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How do you get google (or yahoo, i guess) to let your website be at the top of all the search results when certain keywords are entered into the search field? For example, if i am selling pet rocks, and i want my pet rock website to be at the top of the list when someone seaches, what do i do? I am trying to start a bit of an online business (it's not pet rocks) but i need to be able to market what i am selling the best way that i can. Does anyone know how to do what i am asking?

I have heard of the way that involves paying them, but i also heard of a way thats free. That would be the one i am asking about lol.
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It involves carefully selecting keywords, submitting your website to search engines, and getting lots of links to you. Its an involved process, one that I'm not very familiar with myself, even as a web developer.
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Its quite a tricky process. Do it right and you can get good results. I got my site on the front page of a search for "Far Cry 2 Maps"

Its mainly about backlinks and "advertising." I registered my domain fc2maps.com about 2-3 months before Far Cry 2 came out. I created a page that basically said a bit about the site, when it goes live and what Far Cry 2 was about.

This was a good place holder with key words in the text (Far Cry 2 Maps - see where this is going?) I then contacted loads of fairly big websites and other Far Cry 2 fansites and became affiliated with them. I advertised my site over at filefront and got affiliation with the Far Cry section on filefront. I then let people I knew were interested in Far Cry 2 about my site.

Eventually the news spread, and when the site was launched it was on about page 3 of google for 'Far Cry 2 Maps' More and more people started using it and linking to their downloads from hundreds of other sites. Google sees the back links to lots of big sites etc and starts to bump up the ranking.

The main things to remember are keywords. Get a google account and use analytics (google.com/analytics) Therefore you can track where you traffic is coming from.
Your keyword/s are what people will search for in google. Mine was Far Cry 2 maps, therefore mention Far Cry 2 Maps in your sentences etc. Dont overdo it and do not spam your link everywhere as google can penilize you.

Just build up backlinks

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you can get in a yellow box at the top by paying google through adwords. the more you pay them, the better the results/
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My brother did it with his and my dads site.
Search for "Texas Bolo Ties", and his is the first on google and yahoo. There are several other searches words he is first on also. It took him a while (almost 2 years) to do it. It was a combination of free and paid things to do it.
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Thanks guys. Sounds like a lot of work but i bet if you did it perfectly then it would pay off very well.
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What's your plan?
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Some get rich quick pyramid-like build your own business scam that my GF's dad got suckered into. He gets suckered into a lot of those things, and then he calls and makes my GF participate in them. Poor me.
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Well this is WAY off topic, so I'll just say, Google "search engine optimization". And don't believe 90% of what you see.
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Uh, are you saying not to believe 90% of what i see regarding search optimization?
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