Was just having a little fun so did some different SE searches using different word patterns for my site(s) and I found that my page here on TeamCircle came up higher than my page on MerchantCricle let alone anyother of the ning sites that I am in.
Look for yourself and see whre you are in the SE's. It can be interesting.
Hi Howard, curious to know what you actually search on for such a test. In my own case, subject key words are not particularly effective as the competition is too great from major companies. My company name, my own name work fine. (That's why I always use my middle name as part of my first, along with the "letter" that men a lot in Asia but are really all about differention from all those other guys with the same name).
This is interesting. I recently added a sitemap (thanks to Angie bringing this to my attention) to my page for both Google & Yahoo. Yep, dopey me didn't realize I didn't have one. In three days, my site's come up anywhere from 2-4 pages higher than before. If you don't have a sitemap, I strongly suggest you get one. It's easy and can be used for both Yahoo & Google, just different validation codes.
What baffles me is how different these two sites index. For example:
I put in the search - baby candy wrappers. On Google I come up on page 3 but on Yahoo I come up on page 7!
Same as with - baby time capsules. I dont show on Google at all yet on Yahoo I am number ONE on page ONE.
I get a headache trying to keep track of these things. Can anyone shed some insight on how our pages are indexed and why it's so difficult to get to page 1?
Did a site map for google with the new site I am in the process of creating, still need to do yahoo, but it is a work in progress, but on track with the building first with temples then Ill get a web designer to rework all the pages.
Have you made changes to your site at all? Even the slightest change will be picked up by the search engines. Try making it a point to add content every couple of weeks or so and see if that helps. There are also programs out there (free) such as Google Webmaster and Google Analytics that help you monitor your sites performance.