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Getting your web site found on search engines

I've written up some notes for starting out getting good placement (aka page rank) in search engine results.

It's not entirely CityDesk specific, but I hope the content helps...

Saturday, October 11, 2003

Cool, thanks!

John Topley (
Saturday, October 11, 2003

I don't know why but in Mozilla, half of the first letters on every line are off the left hand margin of the page.
Saturday, October 11, 2003

What version of Mozilla are you using Mark?
Mine (and Firebird - same thing) are ok.

Sunday, October 12, 2003

Mozilla Firebird 0.6

Now that I look at it again, it may be a resolution problem... My browser was set a little shorter than 800 pixels - as you can see the window size, including the border was 761 pixels. It seems Mozilla tries so hard to squeeze in everything that it actually chops off the left side.

I haven't peeked at your code to see whether you're using CSS or straight up tables. The way I get around this is to put the body in a 100% width table, and make sure it's not the same table as the large header image. This way it can scale as appropraite.
Sunday, October 12, 2003

Thanks. I think it's probably resolution. I'm using CSS and the main width is set to 750. On an 800 wide screen it's ok.

Sunday, October 12, 2003

Nice article!

I havn't really tried very hard to score well, but I suppose I've done pretty much as you write. As a result, my page ( is top five on Google for many releveant searches, and has page rank 3 of 10.

I was actually really surprised when I realised my page even had a page rank. =D

From my experience, the things that really matters is (as you say): content, correct use of HTML (title, headers and so on) and (relevant) links from other pages.

Henrik Jernevad
Sunday, October 12, 2003

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