How can I get my website found in search engines?

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I just build my website, but can't find it when I do searches in Google. How can I get my website found online?
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The main thing to consider is how the search engines will look at your website and how'll they'll identify it. There are basic things you can do to your website to improve its chances of getting found. We also have products and services if you'd rather not do the work yourself to accelerate the listing of your website.

There are 3 main things to consider:
  1. Content

  • Make sure that you have enough content on the site for search engines to scan. Generally this will be several paragraphs about your business or services that you provide.
  • Write a short introduction or statement on your index page.
  • Search engines value a site that has content, and they can only make decisions based on what is read from your site.


  • Keywords

    • Identify a few keyword phrases that you would like your website to be found by. A keyword is a phrase or search term that someone would use when trying to find a business like yours.
    • Include your 'target market' such as the town you do business in, as well as a specific product or service. A good example of a keyword phrase would be 'plumber in Menlo park'.
    • Incorporate keywords into the content of your site. A rule of thumb is you should be using a keyword at least once for every 75-100 words of content.
    • Find a balance so that your sentences don't sound like they are only keywords. However, you still want the most common phrase from the site to be your keywords.

    • Make sure that you update your Meta Tags to include these keywords. Meta tags are keywords and phrases that are embedded in your websites, but not visible on the page. Search engines make decisions based on your site content, meta tags and other sites that link to your website with the same phrases. Read about updating Meta Tags.

    • Use Google AdWords to get assistance. It can help you:
      • Determine how many people are searching for your phrase
      • Determine how many sites are competing for it.
      • Find other keywords that you can use.
      • Use phrases that are being searched. Don't spend time trying to get found by a phrase that is not being searched for, or that is used by a million other websites.

      Note: The Google AdWords keyword tool is Google's tool. We reference it because it can be a good tool. We can't support you if you have trouble with it. You will need to use this at your own risk.


  • Search Engine Submission

    • Start submitting your site to search engines. This tells them your website is live. Most search engines have a form for this. Here are links to a couple major search engines submission forms.



    • Make sure that a search engine gets a consistent view of your site however they may find you. This helps them to be more confident that your site is relevant for the keywords you've used.

    Hope this helps!

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    This information helped me a lot. I was so lost at first trying to figure out how to get my site on search engines. I thought I was already on most of the site. Little did I know you have to submit your site to them. Anyway thanks for this most valuable information. Happy New Year! Nora
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    I tried both suggested urls google said request failed. You can view source and see that meta is included bing said they would crawl over and let me know.

    http://www.goatsmilksoapbyes.com
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    Hi Earl,

    Thanks for posting! It looks like you added in some extra html code that wasn't needed into your head tag. I removed the code and just left the verification meta data. Please try verifying your website again.

    Thanks!

    Chris
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    I sure must be doing something wrong because google still hates me!!
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    Hi Earl,

    I apologize for the frustration. I appears you remove the meta tag code from your website. Please let me know if your interested in figuring out how to get it to verify and I'd be more than happy to help.

    Thanks,

    Chris
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    There is a item called 'Weblistings' on the startup page. I filled this form out and now am relying on Intuit to see the my site gets listed. This should include meta list on my page if I understand correctly.
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    Hi Earl,

    Thanks for the response. The Weblistings is great for getting your name out there, but it doesn't update your website's meta data. It looks like you've already updated them, but in case you want to edit them, please check out editing page titles and meta descriptions.

    Thanks,

    Chris
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    BTW Chris I reinserted the meta tage for google and 'keywords'
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    Hi Earl,

    Thanks for re-inserting it. I did move the code to your header tag location so if you try to verify your website now, you should be good to go.

    Thanks!

    Chris
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    I have not had any luck getting my site verified by google, it has failed numerous times. Please help!
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    Hi Dianna,

    Sorry for the frustration. Which method are you using to get your site verified by Google? I would recommend the meta tag method, but please let me know which one you want to do and I can further investigate.

    Thanks!

    Chris
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    Please tell me where my web page that I have build is located because I don't see it any where
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    Hi ekuka,

    Thanks for posting. You can currently see your website at:

    http://hstrial-ekuka.intuitwebsites.com/

    Thanks!

    Chris
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    How do I choose a meta tag method?
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    Hi ekuka,

    Sorry for the confusion. Are you asking how to verify your website through a meta tag or how to edit your meta tag information?

    Thanks!

    Chris
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    great post, when my site comes up in google it just says for description "this site was made with intuit... blah blah" i just submitted it with my title tags and meta tags all set up. Do you think my description in Google will change now or is there something i have to do?
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    Hi mbk5673621,

    Welcome-

    Yes, that should take care of it as soon as Google uddates their search results.

    It won't happen immediately as it does take some time for the results to update, but there is nothing more you can do on your end.

    Thanks,
    Ehsan
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    Thank you, you guys have awesome customer service and provide a great product
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    Ehsan Zaheer

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    Thanks for the kinds words, we're always glad to help out!

    Ehsan
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    I would like some help with this topic. I published my website on Jan 1 and I am virtually getting no traffic. I added Traffic Booster about three weeks ago and I just added Weblistings Yesterday. I just would like to know if I am on the right track? I am still having problems getting found on Google and Bing and its really frustrating. I don't have months to see if what I am doing is right. I submitted my website to Google, Bing, and Yahoo. They all appear to have been verified and I can find my website in them, but not if I type in key words that you would use to find me. I really would like some help just verfifying that I am headed in the right direction. My website is:

    www.poweredbyd.com

    Thank you
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    Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for posting!

