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Q WE have launched a website at www.grays and registered it with search engines including Google and Yahoo. When we put the search engines to the test our site does not appear, even though we have entered a selection of key words. We would appreciate your help so strangers can find our site address.

Stephen Howes

A IT can take weeks for a site to be listed on a search engine. In the case of Yahoo it can take months because the site has to be visited by humans rather than its automatic indexing program. And Yahoo accepts only about one in eight sites it reviews, so you may not get listed there at all.

Improve your chances by making the most of the keywords in your page. Include "property, houses, Norfolk, East Anglia, Reedham, for sale, bungalows, homes, rental properties" and avoid capital letters as most people type in lower case when searching.

Also add the place-names a second time using capitals to cover all bases. Add some of these keywords to your page's title to improve your score with search engines. Also, your front page contains only images, giving a search engine nothing to index, so your score will suffer.

Place a paragraph as high on the page as possible, with as many keywords as you can while keeping it readable.

Q I PLACED a message in my Outbox and decided it was a mistake to send it, but I didn't know how to cancel it. I had no alternative but to send it. How could I have removed it? (I am probably going to feel very silly when I know the answer.)


A AS the subject-line of your email message to the Help Desk was "deletion", I suspect you might feel a bit silly. Just click on the Outbox folder, click the message and press Delete. Alternatively, you can double-click it to reopen it and edit as needed, then click Send again as if it were a new message. Like so much, it's easy when you know how.


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 1, 2002
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