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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

PageRank 3 for my website!!!

Hey, I am overjoyed today, despite that my ex-handphone contacts are lost this morning, after a 12 hour software upgrade. (It is a master reset!!! I am trying to restore back from my old backup file from my old handphone - Sony Ericsson P910i. However, it just can't get detected by the laptop. Sick......)

Now the good news after several months (since April this year)of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to my website. My PageRank in Google jumps from 0/10 to 3/10. Hahaha........................ Recently, I didn't to anything to it. My client list page is still under construction (dead links here and there). That's why I didn't submit my sitemap to Google. Submitting a sitemap with too many deadlinks are not doing any good to my website.

My website is up since May 2000. By right, it should at least have some PageRank. However, due to my ignorance, I didn't know much about SEO and the second design of my website with frames (in terms of html) is doing my webpage harms (which I don't know till this April, after I have read up more on SEO and subscribe to their newsletter.) I got a self-claimed SEO expert from US (think his name is Matthew Foster? Can't remember clearly) to do SEO for my website in April.In fact, he approaches me through emails, claiming that he can do SEO for my website. He charged me US$1000 for 10 pages. It is expensive, indeed. However, if it will boost my PageRank, I will get more visibility online, more traffic and of course subsequently more business. After few weeks, he came back to me a so called designer's page. I nearly fainted. He just used m my old webpage content, applied a style easily grabbed from Photoshop and applied to my headline (this style can be done in seconds). The worst thing is that it looks awful and he can't accept any comments. Of course, I didn't tell him directly. I said perhaps he can change this and that in a polite manner. He fumes up and throw s me a lot of............... I don't know how to put them in words. Hence, I stopped employing his service. I just can't stand his attitude.

After that, I came across a copyriiter called Matthew (same name!!!) ..... (Can't remember his full name) online, and enquire to engage his service to do some copywriting for my webpage. He saw my website and loves my works. He proposed to exchange my service with his. Of course I am glad to do so. However, I didn't get any reply form him in subsequent emails sent to him. This, I gave up on him!

Then I came acoross this lady from Canada(ehm... can't remember her name too..... Hahaha! I have really bad memory) online. She offers to analyse my website for free. She pointed out some points which I think they are useful. Hence, I get her to do some copywriting for my website. Given the previous experience, I have to be more careful. I get her to write contents for my landing page. That page alone costs me US$200. IF I decided to continue engaging her service, I pay another US$300 for the remaining 20 pages.

However, I was doing the web design and SEO myself at that time. As I am really tight up with my works, the design was done on and off. Thus, I told her that it is better that I finish my design before getting her to continue with the copywriting. Now, I forgot her name. Alamak! Hopefully, she will drop me an email when she sees this blog. (After searching through my emails, I finally found her email. Ok. Her name is Heather Remier. pardon my bad memory, Heather)

Currently, the webpage is in php format, as proposed by my web designer which I came across when he propose some of his works to me few months ago. his name is Terence Ho. I have paid him $1220 to do up 122 pages. Most of them are cutting and pasting. The client page isnot done by him, as I can't afford the money anymore. My client page has abour 124 pages at that time, and the list is expanding. I decided to do it on my own. But the sad thing is, till now, after 2 months, it is still not fully done. Samre reason - too busy.

I heard that it is easy to get PageRank (PR) of 2-3. However, to get to PR 4-5 and above, it is very tough. However, I am really glad to see some PR now, at least not PR 0. Perhaps, I should put in more text as what I have done for my blog. I think the text should help - and I meant quality content, of course! This will be a big project for me, given that I have more than 200 pages content to write.

As you can see, I try to update my blog daily. This takes up some of my time. However, my next target is to get some PR for this blog too. Greedy indeed! Hahaha..... I think it will take a few months more, given that the images here are a lot more, as compared to other blogs. However, I think the text are not less than my website one. It is a lot more, though quite informal, as compared to my website one.

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