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    Hi guys,

    I’m a student at University of Washington. I always wanted to start my own business, and here i’m doing it. Just got my web site out a 3 weeks ago, but I’m having huge trouble getting any traffic. My site does not even show up on google :?

    Is there something terribly wrong with it?
    I’m trying really hard, telling all my friend to visit my site, facebook and all.
    But I still get few hits a day.

    Do you guys have any suggestions? I have borrowed a lot from CSS tricks and tips, since i’m not a web developer myself.
    Here is my site, selling used laptops.

    Any help will be taken very seriously by me.

    Rob MacKay

    SEO – Search Engine Optimisation. Im not being nasty, but your site aint going to attract anythin lol – and im not talkin about the design.

    There is so much wrong with it I dont know where to start, but I have some SEO links! … designers/ … heat-sheet

    I will answer your other post now :)


    A couple comments about the design…

    — The current navigation is flashy, but a bit unusable. Main section links need to be presented immediately when the user enters the page. The current setup involves scrolling left or right using your javascript scroller thing just to see the links, which wastes my time, and is probably annoying to visitors. Having some sort of javascript scroller can be a nice touch, but I wouldn’t put essential links that are needed to navigate the site in that area.

    — The home page is very light on content. If it wasn’t for the website name, I would have very little idea what the website is about. I would suggest redesigning the site to use a more traditional navigation bar, and actually include some content on the home page for visitors to look at and get a clear idea of what your site is about.

    — It’s not just the home page that is light on content, it’s pretty much every page in it. How will Google know how to index your site without content? That’s one of the first steps to get better search engine ranking — quality content.

    — The images on the home page seem very much like stereotypical stock images, which don’t inspire confidence. The site feels a bit like a stock template at the moment, especially considering how little content is there.

    — It is also probably important to stay consistent between pages in the site. Use the same basic layout for both the home page and the content pages on the site, to reduce confusion and improve consistency.

    Soh Tanaka

    the fact that you say your site is only 3 weeks old, this is one of the main reasons why your site has not been indexed yet. Popular sites that have a lot of incoming links can get over this "sand box" stage, but in your case, no other sites link to it and its brand new, so google has not crawled it yet.

    But even after google crawls your site, you don’t have much content in any of your pages and they are poorly linked internally, so I highly doubt you will achieve any ranking besides a keyword like your domain name.


    What should I be paying for SEO optimization? I am paying $900 a month for SEO optimization for a condo a real estate site I have. Am i being hosed. Why is it a monthly fee and not a 1 time fee?
    market samurai ~ marketsamurai ~

    Rob MacKay

    omg $900? tell ya what I will handle your SEO for $500 a month! lol

    How the hell do these companies get away with it – I would like to see the work they do on paper for you…


    $900/month for "SEO Optimization"? Jeeeeeeesus.

    Are they writing copy for you? That’s the only way I could see it being worth while.

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