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  • Google Page Rank Question

    Hello:

    Can somebody please help me understand what is going on with my Google page rank?

    My website went from 1 to 0 to N/A (as of this morning)

    My Etsy store went from 2 to N/A (as of this morning)

    My ArtFire studio remains on N/A

    I have listed more items, traffic is up by 60% (ArtFire), 70% (website) and 200% (Etsy).

    I have to update my blogs, but that can not be the only reason, I don't think.

    Can anybody of you guys shed some light on this?

    Thanks for your help.
    Uta

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    I'm not sure if your situation can be adequately explained. No one knows all the components of the Google algorithm. I did notice a dramatic change with my new site here, which is the opposite of your dilemma; I jumped from n/a to PR3 as of yesterday. I have been doing a massive effort in that regards though!

    A few things you might want to look at:
    • Do your various sites use duplicate content?
    • Have you filled out your category meta information? Is that info relevant to the category and shows keywords/phrases you actually use?
    • Are you using custom titles for all products, no duplicates?
    • Are you using custom URLs?
    • Do all your images have alt text? Does the alt text apply to the image?
    • Do all of your links work?
    • Have you filled in all your taxonomy or applied for an exemption? You can apply for an exemption for custom made products since they don't have a SKU. Give it a try! I applied and was granted exemptions for my made-to-order products.
    • Have you listed your company as the manufacturer for your products in your listings?
    • Does your Google feed have all the necessary fields?
    • Are you active in social media like Facebook? Google EXPECTS those interactions.

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    • #3
      Celebra:

      I am working through your to do list.

      1. duplicate listings: I am re writing description for my 3 sites, but I drop ship for some other websites. they have taken my pictures and descriptions and put them on their site which I believe is a no no now, correct?

      2. Have you filled out your category meta information? Is that info relevant to the category and shows keywords/phrases you actually use? The answer: Yes

      3. Are you using custom titles for all products, no duplicates?
      Are you using custom URLs? No. I found a guide for creating custom file names. Is that what you are referring to?

      4. Everything else is a yes. I have a Facebook page, I tweet, I signed up for digg.com and I am doing press releases.

      What am I over looking?

      Thanks for your help.

      Uta

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      • #4
        Keep in mind, Google does its Panda update approximately every 5 weeks, last one was end of September. Every time this happens ranking goes crazy. Don't just rely on the ranking number, it will readjust itself later. Just do your best to SEO for your site.
        Elegant Weddings +
        www.elegantweddingsplus.ca
        www.elegantweddingsplus.com

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        • #5
          Are you kidding? Every 5 weeks? OMG! I had no idea! I am already decreasing the circle of folks I drop ship for and I am working on content rich descriptions etc.

          Elegant: when do you think I can expect the numbers to go up again?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Littledogfashion View Post
            Elegant: when do you think I can expect the numbers to go up again?
            I don't know. Apparently Google has changed the lookup URL for page rankings, until they update all their scripts it may not show accurate number. But you can check your ranking on IE with Google toolbar. If you are using a third party control to lookup the ranking it may not give you proper results yet.
            Elegant Weddings +
            www.elegantweddingsplus.ca
            www.elegantweddingsplus.com

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            • #7
              I use Seoquake. It also shows you what your ranking has been and what it is now.

              I did not know about checking it in IE. How do you do that?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Littledogfashion View Post
                I use Seoquake. It also shows you what your ranking has been and what it is now.

                I did not know about checking it in IE. How do you do that?
                Install Google toolbar on Internet Explorer, one of the options on the toolbar is "Page Ranking",
                Elegant Weddings +
                www.elegantweddingsplus.ca
                www.elegantweddingsplus.com

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                • #9
                  Resources

                  This link will help you understand how the bots see your site:
                  Web Page Analyzer - free website optimization tool website speed test check website performance report from web site optimization
                  Keep in mind that there are some negatives it will point out that you have no control over --> server-side coding. But it looks like a big issue for you is images. You might consider reducing the amounts, making them smaller and optimizing them/compressing.

                  One area of images I've been attacking/removing, are almost all the "spacer" images 3D has put into their templates. They add up when total images on a page are calculated and help SLOW down page load times. The use of spacer/pixel images is outdated. It was used heavily a few years back as a way to sneak in keywords in alt text. That practice is highly frowned on now due to over-use. Yet YOUR main concern should be in reducing your home page image load. If you get some time, you can work on eliminating spacer images later. Use <br> tags in their place IF needed. There are a LOT of empty rows that can be removed too.

