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Want more hits to your website? Then you need to know how to make your webpage attractive not only to your visitors but also to the search engines and directory listings. There are three ways of doing this:

1. You can pay some 'SEO' optimization company 'oddles' of your hard earned cash, who will then register your URL with 'google'.

2. You can follow the advice on this page and do it for yourself for free.

3. You can register with us at the bottom of the page. We will take the hassle away and do it for you. All we ask is for a donation what you think is appropriate for the service we provide. Only donate if you think the service we offer is worth paying for. That's right you choose the amount. But first read the guide here.

The majority of websites on the internet do not need costly optimization packages, which interestingly correlates inversely to the number of companies that offer these services!

HostBG.EU has been providing free hosting and SEO optimization advice for over 3 years. We believe free stuff is better stuff.

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Here is our different approach, do it yourself for free!

Either that or let us do it for you (For Free), and if (and only if) you are impressed with the results donate to us.

There are a number of articles on this site which if followed in order should provide you with greater exposure on the internet and higher page ranking on the search engines. Please be aware this is not going to happen immediately, getting higher page rank is a slow methodical process.

How to 'Correctly' Promote Your Web Page

First of all, website promotion is a long term process, you should not rush into anything. To do this properly you need a slow methodical approach - follow each step one by one. They do not need to be all done at the same time.
In fact, in doing them all in one day may have a negative effect on your page rank. The search engines might mark you site as spam! Here is just a summary of the procedures you should follow. For the full guide go here

Make Sure Your Website Works!

Now this might sound stupid, but if you go to all the trouble to advertising your webpage, the last thing you want is the visitor leaving straight away because the links don't work, or the text is hard to understand. You don't need flashy web pages with music and video clips, simple web pages work just fine.

You can pay for a web designer to create you some piece of art that is more an advertisement to his skill as an artist than to your web page.
Read the article on easy mistakes to avoid. Here

Make Your Web Page Easy to List in the Search Engines.

Ok so your web page looks good, and all the links work, what next? Make sure that your website looks good to the search engines, this is just some minor tweaking to things called meta tags which contain key words and a description of your site. These are the things that the search engines use and display on their search results. To get the best results try and think like one of your consumers, what words will they use to search for your site? Read my step by step guide here, to creating keywords and description.

A Note on 'SALES' Website.

The internet is a great place to advertise you products for sale. The problem is everyone who has something to sell knows this. If you are selling something try and have a unique twist on your product. If everyone else is selling the same product the competition will be fierce, and this will cut into your profit. For example, try searching now for 'woolly hats' and see how many results you get. Millions I should imagine. Now try again searching for 'woolly hats for cats'. The difference is quite amazing. Now I am not suggesting that you should start producing head garments for our feline friends, but specialization is a must. Think how to make your product a specialty, as opposed to run of the mill.

Now You're Ready to Submit Your Web Page to the Search Engines.

In days gone by this would have been an automated process, now due to the amount spam bots, most search engines have catchpa's which stop automation. I think this is a good thing. I have compiled a list of the well known and not so well known search engines here. DO NOT DO THIS MORE THAN ONCE A MONTH! In fact I would go further, unless you have made radical changes to your website, after the first submission there should be no need to do this again. It will not increase your page rank, and may mark you site as spam. After this is done, the next step is to slowly increase your page rank. There are companies out there that promise a first page listing on the search engines, too good to be true? Probably, and as soon as they have taken your money you will not hear from them. Increasing your page rank is a slow, methodical process. Want a 'get rich quick scheme', don't worry there are plenty of scam companies out there just waiting for your cash!

Secondary Indexes and Search Engines.

There are many search engines that you have probably never even heard of, but don't think that just because you have never heard of them that no one uses them. HostBG.EU can automatically submit your URL to these. Not only will this list your site in more places, but the search engines do have links between them. Google for instance may well check other search engines to see where your site is ranked with them and vice-versa. A list of Search engines is here

Donate to HostBG.EU!

This is my partner Annie's favourite bit. After you have registered with us, you can if you so wish donate to HostBG whatever you think is reasonable for the service we provide - all donations will be much appreciated! You will also qualify for our enhanced service with extra tools for promoting your site. All done automatically. For a yearly donation of 10 Euro's, you will recieve a monthly email detailing current page rank, and any suggested changes that could increase this.

If you don't contribute, then after 30 days the free service is terminated, I have to eat you know, and your account gets deleted to make room for the next web page. I keep backups though so if at a later date you change your mind, you data will still be stored.

Pay Per Click Advertising.

Registering with search engines is free, but this does not guarantee anything and may not get you as high up the list as you want. Contrary to popular belief though, advertising through Google Adwords or Yahoo marketing is not as expensive as you would think. I have created a step by step guide to using pay per click advertising so you can get the most out of your advertising budget. You can spend as little or as much as you like. I have used Google Adwords to good effect, for just pennies per click.

Quality not Quantity.

It is all very good getting thousands of hits, but if your sales website is not selling it's not doing its job properly. It is a lot easier to make your site more effective than it is to generate hits to your site. There are many Web Marketing Courses available on-line that will help you handle the hits you get to the site. You may want to consider using some of the free web analysis software if you have access to your webserver logs. I have also compiled my own links page here that has other free website promotion tools and articles.

