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Getting a Google Page Rank 3 in Six Months

I entered the world of website ... in July of 2004. I did a Google search for ... for sale” and found that e-Bay was a big seller. I had learned some web ... as the acting webmaste

I entered the world of website ownership in July of 2004. I did a Google search for “websites for sale” and found that e-Bay was a big seller. I had learned some web programming as the acting webmaster for a non-profit organization. My training consisted of reading, Learning Web Design: A Beginners Guide to HTML, Graphics and Beyond by Jennifer Neiderst.

Many websites are for sale on e-Bay. After watching the ads for a couple of weeks I decided to buy three sites: a diet site (, a travel site (, and a web tools reseller site (

My choice was based on the domain names, the product being sold, and the sense they were good products to sell. I had read an article that said search engines were more likely to index and rank a website where the product or topic was part of the domain name. My total investment was less than $300. The diet site was a drop-shipping business and required the most time. The travel site was an affiliate so no web programming was needed, only advertising. The web tools site required some web programing. I decided that a few additional web tools to sell would be good, so back to e-Bay I went to purchase more software to sell.

Next came submitting the sites to search engines. I found where you can submit sites for free---this definitely fit my budget. I also hand-submitted the sites to Dmoz, Yahoo (free), AltaVista and any other directories I could find. I found, a directory of directories and submitted the sites to as many of the directories as possible. I also began to do searches based on the keywords of my websites and did add the url, or submit site, or exchange links to those who offered it. I figured that people searching for my product were likely to find the same sites I found.

Within about 3 months, my sites were listed on Google, Ask Jeeves, Excite and several others when the exact website name was entered--- a big step forward. I still had made only a few sales and noone had found my sites by using the search engines. I decided to focus my attention on only one site,, because it was the only site that had any sales and the profit margin was highest on that site.

I began to experiment with advertising. I opened Overture, Google Adwords , Mamma, and Kanoodle accounts. I signed up for Adsense. I bought ezine ads, and visitors from Traffic Taxi, did a popunder ad and newsletter ad with I signed up with companies that pay people to visit your site, I tried an adblast---all with little or no results. I found and bought ads for the software site in the newsletter. Finally, I began to make some sales..

But to stay in business long-term and to reduce advertising costs, I needed to be able to make sales based on search engine results. I bought some site submission software which I now sell and began to submit my sites page by page. I also signed up with Microsoft and began to optimize my website pages.

Now, after six months, one of my sites has a great Google page rank. ranks 3. Website traffic is about a 2,000 hits/week. I have high hopes for 2005! I have learned a lot in the past six months especially about search engine submission, optimization, directoriesPsychology Articles, and links. See for Reseller Tips.

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Geraldine Jensen is the owner of several ecommerce websites. She is the publisher and editor of http;//,
which was chosen as Hotsite by USA Today in October 2004 due to it diverse opinions and good content. She was Webmaster for a nonprofit organization for 10 years. Her newest project is Today's Family Forum.

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