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Advice for a new SEO


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GoogleGuy Says

PostPosted: June 16, 2003 6:55 PM 

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GoogleGuy gives some advice to a new member of the forums.
GoogleGuy Says: [Link to quote]
Hi vbjaeger, welcome to WebmasterWorld. Google probably saw all those backlinks to your site--it's just that we don't report all backlinks that we see. But don't worry; we find and process many more links than we report. If you jumped 27 notches and there's only 100 people ahead of you, then you sound like a natural SEO--you got 1/5th of the way there in one try. :)

I'd recommend reading around here more. Start with the FAQ and Brett's guide to building traffic in 26 steps. Feel free to keep an eye on what I post via my profile page. Think about terms that users would actually type to find your site, and make sure you've got them on your pages. Look for other sites that your users might like and link to them, and look for sites that would be a good match for your domain and nicely ask if they'd link to you. Definitely read through our section at www.google.com/webmasters/ for more advice about how to make your site more crawlable.

One cautionary word of advice: take everything with a grain of salt, and make choices that are common sense to you and work well for your users. For example, there was recently a thread that suggested Google was running out of "address space" to label our documents. I was talking to another engineer here and he said he almost fell out of his chair laughing when he read that. So there's always a lot of theories floating around all the time about why something is this way or that. My advice is to assume that Google wants the most useful, relevant pages to come up first for searchers. Try to build those useful, relevant pages as well as you can, and we'll do our best to find them and rank them accurately for searches.

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