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Sat Oct 25 14:41:10 BST 2008
On Saturday 25 October 2008, 06:37:03, SteveC did write:
> CloudMade have some people experienced in Search Engine Optimisation
> and we'd like to offer their time to look at making OSM push higher up
> search results. Basically we think it would be nice that if you search
> for 'free maps' and things like that then OSM comes up to the top.
> What do you think?
If you think people searching on phrases like that mean Free as in speech,
then yes, but I suspect they want free as in beer. These people would probably
be more satisfied with free beer map services for the moment. I guess I'm just
saying I wouldn't aim for "free maps". It probably won't harm either.
> If positive I'd suggest that we build a list of terms we want to push
> the ranking up for, throw these at someone with SEO knowledge, review
> the changes they suggest and then see who would like to implement
> them. I imagine it will be a few things like making the <meta> tags
> better, maybe streamlining the text on OSM and such.
I've mentioned this, but not on the list: start by canonicalising the main
site hostname. Have www.openstreetmap.org redirect to, not mirror,
openstreetmap.org. I'm told there are several more mirrored domains. Then your
incoming links will be unambiguously (for a search engine) pointing to the
same pages. There are also usability and other benefits.
I'll expand if you like, but it sounds like you already have access to
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