Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Why does the Submit-Spider-List Report say that my page is listed, but the Keyword Ranking Report shows no rank (or a dash " - ")?

    The two reports, the Submit-Spider-List Report and the Ranking Report, are prepared independently of each other. A page may be indexed by a search engine (and listed) and still not be showing a page rank for the specific keyword.

    Here's why...

    The Submit-Spider-List Report periodically queries the search engines to obtain a list of all your pages that are listed by the individual search engine (SE).

    Once this query confirms that one of your pages is listed, the date of the query will be shown as the Date Listed in the Submit-Spider-List Report.

    In the Keyword Ranking Report, you decide when to update the report (a minimum of three weeks apart). Click on the Update It! button. You will receive an email when the rankings have been updated.


  • Where does Solo Build It! (SBI!) submit my page?


    Google was the first to introduce page submissions by Sitemaps. A Sitemap is essentially a page formatted as an XML file that lists all pages and all images on your site together with their last modification date.

    SBI! automatically creates and updates your Sitemap for you.

    You need to do just one quick action. In order to start the process, you must manually submit your Sitemap to Google. After that, SBI! takes over.

    Step-by-step instructions for submitting your Sitemap to Google can be found in Search Engine HQ.


    Yahoo! no longer provides its own search results. Bing provides the results for Yahoo!, which it then customizes for its results pages.

    We no longer provide instructions on how to submit your sitemap to Yahoo!.


    You can submit your sitemap and manage your site(s) in Bing Webmaster Tools.

    In order to start the process, you must manually submit your Sitemap to Bing. After that, SBI! takes over.

    Step-by-step instructions for submitting your Sitemap to Bing can be found in Search Engine HQ.

    SBI! provides you with some great resources to help you build an incoming links program...

    1. Review this Tips and Techniques article, Your Link-Building List....

    2. Use Inbound Link Opportunities (STEP 1) searches through Search It!...


  • What do the bold numbers mean in the Keyword Ranking Report in Search Engine HQ?

    The Keyword Ranking Report reports on non-quoted searches and gives you extra information at the same time. The full explanation is available at...

    Here are two key points from this help file to highlight...

    1. Your pages are now ranked for the keyword search without quotation marks. The ranking more closely reflects what Internet users are searching for in the search engines.

    2. You will see some rankings reported in bold numbers, and others in non-bold (plain text).

      A bold ranking number indicates that this particular page is found at that search engine at the indicated position for its Specific Keyword.

      A non-bold ranking number indicates that this particular page was not found in the Top 30 for its Specific Keyword. However, another page of your site was found for the same keyword in the Top 30 at this search engine. The non-bold number shows the highest ranking that any of your site's pages achieved for this particular keyword.


  • Where do I find Forum FAQs related to this category?

    Please visit the following locations...

    Major search engines (Google, Yahoo!, Bing)


    Joint Ventures/Traffic Swaps/Value Exchange/Article Library/Sites/Others


  • Will "stop words" in my keyword phrase make any difference?

    For odd sounding keyword phrases, you can add small stop words to improve readability. For example, you could add a word like...

    the your keyword phrase and the search engine will still recognize it. A more comprehensive list is at...

    Analyze It! will work for Specific Keyword phrases with or without stop words as long as you stay consistent throughout your entire page. If your keyword phrase does not have a stop word(s) when used in the Page Title but does use one in the Text Block, the tool will not pass the page for the Title. To correct this situation, all you need to do is edit the stop word out of the Title and re-analyze it. Then add the stop word again. But do not analyze the page again after adding the stop word.

    A helpful SBIer used this illustration in the SBI! Forums...

    Let's say your Specific Keyword for a page is holiday beach and that's what you entered for the Page Title. Then you added stop words to your keyword phrase -- holiday at the beach -- in a Text Block so that the content would flow better.

    A search engine will just skim over the stop words. Analyze It!, on the other hand, will not. When it doesn't find holiday beach within the body of the page, the tool will tell you to include that keyword.

    So how do you make both your readers and Analyze It! happy?

    Use holiday beach wherever you want your Specific Keyword to appear in your page. After that, click on the Analyze It! button for a clean bill of health. Then make a slight keyword adjustment in the body of your page. Use holiday at the beach instead to help your sentences read more smoothly and naturally. And build the page.

    As was mentioned earlier, a search engine sees no difference between your keyword phrase with stop words or without. If a surfer searches using quotes, a search engine will return the exact keyword. If the search is done without quotes, it will drop the stop words.

    For the full discussion about stop words, see this thread...


  • Why are my Search Engine HQ stats out of date?

    You update this information on a periodic basis (once every 3 weeks in the earliest) by clicking on the Update It! button.


  • Can I submit pages to the SEs on my own?

    Please do not do this yourself, or you could interfere with SBI!'s submitting algorithms.

    As well, there is no need to do so. SBI! automates the submission of your pages via the Sitemap file that the search engines prefer.


  • My pages are listed but the Keyword Ranking Report does not show anything. Why not?

    SBI! doesn't want to be blocked by the search engines due to constant checking. So we allow you to update your ranking report once every three weeks. If you have not yet updated it for the first time, click on the Update It! button now.


  • If Analyze It! says my pages are OK, why are they all showing >30 in Search Engine HQ?

    Analyze It! helps you to get on-page criteria within an acceptable range. But that's only one part of the equation. Search engines determine ranking scores by considering both on-page and off-page criteria.

    That's why DAY 7 of the Action Guide recommends that you do not waste time and effort on tweaking on-page criteria (ex., the number of times you use a keyword on the page). The best way to please search engines and your visitors is to create high-value relevant content.

    Content builds authority with the SEs, garners inbound links from other webmasters, and builds your credibility with your visitors. Every new page that passes Analyze It! offers another opportunity for top rankings.

    This TNT HQ article explains how to improve your ranking scores, and stay on the right side of the 80:20 equation. It's a must-read resource...

    To Tweak or Not to Tweak... That Is the Question


  • If I keep rebuilding my page, will I be oversubmitting to the search engines?

    When you build or edit a page, we update the Sitemap for your site. We ping the search engines once a day, if there are any new pages or edited pages to report (we ping them immediately if you deleted a page).