Increasing Your Rankings

February 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Authors, Independent Publishing, Rankings

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Getting your website up into the top rankings is a large component in being able to have people find you. It works from behind the scenes and is a direct result of your work you do with submitting your site to search engines and the various back links and reciprocal links you can achieve.

How is that possible? There is a magical formula that I stumbled upon. I began to connect with authors on Facebook and and have put links to my books on those sites. You can’t imagine what an oddity it truly is to launch a website and have it rise to the level of a major fortune 100 company’s website.

April 2008 my Create Your Own Reality book site was not even ranked, by June it was at 1.1 million. By October I got it to barely over a half-million. Then I started focusing on my newer book and it’s back down to 1.5 million. But that’s great! You need to keep up the activity on each site or your rankings will drop.

One of the methods to keep your rakings high is to submit articles to ezines that relate, exchange links with like-topic sites and of course, keep your activity up on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter activity. The relationships you create there are going to drive your recognition up even higher.

Submitting Your Website

February 2, 2009 by  
Filed under Authors, Independent Publishing, Website Submission

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If you would like to get your website noticed, and who wouldn’t? That’s the name of the game here! Getting noticed! One of the things you want to do is submit your website to Yahoo, Google and Alexa. I don’t pay as much attention to the first to, but I track my results monthly on Alexa. They keep you informed as to the level of ratings of your site. If you get your site up to one million, you are in the top 1% of all websites in the world.

You can pay for submission services, but that will hurt your website as far as the search engines are concerned. There are many search engines to submit your site to, but if you concentrate on the top three, it will do for the interim.

Eventually you will want to consider hiring someone to submit your site to all the search engines. If you’re up to it, here’s the basic list:

• Alexa
• (formerly Ask Jeeves)
• Google
• Live Search (formerly MSN Search)
• Wikia Search
• Yahoo! Search

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