On the Google Bar

Discussion in 'Introductory Forum' started by Jean, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. Jean

    Jean Webmaster Staff Member

    I've been googling like mad Holly - what's going wrong?

    What are you actually typing in the google bar?

    I've tried "Alan Price Forum"
    "Alan Price Fans"
    "Alan Price"
    "alanpricefansforum" does come up but if we want others to
    find us they won't be googling the whole name will they?
  2. Jean

    Jean Webmaster Staff Member

    Holly, I've just found out from a techie-guy that having a banner right across the top of the page blocks the
    Google Search Engine so I have reverted to a very similar style to the one we had before using words on
    half the page which the search engines are more likely to pick up. So much for all my hard work to set that banner up!

    I do hope this makes a difference .

    Please keep googling people and see if we can climb the ladder [​IMG]
  3. hollyh

    hollyh Founder Member

    Too bad, after all your work on that banner!! :?

    Well, it's on page 19 again. I'll go click on it another 5 or 6 times. The term that I Google is "Alan Price" because that seems to me to be what most curious fans would Google...
  4. Rebekka

    Rebekka Administrator Staff Member

    Sorry to see that banner heading has had to go
    but agree if it blocks the search engines then
    it's not helping people to find us.

    I'm googling and googling ;)
  5. hollyh

    hollyh Founder Member

    It was on page 87 today :x
  6. Jean

    Jean Webmaster Staff Member

    [​IMG] Oh dear! how disappointing - but the search engine results take time to show
    so perhaps it will be a week or two before we see a change for the better.

    Thanks for keeping us up to date Holly.

    Keep googling peeps!
  7. Jean

    Jean Webmaster Staff Member

    Just checked on Yahoo Search and we are

    page 26

    - improved rating!
  8. Jean

    Jean Webmaster Staff Member

    And PAGE ONE on Ask.com


    so it depends which search engine is used.

  9. hollyh

    hollyh Founder Member

    Well, that's good news. Still, most people use Google -- so KEEP ON GOOGLING, folks!
  10. Rebekka

    Rebekka Administrator Staff Member

    That is much better - we will keep googling.

    I mostly use MSN search engine but have been 'googling'
    lately to try and make some difference :p
  11. hollyh

    hollyh Founder Member

    Couldn't find it at all today. :sad: Someone told me that it helps to have "tags" on something, so it gets filed on various other searches like "British invasion," "Animals," etc. Darned if I know how that works, though.
  12. Jean

    Jean Webmaster Staff Member

    Holly - it's going to be a few weeks before we see much improvement - so I read when I googled for information,
    so it's just a case of keep googling and wait.... after all, I had that banner right across the top for 2 or 3 weeks (?)
    not realising the search engines couldn't see past it so that was what made us drop right down.

    Enquired some time ago about using meta-tags on this forum and was told it's not possible on phpBB. :(

    Have we any techi-guys on the forum who can help re meta-tags??
  13. Rebekka

    Rebekka Administrator Staff Member

    We are still on page ONE of Ask.com today
    - can't find it on Google at the moment
    but I will keep googling and checking.

  14. hollyh

    hollyh Founder Member

    It's on page 83 today...I guess that's progress... :?
  15. hollyh

    hollyh Founder Member

    Still page 83...and only after I click the message at the end of the search asking me to repeat the search without "irrelevant" items omitted.

    How can our site be considered "irrelevant" when so many other references are listed that don't have ANY relation to Alan Price -- listings for Steve Coogan because he once played the character Alan Partridge, for example...the logic of Google is very strange sometimes.
  16. Rebekka

    Rebekka Administrator Staff Member

    Like you I am amazed we are not higher in google ranks Holly.

    I have been watching the counter at the bottom of the index page and
    although we don't get many new members the numbers are gradually
    creeping up so there must be quite a few people looking at the forum.

  17. hollyh

    hollyh Founder Member

    Perhaps those visitors are coming here through links and not through Google. Just think how many visitors we could get if we were on the first few Google pages!
  18. milka

    milka New Member

    I listen on this site music of Alan and in this site have lots of pics enoyoy

  19. adebee

    adebee New Member

    Looked at your post from May 2008 :biggrin:
    Today I have checked google and APFF is on the first page now
    so it is doing good.
  20. hollyh

    hollyh Founder Member

    Excellent! :biggrin:

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