How long does it take for changes in website to be reflected in Search Engine placement?

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How long does it take for changes in website to be reflected in Search Engine placement?

Question by bitter_bus: How long does it take for changes in website to be reflected in Search Engine placement?
I changed titles, metatags and keywords in several of my web pages. How long will it take to see whether it is effective or not?

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Answer by calibrater2002
Really depends on the engine. My website sometimes takes a month to update on Google. I think (not 100% on this) that Google refreshes according to page rank because some of the more popular sites are updated almost daily it seems.

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By | 2011-12-22T22:47:23+00:00 December 22nd, 2011|Search Engine Marketing Phoenix|3 Comments

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  1. Christy Loves Coffee December 22, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    most of the time its immediatly, but it depends on the website search engine.
    sometimes search engines will only syncronize a couple times a day, so it will take some time. It also may depend on the site you updated. they may only syncronize with the web a couple times a day also.
    but generally pretty quickly

  2. JLMelvin December 22, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Depends on when the “spiders” visit.

    Typically, MSN will note your changes first. Then the others will follow in their own time.

    Make sure you’re listed in the major search engines. Use the free tool below to verify that your listed. Check under indexed

  3. SEO Consultant December 23, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Well, it takes much more then just that to optimize the site. Do you have sitemaps, xml sitemaps, proper robot txt page, embedded text links, pages named with keyword, proper use of phrases, alt tags, h tags, link found on other trusted sites and so on and so on. It can take several months to 6-8 months to achieve top rankings based on an number of items

    Some below, but far from limited

    1. Keyword Use in Title Tag – I have said for many years that if I had a gun to my head, and could do only one thing to a web page to optimize it, my choice would be the title tag. Put your keyphrases in your title tag, and remember to optimize each page individually (i.e. don’t overstuff your title tag, and have different title tags for each page that reflect the content of that particular page – otherwise, you may suffer from a duplicative content exclusion and find yourself in the supplemental results).

    2. Keyword Use in Body Text – Duh. If your keyword or keyphrase isn’t mentioned at least once in the body text of the web page, then it does not seem your page is very relevant to that keyphrase, now does it? But don’t get all caught up in the keyphrase density myth – there is no magic number of times it should appear. Make sense to readers, and it will make sense to the search engines.

    3. Relationship of Body Text Content to Keywords (Topic Analysis) – Google is smarter than you give them credit for, and just stuffing a keyphrase into a completely unrelated page won’t do you much, if any good. Your page should be on a topic which is semantically related to the keyphrase which you are targeting in your title tag.

    4. Keyword Use in H1 Tag – Oh, for years the naysayers have been telling me that H1 tag keyphrase use meant nothing and that I was an idiot for thinking otherwise. Well the verdict is in and this is the fourth most important factor according to the SEOMoz article. At this point, therefore, we have learned to put your keyphrase in your title tag, include it in your body text, which body text is topically or semantically related to the keyphrase, and head up the body text with an H1 containing the keyphrase.

    5. Keyword Use in Domain Name – This is one that I disagree with. I have seen absolutely no evidence of this at all. Do a simple search on the internet for most any search term, and chances are the top results do not have the search query in the domain name. I believe this may have minor importance, but don’t go and change your domain because of it. Seriously, you have much more to lose (such as age of domain, inbound linkage, site reputation, etc.) I regularly see clients at the top of Google with domain names containing nothing near the relevant search terms.

    6. Keyword Use in Page URL – This is what I have called “descriptive file naming” for a number of years. I believe it is of some importance, again, however, is more of a factor when setting up a new domain than would be for an existing domain with high pagerank and inbound linkage. Changing your internal url’s for the sole purpose of meeting this criterion again is very risky, for the same reasons mentioned above.

    7. Keyword Use in H2, H3, H… Tags – Well if it works for H1, why not for H2 et al.?

    8. Keyword Use in ALT Attributes and Image Titles – SEOMoz incorrectly calls them an ALT tag, but it is not a tag, the ALT is an attribute of the IMG tag. Semantics aside, I believe this to be highly important, I would have ranked this above the URL and domain name items. Experience has shown me that image optimization (image file name, alt attribute, and title) is a wonderful way to make a page more relevant to a desired search query.

    9. Keyword Use in Bold/Strong Tags – I always use this method, as well as keyword use within the EM (italics) tag. I believe this to be a moderately important factor as it helps emphasize to Google what your page is about, and what you consider important. Definitely on my short list of things to do for “on page” search engine optimization.

    10. Keyword Use in Meta Description Tag – Again, one of my “big 4” for on page optimization. The “big 4” being: title tag, meta description, h1, and image ALT attributes. (I don’t include body text in my big 4 as I believe that is self evident). Definitely important, and again, each page should have custom title and meta description tags.

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