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I am a relative newbie to website creation. Many webmasters (from beginners to experienced ones) continually scratch their head wondering “how can I get Google to index my new content?” Google has a program where you can automatically create an xml sitemap for your website. The sitemap contains a list of all your urls with the modification time and the change frequency for each url. After you have created your sitemap, you need to submit the sitemap to Google (using your Google sitemap account). After this, your need to ping (resubmit) Google every time your website changes. The idea here is that you are helping Google by letting them know you have new content on your site. The url list in the sitemap ensures that Google will not miss any of your urls while crawling your site.

Well there is the theory, how about REALITY?

The reality is that CREATING A SITEMAP AND PINGING GOOGLE WILL NOT GET GOOGLE TO COME TO COME AND INDEX YOUR SITE. What will happen? Several hours after your submit your sitemap to Google, Google will download your sitemap. Good so far. Then days will go by and Google will never come and index any of the urls in your sitemap. Boy that really stinks especially when considering it took me some time to figure out actually how to create a sitemap. Google does not make it real easy for you to create a sitemap. Google has a free script that you install on your web server that will automatically create and update your sitemap for you. The problem is that the script requires Python 2.2 to be installed on your web server. This seemed stupid to me since Python is not standard on the majority of web hosts (why not have the script written in PHP or PERL)? Anyway I found a free third party PHP sitemap generator at http://enarion.net/google/phpsitemapng/ that worked great.

In conclusion, having a sitemap that tells Google you have new content will not get Google to come to index your site. I guess the only way to get Google to index your site is to have incoming link from popular sites that Google can crawl along. Incidentally lack of regular crawling also makes the Google Adsense Search not work properly for searching your own site. I put a Google Search box on my site. However, because Google has not indexed my site yet, user searches of my site generate no results! This appears to be a problem for anyone who generates new content faster than Google indexes it. The user experience suffers due to this as I can not think of any reason a user would not what to find the most recent information on your site. In all fairness I should say a sitemap and Google Adsense search may be valuable for popular, well established websites that get indexed frequently. However, if you are relatively new to the online game, spend your effort on other aspects of your site!

When most people think of Internet marketing, they think solely of websites. Are they right or wrong? Well both. While websites are a key component of Internet marketing and in many cases are the only Internet marketing tool businesses use, they are not the “be all, end all”. They are not required for Internet marketing. However, I do highly recommend them as they are best suited to sit at the core of your Internet marketing plan, the hub so to speak, but that’s a topic for another conversation.

So here are 7 killer Internet marketing tools that you can implement on a shoestring budget without having to have a website of your own:

1. Email Marketing – When properly implemented, there probably isn’t a quicker, better, and less expensive way to stay in front of your prospects and clients than to leverage the power of email. You can literally touch an unlimited amount of prospects and clients with a single click – how’s that for power?!

2. Blogs – Blogging is a great tool when you would like to step it up a notch and stay in constant contact with your prospects and clients. Some ideas on how to use it might be to post what’s new with you or your business, post informative content as a value-add to your clients, or hold and interactive forum with your clients geared towards understanding how to better serve them.

There are a handful of free or low cost blog hosts out there that really make this process simple (e.g. Blogger and TypePad).

3. Article Marketing – This is a phenomenal approach to bringing notoriety, interest and ultimately leads for many types of businesses. It can be used as a major differentiator or value-add on why someone should buy from you instead of your competitors. Whether your clients are local, regional, national or global -- articles are portable and usable in all situations -- that's part of their charm.

4. eZines – Much like blogs and article marketing, eZines are great way to stay in touch with your prospects on a more scheduled basis. Additionally, they are probably the forerunner in helping you develop a list of prospects to market and sell your wares.

5. Affiliate Programs -- Get others promoting and selling for you. This tool can become the equivalent of having both a full blown marketing and sales staff that gets paid on performance. They don’t promote and directly lead to a sale for you, they don’t get paid. For the do-it-yourselfers, there are plenty of tools out there to help you set up this type of program. For everyone else, there are excellent service providers out there who can coordinate and manage this process for you (e.g. Clickbank and Commission Junction).

6. Viral Marketing – Again, a great approach for getting others to promote and help create a buzz about you, your business, your products and/or your services. The best, most genuine way to get this started is by creating raving fans out of your existing clients and then helping them help you spread the word.

7. Public Relations – If I tell you I’m the best at what I do, you’ll take it with a grain of salt. Maybe you’ll believe me, maybe you won’t. However, people tend to believe what they read. So if a respected publication tells you that I’m the best at what I do, that usually holds more weight and adds instant credibility to me.

Spend some effort here. Become a resource for the press. You help them and they can significantly help you.

I highly recommend you spend some time with these. Explore how you can implement one, some, or all of these Internet marketing tools to help explode your business.

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Dean Mercado is an Internet marketing coach, strategist, author, and speaker. Dean and his company Online Marketing Muscle help entrepreneurial professionals leverage the power of Internet marketing to turn their businesses into money magnets. Visit Online Marketing Muscle for many more Internet marketing tips.

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