my website

Submitted by BeckyP on 01/19/2004. ( )

I finally have my website up. If you have time to stop by and check it out, I'd appreciate knowing what you think. Now, one warning before you go, I built it myself. Also, I've checked it in 5 computers, in 3 of them it looked fine. But in 2 of them, including my own, the pics are too big. I'm guessing it's a display setting or something. If anyone knows, please let me know.
If you see any typos, please let me know. You know how if you stare at something too long you don't see it? Well I've spent a good part of the last 4 months learning and working on this project.
Thanks, BP

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This response submitted by Brent on 01/19/2004. ( )

You should have typed the address for some people,
.. ..

and- nicely done!

Looks nice!

This response submitted by marty on 01/19/2004. ( )

Pictures are coming up fine on my computer. The only thing I can think of WHY they may be coming up differently on other computers is their screen resolution is most likely set to a different setting. I wouldn't worry about that.

In "Field Care Tips" Some text is a bit too small to read and some is a bit too big. I'd re-do the text choosing a size right in the middle. Be consistent.

Under "Trophy Care Tips" there's a typo - it reads "...out of reached of children", drop the "ed". Otherwise, I couldn't find any other grammatical errors.

Prices? Was there a section with prices on it? I may have missed that. I would recommend adding prices to keep people from bugging you. If space is a limitation, I'd dump the trophy care section and put my prices there. The trophy care section could be a printed sheet you hand out to your customer's when they pick up their mounts.

Overall, very nicely done...

Nice Job!

This response submitted by Mark H on 01/19/2004. ( )

Nice included. I think I would dump the field care and the trophy care sections and add a bio on yourself and your business and add a price list.

You can educate your clients on the trophy care when the take the mount home. Field care is something you can also educate when you talk to them either before they've made an error or after the fact. In any case you can educate them or point them in the right reading direction.

Thanks Brent for giving the address. Nice Job Becky!


This response submitted by Glen Conley on 01/19/2004. ( )

you do good work, and as far as I'm concerned, you deserve high visibility.

You are dealing with BIG TIME competitive keywords and search phrases, and you are competiting with people that do websites and search engine placements for a living. Don't let that bother you, just keep your attitude about "quality" in your work, and you can make it happen.

Here's a "couple" of suggestions I would make. Think in terms of hidden text, and visible text. The hidden text is what the search engine robots or spiders read, that is what you can read when you click on source. The codes tell the robots what to take back, and tells the computer WHAT to display.

Remember, computers "ASSUME NOTHING!".

Different search robot programs operate off of different parts of your website content. The metacrawlers will work primarily off meta content, while some of the more sophisticated programs may only work from your title, description, and then right to your body text. Others will operate off of combinations of the preceeding. I might point out, you are showing almost the same as nothing in your body text on your homepage.

It is possible to write for this wide array of search robot programs, and it is really not that hard.

Another thing to remember, EACH of your pages are regarded as SEPARATE entities by search robots! In other words, you regard each as a separate website when you set them up!

Your Field Care page shows as such to the search robots:

<title>Big Buck Taxidermy Field Care</title>
That gives the metacrawlers nothing to go on.

You need to handle each of these pages with the same criteria as your homepage.

Immediately below is the description tag for your homepage. Compare that to the visible text of your page, and you will see that the word keyword or search phrase repeat isn't there.

<meta name="description" content="photos of mounts and wildlife;trophy and field care tips">

I would suggest this change to your meta descriptions:

<title>Big Buck Taxidermy Home Page</title>
<meta name="description" content="Big Buck Taxidermy, taxidermy work by Waco, Texas taxidermist Becky Phillips.">
<meta name="keywords" content="big buck taxidermy, whitetail buck taxidermy, waco texas taxidermist becky phillips, texas taxidermy">

On the visible page, I would definitely suggest adding: Waco, Texas directly beneath Big Buck Taxidermy. There wasn't an alt text showing when I held my cursor over the mount photo, you might want to change the name of the image. It currently shows as: <img src="bigbuckresize2.gif"width=30%>

If you change the image name to: big_buck_taxidermy , and use the same name in your alt text, that might help.

Another thing, use a visible caption either under or over your images. Some search engines will read "proximity" with images, and return that information to a searcher.

For example, right underneath the mount image on your homepage, add:

whitetail buck taxidermy by
Becky Phillips
Big Buck Taxidermy
Waco, Texas

A couple of free e-zines that will help the learning process, and keep you up to date with what is going on are:

Search Engine Marketing News, and

Scrub the, and offers some free services you will want to take advantage of. gives you links to 99 top search engines. You can sort through those and submit to the ones that still allow free submissions. Submit. Submit. Submit.

As long as it may have seemed, what I have written above is only a brief outline, but it will help you to get going in the right direction. Besides, you needed more to think about anyways! LOL

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