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Using Free Templates and Its Impact on SEO

Discussion in 'SEO Search Engine Optimisation' started by ddwebguru, May 27, 2009.

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  1. ddwebguru

    ddwebguru Active Member

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    I am running a person website where I have used free website template. Though it looks very fine and cost effective off course but I have a doubt whether it has any bad impacts on SEO, Please help me to solve this issue.
     
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    What makes you think it might have a bad effect on SEO?

    Have you thoroughly checked the code to make sure there are no concealed links (other than perhaps a link to the website of the person who designed it)?

    Cheers, Jon
     
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    I never thought the design would impact SEO but I've had an odd experience recently.

    I put up 4 sites using the same slightly modified template & all 4 of them were nowhere to be seen in Google.

    2 of them did initially show up around page 1 & 2 then suddenly dropped like a brick to about page 30.

    I did a bit of investigating, changed the <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC bit of the code, and hey presto 2 of them have re-appeared.

    Just waiting for the other 2 to be crawled & we'll see what happens.
     
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    It may be your changes that made the difference. But it's also fairly common for new sites to initially rank highly in G, then drop like a stone, then reappear a little later at a more "normal" level

    Cheers, Jon
     
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    But the fact is that I have never seen a website clutching top ranking position in a competitive keywords. Most of them are unique design. This is the reason why I have some doubt about it.
     
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    I think that's a symptom of their success rather than a cause of it.

    It's a bit like saying, "I've never seen a celebrity shopping in Tesco's. Therefore shopping in Tesco's prevents you from becoming a celebrity"

    Cheers, Jon
     
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    I saw Leo Sayer shopping in Tesco on Ealing Broadway once ...
     
  9. joned

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    Exactly! ;)


    Cheers, Jon
     
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    Yes thats true. I have some sites that appear & just stay there and others that appear then disappear then reappear later.

    This one has now disappeared again so God (or Google) only knows whats happening with it.
     
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    I like your reason very much. Now I will try out find the exact reasons rather than scrutinizing its symptoms.
     
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    I would have thought that providing your template allows you to do the obvious SEO stuff - sprinkle keywords through title tags, h1-h6 tags, urls, image names, alt text content etc - that it should have no negative impact on the SEO. Obviously, a large part of SEO is the links.
     
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