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Hello Support,

I submitted my site here:

to get an evaluation of my SEO ranking. Here are the results:

Optimization Score: 84%
Large images are missing alt text: Large images should have alt text.
Not all images on page have width & height dimensions: Make sure all img
tags have height & width attributes.
Link URLs contain querystrings: Rewrite links to work without using

Can someone help with the necessary code to fix these items? I cannot find
help with this anywhere on the website.  I have included the
website address below so that you can view the source code.

Thank you,
A-Pro Stores

Re: Help with code

On Mon, 19 Mar 2007 21:34:00 -0500, Ferdy wrote:

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Hi Ferdy,

 Just a little to one side of your question: did you make this site
 yourself? And if so did you use an editor? (I see in the source that you
 mention 'ProStores' which I gather is some sort of commercial site
 generation software.)

 BTW I am sure I will not be the only one to tell you that this is not
 'Support' :-)


Andrew Strong /

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Hi Andrew,

LOL yes, I know it's not support.  I copied and pasted this from a support
website (which hasn't responded, thank you for yours).

Yes, it is a commercial "cookie cutter" site, ProStores by ebay.  (The name
similarity is just a coincidence).  I have heard that they are not
particularly search engine friendly, but that my be just rumor.

Anyway, I can and do have the ability to edit the header, footer and body
codes for the page.  I just don't know the proper syntax to write html code.

Can you help me?


Fred Murray
A-Pro Industries, LLC  dba  A-Pro Stores

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You don't know anything abut it or a bit?


Re: Help with code

On Mon, 19 Mar 2007 22:55:03 -0500, Ferdy wrote:


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Hi Ferdy,

 Well, I am a novice myself but you may cause more damage to your site
 than good if your are unsure of writing HTML. Completing the alt tag is
 no big job, although you have a lot of pages. Have a read:

 As for the height and width for images, most that I saw had this
 specified. Any that are missing would be a pain to put in by hand :-)
 Surely your software has the ability to add this as you go?

 Links with query strings must be addressing dynamically created pages:
 this is out of my area completely but is discussed here:

 under 'Make your site easily accessible'.

 But it depends what you are after. Search engines usually prefer well
 structured pages: <h1> to <h6> for headings, paragraph information in <p>
 quotes in <blockquote> etc. Your software does not pay too much attention
 to this :-) A reference for this is:

 But if you simply want to sell stuff, without learning to write
 well-formed HTML, your site appears to have that already with or without
 so called 'SEO Optimisation' and I wish you all the best with it!
 However if you wish to learn HTML / web design your site will definitely
 benefit :-)

           Andrew (novice web writer)

Andrew Strong

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Yes, they're called "web developers". You can employ them. Some of
them are even worth hiring.

Alternatively you can learn to do it yourself. If you want a tutorial,
the only one I'd recommend is O'Reilly's "Head First HTML with CSS &
XHTML". You will need to do some work here - it's a non-trivial

As to optimising your site, then I think it's impossible to SEO your
homepage and overall site. It's a drop-shipper bucketshop with a wide
range of products -- there's no rational Google search for which it
_ought_ to be returned. if you want targetting, then you need focus.
Try setting the store up to have a stronger "department" character
where appropriate and work on optimising search results for those.
Your homepage itself is probably only going to be used by people
typing the name from memory. Search engine traffic will be going in
deeper immediately.

Apart from that, SEO is easy. Don't try and cheat, the gains are
negligible and short-lived anyway. Instead have some _content_ on
there. Good images, good descriptive text. Good accessible design
that's accessible to the infamous blind users with obscure browsing
tools is also good accesible content for search engine spiders. Read
Joe Clark's free web book on accessibility.

If you have good original content (maybe a dating guide to Tiffany
lamps, that sort of thing) then you'll get pagerank from other sites
and antiques chatboards referencing you.

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When you added images, it should have ask you what alt text you want
to add.  This will appear if the images can not be seen (for what ever
reason)  A google search of "alt text" should provide you with enough
info to know what it is and how to set it.

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bla bla bla, don't worry, be happy.  If they are there then the
browser doesn't have to calculate the image size because you've told
it the height and width values already. If the height and width
attributes are not included, the browser has to load the entire image,
then calculate its size before displaying it.  I don't believe it will
effect your ranking either way.

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Search engines can still crawl a site with URL query strings.  But
look at this site for a little more information:
(heheh note the query string....)

You know, a simple search of google could have provided you with all
these answers.

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The image dimensions are typically stored in the header of the image
file. But most browsers try to make a start at laying out the text
before the images have finished loading from the server. If you provide
the sizes, the browser can leave holes in the text that are the right
dimensions for the images when they arrive and you save some

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Still won't effect the ranking

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