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Search Engine Optimization

Can anyone explain the term, "Search Engine Optimization" to me? You see, my company is thinking of submitting our website to the search engines like Yahoo and Google so that when users search for some related keywords, our website will appear in the search results.

So we search around and found that there were 2 options we can go for. 1 is to engage some website that provides free service. While the other is to pay for Search Engine Optimization service. So, what exactly is the difference between the 2?

And finally, does anyone have any reliable service provider for such service? Thank you.

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Most if not are are SCAMS.
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Advice Needed Thank you...

Thank you for sharing the information. I have some more things to ask.

Firstly, we have submitted our website to the search engines before. And at that time, we didn't include Meta tags. But now, after including the Meta tags, should I re-submit again?

And another thing is that, because we engage a service provider to host our website, our website shares the same server with other companies. So as a result, I don't know why, probably by identifying the IP address, Google treats our website as another company's. What can I do?

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What I would do

What I would do is to read this article very carefully and follow the instructions, first.

Then if you'd like, you can check the validation of your website here

type in your URL and then follow the instructions. After you have your website check and corrected to your specifications, the I would submit your website to




You can submit your main URL or you can submit every URL, it's up to you. I do know that before I started helping this lady with her website, The meta tags were not correct but...because she had her own domain name, the crawlers managed to find her website.

It will take about a month for the crawlers to find your website. Some crawlers do NOT go to geo cities and some of the other websites of that nature. You say "we engage a service provider to host our website" depending on who the service provider it may be yes or no.

I can tell you don't expect spectacular results, unless you pay for them. If it's for a business, advertising can be a business expense. If you don't have the money to to this, then use the FREE method. If you have your meta tags that is something like this

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">

remember that every word you type can be read. If you use pictures and banners and especially flash objects, the crawlers cannot read these unless you put in alt text for these.

Hope this helps.


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No Attribute?

I tried the validator for only 1 simple page, and I got 9 errors. Like for e.g. ''<table width=''100%'' height=''100%'' border=''0'' cellpadding=''0'' cellspacing=''0''>'', it says that there's no attribute HEIGHT. But there should be height... And 7 others are regarding my flash object attributes. But, it should exist... What can I do?

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on height

I think that some browser do not react correctly to a height in percentage. You might want to make it a set amount. According to the book "HTML for the World Wide Web" the height attrbute is non-standard and not well supported.

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What about Flash?

Thank you. What about the flash component? What can I do to correct the error?

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