www.thames-info.co.nz

Thames' information website has been online since 1999 and since then has consistently been one of the town's most visited attractions, providing a showcase of the best of Thames' businesses, accommodation, activities etc. The latest Google search engine results show www.thames-info.co.nz ranks No. 5 out of 31,700,000 when searching for "Thames" and No. 1 out of 2,580,000 when searching for "accommodation Thames" - it doesn't get any better than this!! (searches carried out at 6.15pm, Tuesday 3 September 2006)

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Our free click-through in the newsletters of www.matamata-info.co.nz - www.tearoha-info.co.nz - www.thames-info.co.nz - www.morrinsville-info.co.nz goes to the following town websites - www.matamata-info.co.nz/longlands (site has been totally revamped - wow!!) - www.morrinsville-info.co.nz/market (a brand new website) - www.tearoha-info.co.nz/HolidayPark (regular updates keep this site constantly at No.1) - www.thames-info.co.nz/temata (Check out their great value Spring Accommodation package)

September's Stats - 10158 Pageviews from 4626 unique visitors.
September's top directories in order of popularity are -
www.thames-info.co.nz/HuiaLodge
www.thames-info.co.nz/RapauraWatergardens

www.thames-info.co.nz/KauaerangaCountry
www.thames-info.co.nz/windows
www.thames-info.co.nz/oceanview


Our most visited index pages, in order of popularity were: Information - Businesses - Accommodation - Information - Coromandel - Activities

Here is a comprehensive list of referring sites to assist those of you who may be paying for links from outside sites. Alot of referring from within the site, so here you can also get an idea of how many visitors your site is getting even if your site is not listed amongst the 5 above.

