View Full Version : Am I doing something wrong?

Mar 11th, 2009, 08:58 PM
Website: www.care4elders.com

I have built the site using Frontpage 2002.

I recently found an article saying that any website should be getting 500 hits a day. I have been tracking our hits by using our hosting access logs and last month we only had 626 hits. This doesn't include search bots. The site has been up for more than 15 years... I just can't figure out what I am doing wrong! Is it the coding from frontpage? any ideas or thoughts about this is appreciated!

Mar 11th, 2009, 09:52 PM
Saying that any website should be getting 500 hits a day is a misinformation. It cannot be guaranteed in any way, and depends on many factors.
The code is one of many things, that would mostly matter to bots [and hence can influence your search engine ratings - which can influence your hits].
The subject of your site, products you offer, inbound links etc. are many other factors.

Some of your products do come up on first pages of search, you've got subscriptions coming in for some products from outside organisations, like NCCDP [though maybe they could also put a direct link to your site on theirs? - they do link to other shops on their site, and you do sell products directly connected to their point system, if I'm not wrong].

After having a look, I could advise thinking about a redesign of the site, and working on more exposure in your specialty field, but certainly I would not say you have to be getting 500 hits a day just because you have the website up.

Also, I've checked Amazon for your books [like, I suppose, anyone looking for a book would do], couldn't find anything from Freiberg Press there. Maybe think about getting some books to them, or having a sellers account? I know it might not help much with hits, but since some of your activity seems to be selling books, it is worth a shot, IMHO.

Mar 11th, 2009, 10:33 PM
Your site's been up over 15 years, yet you built it with FP 2002? I've lost a few years - it's 2017 :eek:

Mar 11th, 2009, 10:44 PM
A redesign is definitely in order. Your site looks exactly like a spammy, link-filled parked domain. Also, you must rearchitect your information: I have no idea what your site's about apart from the title, and that puts off everyone. You may want to consider hiring someone.

Mar 16th, 2009, 05:22 PM
I guess I should have said that there's been something on the site for 15 years. We bought the company and updated it.

I don't know what a park domain is... Doesn't sound good though! I'm definitely not a professional but the company isn't going to hire someone to fix it up. Can you provide something more defined as to what should be updated?

Freedom - thanks for the advice, we are going to try and get more outside links going.

Mar 16th, 2009, 06:20 PM
Well basically the whole thing needs updating. I'm not trying to be demotivating or rude but here's some things I recommend you do:

Code it yourself. Front Page and other WYSIWYG editors tend to produce the most awful code imaginable. I recommend redoing the site by hand.

Because you used Front Page, your markup is full of errors and warnings.
In your (X)HTML there are 275 Errors and 58 warnings. (http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.care4elders.com%2F&charset=%28detect+automatically%29&doctype=Inline&group=0)
In your CSS there is 1 Error and 3 warnings. (http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/validator?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.care4elders.com%2F&profile=css21&usermedium=all&warning=1&lang=en)
Your markup is also full of deprecated tags such as the <b> tag.
Another thing wrong with the coding is the fact that you use tables. This article gets thrown around these forums all the time, and most people are probably sick of seeing it :)
Why Tables for Layout is Stupid (http://www.hotdesign.com/seybold/)

You might be thinking that coding by hand is a pain and is a waste of time, but the benefits will definitely be visible in the long term. Here's some tutorials:
HTML (http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp)
CSS (http://www.w3schools.com/css/default.asp)
and most importantly, XHTML (http://www.w3schools.com/xhtml/default.asp)

Good luck!

Mar 17th, 2009, 03:44 PM
Ok, take this advice as you will. A site gets hits based on its relevancy, its content, and its structure (a few more things, but Google keeps it secret).

The age of the page is somewhat irrelevant if in the end users cannot navigate or find things.

Have you considered using a CMS? It might help you to better manage your pages and since you are doing this yourself it might save you from a lot of coding headaches.

Mar 18th, 2009, 05:56 AM
You may also need some Good SEO and article submission to Ezinearticle and goarticles and other directories for more traffic. And need more backlinks. You got PR 4 so it should be fairly good PR. Your site could actually been 8 to nine years old.

Just my 2 cents