im new to this forum, and to web design in general. i recently built a website and it has been online for about a month now. my site has a terrible rank in google and thats probably because i didnt have a clue about SEO until a few days ago. now i am working on the optimization and even though i have only just began i already have a few questions:
1. how do i check when google's spider last visited my site?
2. ill be done with the modifications in a few days after which i will desperately need it to come visit again.. how long will it take it, how can can i find out such a thing, and is there a way to rush it a little bit?? (like applying again to have my site checked)
3. i learnt that the ALT tags in images are very important. i checked the code for a certain website. in his menu there is a small image of a circle next to each entry. i guess the ALT tag for each entry in that menu really helps to boost the site's ranking. im planning to do the same, but i though of something else:
since i dont really need those little circles, i can just put an image of a white pixel next to each link. that way i get another ALT tag for each pixel. comming to think about it, i can have just about amillion of those pixels in a page. but, the question is: will i get penalized for doing it?? are the search engines aware of such tricks?
4. last one. my site is in two languages and each version runs in its own directory. so i have pages with the same name in both directories. like "page1.html" with english contents in the /english directory and page1.html" with hebrew contents in the /hebrew directory. does having multiple files with the same name in different directories relate to SEO in any way?
ok, thats its for now :cheesy:
any help i get will be highly appreciated