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Reflections on how Google rankings shape website content

I have now been running macintoshhowto.com for 10 years. Here is a graph of visitors over the last 10 years:

You will notice that there are some turning points on the curve. Most of these changes correspond to Google changing their Page Rank algorithms.  For example macintoshhowto.com was slowly and steadily growing in popularity  until April 2012, when there was a slight drop. This corresponds to when Google released ‘Penguin’ which was a change in the way they show their search results.Most of the other changes in the graph also correlate to some kind of a Google update.

Google is trying to tweak its search results to encourage good sites and get rid of spam sites. But I have discovered two ways in which these Google rankings algorithms negatively impact the way people create websites. 

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How to test your website for different browsers

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There are web applications that will allow you to preview what your website will look like on different browsers. You type in your website (e.g. macintoshhowto.com) and the site shows you what your website will look like in almost any browser you can think of. One such website is http://browsershots.org It’s free to use,  but there is a daily limit as to how many times you can use it.

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How to get your website to appear in a google search

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Web pages generally  do not automatically appear on search engine results pages. To make your site appear in google and other search engines you need to manually add your site to their index. This is called submitting your site to a search engine. You don’t have to pay to do this – it’s free. Read on to find out how to submit your site to Google.

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How to write a simple blog

A blog is like an online diary or journal, where you type entries and people can read them. A blog site is designed to be easily updated regularly. There are various ways to set up a blog, here are a few, I have listen them in order of simplicity…

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How to upload iweb sites without a .mac account

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NOTE: This article is for iWeb 08 and earlier.  Click here for how to do this in iWeb 09.

SUMMARY: iweb normally publishes your website to your .mac account on the apple server. But it also has an option in the file menu called ‘publish to folder’ which means it saves the entire website onto your computer. (It puts it in your user directory in a folder called ‘sites’)  You can then manually copy this folder to your own web account using a method called  ftp.

That information may be all you were after, but if you need step by step instructions on how to do it, read on!