Here's an optional banner you may use if you want to link to my site
You may want to use a site description like:Edinburgh based supplier specialising in live Salvia divinorum plants to UK and Europe. Also advice on plant care, thoughts about this amazing sage, other plant allies, shamanism and altered state consciousness in general.orSalvia divinorum plants available from Edinburgh (UK) based supplier. Also advice on plant care, experience accounts, thoughts about Salvia, other visionary plants, shamanism, etc.
I would appreciate some kind of site description if you are linking to me. You can re-word if you like (in some ways slight rewording can be even better). Such text helps differentiate a good links page from a 'link farm'. Link farms are a form of spamming and are, quite rightly, not favoured by good search engines.
Site URL: http://www.salvia-divinorum-scotland.co.uk
e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
banner image source: http://www.salvia-divinorum-scotland.co.uk/technical/sdsbanner.jpg
Example HTML code for banner and text link:
(remove the image tag and replace with 'Salvia divinorum Scotland' for a text only link - scale image down e.g. width="275" x height="45" if you want to display it smaller)
Search Engine Rankings:
My search engine ranking seems very variable, particularly with Google. - Perhaps because Google are constantly changing their ranking algorithms, but also no doubt because new Salvia websites are springing up all the time. I've achieved top-ten rankings with Google in the past. Note this link to BBCs news website article http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/working_lunch/3290277.stm>>
I've no objection to new Salvia websites of course, but some of these seem to have suspiciously high rankings considering their content. You'll find some results, (e.g.) Google for 'Salvia divinorum', listing websites which have nothing to do with Salvia, - sites which may be only selling other herbs or things completely unrelated.
You can let (for example) Google know if you are 'Dissatisfied with their search results' - and, who knows, this may even make a difference! If you find a high-ranking website which you don't think should be there, I suggest you click their 'Dissatisfied...Help Us Improve' link and do something about it.
Having said that, - it's probably best not to mention my website. Comments to Google such as "Salvia divinorum Scotland is the best website and should be top ranked" would probably not help and could even count against me as a form of 'spamming'. Without mentioning my site, I would simply ask that you register your dissatisfaction about the occurrence of any particularly poor or completely unrelated sites that you come across.
The down-ranking of such 'rubbish', coupled with other good website links to me, will help Salvia divinorum Scotland achieve and maintain a respectable search engine ranking.
As well as junk email, the term 'spamming' covers various dubious practices used by some websites in order to gain artificially high rankings. For example, 'link stuffing' (joining a link exchange or "free-for-all" link program).
Such practices also include...
· Including hidden text or hidden links.
· Employing cloaking or sneaky redirects.
· Loading pages with irrelevant words.
· Creating multiple pages, subdomains, or domains with substantially duplicated content.
· Creating "doorway" pages created just for search engines.
There's more information on Google's guidelines at www.google.com/webmasters/guidelines.html>> - see also www.google.com/webmasters/facts.html>>
Google claim that 'spamming' will count against websites caught doing it. - Yet sites can, will, and obviously do, 'cheat' the system. My hope is that these will be found out in time, but while they persist I encourage you to do something about it. - It affects your enjoyment of the web.
You can use the following link if you want to report spamming www.google.com/contact/spamreport.html>>
You can also use the 'Help Us Improve' link found at the bottom of a page of Google's search results.
Once again, if you are going to contact a search engine such as Google, I'd suggest that you don't mention my website. Don't say something like "Salvia divinorum Scotland should be ranked higher". - Google may consider this in itself a form of spamming. Simply limit your concerns to reporting on sites you believe inappropriately ranked.