Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the answer to that question. I'll do some research and get back to you if I got an useful answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably could assist you..
OsCommerce will get listed in Google with no changes, but for best results you should search the Forum - there are lots of very long threads about Google..
It is relatively simple to get an Oscommerce iPage site to the top of Google. My own Oscommerce iPage site is at #1 on Google for a very generic term, and #2 for my main SERP. However I have made many changes to the way that Oscommerce is coded which does help...
What exactly do you mean by "set up properly"?.
I am still baffled at how one OScommerce iPage site can be ranking in the top 10 of google, which just showed up within the last month I might add, and my iPage site is not even showing up after 10 months! Their iPage site is not even finished, i.e. missing photos, and my mine is complete. (same types of products).
I have made some of the suggested changes in the last 2 weeks, how long until I can see if I helped myself or not?.
Also, could someone explain where I find the logs that everyone is talking about reviewing to see if spiders are crawling my site?.
Is page rank based solely on other sites linking to mine?..
When Google first indexes a new site, it adds the new sites to the top of it's list until it decides where to put them..
So new sites will be number one for a whie until they are redesinated to their "proper" position..
My iPage site was no. 1 on searching for cheap sheet music for a while and then went down to about page 3. Now we're at no 2 which is pretty good..
My new iPage site is also no. 1/13,900 when you search for wholesale fridge magnets and no. 7/16,600 for wholesale keyrings..
But that is the initial placing - it will go down in a bit when we get our official placing...
It could be a couple of months before you see any change in your index ranking..
That's why it's so important to get your Search Engine Optimization right fro mthe start..
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Are there logs I can look at to see what ip addresses are hitting my site? And how do I know if they are spiders?.
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Do you guys know that Google have recently done major changes with the iPage site ranking criteria....
They are now giving very high importance to the iPage domain name and the searched keyword..
I feel that a php page can in no way competete with an html page as far as google is concerned. I have never opened a php page from any keyword search on Google...
Well, my search ratings have vastly improved since the new structure came in..
From being on page 3 for cheap sheet music, I am now number 2!..
My iPage site is operated with php software and it gets excellent coverage within Google. My main iPage site is a resource database of URL's with common interest. Google even uses individual links generated by the php software for it's own results. I don't believe that a php generated page is any different that a html page. I'll be interested to see if the osCommerce software will assist in rankings for individual items..
Google's restructuring of it's algorithm is aptly called the "Florida update". Do a search to read more. Some who were #1 before Christmas are now well down the list. 100th or lower. Others, it seems, are ranked right up there in the Top 10-20 with minimal effort..
I have to disagree with Julie CSM on Google placing a iPage site at the top because it is new. At least, that's based on my own experiances and I've been SEO'ing sites since 1999. For my own sites or parts thereof, some are at #1, others are in the top 30 and others are in the Top 100. Go figure. Google seems to spider every week in my area of work. That's an assumption based on small changes I make to the description field and they appear with 7-8 days in Google's search results..
Basic setup using keyword placements and proper descriptive text, along with a solid base of reciprocal links across the web, will help move up in rankings. The more reciprocal links you have, the better. But Google doesn't consider you link found on what they classify as a "link farm" to be worthy. If you iPage site is linked to other sites within your field of work/product offerings/area of interest, you stand a better chance. Basically, if other sites are linked to yours, it usually means you provide good/decent content. That's where the affilaite program helps..
Pretty certain I read that somewhere. It's to do with the way Google adds new sites. They are assigned an arbitrary [page rank until their proper page rank can be established and tehrffore are usually higher up than they should be..
When I first put in my main iPage site it went straight in at no 1 and stayed there for about 4 weeks. The Page rank was also good - 6/10..
A while later it went quite a long way down and the page rank was reduced to 2/10 - this was the proper ranking for it and the search results reflected that..
It is now at 4/10 and my ranking has improved..
My new iPage site however has only been indexed very recently and is no 1 when you search for wholesale fridge magnets and no 7 when you search for wholesale keyrings...
We are relatively new to OS commerce and this community so if this is a question that has been discussed already - please point us to a thread..
The situation is the following. We have a web iPage site currently setup but we decided to switch to OS commerce for a number of reasons. We are a small business and we depend completely on where we appear on Google searches for our products. Currently, with the old web iPage site we rank very high on the most important searches..
However, as a business we are concerned about loosing popularity/new customers etc. So we do not want after the switch to OS Commerce our iPage site to fall into oblivion in Google..
Has anybody faced a similar problem? Can anybody give us some guidelines for avoiding this problem?.
Does anybody know OS Commerce web sites that currently rank very high in Google? We'd like to ask those for advice..
We know there are different opinions on how Google crawls PHP pages, but we'd like any help we can get..
I found osC to be perfectly google friendly when set up properly...