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    Nov 22 2011 16:24:14

    #1

    Yahweh's Alive & Well

    Join date : 2008-10-01      Posts : 123

    Back in September I asked for some suggestions to up sales that had dropped drastically the last 2 years. The main response I wanted to work on is a new web site design. My site is http://www. yahwehsaliveandwell .com/ and I did a few new pages that are not conclusive. A likely new home page is ((site is launched and the temp page is gone))) with left sidebar collapse except for each vendor page that happens to be active, when I get to those pages. My main problem is I built the original site in Netscape Composer back in 1999 and then upgraded to SeaMonkey 4 years ago. I've use other editors and they were too goofy. I am on a Mac with OS 10.4.11 and I think I need to learn to redo the site in CSS to eliminate the redundant tags that SeaMonkey puts in every page. I have looked at a LOT of online stuff about CSS and viewed many source codes of sites I like the look of. I spent all day the other day on http://www.w3schools.com and copy and pasted all their examples of CSS and definitions. I just haven't been able to comprehend the change from just html. Can anyone recommend how to learn this or is there a WYSIWYG program for Mac that will help me? I also bought CODA a few months ago for html search and replace and it has a CSS editor in it. That will help me later but for now I can only use it for html. I would even be willing to pay someone for a template for the new home page that I can just start with. I am planning on replacing the large white box with all the product photos and links with the individual vendor pages so that should be pretty easy I would think.



    Nov 22 2011 17:17:02

    #2

    GT

    Join date : 2008-09-18      Posts : 3207

    I'd consider a whole different way of building the site and here's why...

    Let's take a fairly unique product "Bac-Out" now if I use Google to find retailers of this product, your site is listed.....

    Outside of the top 100 sites, so nowhere.

    If we look at a possible common searched for product "All Purpose Cleaner & Degreaser" again, your site is nowhere.

    You need one product = one page. Your are currently diluting your pages with 20 or more products.

    The page I've taken these products from has a page title that includes the text "Biodegradable Cleaning Products" and yet this text isn't anywhere on the page, agreed, you've placed it in an image, but the alt text you've used is "Bi-O-Kleen Header" hardly reflective of the page content.

    I could go on and on, but if you were a new client coming to us, the first thing that we'd advise is to have one product per page.

    I see that you're averaging a couple of people a day coming to the site, of those what % are buying? Can they find what they're looking for easily?

    hih.

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    Nov 25 2011 21:47:22

    #3

    Mike Thornley

    Join date : 2010-10-21      Posts : 5

    Hi

    Have a look at Freeway - mac based web software, if you can use a dtp package then you can use this.
    It even integrates with Mals



    Dec 04 2011 23:18:12

    #4

    goochster

    Join date : 2011-12-04      Posts : 17

    I would use dreamweaver as an editor because of the tremendous amount of extensions that will make your life easier. I would also learn some SEO work to be found You need a different name or keywords IN your name so that people will be able to find you. I would also learn php and mysql

    http://www.go-web-design.com




    Dec 16 2011 17:22:00

    #5

    Yahweh's Alive & Well

    Join date : 2008-10-01      Posts : 123

    Thank you all for you replies ! I've looked at the software and both only work on the newest Macs. Mine is OS 10.4.11. Can I interest anyone in being paid to make me a template that I can work from? I really don't have time to learn all kinds of new computer languages.

    Editinting post 12-23: Mike I just found what you were talking about "Freeway" one of Mal's links. I searched it in my earlier post above and some other program came up that was only for OS X.5. I will check this one out and let you know how I make out. Thanks!

    Thanks for all of yall's input and time you took to respond to me.



    May 06 2013 20:31:24

    #6

    Yahweh's Alive & Well

    Join date : 2008-10-01      Posts : 123

    Well I launched my site makeover. anyone wanting to take a look please feel free. Not sure if anyone remembers the old design, but it was prehistoric yahwehsaliveandwelldotcom

    I know, all the stores aren't up yet, but the main products are which is about 700 items on the US side as wel the International side.

    GT I ended up sticking with the merchantmoms cart instead of changing over to optioncart as I had too many products already done.



    May 12 2013 00:36:16

    #7

    Debbie Q

    Join date : 2008-09-18      Posts : 4994

    WOW!!!! What a change. I am sure you will see an increase in sales.

    Debbie Q

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    May 12 2013 05:32:53

    #8

    GT

    Join date : 2008-09-18      Posts : 3207

    Hi Patricia,

    If you can fix these areas I've listed for you, you should see a great improvement in visitors as they can find your website using a search engine and obviously, more visitors equals more sales.

