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I now have a website thanks to vista print.  It was so easy.  However, if I google my name, Michele LeVett, it doesn't come up.  All you techies out there, is there something I need to do for this to happen? It is getting hits but not from google.

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Hi Michele,

Why the long domain name when your name michelelevett.com is available? Keep your domain name as short and as relevant as possible.

You have no key words or title tag on the home page except that mentioning your name or the town you live in and nothing about jewelry. But I did find this in the HTML:
alt="Website provided by Vistaprint" title="Website provided by Vistaprint"

You can see everything by right clicking on the home page and choose View Source.

You need the username and password to access the web site on the server. And you need an HTML editing program to make changes and FTP it up to replace what they've done.

Larry Berman
Digital Jury Services
http://BermanGraphics.com
412-401-8100
Thanks Larry, It does say fine art jewelry on my home page and no mention of my hometown on it. I already had the url and still have a year on it. I can edit through vista print and I do have a password and username on their website to do that. What is Ftp? Michele
Look at the page source. The most important information should be between the title tags. It's the first place the search engines look.

FTP is file transfer protocol and it's how you transfer a web page to your computer to edit it and transfer the changed page back.

I'll bet they have the title tag with their name locked so you can't take it out.

Larry Berman
Digital Jury Services
http://BermanGraphics.com
412-401-8100
thanks larry.......I don't know about vista print but it is locked on GoDaddy.

Larry Berman said:
Look at the page source. The most important information should be between the title tags. It's the first place the search engines look.

FTP is file transfer protocol and it's how you transfer a web page to your computer to edit it and transfer the changed page back.

I'll bet they have the title tag with their name locked so you can't take it out.

Larry Berman
Digital Jury Services
http://BermanGraphics.com
412-401-8100
What's locked?

I'm referring to a second set of alt and title tags with Vista Print's name at the bottom of the page.

Larry Berman
Digital Jury Services
http://BermanGraphics.com
412-401-8100
Thanks Larry, guess I will have to call vista print.......M

Larry Berman said:
What's locked?

I'm referring to a second set of alt and title tags with Vista Print's name at the bottom of the page.

Larry Berman
Digital Jury Services
http://BermanGraphics.com
412-401-8100
I called Vista Print and they showed me where to add the key words and descriptions. They said it would take at least 2 to 3 weeks to show up on Google. Thanks Larry.....M

Michele LeVett said:
Thanks Larry, guess I will have to call vista print.......M

Larry Berman said:
What's locked?

I'm referring to a second set of alt and title tags with Vista Print's name at the bottom of the page.

Larry Berman
Digital Jury Services
http://BermanGraphics.com
412-401-8100

Hi Michele,

I found this thread so I thought I'd make a comment ~ 

Search Engines cannot read images - just text & code. So for instance in your home page content there is no mention of your name that seach engines can read. Be sure to add some content that mentions your name, and your location and what you do on all your pages. This will be helpful.

 

Are you wanting people to find you who are searching for Jewelry in Durham, NC? If so then make sure that you have your jewelry keywords plus your city, State on your pages & also in your page title tag. 

 

I hope this is helpful. I'm not sure how much you can optimize your vista print website for search engines, but having content on your pages will help.

 

~ Good luck!

Good for you, Michele! All artists should have websites, if only to show one piece of work and their show schedule so your fans can find you at the art fairs.

If you visit, http://www.scottfox.com/blog_index.html, and scroll down in the middle there is a quick video that hits on a lot of important points that should be helpful to you as you develop your site, "Your Six Worst Website Designs Mistakes." (This is my son's site, and honestly he has taught me everything I know about web design, that has contributed to my exceedingly well crawled websites, that get excellent google rankings.

An "alt tag" will only give you text when you mouse over the image -- it won't add a caption. But there may be a way in the Vista Print editor to add caption and description text. It is a good idea to have text in your alt tags though, as that also helps the crawlers index your content.

Basically, the more relevant text you have in your pages, the easier it is for search engines to understand what your site is about. Crawlers don't get pictures, they only get words. To pare it down to basics :-)

Yes you can use alt tags for your images - and by the way your jewelry is beautiful!

 

~ Jeffrey

http://trumpetlocalmedia.com

(303) 912-5995

The one thing that you should add to your home page is some text that describes what you do -- right now it's all images, even the graphic at the top with your name. Having meta tags is helpful, as is having your name in the title (at the top of the window), but there is no substitute for a bit of text that says you're a jeweler, you do shows, etc. How you structure it depends on what you want the search engines to take away -- your name is your most important keyword, as Larry points out. But you always want to broaden your reach by describing your work and general direction on the home page -- just you did in the keywords. Don't save the good stuff for the "about" page!

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