Re: First big search engine submit

From: Per M. Koch <>
Date: Wed 16 May 2001 14:20:18 -0500


> I have finished my first web site
> and am now ready to hit
> the search engines big.

After having taken a quick look at the site, I would
say that the chances are that Yahoo! will accept this
site. However, you can never be too careful with Yahoo!
Here are a few comments that might be of help:

Yes, links to Yahoo! should be submitted manually. Be
very careful and follow all the instructions! Your
submission will be reviewed by a human being.

1. The logo looks professional, which is very
important. Yahoo! editors are short on time, and the
first impression counts a lot.

2. It looks like you have designed the home page on
a machine that renders font-sizes relatively small.
My Windows 2000 PC show fonts in much larger sizes
in real terms than -- let us say -- a Win 98 PC or
a Mac. Hence your
top navigation line looks crowded in IE 5.5 and Opera
5, and links like "How To" and "Show Card" are broken
into two lines. You should make the individual table
cells broader. The same applies to the similar menu
near the bottom of the page.

Note that the "How To" is printed in black, as opposed
to the other menu choices. Moreover, the section
headings look "strange" in Netscape 4.7 for Windows.

Test the pages on all major platforms, including Win
98, Win NT/2000 and Mac OS, and all major browsers
(minimum: IE 5.0 or 5.5 and Netscape 4.7 AND 6).

3. There is no cell padding in the NEWS section. The
text need more air to breathe. Still, maybe the blue
border line is not supposed to be there (it looks
better without). It is not visible in Netscape 6. In
Netscape 6, however, you need more space between the
logo and the "Search" and "Showcase Products"

4. It is extremely important to include company info
on the home page -- as you do -- but you should include
the street address as well, not only the P.O. Box. Some
argue that you should put this information on every page.

5. Add some VISA, Amex and MasterCard logos in the
"Payment and Shipping" box. Details count!

6. Add copyright information.

7. The site and company name includes important
keywords, that is great, because Yahoo! will use the
company name as the title.

A final comment: Your Yahoo! listing is important not
only because Yahoo! will bring you more visitors.
Many of the search engines consider a Yahoo!
listing a sign of quality and relevance and will
boost your ranking in their own search engines.
This applies to search engines like Google,
AltaVista and Excite.

Hope this helps!

Per M. Koch
Pandia Search Central
- your guide to search engines and Internet searching

Received on Wed May 16 2001 - 14:20:18 CDT


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