How do I know if my website is ready for Google Ranking?

I am new to SEO and I am trying to get my website ranked by Google. I have read a few books and am now drowning in information overload. I think my website is OK at best, but from what I've learned, it should at least be somewhat visable. I have submitted it to Google about a month ago and Google has found 183 keywords and indexed 676 internal links. Still, my website has NO ranking and my keywords are not ranked yet. I know there is MUCH more I need to do, but I seem to be flying in the blind at this point. If I could at least see a small amount of success, I would be more content. Yahoo has ranked a few of my keywords, but not very well. Bing has not ranked any yet.

Could someone please tell me if I am going in the right direction and tell me how long before I could possible see ANY results at all?

Thanks and have a great day!

www.redhawktools.com

nekoda
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Joshua TitsworthDigital Marketing SpecialistCommented:
When learning SEO for the first time you can get on information overload, drinking from a fire hydrant. I would tell you that you need to start focusing on getting backlinks to your site. These are essentially a way for the search engines to determine how popular your site is. The next thing to do is just wait. While you wait keep getting as may backlinks as possible. If you want some visibility now try setting up an adwords campaign.
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nekodaAuthor Commented:
I've read some on getting backlinks, but how do I get other websites to add my link to theirs?
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Joshua TitsworthDigital Marketing SpecialistCommented:
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gwkgCommented:
What keywords are you trying to rank for?

I see you rank #10 for Birmingham YCL-22120 Lathe
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nekodaAuthor Commented:
Thanks! I'll use "backlinks" as my next step and accept that as a solution for this question.
I only have about a million more questions! HA!

Have a great day!

nekoda
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nekodaAuthor Commented:
For qwkq:

These are my meta keywords below. They are keywords that I feel people in the industry would search for if they are looking for one of the products I am selling on my website. Sometimes, people do not know brand name or models.

industrial tools
shop equipment
band saw
metal band saw
metal bandsaw
metal saw
surface grinder
milling machines
cnc mill
drill press
industrial drill
drill machine
metal lathe
bench lathe
cnc lathes
machining tools
metal working
cnc machine
metal working machines
metal machining
machine shop equipment
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gwkgCommented:
I can see one MAJOR problem

On this page

http://www.redhawktools.com/category_s/52.htm

You need to have the words link to the product page

Birmingham YCL-2060 Lathe
Birmingham YCL-2260 Lathe

etc.

right now you only have the pictures linking to the product page.  
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Joshua TitsworthDigital Marketing SpecialistCommented:
Hold up nekoda, I agree with gwkg, what words/phrases are you trying to rank for?
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gwkgCommented:
You need to focus on more "buying" keywords.

I doubt anyone searching for

metal working

is looking to buy anything.

Google seems to feel the same way if you look at what they feel the relevant results are for that keyword. (the 1st page of results)
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gwkgCommented:
You can run your keywords through this tool to get an idea of commerical intention

http://adlab.microsoft.com/Online-Commercial-Intention/Default.aspx
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nekodaAuthor Commented:
OK. Which tool do I use on that website? I am confused by what I see there.
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nekodaAuthor Commented:
OK. Maybe my way of thinking is wrong, but if someone wants to find a drill press and wants to know what is available, they would maybe search for "drill press"? If someone wants to replace some of the machines in their shop, they may search for "metal working" or any of the other words in my list. I tried "drills", "saws", etc. and the search list is in the millions.
What am I missing?
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Joshua TitsworthDigital Marketing SpecialistCommented:
What time zone are you in nekoda? Cuz where I am it's the weekend! I don't get on EE during the weekend and I was reading gwkgs response on addition to thinking on your recent post. To answer your question when is my site ready to rank, it is an open ended question. Google doesn't rank sites when they are 'ready' it ranks them as soon as they are indexed the only thing you can do is improve the ranking. Please request attention to have this question reopened. I hate to jave another person find this question to only have it unanswered.
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nekodaAuthor Commented:
How can I have the question re-opened?
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nekodaAuthor Commented:
I have requested the moderator re-open the question. I assumed wrong and I apologize.

Thank you!

nekoda
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nekodaAuthor Commented:
Ok guys and girls. I have been unfair by asking such a broad querstion. With that said,
I only want to address two things concerning this question:

1. concerning backlinks - am I assuming right that you mean links to and from another site that has a better ranking than mine?

2. concerning keywords - how many meta keywords should I have. Every reference I read states a different philosophy about this.

Thanks and have a great day!

nekoda
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Tony McCreathTechnical SEO ConsultantCommented:
backlinks are links FROM another website to yours. You will gain more if they have a high ranking, and are relevant.

Links TO other websites will benefit them, not you.

meta keywords are not very important any more. Google has stated they ignore them. So don't worry too much about them. Say 10.
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nekodaAuthor Commented:
For Tiggerito:

Where would I need to put the backlinks on my website? Can I put them on a page not
used or referenced. I would not neccessarily want my customers to see them.

nekoda
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Tony McCreathTechnical SEO ConsultantCommented:
Links on your website are not backlinks, they are outgoing links.

It sounds like you are planning reciprocal link exchanges. The websites you exchange with will not be happy if you try and fool them that you have given them a valuable backlink, when in reality it is hidden and has no value. If you do link exchanges, be honest.

re-read the article gwkg wrote and try some of the better ways he suggests to get backlinks

http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/Web_Development/Internet_Marketing/Search_Engine_Optimization_SEO/How-to-Get-Backlinks.html



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Tony McCreathTechnical SEO ConsultantCommented:
Sorry,

Its actually dhwake's article as suggested by seiko_08
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nekodaAuthor Commented:
Thanks Tiggerito. I think my answer is to follow this article and establish quality backlinks
from other sites with good PR. Because seiko_08 was the one who originally gave me this solution, I need to be fair and accept the solution from him. It seems like a viable solution and one of value to me. Thanks so much to all of you.

nekoda
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Tony McCreathTechnical SEO ConsultantCommented:
All good
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nekodaAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the great advice and reference to the article on backlinks. It was a valuable piece of advice and is accepted as a solution and next step for me.
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Joshua TitsworthDigital Marketing SpecialistCommented:
You can split the points up or just give them to Tiggerito if he provided you with the solution. I'm not in this for the points. I didn't provide you with the answer. Tiggerito did. Award the points according to who gave you the actual answer.
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