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choicelandscapes
02-06-2008, 03:11 PM
Hey guys,
I recently used one of the website templates available here to use on my new web site. www.choicelandscapesllc.com

It is still under construction but please take a look and critique. I want it to be the best it can be.

My problem is...on my interenet explorer tab when the page is minimized on the task bar it reads "my company". How do I change it so that it says Choice Landscapes?

Thanks

Tom

Steve
02-06-2008, 03:38 PM
Hi Tom,

Do you have Skype.com? I am on it now and we can chat about your website. The program is a free phone program my username is GopherHaul.

Can you get that downloaded and installed? If you don't want to thats fine, I will help you on here.

Let me know, Steve

choicelandscapes
02-06-2008, 03:44 PM
i will try to downoad it now

Steve
02-06-2008, 03:57 PM
Let me know if you get this running we are on conference call now.

Steve
02-06-2008, 06:08 PM
Just to keep everyone updated, we were able to get onto skype and talk and get Tom's website fixed. I also recorded some of the conversation for a podcast I will be posting later to share with everyone.

This Skype software is amazing.

choicelandscapes
02-06-2008, 07:21 PM
Steve,

Thanks for the help earlier that new software you are using is great! I have another situation I was hoping someone could help me out with. I just pulled up my company web address using google. I typed in "choice landscapes birmingham". The link that it gave said "My Company" and not "Choice Landscapes". We corrected that problem on my web site earlier today. Do you know why Google still shows it as "my company"

Thanks again,

Tom

choicelandscapes
02-06-2008, 07:25 PM
Nevermind!

I found the situation. Google has to update. I got the following message. Google last took a snapshot of my web page on Jan 29. See below.



This is G o o g l e's cache of http://choicelandscapesllc.com/ as retrieved on Jan 29, 2008 16:31:29 GMT.
G o o g l e's cache is the snapshot that we took of the page as we crawled the web.
The page may have changed since that time. Click here for the current page without highlighting.
This cached page may reference images which are no longer available. Click here for the cached text only.

StartALawnCareBusiness
02-06-2008, 08:02 PM
Hey Tom, Keith here.

If you have a Google Account, you can also force googlebot to visit your site. This will not necessarily get your site's change indexed immidiately but it will let google know that it definately needs to take another look.

Good luck:

Keith

ritchiem
02-06-2008, 10:43 PM
http://www.google.com/addurl/ follow the link to add your URL to the google crawl.

StartALawnCareBusiness
02-06-2008, 11:28 PM
Hi Richard:

Not to be too confusing but if you have a google webmaster account you can add sitemaps and then force a crawl by googlebot of newly updated sitemaps.

This is different from simply submitting a url.

I know you know this but others might not understand the distinction.

Keith

Steve
02-07-2008, 07:25 AM
I was thinking about this and I was remembering a lot of experimentation that Rodman was doing with his website.

In previous posts we were talking about how when people search for lawn care services, they tend to look for their town name and lawn care. Because they do this, it seemed like you would improve your chances of showing up high in search engine results if you said something like 'your town lawn care' and then maybe have a '-' and then your actual lawn care business name.

Rodman seemed to have great results in search engine placement by doing this.

Tom, you might want to experiment with this too.

If someone is looking for a lawn care company and searches for your town or even county name and lawn care, where do you rank now? Then maybe change your title and see if your search enging rankings improve.

ritchiem
02-07-2008, 08:12 AM
Quote[/b] (StartALawnCareBusiness @ Feb. 07 2008,12:28)]Hi Richard:

Not to be too confusing but if you have a google webmaster account you can add sitemaps and then force a crawl by googlebot of newly updated sitemaps.

This is different from simply submitting a url.

I know you know this but others might not understand the distinction.

Keith
True enough http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

I was taking the easy street there.

Steve
02-07-2008, 08:31 AM
Quote[/b] ]Not to be too confusing but if you have a google webmaster account you can add sitemaps and then force a crawl by googlebot of newly updated sitemaps.

