.
There’s still a lot of starry-eyed naivety about what the internet offers. In reality, there’s usually no pot of gold at the end of the Internet rainbow. Mostly you just find a pile of flyblown horse dung, if you’re lucky.
I am not expert to comment, but what i understand is you would have made on WordPress site and focus more with keywords on SMO part. SMO is much faster than SEO… WordPress is best which help you in page ranking…
@aplusdesignagency - we appreciate your willingness to contribute, but as you can see, @mikey_w is a complete beginner when it comes to promoting a site. So it’s not very helpful to say
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focus more with keywords on SMO part. SMO is much faster than SEO
[/quote]Please explain clearly what you mean by SMO and what are the first steps you think mikey_w should take to implement this strategy.