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    Hello One and all,

    Well thats after watching my keywords move up to postion two on www2 and www3 it has now reached postion two on www1. So am a happy person.

    The main thing that I changed this time round was the acutal placement of my keywords in the meta description. I put the word taxi closer to the front of the description this time round and it seems to have made a big differance.

    I have now started going throu all my pages and making modifications to the meta description as I think it will certainly help in the future.

    So folks I know that some of you "old and bold" types might know but for anyone else this has been a six month learning curve and even though I have reached the top level for certain key words and level two for others, I will now try and put a few more upto the top 10 if possible. It just does not stop at two good listings.

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    well done, have you tried wordtracker.com?

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    John,

    Are you saying that these are the only changes you made to your site - no new inbound links, no other body or title changes ? I ask because Google does not generally use the meta description tag when ranking sites unless there is no text on the page.

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    Hi
    I did some changes on other pages and I have a few more inbound links (from 80 to 99) but I dont see that making a big differance.

    I notice that the listing on www1 has now changed again back to the old listing, I hope that it does change back again.

    regards John

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    Well, it may be the inbound links that ARE making the difference, as Google ignores meta tags except in very rare circumstances.

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    A new inbound link will always help, and strategic wording can make it even better.

    A link like this ...

    To see the web's best selection of blue widgets, _click here_

    .... would boost your link popularity, but wouldn't support your page for any search term in particular.

    A link worded like this ...

    thissite.com has the web's best selection of _blue widgets_

    would give the same link pop boost, but in addition, it would help your page stand out a bit more for "blue widgets" as well as "blue" and "widgets". That would likely be of more use to the seller of blue widgets than just "click here"!

    When you're trading links, don't be shy about suggesting how you'd like your link worded. As well, keep this in mind when you're setting up your link to the other site.

    There's a bonus here: the second style of link will be more meaningful than a "click here" link to someone surfing with an audible browser reader.

    Elisabeth Archambault

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    Hi Elisabeth,

    Well I think that changing the meta description certainly helps if you put a few keywords in the line.

    I now have the following:

    Listing Number 1 on Google for "Private Hire"
    Listing Number 2 on Goolge for "Glasgow Taxi"

    I have already started to see an increase in site traffic and have had two overseas requests plus some UK ones so it certainly seems that I have certainly did something right, then again its only taken six months.

    Also in the UK the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) are pushing their new website search service and I my keywords are coming up with a very high listing i.e. no 1 and no 2 again so wonder if they use Goolge for their searches.

    Anyway, I am a happy person and you never know we might just make it from 300 hits per month to at least a 1000 per month in the next few months. I know its not a lot but for our sort of company, 300 hits a month just now aint too bad.

    Once again i would like to thank everyone on this forum as they have certainly helped me a long. Watch out for a new reveiw request.

    regards John

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    John, that's definitely worth smiling about! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    John, Congrats on the high rankings and yes, BBCi Search does use Google (with a little BBC editorial content added and some heavy anti-porn filters).

    But I will say this one more time - Google DOES NOT use meta tags when ranking a site except where there is absolutely no text on the page.

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    Markymark is right.

    But if you want to believe in meta-tags for Google ranking... It's a free Internet. People believe in a lot kookier things.

    Some still believe that the only Google ranking factor is religiously submitting your site every month. There are probably even a few members of that cult that believes in white text on a white background still around.

    Believe whatever you want.

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    Hi
    Well ok then lets just change my wording:

    Meta descriptions may not help with your ranking but it certainly helps with keyword searches, now would that be a fair comment?

    regards John

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    It's like one of those Hari Krishnas we used to have at the airports. It really doesn't matter what facts you present. They have their religious belief that can't be rebutted with mere facts.

    The Hari Krishnas always seemed happy. Who's to knock it? If believing in those meta-tags makes you happy; more power to ya.

    P.S. Google doesn't use the keywords meta-tag.

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    Ok, lets try and agree on something, before I did not have the word TAXI in my meta description but in the text of the page. Due to DMOZ listing my page with some total garbage description the main word TAXI was missing.

    When people did any sort of search it did not find the site but when they searched for "PRIVATE HIRE" it came top out of 1million results. So I thought, wait a minute!!! (a sudden stroke of genuis) what if....I change the meta description and put in the word "TAXI"?? I put the word at the end of the line and the result got listed but not very good at all.

    On the next attempt I moved the word taxi to the forth word in the meta description and on the next reindex of Google it listed the site to rank 2.

    So ok, if Google does not use Meta Keywords or Descpritions to rank sites (am converted HONEST!!) then surley it must be good to have your main keywords in your Meta Descirption? It seems to have worked for me with 100 inbound links, but the site listed number 3 has 1000s inbound links.

    Anyway, am a happy man and we have seen a 10% increase in hits this month, maybe next month I break the 400 mark.

    regards John

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    Happiness is good. It's good to be a happy man (or woman).

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