I haven't seen much usage of a site map on a lawn care business website.

Now as far as I know, a site map is a page on your website that has a list of all your webpages and has links to them. Is this correct?

How important do you feel this is for a lawn care company website?

Can you also tell us why it is important?

ritchiem
02-07-2008, 08:43 AM
A google sitemap is an XML file placed in your home directory for the spiders to crawl. It contains all of your working files and puts them into HTML. Here is an example of what I mean:

<table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td>Code Sample </td></tr><tr><td id="CODE"><?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<urlset xmlns="http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap/0.84"><url>
<loc>http://thelawnblog.net/wp%2Dadmin/images/box%2Dbg%2Dleft.gif</loc></url>[/QUOTE]

Steve
02-07-2008, 09:56 AM
Quote[/b] ]It contains all of your working files and puts them into HTML.

It contains all of your working files? Do you mean all of your webpages?

How does the spider know how to find this page? do you need a link to it from your homepage?

ritchiem
02-07-2008, 09:59 AM
When google crawls your site it first will come across this 'google-sitemap.xml' file where it will then search the string of text within that file...indexing only those pages. You can also pick and choose what pages to add and leave out.

I may be leaving out a step...I don't know the whole algorithm and process.

Steve
02-07-2008, 10:05 AM
I was just doing a search for this. Here is a sample.

You can read more from this site about the different tags and such

https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/docs/en/protocol.html

<table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td>Code Sample </td></tr><tr><td id="CODE">

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9">

<url>
<loc>http://www.example.com/</loc>
<lastmod>2005-01-01</lastmod>
<changefreq>monthly</changefreq>
<priority>0.8</priority>
</url>
<url>
<loc>http://www.example.com/catalog?item=12&amp;desc=vacation_hawaii</loc>
<changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
</url>
<url>
<loc>http://www.example.com/catalog?item=73&amp;desc=vacation_new_zealand</loc>
<lastmod>2004-12-23</lastmod>
<changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
</url>
<url>
<loc>http://www.example.com/catalog?item=74&amp;desc=vacation_newfoundland</loc>
<lastmod>2004-12-23T18:00:15+00:00</lastmod>
<priority>0.3</priority>
</url>
<url>
<loc>http://www.example.com/catalog?item=83&amp;desc=vacation_usa</loc>
<lastmod>2004-11-23</lastmod>
</url>
</urlset>

[/QUOTE]


Now my next question is how does this compare with not having one and just having the pages indexed without such a sitemap?

Have you found your search result ranking has improved because you did this?

ritchiem
02-07-2008, 10:16 AM
for sure it has...the only thing that really changes on my blog is my posts. I can tell google how often my posts generally change and basically when to come back and index again. If anyone is really interested in this, read the page that Steve posted above. More or less in a nutshell.

Steve
02-07-2008, 02:19 PM
Richard,

I am not sure what the big search terms would be for searching out a lawn care blog so I just searched 'lawn care blog'. I noticed your blog was 5th on the list.

Then I checked out my lawnchat.com (http://www.lawnchat.com) site and it's 7th.

Now what do you think is keeping your blog from being higher? Any thoughts on that? I still have no clue on any of this stuff. The only reason I think my blog is on the list at all is because it's linked from this forum, I am guessing.

Then above both of ours is http://stllawncare.blogspot.com/

It's run by a lawn care business who's website is here http://www.stllawncare.com/

What do you think makes them rank higher? Also does seeing their site give you ideas that maybe you should have your blog associated with your lawn care business?

What's your thoughts on that?

ritchiem
02-07-2008, 04:41 PM
well I know that under the search terms 'lawn blog' using google I am #1 with a sub as well. Using yahoo I am #2 for the same search terms. I am also pulling up the #1 sponsor for yahoo and google too!

