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Need Help with Web Site

I have a rather large web site that I designed in 97 and have never hired a webmaster. Haven't had time to learn all the new tricks and its seeming really clunky these days. Google wants my sitemaps to have 100 links or less, I don't know how to break them up and some of my pages that were in the top 3 are now on page 2 of google.

Was thinking I'd check here first to see if anyone is seeking work like that or help with SEO. Can pay some for help, and don't mind chipping in with the redundant tasks.



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Trying again

A few of you emailed, and I responded... but heard nothing back. Bumping this in case anyone needs some extra work!
Thank you

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfzOrAYRxVI

Except. - Their interpretation is BOTH - (their music is very political & devils advocate)

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What you see is what you get
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What you see is what you get
It's the '80's little fool
Don't forget the golden rule
What you see is what you get
What the hell did you expect
Pretty red roses, wet puppy noses
Men with rubber hoses is more like it

What you see is not always what you get
A lesson we must not forget
One never knows what to expect
So close your eyes and what you get
Is what you see and what you get

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It's the '80's idiot
What you see is what you get
It's the '80's little fool
Don't forget the golden rule
What you see is what you get
What the hell did you expect
Pretty red roses, wet puppy noses
Men with rubber hoses is more like it

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Bashing you around trying to make you like them
What you see is what you get

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I'm willing to bet SEO isn't your problem or shouldn't be your

focus. If you have more than 100 links on a page and you designed this in '97 , I'd say it is the lack of organized content and true semantic markup that is hindering you.

(I'm not saying you haven't tried to organize your content, I mean organize it 'for the web')

If you did this with a WYSIWYG web editor, or worse still, have tons of nested tables, or even worse, frames used extensively on your site, then you are not being kind to search engines. It's not that they can't read those sites, but you are throwing up roadblocks to an efficient parsing of the pages.

I do web design and can help with this, or at least point you to some resources I learned from if you have the time to read a few books and long websites to get a grip on where to go. I'm by no means an expert and am still working on my degree, but I have a pretty good grasp of how to set up a site that is Search Engine Friendly at the least. (And look pretty good too)

I'm guessing the "outline" of the site needs to be rethought entirely.

If you are interested - drop me a line and I'll see what I can do. It can't hurt for me to take a crack at it at no cost to you. If I give you a result you like and it's worth something to you - we can talk about that later. If not, or if it is beyond my abilities I will not hesitate to let you know and will not waste your time.

Without a link to the site in question - even this is just hazarding a guess. I'd need to see the actual site to get a firmer grasp on what and where to improve.

(and I'm looking to build my portfolio - so a freebie that you don't mind me using as a reference is fine with me)

you get it

Second paragraph pretty well sums it up.... and the site needs some bells and whistles I think.
Alternative Nature Online Herbal
www.altnature.com

Thanks for the link.

I'll take a look at it this weekend and see what I can come up with. (I have another site project I'm working on that needs to go live ASAP - almost done.)

I should get back to you by Monday or Tuesday

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My WYSIWYG web editor rocks!

I build all my sites with a WYSIWYG web editor and it works very well. Maybe you don't like them for whatever reason. I dumped my dreamweaver years ago and this does everything it did and much much more.

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What are you using?

I know there are some good open source options out there or so I've heard, but I haven't gotten to test them for 'code bloat.'

For now I'm sticking to hand coding - plus I'm learning all the tricks and stuff anyway so I consider it fun.

If there are good editors out there - more power to ya, but I'm guessing that wasn't the case back in '97. (though I could be wrong)

Front Page

I've always used Front Page, it makes a lot of chores easier. In 97 there was a mini version you could download free, now I'm using FP 2003.
It really needs to be done with CSS's... for some reason I'm not grasping the concept.

Alternative Nature Online Herbal
http://www.altnature.com

This may sound like it's off track at first, but

You'll see in the end, this is a good starting point for you:

http://useit.com

(it isn't a 'pretty site' and isn't meant to be)

Jakob Nielson is a "usability guru." He specializes (particularly for the web) making things work the way the average Joe expects them to. While this may not seem like it is a problem with your site, after looking at it, I'm guessing you didn't do the design with his guidelines in mind. Doing so will give you a firm foundation and may help break old habits. It will take you about a week or so to get through all the information he has - but the read is well worth it. (especially his reviews of the 'worst' sites so you know what NOT to do - and no, yours is not one of them)

Moving on from there, I suggest checking out the SitePoint library. They have some excellent titles that explain exactly what to do in plain English and why you are doing it.

http://www.sitepoint.com/

Currently I'm working through an awesome book called Transcending CSS by Andy Clarke. While it may seem ahead of where you are, once you get your hands dirty with some basic html and css this book will make it super easy to understand.

http://transcendingcss.com/

Two other great resources are Designing With Web Standards by Jeffrey Zeldman and Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug.

http://www.zeldman.com/dwws/
http://www.sensible.com/

It all depends on how much time you want to devote to your web skills. A couple of months investment could save you hundreds or thousands, and at the same time, help drive more traffic to your sites. It is just a question of how much is your own time worth and what do you want to spend it on.

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Pablo !

He's the guy behind this one I use:
http://www.wysiwygwebbuilder.com/

He has real support just about around the clock. It's the best $40 I spent for making websites. I don't know a great deal about HTML, but if you need to add custom HTML code to your site, it lets you do that too. You are correct about code bloat though in some editors, but I think Pablo put together probably the easiest package anyone could use. I make my own designs, so I never worked with the templates, but there are some nice ones to use if one needs to. Want to intergrate PHP? It'll handle that too. It even has Captcha built in for forms.

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Show your support on the Ron Paul Map !
People worldwide support Dr. Paul too :-)
http://www.pollingmatrix.com

Real eyes realize real lies

We want our country back

Every year is a year for Ron Paul!

Big Thanks!

I'm downloading the trial version now.
Front Page really hasn't added any new features in years, this WYSIWYG looks like it has a ton of features.

whenever you are socialnetworking

Whenever you post a comment, you post your website. this helps in search. comments are full of key words. and popular blogs like myspace get great rankings and come up on popular searches.

Hey, did you know that Dr. Paul has a cameo in this new movie trailer?
http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/bruno/international-red...

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In truth,

Anti Social

Thank you for the advice. That is a problem, I pretty much like to keep my personal rants away from my business interests. Guess I need another identity for those.

Here's a good one

www.naturalpoisonivycure.com

great site

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and, buy me lunch sometime.
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In truth,

true

I just bought an ad on this site, figure if I'm visiting a few times a day others are as well, and it goes well with the self substaining lifestyle.

is this your site??

if so..nice... :)

that's one of them

That's one of them. Altnature.com is the one that needs help, its the only one that gets enough traffic to make ad revenue.
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