Top 250 of 288 Total Referrers

# Hits Referrer

1 10270 35.83% - (Direct Request)
2 5873 20.49% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/
3 2550 8.90% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/accommodation.htm
4 1266 4.42% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/information.htm
5 881 3.07% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/coromandel.htm
6 713 2.49% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/businesses.htm
7 668 2.33% http://www.google.co.nz/search
8 494 1.72% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/RapauraWatergardens/
9 470 1.64% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/activities.htm
10 448 1.56% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/KauaerangaCountry/
11 396 1.38% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/windows/
12 332 1.16% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/accommodation/
13 329 1.15% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/TuscanyOnThames/
14 303 1.06% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/map.html
15 297 1.04% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/HuiaLodge/
16 259 0.90% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/TotalHealthPharmacy/
17 233 0.81% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/Harcourts/
18 203 0.71% http://www.google.com/search
19 194 0.68% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/PiakoOstrichFarm/
20 189 0.66% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/stayatcoastal/
21 189 0.66% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/temata/
22 183 0.64% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/oceanview/
23 137 0.48% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/newlistings.htm
24 136 0.47% http://www.thames-info.co.nz
25 122 0.43% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/thorold/
26 110 0.38% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/classifieds.html
27 87 0.30% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/hirequip/
28 77 0.27% http://www.google.co.uk/search
29 73 0.25% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/HuiaLodge/directions.html
30 56 0.20% http://search.xtramsn.co.nz/results.aspx
31 54 0.19% http://www.google.com.au/search
32 53 0.18% http://www.tuscanyonthames.co.nz/attractions.html
33 31 0.11% http://search.xtramsn.co.nz/results.asp
34 29 0.10% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/shopping.html
35 28 0.10% http://au.search.yahoo.com/search
36 25 0.09% http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thames,_New_Zealand
37 23 0.08% http://72.14.221.104/search
38 18 0.06% http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coromandel,_New_Zealand
39 18 0.06% http://www.bandbclub.com/region/26/
40 18 0.06% http://www.google.de/search
41 18 0.06% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/news.html
42 18 0.06% http://www.ubd.co.nz/company-profiles/63761/default.aspx
43 17 0.06% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/enquiry.html
44 16 0.06% http://64.233.179.104/translate_c
45 16 0.06% http://thames-info.co.nz/RapauraWatergardens/
46 15 0.05% http://66.102.7.104/search
47 15 0.05% http://search.yahoo.com/search
48 15 0.05% http://www.bnb.co.nz/coromandel/results/listing_details.html
49 14 0.05% http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coromandel_Peninsula
50 14 0.05% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/valuer/
51 13 0.05% http://search.atomz.com/search/
52 12 0.04% http://images.google.co.nz/imgres
53 12 0.04% http://www.google.ca/search
54 11 0.04% http://www.newzealand.com/travel/accommodation/accommodation-options/operator-details.cfm/businessactivityid/161855/activityite
55 10 0.03% http://cc.msnscache.com/cache.aspx
56 10 0.03% http://images.google.com/imgres
57 10 0.03% http://thames-info.co.nz/accommodation.htm
58 10 0.03% http://www.tearoha-info.co.nz/shopping.html
59 10 0.03% http://www.thecoromandel.com/bbtha.html
60 9 0.03% http://72.14.203.104/search
61 9 0.03% http://thames-info.co.nz/
62 9 0.03% http://www.goldmine-experience.co.nz/local.html
63 9 0.03% http://www.newzealand.com/travel/accommodation/accommodation-options/operator-details.cfm/businessactivityid/178702/activityite
64 9 0.03% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/HuiaLodge
65 9 0.03% http://www.thamesinfo.co.nz/accommodation.html
66 8 0.03% http://images.google.co.uk/imgres
67 8 0.03% http://www.newzealand.com/travel/accommodation/accommodation-options/operator-details.cfm/businessactivityid/161855/regionid/4/
68 8 0.03% http://www.nzsearch.co.nz/search.aspx
69 8 0.03% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/windows/enquiry.html
70 7 0.02% http://66.249.93.104/translate_c
71 7 0.02% http://search.xtramsn.co.nz/spresults.aspx
72 7 0.02% http://www.google.fr/search
73 7 0.02% http://www.matamata-info.co.nz/classifieds.html
74 7 0.02% http://www.matamata-info.co.nz/shopping.html
75 7 0.02% http://www.searchnz.co.nz/search.aspx
76 7 0.02% http://www.thames-high.school.nz/index.php
