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[aprssig] how to implement 'No more relay' for dummies -- Finding FIX14439 Page

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Tue Apr 5 20:42:03 UTC 2005


>>>
>>>Everyone can help educate GOOGLE to find my page by
>>>clicking here:
>>>
>>>http://www.ew.usna.edu/~bruninga/aprs/fix14439.html
>>>
>>>Bob
>>>
>>>      
>>>
1)      Google DOESN'T monitor your email reading habits (at least if 
you're not using G-Mail!). Click-throughs by readers of  links in email 
WON"T DO A THING to educate Google (or any other search engine) to the 
existence of a web site!   

2)     The key is links from other already-known-to-Google WEB pages.  
You were "shooting yourself in the foot" by not providing any link to 
FIX14439.html from any other of your web pages, until I pointed this out 
several months ago.    Generally, the more links from other WEB pages, 
the higher a given page will rank in Google' search results. Your goal 
then is to get other web sites to place a link to FIX14439 on one or 
more of their pages.   I've just placed a link directly to FIX14439 on 
my "Useful Links"  and  "APRS pages", even through I had already linked 
to your main APRS page,  to aid in the attempt to keep this page near 
the top of Google's results.  ( By the way, your page already comes up 
at the top of the search results for "FIX14439".)

3)     If the emailed postings are posted/archived on a 
publically-reachable web site (as the proceedings of this list are), 
then search engines will find the links because the email messages 
themselves have essentially become web pages.  Not because readers 
clicked through links in the original emailed message.  Note that to 
ensure that search "spiders" reliably recognize the string as a URL (and 
then follow it to index the page) , you must always quote a fully-formed 
URL, including "http://"  in the email message; i.e. something like:
     
       http://www.ew.usna.edu/~bruninga/aprs/fix14439.html     

not something like

      www.ew.usna.edu/~bruninga/aprs/fix14439.html     

(Note the difference in how even most HTML-aware email clients handle 
these two strings) Further, if the URL appears at the end of a sentence, 
MAKE SURE there is white space before any period or other punctuation 
mark! If the period is seen as part of the string, the search spider 
will effectively see a "broken link". (I always cite URLs in email 
postings on a separate line with several spaces fore and aft  -- partly 
to ensure they don't wrap and get broken by carriage returns and 
punctuation marks, and partly to make them easier to select, copy and 
paste into a browser  if the reader's email program doesn't 
"automagically" convert them into live links.

4)     FIX14439 is already known to Google, as a quick search for 
"FIX144" alone shows. 



Stephen H. Smith             wa8lmf (at) aol.com
                                                    
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