The Web As Retail

Helaine and are trying to get our new website about celebrity sightings a little traction. Maybe I’m biased, but it looks great, functions well and has gotten rave reviews from nearly everyone whose seen it.

I’m trying anything/everything to get more celebrity stories. I’ve already written unsolicited emails to people whose stories I’ve seen on other sites. Tonight I tweeted a bunch of folks–again unsolicited.

This is the retail part of web management. I am not above begging for content on a one-to-one basis.

At this point each additional story is important. When someone hits the site I want them to see it as being an ongoing concern, not something brand new and still empty. And, I think it does look flush with content.

The coolest part of my simple analysis of our sparse traffic is the average visitor checks out nearly ten pages! I never expected that. That’s a lot. That’s a sign of compelling content.

Google, Yahoo and MSN, which had been restricted while the site was being polished, have now been unleashed. They are not as quick to index pages as I’d wish!

For instance, though Google acknowledges I have a sitemap up and my robots.txt file now allows them to roam freely, I have no pages indexed (other than the homepage) and see the old restrictive robots.txt file is still being followed!

“Googlebot crawls sites by following links from page to page. We had problems crawling the pages listed here, and as a result they won’t be added to our index and will not appear in search results.”

With time it will come, I suppose.

As always, if you have a celeb story I sure would like to see it on the site. Anonymous stories are fine.

4 Responses to “The Web As Retail”

  1. meredith says:

    Your site is fun, congratulations!!

    I work in the music industry so I have “celebrity encounters” all the time … but I did come up with something worth posting from my youth. :) I just submitted it, enjoy!

  2. Geoff Fox says:

    Thanks–Your story is phenomenal! Helaine is setting it up now.

  3. Tina says:

    I’ve never had any celebrity encounters, but I think the site looks great!

    I just have one little nit picky:

    The search field and the image you are using as the submit button is out of whack. The image should either be the same height as the search field or vice-versa.

    You’ll have to excuse me…I am really anal about these things. :)

  4. Geoff Fox says:

    Guilty as charged. Will try and solve the problem tonight.

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