July 2010 Newsletter

In This Issue:

Random Free Hosting Site

We'd like to congratulate Jeffers Group for being the winner of this month's free hosting site. At the beginning of each month we will call up our own site's homepage. Whomever's site is the featured site when the page loads will get FREE hosting of one domain for one month. It's just our way of saying thank you.

What Does Google Think About Your Site

To find out what Google thinks about your Web site, perform a "similar" search for your domain. Here's how. Enter the following in Google's search box:

related:www.domain.com/ ~domain.com

Replace domain.com with your own domain name and make sure there is NO space after the colon. On the result page, Herr Google shows Web sites it finds related to your site.

If the Web sites on the search result page are related to your site, then everything is okay. If the Web sites are about totally different topics, you have a problem and Google probably won't display your site in the search results for the correct keywords.

Why does Google put your site in the wrong category? Suppose your site is an accommodations site. If your site is linked by other sites that link to your site, and these other sites are about car parts, then Google might think your site is related to car parts.

It's important the other links on the Web page, that link to your site, are related. If your site is listed in the "Car Parts" category of an Internet directory then all Web sites in the same category are usually also about car parts.

When you work on building links for link popularity (you ARE working on building links...right??), make sure the page linking to your site also contains links related to your Web site topic/industry. The more pages on other sites about your topic, the better. If the link to your site is in a "good neighborhood" then it will be much easier to get high rankings for your keywords.

Yahoo! and Bing Unite

Last week, Yahoo announced that the organic search results on Yahoo will be powered by Bing beginning in August/September. Yahoo is already testing Bing results on some result pages.

Is the Yahoo-Bing change relevant to your Web site? Your site should start seeing more referrals from Bing since Yahoo! and Microsoft sites had a combined search market share of 31.6% in June 2010. That's a total of 5.4 billion search queries in one month. Getting visitors from Bing will also make your site less dependent on Google.

New Sites Joining Us Or Completed Recently

Help out these folks by visiting their site. All ya'll will remember how hard it is to get those initial "hits" so the search engines notice your site. So take a minute and visit their site.