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If RSS is the Yahoo backdoor, is a Blog Google's? (Part 2)

By Tinu AbayomiPaul

Setting up Your Blog for the Best Chances to Be Included in Google – and Your Best Bet For Staying In

Below are the top 8 items you need to be concerned with to get your blog prepared to be recognized and listed well by Google. The 8th item will clarify one of the most important factors if you want to stay in.

1- The Location of Your Blog

Your blog is doing you the least amount of good on someone else’s server. If you have Blogger, you can change from the blogspot version to have Blogger FTP your files to your server for free.

2- The Links on Your Blog Template

By links, I don’t mean what you link to when you post. I am specifically referring to the links in your blog. If you don’t edit your blog template to include links to the main part of your site, you’re making a mistake. How is Google going to find a link that isn’t there?

Edit your chosen template to make sure there is at least one link from your blog directory to the rest of your site.

3 – The Frequency of Your Updates

A wise webmaster recently said that the best thing you can do for your search engine efforts is to add a new page to your site a day, and to make one change to your site a day.

Why is this such great advice?

Because Googlebot does not need to re-spider your site if it doesn’t ever change. It probably will – but I’ve noticed the more there is a legitïmate need for it to return, the more likely it is that you’ll get re-spidered.

Posting to a blog, or an RSS feed, and leaving it to stagnate will bring you zero traffïc. Furthermore, when people see an abandoned piece of web real estate, they leave. It’s like tuning into a TV channel and seeing “snow”. Most people can’t stand it for more than a few seconds, and will either turn the channel, or turn the television off.

There are even shorter attention spans online, from both search engine robots and people. If you want either to return, update constantly.

4 – The Right Keywords for Your Blog

When you’re selecting keywords for your blog, your best bet is to pick keywords that have a medium to high yield and low competition. The essential difference is this – would you rather be ranked #107 for “internet marketing” and get no traffïc, or be ranked number one for “learn internet marketing” and get a few hundred?

5 – The Placement of the Keywords on Your Blog

Here’s where your primary keywords need to be:

in the title
in the description
in your post titles where applicable
in the name of the links to individual posts
in the text that links your posts
If you look at the front page of my blog, you’ll see the phrase “Free Traffïc Tips” everywhere. And yet, the pages don’t sound ridiculous.

This is because I set up my blog so that every page and every post utilizes these words. If you set up your blog correctly, and get in certain habits when you post, you’ll find that your site will begin to rank for the term that best matches your topic.

6 – The Length of Your Blog Posts

Always remember this. “Posts are paragraphs, sentences are sp@m.” Your posts should be at least two paragraphs. If there is little to no content on a page, there’s no reason for it to be indexed unless it is the only page available for that term.

The only time your post can be shorter than that, and still be effective, is if you’re linking to something else. It won’t always work out that you’ll have several paragraphs worth of content to discuss. But do your best to stay above 90%.

7- The Frequency of Your Archives

Remember the wise webmaster’s quote earlier? Well, here’s a question – if one new and updated page on your site is good, do you think creating or updating three pages of your site can be better?

It sure can.

Daily archiving makes a huge difference. If you have this option, use it. If you don’t switch. If you need more room on your server, get some. It’s worth it.

When you combine daily archiving and having individual post pages, each time you post, your site generates a new page for your post, updates the day’s archive page (or creates it if it’s the first post of the day), and updates the index page of your site.

Combine these date-stamped pages with real content and you’ve got great spider bait.

8 – When, and Where You Are Linked

If you have Blogger, you’ll want to make sure your blog is listed as “public”, so that it will appear on Blogger’s recently updated blogs pages whenever you make a new post.

There is some speculation that this is what gets your blog spidered so quickly by Google if you use Blogger to post. And the answer is yes, if you are willing to wait about 48 hours, this will get you spidered.


And IF your site is indexed, it will probably be dropped out the next day, if this is all you do. This has been documented in public on other sites.

What hasn’t been made public yet is that your best bet for staying spidered is frequent and regular updates. Let Google know that you’re not trying to use Blogger to sp@m its database. Provide useful content that updates at regular intervals.

All these tips help you get ethical attention from Google. You don’t need to do anything dishonest or underhanded to get your site spidered, or listed. So, if your site fills a need that Google has for sites, and you have a quality site, you can get listed.

With just these tips. you have enough to get a good blog into Google.

It’ll be up to you to stay in.

About The Author
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