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Mar 01, 2014 14:36 |  #16

I would probably change your <title> element to read the most important thing first. You may feel your name is important, but nobody is going to search for you. Something like 'Photographer Retoucher Pittsburgh PA'. Also, as mentioned earlier....you have no text on your home page. Google likes text.

Off-topic....I grew up near Pittsburgh (Murrsysville). :)


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Mar 01, 2014 20:02 |  #17

I block 99% of all cookies from websites I visit, including yours. All I get when I clicked on your link was a spinning wheel that never stopped. Is there supposed to be something on your home page? SEO-wise having nothing on your home page doesn't make google like it very much unless you have hidden key words included.




  
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Mar 02, 2014 05:28 |  #18

Hikin Mike wrote in post #16726854 (external link)
I would probably change your <title> element to read the most important thing first. You may feel your name is important, but nobody is going to search for you. Something like 'Photographer Retoucher Pittsburgh PA'. Also, as mentioned earlier....you have no text on your home page. Google likes text.

Off-topic....I grew up near Pittsburgh (Murrsysville). :)

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Think about looking for a book or an article. You'd search for the subject matter, 'Photo retoucher'. The title is where Google looks to see what your site is about. It wants to give users what they're looking for. Almost all of us set off with the ridiculous vanity of making our name the title, your name up there is a waste in SEO terms. Someone searching your name will get your site without your name in the title, because there's no competition for it.

Google 'long tail keywords', then change your titles to suit what they're to do, and remember | is a stop! and stops google from linking words together. Photographer | Pittsburgh is two unrelated words, Pittsburgh Photographer is a photographer in Pittsburgh.


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Mar 02, 2014 10:34 as a reply to  @ Phil V's post |  #19

As above, it all depends on how you want people to find your web site.

If you look at Phil's website above he has the keywords: photographers south Yorkshire and Doncaster. He seems to rank number two for wedding photographer Doncaster.
So if you need people to find you in a geographic area, it is important to have keywords that point to your location.

Additionally as I said before, it can be important to have snippets of information on your home page that have links that point to the different pages to your site (not from the navigation menu). This is because Google like this and your listing on Google may have an enhanced listing as in this article:
http://www.hochmancons​ultants.com/articles/s​itelinks.shtml (external link)




  
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Mar 02, 2014 16:49 |  #20

Cant help with your seo problem but I did find this image in your Automotive portfolio isn't displaying properly.

http://www.michaelforn​ataro.com …0q6hjamdopb28l0​gb0q862uzu (external link)

Just thought I'd give you a heads up.




  
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Mar 02, 2014 20:33 |  #21

king. wrote in post #16726694 (external link)
The general consensus seems to be that I need to add more content rich wording to my site..something I completely overlooked. In reality I just want my images to do the talking, but that really isn't the best way for Google to see my page.

Yea, this is something a lot of people overlook... especially those that produce non-textual work/content like photographers. One thing some photographers have done is to start a blog about the story behind the projects that they work on instead of just posting the results. For example, a lot of wedding photographers write up little stories of the wedding they shot and use the photos to help tell that story. Added benefit is the client looks for it on their site and then if they like it, they'll help you spread the word.


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Mar 03, 2014 20:33 |  #22

Hikin Mike wrote in post #16726854 (external link)
I would probably change your <title> element to read the most important thing first. You may feel your name is important, but nobody is going to search for you. Something like 'Photographer Retoucher Pittsburgh PA'. Also, as mentioned earlier....you have no text on your home page. Google likes text.

Off-topic....I grew up near Pittsburgh (Murrsysville). :)

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Google 'long tail keywords', then change your titles to suit what they're to do, and remember | is a stop! and stops google from linking words together. Photographer | Pittsburgh is two unrelated words, Pittsburgh Photographer is a photographer in Pittsburgh.

Thanks for the tip! just changed it to "Photographer Retoucher Pittsburgh"

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Cant help with your seo problem but I did find this image in your Automotive portfolio isn't displaying properly.

http://www.michaelforn​ataro.com …0q6hjamdopb28l0​gb0q862uzu (external link)

Just thought I'd give you a heads up.

Hmm maybe something was wrong with squarespace when you viewed it because it's loading fine now. But thanks for the heads up.

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Yea, this is something a lot of people overlook... especially those that produce non-textual work/content like photographers. One thing some photographers have done is to start a blog about the story behind the projects that they work on instead of just posting the results. For example, a lot of wedding photographers write up little stories of the wedding they shot and use the photos to help tell that story. Added benefit is the client looks for it on their site and then if they like it, they'll help you spread the word.