77 7 0.02% http://www.tnzip.co.nz/regions/Coromandel/coromandelfiles/coromandel.htm
78 7 0.02% www.seventwentyfour.com/
79 6 0.02% http://search.msn.com/results.aspx
80 6 0.02% http://thames-info.co.nz/PiakoOstrichFarm/
81 6 0.02% http://www.accommodationnewzealand.co.nz/accommodation/new_zealand_accommodation_in_thames.html
82 6 0.02% http://www.freewebs.com/cardinal15/whoweare.htm
83 6 0.02% http://www.google.co.nz/
84 6 0.02% http://www.marthamine.co.nz/links.html
85 6 0.02% http://www.newzealand.com/travel/accommodation/accommodation-options/operator-details.cfm/businessactivityid/178702/regionid/4/
86 6 0.02% http://www.onsearch.de
87 6 0.02% http://www.rssmicro.com
88 5 0.02% http://72.14.235.104/search
89 5 0.02% http://beta.search.live.com/results.aspx
90 5 0.02% http://nz.dir.nodeworks.com/Waikato/Localities/Thames/Travel_and_Tourism/Accommodation/Bed_and_Breakfast/
91 5 0.02% http://search.ninemsn.com.au/results.aspx
92 5 0.02% http://visitnz.co.nz/coromandel.htm
93 5 0.02% http://www.ask.com/web
94 5 0.02% http://www.find-our-community.net/region/Australasia/New_Zealand_map.htm
95 5 0.02% http://www.goldmine-experience.co.nz/edu-activities.html
96 5 0.02% http://www.google.nl/search
97 5 0.02% http://www.newmont.com/en/operations/australianz/waihigold/additional/links/index.asp
98 5 0.02% http://www.totaltravel.co.nz/link.asp
99 4 0.01% http://images.google.ca/imgres
100 4 0.01% http://search.mywebsearch.com/mywebsearch/AJmain.jhtml
101 4 0.01% http://search.ninemsn.com.au/spresults.aspx
102 4 0.01% http://uk.ask.com/web
103 4 0.01% http://uk.search.yahoo.com/search
104 4 0.01% http://www.google.ch/search
105 4 0.01% http://www.google.co.in/search
106 4 0.01% http://www.google.com.my/search
107 4 0.01% http://www.matamata-info.co.nz/
108 4 0.01% http://www.morrinsville-info.co.nz/
109 4 0.01% http://www.newzealand.com/travel/accommodation/accommodation-options/operator-details.cfm/businessactivityid/178702/startrow/5/
110 4 0.01% http://www.thecoromandel.com/educationcoromandel/links.html
111 4 0.01% http://www.ubd.co.nz/all-categories/Building-and-Construction/Windows-and-Doors/default.asp
112 3 0.01% http://answerbus.com/cgi-bin/answer.cgi
113 3 0.01% http://communities.co.nz/Home/Waikato.cfm
114 3 0.01% http://images.google.co.za/imgres
115 3 0.01% http://images.google.fr/imgres
116 3 0.01% http://search.sympatico.msn.ca/results.aspx
117 3 0.01% http://search.xtramsn.co.nz/previewx.aspx
118 3 0.01% http://www.butterfly.co.nz/links.htm
119 3 0.01% http://www.destinationnz.co.nz/search.php
120 3 0.01% http://www.google.co.th/search
121 3 0.01% http://www.google.co.za/search
122 3 0.01% http://www.google.com.vn/search
123 3 0.01% http://www.google.com/ie
124 3 0.01% http://www.google.ie/search
125 3 0.01% http://www.google.no/search
126 3 0.01% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/KauaerangaCountry
127 3 0.01% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/oceanview
128 3 0.01% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/stayatcoastal
129 3 0.01% http://www.ubd.co.nz/all-categories/Building-and-Construction/Garage-Door-Sales-and-Service/default.asp
130 2 0.01% http://64.233.167.104/search
131 2 0.01% http://64.233.183.104/search
132 2 0.01% http://66.249.93.104/search
133 2 0.01% http://aolsearch.aol.co.uk/image_browse
134 2 0.01% http://images.google.co.th/imgres
135 2 0.01% http://images.google.pl/imgres
136 2 0.01% http://search.msn.com/results.asp
137 2 0.01% http://search.stumbleupon.com/
138 2 0.01% http://searchsight.com/22A72C38P1-New-Zealand-Nutritional-Supplements.html
139 2 0.01% http://searchsight.com/29A7C38P3-New-Zealand-Health-Beauty.html
140 2 0.01% http://thames-info.co.nz/HuiaLodge/
141 2 0.01% http://translate.google.com/translate
142 2 0.01% http://vivisimo.com/search
143 2 0.01% http://weblinks.newzealand.co.nz/pages/Building/Tools___Equipment/Tools___Equipment_Sales___Hire/index.html
144 2 0.01% http://www.answers.com/topic/thames-new-zealand
145 2 0.01% http://www.bandbclub.com/listpage/866/
146 2 0.01% http://www.bnbnz.com/listings/Kauaeranga_Country.html
147 2 0.01% http://www.bugpacific.com/destinations/nz-coromandel.html
148 2 0.01% http://www.ginz.com/new_zealand/eastcoast/thames/accommodation/suppliers/Thorold/gallery
149 2 0.01% http://www.google.bg/search
150 2 0.01% http://www.google.co.kr/search
151 2 0.01% http://www.google.co.nz
152 2 0.01% http://www.google.com/custom
153 2 0.01% http://www.google.dk/search
154 2 0.01% http://www.google.it/search
155 2 0.01% http://www.google.pl/search
156 2 0.01% http://www.google.se/search
157 2 0.01% http://www.haurakigolf.co.nz/HGC_Links.htm
158 2 0.01% http://www.morrinsville-info.co.nz/shopping.html
159 2 0.01% http://www.newzealand.com/travel/accommodation/accommodation-options/operator-details.cfm/businessactivityid/161855/startrow/7/
160 2 0.01% http://www.newzealand.com/travel/accommodation/accommodation-options/operator-details.cfm/businessactivityid/161855/startrow/9/
161 2 0.01% http://www.newzealand.com/travel/travel-planner/my-travel-planner.cfm
162 2 0.01% http://www.ngateawatergardens.co.nz/links.cfm
