Watching the progress of your Snap! Websites: 1st page, position 5, 3 entries on Google...

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As you move forward with your blog or website, you want to add content with your keywords. This will make Google index your pages with that keyword1.

My blog talks about Snap! Websites as well as Snap! Blogger Lite, Snap! Blogger Pro and Snap! Business. Those are our 3 products and the name of this website so kind of like the name of my blog.

Having decided that Snap! by itself or Website by itself would not cut it very well on a Google search, I combined both. After about two weeks posting on my blog, there are the results...

Google Results

My blog already appears on the first page of Google at position number 5, 6 and 7. Although entry 7 is on a separate website, Snap! Websites | Digital Office Solutions, referencing this website, it still is my own post for the Snap! Business product. And since it references my Snap! Websites, it does count 100%.

Note however that the Page Rank of my pages are still undefined. This is quite normal for internal pages2. Once in a while you will write an incredible post that generates a lot of links from other people. Those will create a high ranking! Otherwise, it is likely to stay at undefined or 0 or 1. In regard to page rank, what you want to focus on is your home page. If you have a blog and a forum, you may want to work on their home page too (i.e. get external links to your website home page and your blog home page. I do not have a forum on Snap! Websites, however, you can see an example here: Turn Watcher Forum.)

Screenshot

Google Search results with SEO Quake toolbarThe figure on the right is a screenshot from a Google search with the Snap! Websites keywords (note that the exclamation mark is ignored by Google.) The extra information for each search result is generated by the SEO Quake toolbar3, which I recommend. It is a commercial product, however, they offer a free version which for most of us is more than enough.

SEO Quake gives you statistics from many different websites:

  • Google Page Rank (PR)
  • Google Index (I), always 0 now...
  • Yahoo! Links (YL)
  • Yahoo! Link Domain (YD)
  • Bing Index (I)
  • Alexa (Rank)
  • Webarchive (Age)
  • Delicious (I)
  • Whois4, Source, Sitemap

I'll come back on each one of these as I post information in my blog. There is some quick information about a few of them which I think are important:

Yahoo! Links and Yahoo! Links Domain

Yahoo! Links are actual links to that very page. Your home page should have many. Your other pages are likely to have a lot less and that's normal. The Yahoo! Link Domain are all the links to your website on that one domain. Note that if you are using your Snap! sub-domain (i.e. your-name.snap.m2osw.com), then it will include many other links going to all our Snap! Websites, our main corporate website and other sub-domains.

Alexa Rank

I will have to explain the Alexa Rank in very much details in another post, but if you are writing for Internet Marketers, then that is a very important one. It is easy to get your Alexa Rank under 1 million. The first break through is 100,000 which is already much harder to achieve. Then 25,000... at which level you're a maestro! My blog here started with 20 million (when I first checked.) After 2 weeks, it is at 3.5 million. By the end of month of Sept. 2010, I shall be under 1 million.

Webarchive

Webarchive is a good way to measure how important a page is. They archive pages that they are considered important enough to be archived. So once you are in there, you have been around for a while and had people make inquiries for your pages.

Sitemap

The Sitemap referenced by SEO Quake is not the Sitemap page of a website.

This is an XML file that lists all the pages of your website. It is used by search engines to avoid searching your website randomly and try to determine which page is important. You can have a look to my sitemap.xml5 (Note: this link will probably not work right in Internet Explorer. Try it with FireFox or some other browser.)

This feature is part of your Snap! Websites and includes all your pages, user accounts6 and terms (i.e. categories, book index, glossary, tags, etc.)

Conclusion

As we move forward, I will better explain how to track your current situation. However, in most cases, you will want to focus only on 2 or 3 parameters, otherwise you will be overwhelmed and not move forward.

Notice that your position in a Google search using your keywords is one of those parameters.

In most cases, some of the parameters shown do not apply to you. The main two that most people focus on are the Google Page Rank and the Alexa position. We'll see why later.

 

P.S. For fun, try this one: http://www.google.com/search?q=kadanuumuu+blog+blog

  • 1. If you have products, make sure to mentions several products in each post. If you are selling brands (Nike, Xerox, Coca Cola, etc.) then mention the brand names all the time.
  • 2. Internal pages are those that are not considered front pages. Most websites have one front page, although if you offer several hot entries, you may have several front pages. For instance, on this website I have the front page and my blog front page.
  • 3. The SEO Quake toolbar and enhanced search capability work with FireFox, Google Chrome and Safari.
  • 4. See Choosing Your Snap! Websites Domain Name as an example of Whois output.
  • 5. Note that to test your Sitemap on your own Snap! Website, you first need to log out. For obvious security reasons, only an anonymous user can read your XML sitemap.
  • 6. The user accounts are optionally added to the XML sitemap. Most websites hide user accounts and thus do not include them in their sitemap anyway.