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Re: PLEASE help me sort out AltaVista
From Brian Clifton on 9 Dec '98
replying to Re: PLEASE help me sort out AltaVista posted by Max

> So you conclude that the one the doesn't agree with you must be obsolete?
>I have some unpleasant news for you: the latest wave in SE technology is using
>document structure to improve the usability for the users. It's also the oldest
>wave in SE technology too, actually older than the Web and HTML by a decade or
>so.

No, not at all. I never said AV was obsolete (did I??)
But with the wave of wysiwyg editors (FrontPage, Dreamweaver) this
could be a serious problem. I would prefer to handcode html, but we
simply can not compete with our competitors on costs due to the
time required for this.

>
>Look again ... I just checked for
> La Manga Club
>on Excite, and your site is not in the first 4. You are losing out to sites about
>Japanese comics, which appear to involve something or someone called "Manga".
>
>Entering "La Manga Club" (with the quotes, which is not the typical
>way a search would be entered) gets you 4th on Excite. But, how many
>people will already know about the club well enough to search by name?
>I'd be looking for a generic thing like golf holiday in Spain.
>

You are right. I focussed on the phrase because it was easier to do so.
I wanted to learn something about AV, before generalising my key words.
All I have ended up doing is going round and round in cirles.

I go back to my original post - the #1 listed site on AV just doesn't
make sense to me. There is nothing there to make it number 1, unless AV
is somehow penalising the other sites which contain a wealth of references
to "La Manga Club" both in the body and meta tags.

I am going to generate a page almost identicle to the #1 listing, but
with meta tags included. I have also purchased the domains la-manga.co.uk
and lamanga.co.uk to see if this helps.

Cheers, Brian


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