                  Toolbars: FF Web Developer Toolbar and SeoBook - tons of useful info in each!

                  Be wary when using toolbars. Some only update data monthly. The SEMrush part of the SeoBook is monthly, BUT you can get lots of info on your competitors and industry trends. Look for trends you can attack better than your competition. Reviewing the position of keywords/phrases that bring visitors can help you fine tune your description and title writing, both on your site and on social media. Yes, you MUST tell others that are selling your stuff to re-write your text into THEIR words!

                  As for the custom URLs, the last tab in your listing --> 1st line is what shows in the "blue bar"; 2nd line turns into your custom url. If you use that, make sure your SEO settings in admin. are enabled and you update filenames after each creation of custom URLs, or visitors will find a blank page.

                  Don't get overly anxious about PR. Watch it. Respond to it. Read the Google Webmaster Tools info and Google Blog once a week. That way the changes they bring won't come as a surprise and you'll get first-hand info. Fine tune your site and then do a massive marketing campaign. You'll see results within 2 weeks. It won't be fast, but it will be a steady uphill climb back up to where you lost ground. With search results in real time the entire "game" has changed.

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                  • #10
                    Don't drive yourself crazy over page rank. As long as you are getting reasonable traffic you are being found. Page rank bounces like a rubber ball every time Google decides to blow a fart.
                    David
                    David's Gifts and Things

                    Wholesale Gifts, Home Decorating, Jewelry and More

                    Quality, Selection, Value Always

                    The more you buy the more you save!

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                    • #11
                      Good morning!

                      David, you made me laugh! And trust me, that is not an easy thing to do when I have not had a cup of coffee in my system

                      Celebra:

                      How do I find these spacer images? I never heard of them before. Are they in the template?

                      Uta

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                      • #12
                        Spacer Images

                        Open your template.
                        COPY it into an editor like Notepad
                        On your browser go to Edit > Find
                        Put the word "spacer" in the search box
                        Click Next
                        Find the spacer and its surrounding tag - remove <td><spacer image code></td>
                        Save - View
                        Decide if it needs a <br> or not
                        Go find the Next spacer
                        Repeat as necessary

                        Find and Replace works well too, but not advised for beginners! Some of the spacers are 1px; some are 5px; some are 10px = a LOT of wasted space! You might find one or 2 that are necessary, but PROPER coding can resolve that, like adding padding or margins or break tags. This IS the 21st century!

                        Uta, concentrate on your home page BIG images FIRST. DOWNSIZE! OPTIMIZE!

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                        • #13
                          Looks like this. Be real careful playing with these. You can throw the page way off. You need to add a comment where you remove or change these so you can find the one you played with.

                          <td><div><img src="assets/templates/[template]/images/spacer.gif" width="1" height="15"></div></td>

                          Here's what a comment looks like. You can copy this and change the text so you can find it. Put it above the spacer line your playing with.

                          <!--START: RIGHT_BANNER-->
                          David
                          David's Gifts and Things

                          Wholesale Gifts, Home Decorating, Jewelry and More

                          Quality, Selection, Value Always

                          The more you buy the more you save!

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                          • #14
                            Celebra:

                            I assume you mean my banners. Will it help if I change the format from jpeg to png?

                            I also used the link you listed and ran the report. I have no idea where those 54 images are that they talk about. Unless they have the spacer ones in there somehow.

                            Some of the stuff they are talking about is Greek to me and I appreciate yours and David's practical explanation as to what I need to do.

                            My picture size for the listings is 300 x 300pix, saved in jpeg. Is that too large?

                            Anyway, thanks for your help. Looks like my to do list just got a lot bigger.

                            Uta:D

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                            • #15
                              Images Sizes and Formats

                              ALL your center images need reducing in size AND compressing.

                              EX: your current "orange" image is 650px by 155px and pushing out your right column because its TOO BIG.

                              I reduced it to 550px by 131px and compressed it to the max and got it down to 1.68KB in jpg format from the original 39.6KB. But that is extreme. You shouldn't compress that far. You'll lose image quality. But you can compress it UP TO 75% with little noticeable difference. Sites that sell graphics should NOT compress beyond 25% normally, if at all. You don't sell graphics and need to down-size your image sizes and compress them at least 50%, up to 75%.

                              Doing this takes precedence over spacer images....

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