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    But first...

    Why should you listen to me?

    My name is Robert Brady. I run two web-sites, this one and Highstreetcentral.com. I have no staff and I work from home.

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    ed-u.com and UK Government backed internet marketing workshops

    The UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has launched a major campaign to get the UK online. Under this initiative, I have been invited to give a series of talks on e-business, traffic building and best practice to invited audiences. This web-site is my seminar material.

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    All the traffic building information on the web-site is totally free. The site is fully supported by US and UK advertising revenue. Please click here for advice about purchasing over the internet.

    And the good news is...

    The future of e-business is still shining bright...

    Whilst the failures of many high-profile dot com companies continue to populate the media's headlines (according to a recent report, two thirds of these companies actually received more publicity after they crashed), there are still thousands of online businesses quietly turning a profit or successfully complimenting their existing bricks and mortar operations.

    In fact, many hybrids of the old and new economy are doing particularly well. They find that they can create efficiencies and often streamline their procurement systems, therefore relieving supply chain pressures within their existing frameworks.

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    Are you brand new to the world of e-commerce? Looking at the code behind a web-page

    Some of the traffic-building advice on this site requires a little basic knowledge of the internet's de facto coding language: HTML (Hypertext Markup Language).

    If you right click on a text area on this page with your mouse and press "view source", you will see the HTML code. Don't let it put you off; the coding for ed-u.com, which includes Javascript and stylesheets, is much too complicated for absolute beginners, so your next step should be to look at the codes of more simply designed sites - a very basic page can be created with just a few short lines of code.

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    The code for a basic web-page:

    Think of a price...

    Taking just a few minutes to learn even just the basics of HTML, will help you understand the web techies when they discuss your site and to make sound commercial decisions as to how much to pay others to code your pages for you. I, as well as thousands of others, learned HTML just by studying other people's pages.

    Thankfully, most of the HTML knowledge necessary for traffic-building is at the beginner's end of the learning scale and, nowadays, there are many easy to follow on-line tutorials.

    Even the founder of the world's most successful computer sales web-site, Michael Dell, recognised the power of understanding the basics. He moved his desk into the web development office when he decided to take his company online.

    HTML and web-site design help

    If you bookmark (add to favorites) this web-site for future reference by right clicking here, and then visit the following HTML help sites, you will gain a better understanding of the advice on this site:

  • HTMLgoodies.com
  • W3.org HTML Markup Guide
  • Annabella's HTML Help
  • Lycos Webmonkey
  • NetMechanic
  • Uploading your site
  • Good web design

    Moving targets

    When you are viewing the source of other webpages, it may occur to you to study the structure and keyword density of well ranked sites. This can sometimes be useful, but beware, some sites may have been indexed months ago and some maybe a few minutes ago.

    There is no way of knowing that the page you are looking at is the actual page that was indexed, as many webmasters update their pages regularly, sometimes daily.

    Some search engines also use load balancing. For instance the heavily trafficked AltaVista search engine spreads their site activity across multiple servers in order to prevent a single server from being overloaded during peak traffic periods. This has the effect of one minute finding one group of web-sites at the top of the list and then, just a little later, finding another.

    Given the predilection of search engine mathematicians to tweak their configurations regularly (incurable apparently!), it is very unlikely that you can make a true statistical analysis without knowledge of the indexing date.

    Search engine and directory submission advice...

    One thing that I've learnt over the years is that search engine and directory submission advice changes almost daily. Different criteria exist for all the major portals when it comes to listing or ranking your site. If that wasn't problem enough, they also change these criteria (search algorithms) on what seems to be a regular basis.

    These changes are, in part, a response to inappropriate practises that are being employed by some web-sites to obtain top rankings. Through the excessive repetition of key-words or key-phrases (sometimes known as keyword spam) and the misrepresentation of the content of their sites, a high rating within search results can sometimes be achieved without being relevant to the query.

    However, these web-sites might also achieve a not so attractive result; getting banned by the engines.

    Setting the right parameters

    Here you will find tried and trusted site manager hints and tips that will steer you in the right direction and help you to avoid falling foul of search engine rules. This site will acquaint you with the mainstream traffic building methods, which are less likely to change because of a seemingly arbitrary whim of a search engine or directory webmaster.
    Click here for the next page, which explains what you have to know first!




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