    I'm going to send you a personal email with some advice different things you can do to help get your website found online.

    Thanks!

    Chris
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    I have the same issue....please on my site: theaislestore.com
    Please forward your suggestions........kevinhoag@roadrunn... Thanks
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    Raymond9394

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    Chris can you copy me with that same e-mail I would like to get noticed to?
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    Hi Raymond,

    Absolutely!

    I just sent an email to you att.net address.

    Thanks!

    Chris
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    I created my website feb. 8th when can I expect it to show on google search

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    website start up on google search.
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    Hi Johnsonconst -

    It can take several weeks and sometimes months for search engines to pull up your site, but the steps above can help speed up the process.

    Thanks,
    Aubrey
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    Thanks for posting!

    I'm going to send you a personal email with some advice different things you can do to help get your website found online.

    Thanks!

    Chris

    Hi, Chris. I would also like a copy of that email, please. Thanks in advance.
    So I've created a website but when I type the URL into google, it doesn't come up - created one prior to this and when I type the address in (different site altogether) - presto - there it is... HELP

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    can't find site.
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    Hi creeksidewindermere15800,

    It looks like you've just recently published your site. Not showing up in search engines right away is normal, it does take some time for your site to get added as a search result.

    You can use the info above to increase your chances of becoming indexed faster and having a better ranking.

    Hope this helps, thanks!

    Ehsan
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    Hi, Chris. I would also like a copy of the email with your advice for getting found online, please. Thanks in advance.
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    Angela W, Product Manager

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    Hi Dave, sorry for the delay. I've sent you the email with advice for getting found online.
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    garrett5537

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    any chance of a copy of the email
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    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    What elements make a good tag line so it will show up in search engines?.
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    Hi rdrakepainting7418,

    Welcome--

    Anything that a search engine can read is what helps, mainly text or alt tags for images etc.

    Hope this helps, thanks!

    Ehsan
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    I recently updated my site & added traffic booster. can you email me @ mikecole7997@yahoo.com for tips, my website is www.colelandscaping.org
    THANK YOU
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    Hi mike8424,

    We'll be adding another topic with some more detailed tips on how to help your organic ranking very soon.

    I'll be sure to share the link to that topic as soon as it's up.

    Thanks!

    Ehsan
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    I recently started my new website via Intuit websites and my web page is not listed on any search engine sights like Google or Yahoo. Is there anything I can do about that??

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    Not listed on any search engine sites..
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    Hi tlw5458215539,

    Welcome to the community!

    Among the information above, we do offer some other services for helping your website get found within search engines.

    If you'd like more info on that, please log into your account:

    Add-on Services > Get more customers

    Hope this helps, thanks!

    Ehsan
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    I have another question about this topic and I know that I am not the only one experiencing this.

    My business is a service, not a product. I am a Mechanical Designer.

    How can I get my listing higher in a Google or Bing search?

    If you type in words that would be used to find my website such as "Mechanical Design", you will always get pages and pages of job listings from "Indeed" and other job location sites first. What can be done to change this if anything?

    Is it money? Give me an honest answer.

    Andy
    www.poweredbyd.com
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    Hi Andy,

    The information listed above is a great way to get your site added to search results, but what you're inquiring about essentially takes time and money.

    The main thing people want for their website is to be one of the top search results on the first page or two of Google, Bing and other big search engines.

    Where you show up in the search results is called your organic ranking. Basically, you're placed where search engines feel you should be ranked against all of the other websites that show up for the same key phrases.

    When you want to increase your organic ranking, your best bet is SEO (search engine optimization). It's not a one time thing you can setup and let run, it's something that requires maintenance on an ongoing basis.

    There are many companies that offer SEO services, but none (that I know of personally) that can beat our pricing.

    If you'd like more information, I'd be happy to provide that or get you in touch with someone who can go over this in more detail with you.

    Please let me know if I can be of further assistance or if you have any other questions.

    Thanks!

    Ehsan
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    hi
    i would like to be able to do a bit more with my site to get it noticed , is there anything i can do with links, meta tags or key words , i know that key words are not as important as the content and layout, but will they still help, is there some basic seo i can do on my site ????
    garrett
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    Hi Garrett,

    Welcome-

    You may find this article helpful as it goes in to a bit more detail about seo and how help your site get found:

    Tips for doing your own seo.

    You're correct, meta tags doesn't help much, if at all, for being found. However, meta tags can be added to the head section of your page, using html code.

    Hope this helps, thanks!

    Ehsan
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    I know a lot about SEO. Need help? PhilipHawes@yahoo.com
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    So I did the SEO and still cant get my site to pull up even if i use my zip code. Is this a real service or one of those things people who dont know better pay for.

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    Does SEO work?.
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    Hi Tom,

    Welcome to the community!

    You've added Traffic Booster to your account, that is different from SEO (search engine optimization); Traffic Booster generally takes 4 - 6 weeks to get your site listed locally.

    I also notice you've just recently built and published your website, showing up as a search results is not something that happens immediately.

    You may find the information above helpful, they are tips on how to help your site get more visibility within search engines.

    Hope this helps, thanks!

    Ehsan
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