Born just last Saturday afternoon, the little Phoenix MLS Search page has been crawled and indexed by Mother Google. As you can see above, it ranks #4 for the term “search phoenix MLS no registration required“.
Granted that’s a pretty specific term, but it does get used. Of that I can assure you (note the #1 and #2 results. We get hits for this search often). Hey, at least it’s in there. Baby steps folks….
It’s coming in at #5 on Yahoo! for the same term. Curiously, it’s nowhere to be found on MSN, which most SEO people will tell you is usually the first and easiest search engine to get in to. But MSN has been acting really goofy lately, with some sites flying all about the SERPs for reasons unknown or decipherable by any. Oh well, given their search market share, who cares?
Technically, little PMLSS has averaged 54 hits and 228 page views a day. But that’s all from this blog and a couple of forums I post on. We anxiously await our first real visitor.
Given that the site was up on a test server for the first day, and then on a domain that I had to switch name servers on, it’s inclusion into Google was remarkably swift. It could be found on Google within 31 hours from the time I could first access it on its own domain. Of course it remains to be seen if it decides to turn around and go play in the sandbox at the Googleplex.
I also secured a screen snip showing proof positive the ALT tag in the photo was crawled by Google. Some SEO experts have opined that ALT tags no longer have relevance and are not even looked at. Those guys can put a sock in it. For a site whose homepage has less than 150 visible words, every byte counts. I’d write more about this, but it appeals to only the dweebiest of RE blog readers and it’s 2:55 in the morning.
I played around a lot with the CSS today, stuffed a few more keywords in there, a little nip here a tuck there. We’ll see what that does.