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Wednesday, January 09, 2008


It seems like each year, I keep adding websites to my portfolio. On thing I always struggled with was getting my website indexed quickly by major search engines (like Google). I recently read a post by internet marketing expert Michael Jensen of SoloSEO.com where he provides advice - and real world experience on getting a site indexed in less than 24 hours. Here are the steps he uses. You can apply these to any website and see results.

1. Create a website or micro-site. Five pages will do. Examples include a home page, About Us Page, Sitemap, etc.

2. Put the pages in a simple template with a good internal linking strategy. That is to say you should like to all of these pages from each page (ie. navigation).

3. Add a link from one of your other sites. Try to make sure that the site providing the link to the new site is contextually relevant.

4. Tag your new website on 2 or 3 social book marking sites.

5. Comment in a forum and post a link back to your site. Even if you can't use link text, place your URL in the post preceded by http://.

6. Put your URL in one directory and submit to Digg.

7. Install Google analytics and consider adding Google Adwords. Google favors websites that drive revenue to them.

8. Create a sitemap and ping Google. Mr. Jensen also mentioned that he put the sitemap in his Robots.txt file. Not exactly sure about this one, but certainly a valuable strategy. Be sure to log in to Google Webmaster Central and submit your sitemap. You'll need to place a file on your main directory for Google to verify that you own the site, but its pretty easy to do.

In as little as 24 hours, your site will be indexed by Google. It's that simple says Internet marketing expert Michael Jensen. If you've tried this approach, be sure to comment on this post...

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