It all depends on your content, title and backlinks for your ranking. Plus depending on your SEO habits, the search engines can bump your or raise your standing.

ritchiem
02-07-2008, 04:53 PM
some more interesting search terms for me using google

worlds first zero turn (http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&hs=dMu&q=worlds+first+zero+turn&btnG=Search&meta=)

advertising your business in the church bulletin good or bad (http://www.google.com/search?q=advertising%20your%20business%20in%20the% 20church%20bulletin%20good%20or%20bad&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-US&ie=utf8&oe=utf8)

hustler mowers 2008 (http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GFRC_enUS218US218&q=hustler%20mowers%202008)

green industry blog (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=green%20industry%20blog&btnG=Search)

landscaping truck wrap (http://www.google.com/search?q=landscaping%20truck%20wrap&sourceid=navclient-ff&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1B3GGGL_enUS176US261)

used zero turn mowers from ebay (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=used+zero+turn+mowers+from+ebay&btnG=Search)

to name some...I think it is important seeing what your audience is searching for...very cool stuff.

Steve
02-08-2008, 03:50 PM
Quote[/b] ]I am also pulling up the #1 sponsor for yahoo and google too!

What do you mean by this?

ritchiem
02-08-2008, 03:54 PM
goto google and type in 'lawn blog' I am usually #1 sometimes drops to #2 and look to the right in the sponsor column...:)

Steve
02-08-2008, 04:12 PM
Ohhh ok so you are using google to promote your site with google advertising?

What's your view on that experience so far?

ritchiem
02-08-2008, 04:19 PM
well my google adsense pays for my google adwords...so that works! http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

I do get a lot of traffic from the sponsor links...not tons but enough for now. I have 2 campains running at the moment. Costs me about $20.00 per month ( I have it on a very low rate ).

stllawncare
02-02-2010, 10:44 PM
Richard,

I am not sure what the big search terms would be for searching out a lawn care blog so I just searched 'lawn care blog'. I noticed your blog was 5th on the list.

Then I checked out my lawnchat.com (http://www.lawnchat.com) site and it's 7th.

Now what do you think is keeping your blog from being higher? Any thoughts on that? I still have no clue on any of this stuff. The only reason I think my blog is on the list at all is because it's linked from this forum, I am guessing.

Then above both of ours is http://stllawncare.blogspot.com/

It's run by a lawn care business who's website is here http://www.stllawncare.com/

What do you think makes them rank higher? Also does seeing their site give you ideas that maybe you should have your blog associated with your lawn care business?

What's your thoughts on that?

Thanks for noticing my sites. Let me know if you guys have any questions about websites. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Steve
02-03-2010, 05:17 AM
What kinds of things should a blog owner be doing to help promote their site and get it listed higher in search engine rankings?

stllawncare
02-03-2010, 05:52 PM
There is no one way to get your site to rank, but the most important is content. Write original content, and concentrate on specific keywords in each article. Don't overused the keywords, but try to establish an article based on those phrases.

Steve
02-03-2010, 11:25 PM
Do the keywords need to be link to another page or does just having them in your article work?

Have you ever looked online at other blogs? It seems there are some that are never updated and they can rank pretty high while others that are updated regularly are not.

What is your view as to why this is the case?

ProCut TM
02-09-2010, 06:19 PM
Hey guys,
I recently used one of the website templates available here to use on my new web site. www.choicelandscapesllc.com

It is still under construction but please take a look and critique. I want it to be the best it can be.

My problem is...on my interenet explorer tab when the page is minimized on the task bar it reads "my company". How do I change it so that it says Choice Landscapes?

Thanks

Tom
good looking site Tom

ProCut TM
02-09-2010, 10:35 PM
http://www.google.com/addurl/ follow the link to add your URL to the google crawl.

same thing for yahoo
http://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/submit

ProCut TM
02-09-2010, 11:11 PM
make sure your on all the local sites

http://www.yardsignswork.com/blog/2008/05/06/are-you-listed-locally/