Skip to comments.Does Google Index http://www.freerepublic.com/ ? (Vanity / Assistance)
Posted on 09/09/2008 8:10:24 PM PDT by NowApproachingMidnight
You never really see freerepublic threads in search results, do you?
May we discuss a search engine optimization plan for the benefit of The USA, our neighbors, and ourselves?
Please contribute your thoughts
Now they will.
After about 1.5 years I got them to the first HUMMER dealer showing all searches done with an area modifier (PA, Penna, etc)(example; HUMMER H2 PA). All pages support each other in some way. I have assisted other businesses to do the same thing.
It still mainly comes down to text and continuity of the site. If it all supports the rest it ends up ranking higher. FR shows up great when doing test searches. I am not sure if google ranks them as a blog but FR usually displays on the first page, if not the top five, when doing content searches.
It would take pages of the way the search engines work to explain how alt tags, meta tags, etc work. The basics still trump everything else. Title, meta tags, description, text are still at large part of what determines ranking.
One of the founders of google when interviewed a few years ago talked about the “democratic idea” of the www. Last Nov. or Dec. google apparently changed the way things like pictures and graphics affected rankings. They allowed more weight to be given to those elements.
FR has plenty of both content and graphics. Seemingly text with graphics can work nearly as well as alt tags. It is working for FR right now how ever they are ranking them.
For instance, Recently I was searching for the old thread "Global Warming Cartoons."
Using Freerepublic's search, nothing comes up, all blanks
Using Google, without even mentioning Freerepublic it's the 5th choice
I have found that any content management system like this is normally not optimized to put the keywords, categories, and other important fields into the tags, or enclose things in the proper header (h1) tags, et cetera. This seems to help.\
Thanks for the long response.
Subtle. I wonder if anyone else will get it.
Google usually has some cartoon if it is a special day. The Olypics have something on the home page, hearts for Valentines but there is nothing for 9/11 today. Telling.
I know others have mentioned this, but I routinely run across FreeRepublic sites in my Google Searches. In fact, they appear VERY quickly in the results. If for instance, I’m looking for information on a certain subject to add to a thread, or cite something I will usually see at least one result tied to the thread I’m responding to. I’ve actually been quite surprised at how quickly they are indexed.
If you want to see exactly how many pages are in Google’s Search Results for FreeRepublic simply type in the name in the search box. I just did that and Google came back stating they had over 6 MILLION results. (Granted, these are not ALL from FReeRepublic.com itself, but I’d bet the majority are...). See the search result here: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&pwst=1&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=1&ct=result&cd=1&q=freerepublic.com&spell=1
By the way, I also did a search using the term: “ site:www.FreeRepublic.com “ and this very thread was the SECOND result! LOL See the results here: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Site%3Awww.freerepublic.com&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&oq=