I wonder if anyone has figures pertaining to the ratio of information, e-commerce, business, blogs, and other types of sites exist on the entire World Wide Web portion of the Internet?
Thank you for admitting that timestamps are important in SEO and SERP !! For strong SERP, you need to do a lot of things right. "Dynamic" Time Stamping is one of the keys ... why else do you think active blogs do so well. (Duh, because everytime an addition is made to a blog ... it creates a new time stamp !!)
You`ve proven my point about using HTML pages with your Wikipedia example. Wikipedia, in your own words, "has new content being added all the time". And that is why being able to not only have your "dynamic" .asp, or .php or .cgi e-commerce store operating ... but to be able to very easily create HTML pages for every one of your products is essential for strong SERP.
What is the most difficult type site to have indexed? An e-commerce site, simply because the search engines have difficulty indexing .asp, .php and .cgi scripts.
Now you can have the best of both worlds ... a "dynamic" e-commerce site that allows cross-referencing of products, and allows products to be in multiple categories ...
But also to have that e-commerce site easily indexed by the search engines because you created your entire on-line catalog (store) in "static" HTML format with the click of a button. And you can do it time and time again ... thus keeping your time stamps , which you agreed was an important part of SEO and SERP, current and fresh.
The search engines don`t care about a thing !! They do not have a heart, a soul, or emotions !! They work on mathematical algorithms.
By increasing the overall size of my site (HTML pages), I increase the chances that my site will be indexed.... relevant or not. And if I`m relevant ... then even the better.
Its like going to a buffet at Luby`s and going to a buffet at Ceasar`s Palace in Las Vegas. Which buffet do you think the ants would rather go visit ... the small little buffet with 10 items or the huge, varietal buffet with 250 items??
Come on folks, think. This isn`t "rocket science".
This is a great thread! a lot of interaction. However, maybe I should have made my point a little clearer as Craig mentioned. I wanted to find out what people thought as far as the standard Static HTML web sites being on the first page in the major serach engines. I have many friends who fall into this category and I call them the "Meta taggers". They still beleive that just by having the proper meta tags that they will be able to rech or maintain first page placement in all of their key words.
As you can see there seems to be a trend happening on the search engines as far as dynamic sites, blogs or CMS. Becuase of the way Google looks at these sites, the trend will continue. So why would someone invest money into the static HTML web site? Why not combine the static web pages you are used to seeing with the power of a Blog?
Why don`t we reccomend this more to new business owners who come to StartupNation?
Are we doing a diservice to the new business owners who don`t know any better? Maybe that should be another thread....
It might work today. But it won`t work for long. All it takes is for a couple fo competitors to either hire the right company or stumble across the fact that a blog is so powerful and your done. Especially with lawyers, that seems to another trend I am noticing. a lot of lawyers have been entering the blogsphere in the past 6 months. So if you want to stay on the first page, you`d better jump on the blog train while you can....