So, here I am working on my web site, www.food-safety-and-you.com. I had a challenge because my topic, food
safety, really didn’t fit the plans that SBI sets up. But, because I’m stubborn enough (and my wife
says it’s a guy thing) I plugged away and worked on building the site.
So, I finished Phase 1 and was moving into Phase 2, when I
had someone visit my site who has built a number of SBI sites. They immediately gave me what I would call
open heart surgery without anesthetic.
The thing was, in my determination to do this, I tried to ignore some of
the warning signs that the warning that SBI gave me. As a result, I had built over 60 pages with
many of them set up incorrectly. While
you wouldn’t be able to see it from the visitor perspective; the errors were in
planning the backend of the web site (what SBI calls Site Central).
To fix them cost me a lot of time… and my wife sitting over
my shoulder saying “How come men can never follow directions!” (OK, if you’re married, you know what I’m
saying – don’t get me wrong, I have a great relationship with her, but she does
rub in her perfection every once in a while – and I can’t blame here).
So, I’m still making changes. But the changes that I’m making are already
paying off. Alexa is a program that
ranks web sites – I went from being just under 2 million down to 1,600,000 (or
close to that) within a few days. So,
I’m still working on it.
The lesson learned?
SBI knows what it’s doing – I should have done it right the first
time. But, live and learn.
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