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    Dec 05 2011 17:54:15

    #1

    Debbie Q

    Join date : 2008-09-18      Posts : 4994

    When I recently updated my website my placement in google for my most important keyword "personalized books" dropped from 3rd place to 11th. This has cut my sales in half. I know that links from other websites can help a lot in search engine placement. If anyone wants to help by placing a link to my website on thiers I would greatly appreciate it. :)

    <a href="http://mycreateabook.com">Personalized books</a>, Music CDs and Gifts by My Create-A-Book, Publishing.

    Debbie Q

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    Personalized Books, Music CDs and Gifts for all ages and occasions.

    Please help me out and share my site on your networks.




    Dec 05 2011 18:39:41

    #2

    SteveMck

    Join date : 2011-11-29      Posts : 19

    Hi Debbie i would but im in the uk so i dont know how much help it would actually be plus ive got a very new website.

    Steve



    Dec 05 2011 18:48:17

    #3

    GT

    Join date : 2008-09-18      Posts : 3207

    You just knew a level 12 Google technician would take a look didn't you :)

    OK, let's look at the 'books' page Debbie.

    http://validator.w3.org/check?verbose=1&uri=http%3A%2F%2Fmycreateabook.com%2Fbooks.html

    http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/validator?profile=css21&warning=0&uri=http%3A%2F%2Fmycreateabook.com%2Fbooks.html

    Broken image text.
    alt"Children, try alt"=Children

    I see you're linking to the books.html page using the image text that has nothing to do with the books page "View our personalized gifts catalog categories below"

    I'd change your page name to personalized-books.html by the way.

    On the books page you have 300 links, far too many, Google looks at 100, any more and you're asking for trouble. Think as a human, would you get confused with 300 choices?

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://mycreateabook.com/books.html&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=13d&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&strip=1

    Your meta description tag is keyword stuffed and not a true description of the page:
    List of personalized books, personalized music CDs, personalized DVDs and gifts sold by My Create-A-Book. Personalized children's books, personalized kids music, DVDs, first name origin prints and birthday newspapers make wonderful, unique gifts for all ages and occasions. Everyone loves personalized gifts.

    Also, you're diluting the description by talking about CD's, DVD's, gifts, prints etc.

    Various text areas going to the same page:
    <a href="personalizedDVD.html">Snow White</a><br>
    <a href="personalizedDVD.html">Little Mermaid</a><br>
    <a href="personalizedDVD.html">Turbo Kid</a><br>
    <a href="personalizedDVD.html">The Incredible Adventures of Amazing Kid</a> <br>
    <a href="personalizedDVD.html">The Incredible Adventures of Amazing DAD</a> <br>
    <a href="personalizedDVD.html">My Dream Book</a><br>
    <a href="personalizedDVD.html">My Christmas Adventure </a><br>
    <a href="personalizedDVD.html">Our Love Story</a><br>

    One text to one page Debbie :)

    Your h1 tag isn't about children's personalized books, it is.... <h1>Product List</h1>
    A total waste, sorry.

    No h2 used (except one that's hidden).

    A great number of the individual book page's do not use a h1, but do use the weaker h2 tag.

    No anchor titles used, no image titles used.

    Your links to external sites do not use the nofollow attribute, so Google thinks you're trying to pass any link juice.

    Alt text is way too long in cases:
    Our personalized prints look beautiful framed and make wonderful and unique gifts for all ages! Many designs to choose from. Name Origin print will includes the meaning of your name, local origin, astrological information, lucky numbers and other personal traits. Find out what was happening the year you were born or married with our birthday or wedding Chronicles

    Is this good English?
    Name Origin print will include

    You need to remove access to directories that a bot shouldn't access:
    http://mycreateabook.com/text/505/
    http://mycreateabook.com/music/LS/
    etc

    All of the pages I looked at have the same start to the meta description:
    Personalized children's books
    Make each page meta description and title and h1 tag unique to each page (without keyword stuffing), you have around 60 chars to use for a title.

    The bottom line Debbie is, these days, Google looks at a whole site, yours is borderline to get bounced by the next release of panda.

    That's 30 minutes spent, so haven't gone into great detail.

    You wished you hadn't asked now :)

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    Dec 05 2011 19:22:57

    #4

    Debbie Q

    Join date : 2008-09-18      Posts : 4994

    Thanks GT. Of course I knew you would take a look. ;) But it is the home page I would like to focus on to start with. The books page is basicly a site map. I tried not to change much with the home page when it came to the text, meta tags and alt tags because I ranked quite well with ALL my keywords and being 1-3 place for personalized books.

    I didn't realize the DVDs were still all pointing to the category page. That was done like that before they had individual pages. That definately does need fixing.

    Another possible reason for the drop is I set a prefered domain through google. They said it would help but maybe they we wrong?

    GT feel free to email me directly. You got my email addy.

    Debbie Q

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    Personalized Books, Music CDs and Gifts for all ages and occasions.

    Please help me out and share my site on your networks.




    Dec 07 2011 00:42:55

    #5

    goochster

    Join date : 2011-12-04      Posts : 17

    Debbie did you get my message? If not take a look here http://www.goochs.com/books.pdf
    I don't use this program as the rule but more as a point me in the right direction. My sites usually are in the 60s to 70s and hit good for the keywords I use. Hope this helps
    Phil

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




    Dec 07 2011 01:51:50

    #6

    Debbie Q

    Join date : 2008-09-18      Posts : 4994

    Thanks for the link Goochster.

    Debbie Q

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    My Create-A-Book Publishing - mycreateabook.com
    Personalized Books, Music CDs and Gifts for all ages and occasions.

    Please help me out and share my site on your networks.




    Dec 17 2011 10:17:11

    #7

    Alan

    Join date : 2008-09-18      Posts : 2950

    I've been wondering how to include the link on a site where it would appear out of place.

    Would inclusion (on a page with a white background for example) of

    <a style="color:white;cursor:none" href="http://mycreateabook.com">Personalized books</a>

    contribute a little to the page rankings?

    The link is invisible white-on-white and it makes the cursor vanish when over the link instead of showing the hand. Is there a way of making the cursor be the standard pointer rather than the hand at that time?

    Alan
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    Dec 17 2011 13:40:59

    #8

    GT

    Join date : 2008-09-18      Posts : 3207

    White on white / hidden links / text is one of the quickest ways to get a website banned in Google as I'm sure you must be aware Alan.

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    Dec 18 2011 19:38:43

    #9

    Alan

    Join date : 2008-09-18      Posts : 2950

    No I'm not aware. it's not a topic on which I've spent time.

    Alan
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