    I'm not sure how search engines will like the site, your home page takes an age to load, running a test times out:
    http://www.webpagetest.org/result/130512_FF_4MD/

    Another test I ran shows almost one minute to open a page, it should be less than five seconds.
    http://gtmetrix.com/reports/www.yahwehsaliveandwell.com/xPJx35Mr

    I'm pretty sure that a broken head area plus plenty of errors will not help either;
    http://validator.w3.org/check?verbose=1&uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.yahwehsaliveandwell.com%2F

    Running a check on broken links isn't looking good:

    All pages, by result type:
    ok 215 URLs 11.19%
    skip external 201 URLs 10.46%
    connection aborted 50 URLs 2.60%
    timeout 1443 URLs 75.12%
    cancelled / timeout 8 URLs 0.42%
    not found 4 URLs 0.21%
    Total 1921 URLs 100.00%

    Running the test again as it was so poor:

    All pages, by result type:
    ok 383 URLs 13.12%
    skip external 421 URLs 14.42%
    timeout 2052 URLs 70.27%
    cancelled / timeout 10 URLs 0.34%
    connection aborted 52 URLs 1.78%
    not found 2 URLs 0.07%
    Total 2920 URLs 100.00%

    Clicking on a page http://www.yahwehsaliveandwell.com/category_19/Chinese-Herbs.htm brings up...

    Unable to connect
    Firefox can't establish a connection to the server at www.yahwehsaliveandwell.com.
    The site could be temporarily unavailable or too busy. Try again in a few moments.
    If you are unable to load any pages, check your computer's network connection.
    If your computer or network is protected by a firewall or proxy, make sure that Firefox is permitted to access the Web.

    I would look at the hosting you are using, it seems extremely slow.

    Got a page loaded, but it seems you are copying the content from other websites, you need to make your product descriptions unique: http://www.copyscape.com/?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.yahwehsaliveandwell.com%2Fitem_42%2FAcu-Ring.htm

    Google has the page cached:
    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache%3Ahttp%3A%2F2Fwww.yahwehsaliveandwell.com%2Fitem_42%2FAcu-Ring.htm

    But doesn't list the product in the first 50 pages of results.

    It seems search engines are not liking the products pages very much, searching for Organic Cajun Seasoning brings in your product page on page four in Google.

    Searching for Organic Basil Leaf brings up your product page on page seven in Google.

    On your links page, change this line from:
    <meta name="robots" content="INDEX, FOLLOW">
    to
    <meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow">
    The page should not then not be classed as a link farm.

    I hope that you have great success with your website.

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    May 13 2013 13:01:31

    #9

    Debbie Q

    Join date : 2008-09-18      Posts : 4994

    GT I have a question. If you put <meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow"> on a links page doesn't it defeat the purpose of backlinks? How can google frown on link pages but like you to have lots and lots of backlinks?

    Debbie Q

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    May 13 2013 14:37:36

    #10

    GT

    Join date : 2008-09-18      Posts : 3207

    Hi Debbie,

    All of the comments below are based on several TC's (Top Contributors) in Google Webmaster Forum. Some of theses comments have been copied from Google's guidelines pages, or from dialogue by Matt Cutts (Google spokesperson).

    Where you are linking to internal pages in your own website, obviously we don't need (unless it fulfills a need) a noindex nofollow rule.

    However, a different rule applies where Google is concerned, especially with a links page.

    A links page can be there to attempt to manipulate SERPS by passing link juice.

    I see a lot of sites these days that if they do have a links page, use the nofollow attribute in a href or add a nofollow or possibly noindex nofollow rule to a robots meta tag.

    As Google states:

    The following are examples of link schemes which can negatively impact a site's ranking in search results:

    Excessive link exchanging ("Link to me and I'll link to you")
    Building partner pages exclusively for the sake of cross-linking
    Low-quality directory or bookmark site links

    The above may be a links page in a website not using the nofollow rule.

    Google says:
    The best way to get other sites to create relevant links to yours is to create unique, relevant content that can quickly gain popularity in the Internet community.

    That was why I brought up about Patricia copying content from other websites and passing it off as here own.

    Google will follow the links on a page full of links to external sites, but it will not pass any link juice, so if one or more linked to sites is located in a bad neighborhood, it will not reflect on the linking site.

    hih.

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