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Understanding Your Website Score

Written by admin on Monday, October 6th, 2008 in Site Development.

There are many ways to check how much traffic a certain site gets by using Alexa Ranking or Compete Score. Of course it is 100% accurate but does give you some ideas of a brand new site versus an established site.

Google, the most popular search engine, assigns a rank to each page not just to the main domain. Their rank is based on 10 point system with 10 being most linked and 0 being pretty much brand new with no other websites linking to it.

Our main site is PR4 (4/10), which means it has quite a bit of other related sites linking to this site. What is your PR and how can you raise it? And why should you raise it?

Well, it’s a Google’s way of defining “value” to each of the websites they indexed and chances are they will give preference in search order to pages with higher rank than lower rank. And way to raise PR is to have other high PR pages that have links to your page.

I’ve actually seen the metric that Google uses to assign the PR rank but can’t find it anymore. When I do, I’ll be sure to post it here.

So, why bother with these arbitrary numbers? It’s a way to know whether your site is improving or falling behind. Internet is not sitting still. There are gazillion new sites starting every day and wants to take the traffic away from your site. Don’t let your site sit still and fall behind. Always look for ways to improve and attract more traffic.

Popularity: unranked [?] or

Written by admin on Sunday, September 21st, 2008 in Site Development.

Did you know that when you type “” or “”, they seem to both point to your website, but they are not the same?

Why would this matter?

To the search engine, they are actualy treated as two different sites and you are not getting the full credit for the incoming links or traffic. (It’s like two sites splitting your credit into 2)

Here is our site indexed by Google with www.

Google Index

Here is our site indexed by Goole without www.

Google Index

Even though we used the trick below to keep the numbers exactly the same, they are still slightly different.

One way to avoid this is to make sure is always transferred to so one site gets all the credit. Is one better than the other? That’s debatable and probably not.

Here is how you would automatically point to by editing your .htaccess file.

IndexIgnore .htaccess */.??* *~ *# */HEADER* */README* */_vti*

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^completemartialarts\.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R=301,L]

Popularity: 77% [?]

Missing Title

Written by admin on Saturday, September 20th, 2008 in Site Development.

We have over 5,300 martial arts sites categorized in our Directory. It was done through a search bot (similar to all the ones used by Yahoo and Google) that goes to all the sites, captures their title, description, and contents to look for martial arts keywords and report back to us whether certain sites should be listed in our directory or not.

Many times, some of the webmasters don’t bother to even put the title of their website which makes it difficult for people or search bots to know what that site is about.

So, our recommendation #1 is make sure your site has the proper title for your site. This should be very easily done by adding this line of code at the top of your main hompage code. Your title is typically the name of the site.

[Title] [/Title]

It’s also our recommendation that your other pages have a unique title of its own, that is different from your main title. For example, if you have an About Us page then something like.

[Title] About Us - [/Title]

That way, both the human visitors and search bots will easily know what that page is all about.

Here are all of our pages indexed by Google. Notice the different titles for all the pages.

Google Index

If you want to see how many pages of your website is indexed by Google, click on the link above, change the site to yours (

Hope this information helped you in someways and look forward to your comments.

Popularity: 97% [?]

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