Monday, September 8, 2008

Website SEO update

Well another week has passed and I’m afraid to say there has not been a lot of movement on the SERPs , having said that, what movement there was, has been in the right direction.
The Gîtes with pools website did make a move from #51 to #33 which is not to be sneezed at, and all the other pages have made one or two point moves so we’ll keep our fingers crossed.
The site did not do so well and a couple of the pages actually went in the wrong direction, so it may be back to the drawing board on that one.
We are well under way with the local attractions pages, the problem is every time I start a page I find I want to add more. A good example of this is the Marais Poitevin, I wanted to do more than just the Green Venice which is the more tourist oriented part of this fascinating region, the problem with this is that I now have nearly 20 pages planned, and by the time I've finished it will be like a reference book. The same happened with the pages on Vouvant and Mervent, the planned pages will make one of the largest references to these attractions available on the web. The question is will it do me any good apart from the satisfaction that seeing the finished result gives me. It's a real shame that Google doesn't have an algorithm for passion and dedication.
On a slightly different note I came across a website where they have absolutely no passion at all for their subject, it lists the Vendée as a city on many of its pages and there isn't one picture of the Vendée. There are however plenty of pictures of La Rochelle, scores of pictures of bread, wine or things that could be from anywhere in the world, but they all have an "alt tag" with Vendée in it. The most annoying thing is that despite being obviously written by a ghost writer in the USA or somewhere suchlike, they are #1 for attractions in the Vendée. Doesn’t it make you sick.

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