I’ve been met with quite a bit of resistance since cracking the top 10 in Google for Atlanta web designers. I just checked my rankings on the SERPS.com rank tracker, and I’ve fallen a few notches even though my organic visits have increased 62% over the last week. You can see in the following screenshots that I’m not telling a lie. I’m now in the teens (meaning the 2nd page) for some of my tracked keywords. So, I’ve fallen a few notches, but my traffic has increased drastically. What did I do to have caused this? Submit My Website to the whatUseek Directory This directory was put into the same group of directories as DMOZ, Yahoo, Best of the Web, and GoGuides. These are some powerful directories, and since whatUseek was put into the same category, I figured why not? whatUseek has a Google PageRank of 6 and an Alexa rank of 2311 at the time of this blog post. I’m not so sure if Google PageRank even matters anymore. My website had a Google PageRank of 5 in 2010, but I received very little leads online. Right now, Mr. Technique is a Google PR2 website, but I get way more traffic and leads than I did in 2010. Submission to whatUseek cost me $49.99 and I submitted to a relevant category with an objective description. I submitted my website on November 3rd, and it was approved 5 days later. You can see my whatUseek listing here. Guest Post on a Blog I’ve put a lot of thought into my About Me page. Everybody in my field offers web design and SEO services, and an About Me page is my place to set myself apart from my competition. I’ve met other freelance web designers in the Atlanta area that told… continue reading »
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Manta is an advertising solution for small businesses. You can register for a Manta account for free. You can even add a few links back to your website and social media pages in your Manta profile. I’m not here to discuss setting up a Manta profile though. There are millions of free business directories that you can do that with like HotFrog, MerchantCircle, etc. I doubled my website traffic by commenting on the Manta Forum. This is where small business owners gather to get ideas from each other. A few months ago, I saw a post about online directories for SEO, so I decided to give some advice with a link back to my own blog post about paid SEO directories. I didn’t think anything of it, but I did make sure that I used keywords in my backlink. The next day, I checked my Google Analytics account and saw that my visits jumped up drastically.
If you’re an SEO guy, maybe you have heard of Hot vs Not. They’re not DMOZ, but they are a solid directory. Hot vs Not is a Google PR6 directory. I’ve submitted a few sites to them. You can even submit multiple sites to them if you want to build some deeplinks. Deeplinks are links to website pages other than the home page or index page.
To set your site up in Google Webmaster Tools, you’ll need to sign up for a Google account. Google requires you to set up a Gmail email account now. If you don’t want a Gmail account, you can check out Melanie Pinola’s article on how to do this. Once you have a Google account, you can set up a Webmaster Tools account by going to www.google.com/webmasters. Click the Add a Site button, and follow the instructions. You’ll need to insert a meta tag or upload a blank html file to verify that you are the owner of your website.
If you didn’t know, getting relevant backlinks (a link from someone else’s website that goes to your website) are key to getting great search engine results. Want to know how links to you? Go to Alexa.com to find out. Alexa is one of the foremost authorities on measuring internet traffic. They rank websites according to how much traffic they generate. The top 3 ranking sites on Alexa as of today are Facebook, Google, and YouTube. Facebook is thinking about starting a search engine. I wonder how that would pan out. They have enough user information to be successful at it.