Getting Noticed by Google

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Building a blog or website is not just about designing pages, programing, adding content and images. Building a site is not just about blogging, social networking, keywords, meta tags, syndication, pings, backlinks, and page ranking. Building a site is all of that and more, it is also getting recognized by the “power” directories like Google, MSN, Yahoo, and DMOZ.

Now all good things come in time right? Sure okay, but I am an impatient person so I like to help things along a bit. Here is a list of links that will help you get your quest for total internet domination started. It is not an overnight solution but it will help you move the process along a bit faster.

http://www.google.com/ig/ is your personal Google page and a good place to add your content. You can do this by clicking on “add stuff” in the top left of your page. This will lead you to your stuff or content page, on the left hand side scroll down and there should be a rss/gadget box, add your feed in there.

http://www.google.com/addurl/ and add your website’s URL. After you include your URL and a brief description there is a link to their webmaster tools click it to get into the sitemap area.

http://blogsearch.google.com/ping you can also add your blog into Google Blog Search.

http://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/ here you can add your sites sitemaps. In its simplest terms, a Sitemap is a list of the pages on your website. Creating and submitting a Sitemap helps make sure that Google knows about all the pages on your site, including URLs that may not be discoverable by Google’s normal crawling process. By doing this you also provide Google with additional information about your pages:

Sitemaps are particularly helpful if:

  • Your site has dynamic content.
  • Your site has pages that aren’t easily discovered by Googlebot during the crawl process – for example, pages featuring rich AJAX or Flash.
  • Your site is new and has few links to it. (Googlebot crawls the web by following links from one page to another, so if your site isn’t well linked, it may be hard for us to discover it.)
  • Your site has a large archive of content pages that are not well linked to each other, or are not linked at all.

You can also use a Sitemap to provide Google with additional information about your pages, including:

  • How often the pages on your site change. For example, you might update your product page daily, but update your About Me page only once every few months.
  • The date each page was last modified.
  • The relative importance of pages on your site. For example, your home page might have a relative importance of 1.0, category pages have an importance of 0.8, and individual blog entries or product pages have an importance of 0.5. This priority only indicates the importance of a particular URL relative to other URLs on your site, and doesn’t impact the ranking of your pages in search results.

You will have to verify you are the owner of that site with a meta tag or html tag added to your site, it is not too difficult, Google will walk you right through it.

http://www.froogle.com/ – Is for those e-commerce sites out there, it is Google’s shopping directory. You will need to create an account and get approved before they will accept your feed, you can get started here http://www.google.com/base/help/sellongoogle.html.

Google crawls other directories for content, so spread that URL around.

http://www.dmoz.org the open directory project is a large directory, if you can get listed in the ODP you will eventually wind up in the other search engines, including Google. They are particular so follow their directions carefully http://www.dmoz.org/help/submit.html.

http://my.yahoo.com if you do not have a yahoo account create one so that you can add your content. On your My Yahoo page there is an add content button in the top left corner that will open up another box with an rss option, at the bottom of that box you can add your blog feed.

http://profiles.yahoo.com/ you can extend your URL spreading to your Yahoo profile page. In the about me section, interests, favorite places to visit, activities etc. You can also upgrade for free http://360.yahoo.com/ where you can continue your URL spreading campaign.

http://beta.search.msn.com/docs/submit.aspx?FORM=WSUT submit your site to Live Search MSN, it is in Beta so I am not sure how well it performs, but it only takes a second so go for it.

Finally because anything can be had for a price here is a listing of the Strongest Directories by page strength which you must pay to get listed on.

If you have some feedback or additional tools, tricks, and tips I would love to hear it….

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Bridget is President of The Get Smart Web Consulting Group, a web presence and digital strategy firm with offices in San Diego County California and Collier County Florida. But more importantly she is a web, tech, and Twitter addict!