163 2 0.01% http://www.nzs.com/region/coromandel/travel/accommodation/holiday-homes/
164 2 0.01% http://www.nzs.com/travel/accommodation/holiday-homes/more4.html
165 2 0.01% http://www.nzs.com/travel/transportation/rentals/cars/more8.html
166 2 0.01% http://www.nzsearch.co.nz/category.aspx
167 2 0.01% http://www.searchnz.co.nz/cgi-bin/search
168 2 0.01% http://www.tearoha.co.nz/classifieds.html
169 2 0.01% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/PiakoOstrichFarm
170 2 0.01% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/RapauraWatergardens
171 2 0.01% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/TuscanyOnThames
172 2 0.01% http://www.thames-info.co.nz/accommodation
173 2 0.01% http://www.tourism.net.nz/region/coromandel/accommodation/bed-and-breakfast/other-links1.html
174 2 0.01% http://www.tourism.net.nz/region/coromandel/transport/rental-cars/other-links1.html
175 2 0.01% http://www.travelwise.co.nz/listings/Kauaeranga_Country_Bed_and_Breakfast.html
176 2 0.01% http://www.ubd.co.nz/all-categories/Building-and-Construction/Glaziers/default.asp
177 2 0.01% http://www.ubd.co.nz/all-categories/Industrial-Supplies/Aluminium-Windows-and-Doors/default.asp
178 2 0.01% http://www.ubd.co.nz/all-regions/Waikato-and-BOP-and-King-Country/
179 2 0.01% http://www.webstats4u.com/catalogue/top1000
180 2 0.01% http://www.zealand.org.nz/towns.htm
181 1 0.00% http://aditcottage.com/
182 1 0.00% http://america.google.com/search
183 1 0.00% http://answerbus.coli.uni-sb.de/cgi-bin/answerbus/answer.cgi
184 1 0.00% http://as.starware.com/dp/search
185 1 0.00% http://asia.dir.yahoo.com/Regional/Countries/New_Zealand/Regions/Waikato/Travel_and_Transportation/Local_Guides/
186 1 0.00% http://communities.co.nz/home/Waikato.cfm
187 1 0.00% http://coromandel-new-zealand.mindbit.com/
188 1 0.00% http://del.icio.us/enewton/thames
189 1 0.00% http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coromandel_(New_Zealand)
190 1 0.00% http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thames_High_School
191 1 0.00% http://flybirdy.com/View.aspx
192 1 0.00% http://google.canoe.com/search
193 1 0.00% http://images.google.cl/imgres
194 1 0.00% http://images.google.co.uk/search
195 1 0.00% http://images.google.com.ar/images
196 1 0.00% http://images.google.com.au/imgres
197 1 0.00% http://images.google.com.br/imgres
198 1 0.00% http://images.google.com.ph/imgres
199 1 0.00% http://images.google.com/images
200 1 0.00% http://images.google.de/imgres
201 1 0.00% http://images.google.gr/imgres
202 1 0.00% http://infoseeknow.com/ifsn/ostrich-meat.htm
203 1 0.00% http://intranet.ssrlibrary.ca/horde/imp/message.php
204 1 0.00% http://kd.mysearch.myway.com/jsp/GGmain.jsp
205 1 0.00% http://new-zealand-travel-guide.com/coromandel.htm
206 1 0.00% http://newzealand-real-estate.com/realestate-links//RealEstate_North_Island/Coromandel_RealEstate/
207 1 0.00% http://nz.altavista.com/web/results
208 1 0.00% http://nz.dir.nodeworks.com/Waikato/Localities/Thames/
209 1 0.00% http://questionanswering.com/cgi-bin/answerbus/answer.cgi
210 1 0.00% http://samson.email.starband.net/webmail/src/read_body.php
211 1 0.00% http://search.dmoz.org/cgi-bin/search
212 1 0.00% http://search.live.com/results.aspx
213 1 0.00% http://search.msn.co.uk/previewx.aspx
214 1 0.00% http://search.msn.co.uk/results.aspx
215 1 0.00% http://search.msn.co.uk/spresults.aspx
216 1 0.00% http://search.msn.com.ph/results.aspx
217 1 0.00% http://search.msn.com/spresults.aspx
218 1 0.00% http://search.msn.se/spresults.aspx
219 1 0.00% http://search.ntlworld.com/ntlworld/search.php
220 1 0.00% http://search.www.infoseek.co.jp/OTitles
221 1 0.00% http://search.yahoo.co.jp/search
222 1 0.00% http://searchnz.co.nz/search.aspx
223 1 0.00% http://sucheaol.aol.de/suche/web/search.jsp
224 1 0.00% http://thamesnewzealand.quickseek.com/
225 1 0.00% http://thecoromandel.com/bbtha.html
226 1 0.00% http://us.f527.mail.yahoo.com/ym/us/ShowLetter
227 1 0.00% http://webmail.harcourts.co.nz/WorldClient.dll
228 1 0.00% http://ww.google.co.uk/search
229 1 0.00% http://www.adelphia.net/google/index.php
230 1 0.00% http://www.angelfire.com/az/nzgenweb/links.html
231 1 0.00% http://www.answerbus.com/cgi-bin/answerbus/answer.cgi
232 1 0.00% http://www.aorata.com/10390.htm
233 1 0.00% http://www.bandbclub.com/searchres.phtml
234 1 0.00% http://www.bnb.co.nz/results/listing_details.html
235 1 0.00% http://www.datashaping.com/web_rankings.shtml
236 1 0.00% http://www.dogpile.com/info.dogpl/search/web/herbal
237 1 0.00% http://www.excite.co.uk/search/web/results
238 1 0.00% http://www.google.ae/search
239 1 0.00% http://www.google.be/search
240 1 0.00% http://www.google.cn/search
241 1 0.00% http://www.google.co.hu/search
242 1 0.00% http://www.google.co.id/search
243 1 0.00% http://www.google.co.il/search
244 1 0.00% http://www.google.co.nz/custom
245 1 0.00% http://www.google.co.nz/webhp
246 1 0.00% http://www.google.co.uk/pda
247 1 0.00% http://www.google.com.ar/search
248 1 0.00% http://www.google.com.co/search
249 1 0.00% http://www.google.com.do/search
250 1 0.00% http://www.google.com.fj/search