Want someone else to do it for you.

This web site is really aimed at those wanting to help themselves. However, if you have trouble with computers or just don't have the time, HostBG can do it for you. Just email me dominic@hostbg.eu, and let me know what you are after and I will let you know how we can help.
If you are going to hire someone else - do your research first. It is important to know the basics first. This will increase your awareness of the scammers out there that promise you page 1 listings but deliver only on super specific search terms that none of your potential customers will ever use.

LINKS.

What used to be the most important way of gaining page rank on the internet i.e. ensuring that your site was linked to in many other sites, some webmasters cottoned on to this and setup free link for all pages. So although the amount of links now count towards ranking they are also graded from the page rank of the website that gives the rank. There are many back-link 'companies' around which promise to deliver 1000's of links to your site, but most of these are free for all link pages which in turn could actually have a negative effect your page rank. There are people who spend months of there time doing nothing other than acquiring links to there page. I hope you have better things to do with your time! I know I certainly do.

My advice when it comes to building links is quite simple and is as follows:

If you know of or find a website that you think would be useful to visitors to your site, add a link in your links page. As a result you make your page more useful, and you never know the favour may be returned. If you believe that the opposite may be true, why not contact the webmaster of that page and let them know that you are linking to their page as you like the content and would they consider a reverse link to yours.

The key to success in building successful links and having people link to your page is really down to the content of your site. The more useful and interesting, the more likely people will link to it! If for example you found this web page useful and think visitors to your site would find it useful too, please feel free to link here. Then let me know by email dominic@hostbg.eu I will then look at your site and if the reverse is true I will be more than happy to link to your site as well. There is some good information provided for free on linking101.com or alternatively from 5 June 2010 Join our own Link Exchange program detail here.

But I Need Quick Results

The quickest and easiest way to drive traffic to your site is pay per click through one of the major search engines. There is no 'get rich quick' solution out there. If someone offers you one, be very wary of what it is they are offering, and how much they are asking. Quality traffic to your site through one of the major search engines can be a lot more cost effective than paying for so called optimization consultants.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Why did you setup this site?

When I first setup a website I stupidly paid for one of these optimization consultants and received nothing but tonnes of spam email, lots of traffic but not the sort of traffic I wanted. So I researched into it and found the best way was to do it myself, and why not share the research that I have done with everyone else. The internet is this best way of sharing information, the best websites on the internet are free! Free stuff is good stuff!

Why should I use HostBG.EU

It is FREE! what have you got to lose.

It is EASY, spend 10 minutes filling in the information once - let us do the leg work.

It is economical (it is Free) we will do up to 10 web sites addresses for you, if you donate 10 Euros even more!

What Extras do I get if I donate to your site?

The first month for all registrations is done absolutely free. If after that you have had enough or think that you have achieved what you set out to achieve why pay? If you want continued support as and when new techniques, and or search engines come on line a small donation once a year will keep you in our database, to which we continually update the latest SEO techniques. Only pay what you think the service is worth.

How Do I Register?

I have tried to make it as easy as possible so instead of filling out forms just copy the text below into an email and fill in the blanks and email it to me dominic@hostbg.eu. After about 7 days you will receive an email with your current web status and a link to all the sites where this information is displayed and anything which we think you need to improve on your site. Approximately 1 month after we have optimised your page (you may have to change the meta tags yourself or else send us your index page) , we will resend you the data so you can see the progress that has been made. If after the second email you decide to continue with us you will receive monthly updates via email. So what are you waiting for!

The email template is below:

Subject: www.your-web-address-here.com

Dear HostBG,

Please can you optimize my site for me free of charge!

Name: blank
Company Name:blank
Website Description: blank
Target Audience:blank
Product or Service:blank
Date Website Launched:blank
Your Email address:blank
Website Email Address (if Different):blank

Thanks very much
Yours blank

DONT FORGET TO FILL OUT THE BLANKS

Don't Want to Register

Thats fine, if you found the information provided on this website useful and informative or think of any improvements that could be made , we would still like to hear from you. Send us a link to you site. dominic@hostbg.eu

Why is it FREE!

I truly believe the best things in life are free, I also believe that if we give you a quality service, you will be only to happy to donate an amount which you think we deserve. If you do donate and at any point do not think you are getting value for money, I offer a 100% money back guarantee, no questions asked.

About Me:

My name is Dominic Parkes, I started life in computers when a 1 MB memory upgrade for UNIX DRS6000's was a quantum leap in technology. My first job in IT, we had over 250 terminals running off 2MB of RAM. I have been employed in many walks of life from a bakers assistant, postman, and even a soldier. I recently (2008) completed a degree in Mathematics and Physics and still don't understand gravity, and think I never will.
I have lived and worked in 5 different countries, and visited over 40, and truly believe the world would be a better place if we lived just as one world. We are all people after all.

I currently live in Southern Bulgaria, you can find my house here on Google earth (41° 25' 52.65" N 25° 19' 42.66" E ).

Anyone passing by is free to pop in for coffee.
Apart from computers, my current interests include getting to grips with Bulgarian, as well as Turkish, and growing my own food.

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