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Posted by: Haxan Oct 16 2006, 05:06 AM

I have started a new web directory http://www.webhosting-directory.org and I promoted it well enough but I have not been rewarded the way i should have been by Google. I want to know, if there is anything wrong in the HTMl code. Please help!

Posted by: Christian J Oct 16 2006, 05:50 AM

You use an HTML 4.01 doctype, but much of the markup looks like XHTML. I recommend using HTML 4.01, then fix the validator errors: http://www.htmlhelp.com/tools/validator/

I assume you're already familiar with http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=35769

One problem with any directory might be that they look like "link farms". Apparently more than 100 links per page are discouraged.

Another problem might be how you've created your content: if it's taken from other directories (DMOZ etc) your site will look like a duplicate.

All empty category listings on the site (besides the common site content) will look like duplicates of each other.

As a side-note the text is very small, which will make it inconvenient for many humans to read.

Posted by: Haxan Oct 17 2006, 01:53 AM

QUOTE(Christian J @ Oct 16 2006, 03:50 PM) *

You use an HTML 4.01 doctype, but much of the markup looks like XHTML. I recommend using HTML 4.01, then fix the validator errors: http://www.htmlhelp.com/tools/validator/

I assume you're already familiar with http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=35769

One problem with any directory might be that they look like "link farms". Apparently more than 100 links per page are discouraged.

Another problem might be how you've created your content: if it's taken from other directories (DMOZ etc) your site will look like a duplicate.

All empty category listings on the site (besides the common site content) will look like duplicates of each other.

As a side-note the text is very small, which will make it inconvenient for many humans to read.



Thanks a lot for your comments. I will study the code again and make relevant changes

Posted by: Haxan Nov 18 2006, 06:46 AM

QUOTE(Haxan @ Oct 17 2006, 11:53 AM) *

QUOTE(Christian J @ Oct 16 2006, 03:50 PM) *

You use an HTML 4.01 doctype, but much of the markup looks like XHTML. I recommend using HTML 4.01, then fix the validator errors: http://www.htmlhelp.com/tools/validator/

I assume you're already familiar with http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=35769

One problem with any directory might be that they look like "link farms". Apparently more than 100 links per page are discouraged.

Another problem might be how you've created your content: if it's taken from other directories (DMOZ etc) your site will look like a duplicate.

All empty category listings on the site (besides the common site content) will look like duplicates of each other.

As a side-note the text is very small, which will make it inconvenient for many humans to read.



Thanks a lot for your comments. I will study the code again and make relevant changes



I have made some changes. How do you think it goes now?

Posted by: Christian J Nov 18 2006, 08:03 AM

There are still errors: http://www.htmlhelp.com/cgi-bin/validate.cgi?url=http://www.webhosting-directory.org/

One reason might be that you use an HTML4 doctype with XHTML closing slashes in "empty" elements (like META or INPUT).

Posted by: pandy Nov 18 2006, 10:32 PM

Does Google care? There are other reasons to fix the errors but I don't think Google ranking is one of them (alas). unsure.gif

Posted by: Christian J Nov 19 2006, 06:52 AM

QUOTE(pandy @ Nov 19 2006, 04:32 AM) *

Does Google care?


Forgot about the original question! mellow.gif

The Google Pagerank appears to be very low, 1/10, which implies more sites need to link to you (serious ones, not link farms). A related problem is that there's lots of competition for your search words ("web hosting", "hosting directory", etc), so getting good result on these will be very hard indeed. Try to come up with some related words/phrases that noone else thought about yet.



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