Link Building for Top Search Engine Placement (Part 1)

High search engine rankings can no longer be gained just by having a well designed website with the appropriate metatags. There are now numerous factors that are taken into consideration when determining the ranking of your website and one to be taken very seriously is the external links to your website.

Links to your site are not the most important factor in determining your ranking and your site will still have to be well-optimised to rank well, however, when all else is equal (i.e. when your competitors also have well-optimised sites) this can be the determining factor between being found and being buried in the search engine rankings.

Links That Work
The first consideration you have to make in your link-building efforts is who should be linking to you and whom you should link to. These are two separate considerations and despite the fact that you will be working on both at the same time, they must be considered independently.

Who Should Link To You? (Incoming Links)
When you are looking for sites to link to you there are five considerations to be taken into account:

1) Do they compete with you? While you can try to request a link from a site that provides the same or similar products and services that you do, this is generally a waste of time that could be spent finding legitimate links from sites that would like to promote your product or service.

2) Does their site relate to your content? If you have a site promoting carpet cleaning products, a link from a hair salon will not be of much benefit. Google and the other major search engines look for content relationship when determining the value of a link. If the content of the two sites is totally unrelated the link is given very little weight if any. Focus only on attaining links from sites relevant to your own.

3) How does Google rate the site? Google has come out with a fantastic tool called the Google Toolbar. The advanced version of the toolbar includes the PageRank of the site you are currently visiting. Without getting into a long description of PageRank (see Google's definition), the higher the number the better (it is a ranking out of 10 where traditionally anything from 4 is good and anything above 6 is excellent. If Google rates the site well then the link will be more valued than from a site that Google rates poorly. When looking for links give more time and attention to those with PageRanks of 4 or higher. The Google Toolbar is a free download available from Google.

4) Will they require a reciprocal link? Whether the site will require a reciprocal link or not is a serious consideration. The more links to your site that you have that are not reciprocated the better. These links are given added weight. This area will be addressed further below.

5) How many links on the page? How many links are on the page that will link to you, and where your link will be placed is another serious consideration. If your link from their site will be on a page with 100 other links then the value of the link itself is greatly reduced. Also, whether your link will be on the top of the page or the bottom will also determine the value of the link itself.

This may be a lot to consider, however it can save you enormous amounts of time and frustration. People will often work for hours to attain a link from a site they like when in reality the site has a low PageRank and the link won't even carry much weight as far as search engine placement is concerned, although as a general rule any relevant inbound link will be of use. If you find a related site with a PageRank of 2 that is very simple to get a link from, it's well worth your time to do so given that the time taken is only about 5 minutes. Not all link building is this simple and it's in the more advanced efforts (email communications with the webmaster for example) that you will want to apply the above noted "rules".

Who Should You Link To? (Outgoing Links)
The question, "who should you link to?" is a very serious one and can have significant repercussions on your search engine placement. If you are linking to sites, this is your way of saying, "This site is highly relevant to mine and that my visitors will enjoy the content on it." For this reason the following three considerations should be made when determining whether reciprocal links are in your best interest. Factors of the website that should be considered when determining whether to link to that website are:

1) Is the site's content related to yours? Like incoming links (sites linking to you), the relevancy of the content on both sites should be high. If you have a number of links from your site to websites that are completely unrelated to you, the value of these links is negligible and further, will reduce the perceived value of your site.

2) Does the site compete with you? In this case it is your interests, not those of the other webmaster, which must be taken into account. Do you want to link to a site that provides the same or similar products/services as you? Unless the site is willing to reciprocate the link and they have a very high PageRank it is probably not wise to give your visitors the opportunity to go to the site of a competitor.

3) What is their PageRank? Many people falsely believe that any outbound link will hurt website placement. This is simply not the case. Poor link-building is the cause of this misconception, not the link itself. When you are determining whether to link to another site, take a look at the PageRank it has been assigned by Google. Like the boost this gives to your site in the incoming links, so too can this have a positive effect on your outbound links. If all of your outbound links are to highly regarded sites (by the search engines) and their content is relevant to yours then these links will help, and not hinder your rankings.

(Check next month's newsletter for Part 2 of "Link Building for Top Search Engine Placement")


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