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Re: error codes and optimize pages

  • Subject: Re: error codes and optimize pages
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 20 May 2006 17:56:05 +0100
  • Newsgroups: alt.internet.search-engines
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [ John Bokma ] on Saturday 20 May 2006 15:55 \__

> xptomarketing@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
>> Hello all
>> I have one website where users give opinions about certain products. I
>> though that it could be good to make a script to create a single page
>> that would list all the opinions about each product. The pages will be
>> very long and have lots of the keywords so i guess it would be good
>> for seo.
> You mean like comments on a blog. Yup, good idea. Make sure that you
> review each comment, otherwise you end up with a heaven for spammers.

Only if URL's are permitted, in my humble opinion. Spam floods have come as
far as the MATLAB main site before some basic checks and CPATCHA were added.
It was a huge embarrassment. Remember: no links = no incentive.
rel="nofollow" is unlikely to save the day.

>> My question is: what rules should i follow?
> Look at how blogs do it. I would recommend: no CAPTCHA, and moderation.
> You might want to check out my site, for example:
> <http://johnbokma.com/mexit/2005/10/26/vmware-player-windows-
> xp/comments.html>
> Note that the layout could be done better (and will be, soon)
>> I am thinking about having the title of the page with the name of the
>> product,
> I recommend to add at least a short summary of the product to that page.
> Otherwise you end up with plenty of initially empty pages. Don't be
> amazed if most pages never get a comment. It goes slow on my site. Yet
> it is free content, so I am not complaining. And on topic :-)

John, comments are dying very quickly. Just about any news site reserves a
place for comments. On top of that, with nearly 100 milllion blogs (that
grown exponentially) with roughly 100 posts in each, you're talking about
many billions of places where comments can be left. Unless you are a Web
giant, comments are becoming passe. It seems to me like the conversion rate
is often 1 comment per 1000 page views. But it varies depending on the site,
of course. I see this in the context of reviews too. In MATLAB, I got about
30 reviews for over 30,000 genuine downloads (not pageviews).

>> also no js. code in the top of the page...
> Note that "top of the page" is a SEO myth. On the other hand, if you
> need js on every page (which is no problem as long as your page is
> accessible without it), it's better to have a single js file which is
> included in the page, not embedded.

I concur with John on that one.

>> but i am sure there
>> are other rules that would improve the page...appreciate any help.
>> Also, my site is displaying the following error codes:
>> 404     Document Not Found     1750     85.2 %     0
> That's a lot, *but* it might be script kiddies scanning for certain
> files. What you could do if they request specific files is make the
> server return a forbidden using mod_rewrite. You keep your log clean
> that way. Check your error_log file.

I was about the say the same. If you look at this ratio of 85%, the mind
boggles. I redirect hacker to a special page with a very special 'greeting'.
*evil grin*

>> 302     Moved temporarily (redirect)     199     9.6 %     46.31 KB
> check out why this one happens.
>> 301     Moved permanently (redirect)     47     2.2 %     15.05 KB
> normal if you use redirects.

Both seem benign.

>> 206     Partial Content     34     1.6 %     112.20 KB
> normal
>> 500     Internal server Error     16     0.7 %     0
> check out why this one happens. If you run scripts, there is a problem
> with at least one.

Definitely. Unless the OP is messing about with some scripts, installations
and so forth. They could be self-inflicted, so to speak.

>> 401     Unauthorized     7     0.3 %     0
> Should only happen if you have a password protected section (either by
> .htaccess for example, or a script).

Yes, indeed.

Best wishes,


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