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What is the best way to get your website rated highly in search engines?

Do you need to pay company's that advertise with rates from $25/month to $150/month?
Do they work?  Are the more expensive one's better?

Should you put in meta tags? (some of the highest ranked sites didn't have any)

Can you submit your site yourself? Do you have a chance at getting a high ranking like that?
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by:GameOver
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You can submit your site yourself, almost all free search engines like Google, Altavista, Alltheweb etc allow you to add your url to their databases. However if you concern about high ranking in search engines and you don't have any experience in this area, you may need to use search engine optimization services, they can help you get high rank in search engines.

If you want to know how search engines like Google, Yahoo rank websites or if you want to learn to submit your site yourself, check out http://webmasterforums.com, they have a lot of articles and guides that may help you understand how search engines work.
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by:DoppyNL
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Checkout the Online marketing TA, it contains tons of information about stuff like this
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web/Online_Marketing/

> What is the best way to get your website rated highly in search engines?
some magic words:
- content
- content
- Search Engine Optimisation (search the web and the TA above for this and you get tons of info)
- content
- content
- links to your site (to some extend they help)

> do you need to pay to get ranked high?
I don't pay anyone for that, and I'm ranked high, so, not needed

> should you put in meta tags?
they don't hurt when you don't spam them (repetetive words for instance are bad)

>can you submit you site yourself?
see gameovers reply

>Do you have a chance at getting a high ranking like that?
no, only helps the search engines to find your site; wich they would've eventually anyway via other site's.
It's no more then that.
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by:kohashi
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The fastest way to get listed:  get linked from a site that gets regularly indexed.  Google ignores meta tags.  Also try and get listed on http://www.dmoz.org, that really helps your rankings.

High ranking?  content, content and more content.  That is all there is too it.  Links to your site come with content, it will all boost your rating.


hope that helps,
-kohashi
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by:philjones85
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what's the best way to go about getting other websites to link to your site?
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philjones85 -

>What is the best way to get your website rated highly in search engines?

Ensure that the site pages are search engine friendly and optimized for the key words/phrases that you are targeting. Obtain as many quality inbound links as possible. Add fresh content every day.

>Do you need to pay company's that advertise with rates from $25/month to $150/month?

No, in fact a large number of these companies are scams.

>Do they work?  

They may appear to work in some cases.  For example to optimize a page to be number 1 in Google for the search term 'bakelite mushrooms' would be very easy because there are less than 500 competing sites. If you wanted to be number 1 for the search term 'lcd monitors' it is more difficult with nearly 2 million competing sites.

Also these companies may work in the short term but if they have used spammy techniques it can cause big trouble later.

>Are the more expensive one's better?

The reputable companies are more expensive, yes. There is an SEO Consultants Directory here http://www.seoconsultants.com/ which will help reduce the risk of wasting money.

>Should you put in meta tags? (some of the highest ranked sites didn't have any)

They are ignored by most search engines.

>Can you submit your site yourself?

Yes you can and most people do :)

> Do you have a chance at getting a high ranking like that?

Again it depends on the search term you are optimizing for and the quality of the 'on page' and 'off page' optimization.

SUPPLEMENTARY:

>what's the best way to go about getting other websites to link to your site?

There is no best way - it is just damn hard work and time consuming! You can outsource 'link development' as it is called and there are many companies providing this service. Looking for the sites that link to your competitors is a good place to start but it is only a start...

Use AllTheWeb for this, type in

link.all:www.CompetitorsDomain.com -site:CompetitorsDomain.com

and all the sites linking to your competitor will show. Then it's a case of contacting them and persuading them to provide a link to you :)

- duz
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by:DoppyNL
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>> what's the best way to go about getting other websites to link to your site?
First find site's that might want to place links to you, consider:
- related site's (same subject)
- wich are allready linking to site's of your competitors

then put a link to their site on your site.
Email them and ask them politely if they would place a link to your site and state that you are allready linking to them.
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