How to get listed in Google?

How to get listed in Google?

1. Create a useful site with at least 10 pages of comprehensive, unique and useful content.

2. Use a content management system like WordPress. WordPress takes care of 80% of the SEO mechanics ( See slides 11 and 12)

3. Add a xml sitemap. If you use WordPress, Google XML sitemaps works great.

4. Link to the site by a new article from your already indexed sites. Try to get as many new article links from your friends online. The higher their PageRank the better. This is the most guranteed method to get your site indexed. I have got my newly launched sites indexed and ranking in Google just within hours of launch following this method.

5. If you are new online and find it hard to get links from others: Find forums, blogs related to your topic and leave meaningful comments. This will get you some links and help you make valuable friends who will give you links in future.

6. Read and follow Google SEO guide

7. If nothing works you can try Google Add URL and add your site to Google Webmaster central and implement any suggestions they provide.
Good luck getting listed 🙂

Why Wikipedia ranks better in Google?

For almost any search query, a Wikipedia article ranks better in Google.  Is Google biased towards Wikipedia? No. Google itself has Knol which is a direct competitor for Wikipedia. Then, how do Wikipedia articles rank better? Here is the secret:

1. Google favours informative pages over commercial sites.

A search for web hosting in Google lists informative articles including Wikipedia in the top.  See how a search for web hosting in Yahoo just lists only commercial websites.  We can think of Google as favouring information. Or it may be indirectly forcing companies to buy their adsense slots by denying top search results. Only Google knows 🙂

Except the above point everything else is well deserved merit by Wikipedia.

2. Wikipedia is online since 2001. Google thinks old sites are more reliable.

3. The structure of a Wikipedia article itself is highly SEOed:

* Both the title and URL of Wikipedia pages are to the point, short, self explanatory.

* Highly exhaustive, comprehensive collection of information.

* Articles are focused on a single topic. Assures keyword density.

* Natural writing assures  presence of related keywords.

* Frequent updates to the articles, addition of new articles regularly brings the search engine crawlers very often. So the changes are indexed at once.

* Copy formatting, text highlighting, sub headings, section – sub section structure help the bots clearly understand the content.

* Title definition at the very first paragraph.

* Images with description, alt tags, descriptive names and URLs.

* Presence of relevant external links., Google likes this.

4.  People by default link to Wikipedia to learn more. The Wikipedia pages are heavily interlinked. This increases the PageRank of Wikipedia pages.

Wikipedia is the best place to learn SEO because it doesn’t employ any SEO expert at all and yet ranks so well 🙂

Gmail Labs Features I use

Gmail Labs is a place where Gmail frequently tests new features .

You can visit http://mail.google.com/mail/#settings/labs and opt in to get those features.

There are lots of features. Some of the Gmail Labs facilities I really use often:

1. Gmail Offline – Downloads your Gmail messages, attachments to your desktop. So you view, search, reply your mails offline. Once you are online, the changes will be synced.

2. Pictures in chat – See your friends’ profile pictures when you chat with them.

3. Forgotten attachment detector – Prevents you from accidentally sending messages without the relevant attachments. Prompts you if you mention attaching a file, but forgot to do so. It would be nice if they would let us edit more “alarm words” like attachment, attaching in our own language.

So, what is your favourite Labs feature?

Google Chrome

Likes:

1. Lightning fast. Works great with Wikipedia pages, vbulletin forums, Google applications like Gmail, Google reader.

2. Connectivity. Not only does http://nonoh.net loads damn fast, i am also getting connected to all calls without delay and fail. From Firefox I couldn’t connect properly many times.

3. Larger screen space. Uncluttered menu.  I used to press F11 often in Firefox too.

4. Download manager. It is easier to locate downloads now.  

5. Tabs Managment. Tabs opened from one page are grouped together. You can close all tabs except the current tab, close tabs to the right, close tabs opened by the current tab. You can drag and reorder the them. You can pull out a tab and get a new window. 

6. Isolated tab processes. One tab doesn’t crash the whole window. 

7. Pleasing interface colour.

8. Application shortcuts. Now i made application shortcuts for Wikipedia, Google reader, Gmail, Twitter, Nonoh. I use them so often that i better think them of as applications not as webpages. Mozilla Prism does this too. But the integration and ease of use is better. 

9. Speed dial. 

10. Easy to install. Imports Favourites, browsing history, passwords.

11. Inspect element. The view source page is rich in presentation.

 

Could have been better:

1. No Master Password option. Privacy concerns if more people can access your computer.

2. I am too used to Firefox 3 location bar. It was better in ease of use. I could type any letter in the website title / url and get my sites. Also, it displayed the title name above url which is easy to read. 

3. Speed dial is not accurate and we have no control over it.

4. No auto feed discovery.

5. Could allow installing Firefox add-ons. I miss them.

6. No auto suggest for searching bookmarks, history, downloads etc.,