Thursday, August 23, 2012

Gee -- Thanks, Google!

I heard that changed some of its rules about how websites are ranked following a search. It used to be that my website (, if you Googled "desert paintings," would list as high as #1 or sometimes into the 20s or 30s. Now my site is hovering around #172!

And I don't know why! What did Google change? Is a certain group of us being "punished" for doing or not doing something?

I built my website myself, and I think I did an OK job, especially considering the high rankings I used to get. But web design is not my job. Making and selling paintings is. I just don't have time to try and figure out what Google wants from me so I can fix whatever the issue(s) is/are.

So all I can say at this point is: Gee -- thanks, Google! I hope you peeps understand that when you do stuff like this, you may be literally affecting someone's livelihood -- if not an individual's (like me), then even entire companies of people.


Tina Mammoser said...

Try adding the actual phrase 'desert paintings' to your keywords and description in your metatags, also to your page title text. :)

Mark J said...

Thanks, Tina. Hmmm..."desert paintings" was used as a keyword for the entire site, but I can also have keyboards for each page. I went ahead and added it to most of the pages.

Also, "desert paintings" appears on the colored strip just below the logo ("The Finest in Desert Paintings") -- it actually is text, not an image.

So we'll see what happens... =)

Mark J said...

Oh -- I meant "keywords," not "keyboards." Sleepy!