Most commercial photographer's sites that I see don't have text on their on home pages. I understand the point behind having the text, but I really don't know what I could possibly write on there. And I do plan on creating some BTS posts and posts about my daily work.


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Mar 03, 2014 21:47 |  #23

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Hmm maybe something was wrong with squarespace when you viewed it because it's loading fine now. But thanks for the heads up.

Weird. It works perfectly now :)




  
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Mar 07, 2014 12:57 |  #24

king. wrote in post #16732627 (external link)
Most commercial photographer's sites that I see don't have text on their on home pages. I understand the point behind having the text, but I really don't know what I could possibly write on there. And I do plan on creating some BTS posts and posts about my daily work.

Yea, I get it. I don't have too much contextual text on my photography site either since I'm technically just using it as a portfolio.

When I analyze the traffic sources, it's typically from people that type the names of a specific clients/models that I've worked with and are part of my portfolio. I try to be descriptive in the alt="" parameter of the <img> tag.


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Mar 21, 2014 21:35 |  #25

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You have not added key words into the " meta description" box that squarespace has in the editing mode. You add at least 20 words that are unique to you and your work.

Right now, when I right click your page and view the source, It reads like a sentence,
it doesn't have to. Add a bunch of words that match your work. Just do it.

I've recently learned that the meta tags aren't even looked at by google anymore due to an overhaul in their indexing algorithm. I mean, how is adding "portraits" or "weddings" going to differentiate yourself from "photographers" anyway...


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Mar 22, 2014 00:23 |  #26

The biggest mistake I see people make when they optimize for keywords is going for more than one keyword phrase per page. You might try to make your homepage rank for
Pittsburgh Photo Retouching
and your about me page
Pittsburgh Photo Retoucher

and then, ideally, you'll write a blog post every Wednesday and pick a new two- or three-word phrase that's related to your field, and write good, original content that is conscious of that page's targeted keyword phrase.

As long as the pages have original content, you'll likely be able to start ranking for some keywords. I disagree about Google ads. The most important thing is to play along with the rest of Google world. Get a plus page, activate authorship, write a blog, and blog about what you do as you're doing it. If you have a physical location, get a places page. Get real, positive reviews. Make friends on plus in the photography world.

Google can't easily look at what happens on private Facebook pages, but it can track what is shared on Google Plus. The search algorithm needs to extrapolate what's happening on private social networks by weighting Google Plus activity more heavily.

If you're having trouble planting the first seeds, it can help to do some guest blogging. You can also get your first inbound links with real-world networking, e.g. offering a free workshop "intro to retouching" might get you some links to your blog post about the event. Those relevant, timely, organic links make a huge difference in SERPs.


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Mar 30, 2014 08:35 |  #27

I've been playing the "can you see me now" game with Google for the past couple months and have managed to move my rankings from around page 5 to 2-3 in search results by following a lot of these tips. JonKline's tips are dead on. A recent published study of Google's search algorithms showed they weighted Google+ shares at the top of the list, followed by Facebook shares\likes and good old fashioned backlinks. Not surprising, but still interesting, that it ranks social media popularity above or at the same level of quality backlinks from relevant sites. Take it for what it's worth. Check out some of the free seo analyzer tools that are out there. Just do a search for them.

Despite all this, Google still hasn't indexed my site and from what I could find, they won't until you have enough off-site links linking back.

Good luck and if you find something that works well for you, please share.


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Mar 30, 2014 16:48 |  #28

king. wrote in post #16732627 (external link)
Thanks for the tip! just changed it to "Photographer Retoucher Pittsburgh"

Hmm maybe something was wrong with squarespace when you viewed it because it's loading fine now. But thanks for the heads up.

Most commercial photographer's sites that I see don't have text on their on home pages. I understand the point behind having the text, but I really don't know what I could possibly write on there. And I do plan on creating some BTS posts and posts about my daily work.

The page titles still have your name first, there's still loads of advice you got that you haven't followed up.
I believe you got the basis of a decent SEO improvement plan in this thread and you've followed less than half of it.


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Mar 30, 2014 21:38 |  #29

Phil V wrote in post #16797498 (external link)
The page titles still have your name first, there's still loads of advice you got that you haven't followed up.
I believe you got the basis of a decent SEO improvement plan in this thread and you've followed less than half of it.

As my father says, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink". ;)

So true.


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