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post Feb 16 2007, 10:04 PM
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Hi everyone.

I recently discovered the Lynx View tool which shows your site in text browser form so that you can see how search engines see it.
To my surprise it showed almost no content for a site I recently designed for a friend. Any wonder she says it is not appearing in Google!

I thought I had designed the site using reasonable good standards, but obviously I am missing something here. Would you guys please take a look and give me some suggestions as to what is causing my SEO problems?

www.somahealthandwellness.com.au

Much appreciated!

Oh, the Lynx View tool can be found at www.rankquest.com/tools/Lynx-View.php
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post Feb 17 2007, 12:04 AM
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Not sure what you mean. As far as I can see all text is there and the links work. Below what I see with Lynx.

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                                          Soma Health & Wellness (p1 of 2)

   Soma
     * Home
     * Services
          + Myotherapy
          + Massage
          + Osteopathy
          + Naturopathy
          + Psychology &
            Counselling
     * Yoga/Pilates
     * Products
     * Practice Info
          + News
     * Gift Vouchers
     * Contact Us

Why Choose Soma Health & Wellness?

   Gift Vouchers now available!
   Gift Vouchers Now Available

   SOMA Health and Wellness
   144 Barkers Road
   Hawthorn
   Victoria 3122
   Tel 03 9818 6522
   Fax 03 9818 6922
   [rocks-index]

   We believe that feeling better is about preserving the true and total
   self, treating not just the symptom alone, but identifying the primary
   cause.

   From pain relief to dietary analysis and advice, support for anxiety
   and depression to general relaxation and time-out to reflect on your
   needs, we have the right team to guide you through a healthy,
   energetic and positive lifestyle. Our unique centre beautifully
   presents itself to you, offering a wide range of disciplines from





                                                   Soma Health & Wellness (p2 of 2)
   Massage to Pilates, Naturopathy to Myotherapy and Osteopathy, Yoga and
   Psychology. SOMA Health and Wellness in Hawthorn bring you excellence
   in allied health care.

   Our team of professional staff will happily tailor a treatment program
   designed specific to your needs and requirements, within an atmosphere
   nothing short of pure relaxation. With Private Health Rebates
   available, why go anywhere else?

   [lotus_sm]
   2006 Soma Health & Wellness



Commands: Use arrow keys to move, '?' for help, 'q' to quit, '<-' to go back.
-- press space for next page --
  Arrow keys: Up and Down to move.  Right to follow a link; Left to go back.
H)elp O)ptions P)rint G)o M)ain screen Q)uit /=search [delete]=history list


You may want to clean up your code some, though.
http://www.htmlhelp.com/cgi-bin/validate.c...s&input=yes
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post Feb 17 2007, 07:35 AM
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http://somahealthandwellness.com.au/ is indexed by Google: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%...lth%22+wellness but contains an empty page with a Meta refresh:

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<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0;URL=http://somahealthandwellness.com/index.shtml" />

If you really want to redirect, do it from the server instead: http://htmlhelp.com/faq/html/publish.html#redirect

If you must use a Meta refresh, you might add a

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<meta name="robots" content="noindex,follow">

(together with a real link to the new domain?) to avoid potential search engine confusion.

The new(?) URL http://somahealthandwellness.com/index.shtml seems well done (though I'd use H1 elements for the main headings, not H2).

Maybe Google hasn't found the new URL at all, or maybe it's considered a duplicate of the the old one (and as such punished), or maybe the zero pagerank is to blame (according to http://www.pagerank.net/pagerank-checker/ ). To increase Pagerank, try to get the new domain listed in decent directories like Dmoz, and ask other (relevant) sites to link to it.
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post Feb 17 2007, 07:42 AM
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QUOTE(pandy @ Feb 17 2007, 06:04 AM) *

You may want to clean up your code some, though.
http://www.htmlhelp.com/cgi-bin/validate.c...s&input=yes

Some of the errors seem to be due to using javascript in an XHTML document, something which requires special considerations: http://developer.mozilla.org/en/docs/Prope...XHTML_Documents --the best sooution is of course to not use XHTML. tongue.gif

I'm surprised the validator catched things like that, though. wub.gif
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post Feb 17 2007, 07:43 AM
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I never noticed that the URL changed. You are so smart! wub.gif
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post Feb 17 2007, 07:50 AM
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I took a while to notice, even for me! blush.gif happy.gif

Anyway this also explains why http://www.rankquest.com/tools/Lynx-View.p...wellness.com.au doesn't show anything: there's nothing there to see.
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