I haven't been able to get to my artist website directly since Monday. When I type it in my web browser in Google it goes to Fine Art America and my name and I hit that link. All the other browsers Bing, MSN, only now go to a Twitter link with a few recent uploads and there I see my website listed. I was on a friends computer and we tried Internet Explorer and I think it was Yahoo which I never use and they both came up completely empty using my artist website address. Yet Abbey emailed me and told me just type in the URL on the address bar on the browser and get to the site where nothing has changed. She said do not use Google. But that still works the best of any for me. Why is this company refusing to acknowledge that there has been a problem with this? There is no longer direct access to our artist websites when we punch it in our browsers? Why are we the only ones talking about this? I just had 1000 business cards recently made with my artist website listed but am told that's not a problem. Well, time will tell. I just don't know how this happened so unexpectedly all across the board or what or why?
Those are not browsers. Those are search engines. You have to put it in the address bar of your browser, not in search engines. Others are not talking about it because they are putting it where it should go
What She says, type your url in the address bar, not in a search engine, I just did it using your url and it came up just fine.
Then my understanding is that most buyers/collectors type the url in the address bar. Still, a percentage will use the search bar in finding a site. I am optimistic that the not finding FAA and /or someone's site on Bing via the web search will be resolved. Best to leave the software fix up to the experts, which brings up the question what ways are best to make buyers aware of how to find a site?
"which brings up the question what ways are best to make buyers aware of how to find a site? "
There was differently a change...maybe re-indexing or cache update or something by the search engines...but after a few days now of first noticing it, search results are starting to now show with my own domain name. Let me re-cap..a week or so ago I noticed when I went to the 3 top search engines and search my "name" google would always find my stuff but it would be at the fineartamerica.com/(artist name) ..nothing could be found on the google search for my own domain "name".com. Bing and yahoo searches would find my "name".com using the same search. So I figured it was just a google thing. Obviously, I do not want a search of my name to bring up my finearamerica link as that. Then, I few days ago, all search engines were bringing up the fineartamerica.com/(artist name) link with my domain "name".com nowhere to be found. Today, a google search of my name shows up on page two of the search. So my gut tells me all is well, its just a temporary thing and hopefully moving back to how I want it to be which is a search of me shows me as the result not me at fineartmerica. Hope this helps.
With all due respect, when I type in my website into my address bar it goes to Twitter @irwin___ which I can hit and then it shows recent uploads and my website underlined. The search engines - sorry I called them browsers- of Internet Explorer(MSN) and Bing goes to this same Twitter listing(s) but at least Google goes to Irwin barrett fine art america which I have to hit on to come up with my artist website. Up until last Monday you could type in my website into any search engine and it would directly access my website- no problems. Now you have to try and find it indirectly. But you insist nothing has changed - how dare I use search engines- when that was always the quickest and easiest way to do it for me or any other member of the public. Maybe there is something wrong with my address bar that it is not working properly, but that doesn't explain why the search engines now don't come up with the websites directly after always working like that before. I'm not blaming you or FAA for anything, I just would like you to admit that something has changed for the worst instead of saying we should be only typing our websites into the address bar instead of now any search engines. How and why do we now have this problem? Can it be reversed? At least acknowledge this has happened. Like I said- with all due respect- I'm not blaming anyone- l would just like some answers.
In her defense, she may have used the wrong word but the fact remains that on the FAA end, nothing has changed. It is likely your browser settings and or the way the search engine is working...I too have noticed a difference in the way the search engines are working...but on the FAA and family of FAA domain names and sites, there have been no changes and everything is working like a charm.
The only way that would happen is if you have auto suggestion turned on, on the browser and you are just clicking through on one of their suggestions. Your link does not, I repeat, does not take you to Twitter using the address bar on your browser unless you are using auto suggestion
"Twitter using the address bar on your browser unless you are using auto suggestion" That might explain it, though I've never heard of that. I've never seen putting an url into a browser address bar take you anywhere but to that url. I'm still wondering if some fuzzy terminology is being used here causing confusion.
Lemme see if I can clear this up some. Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, Explorer - browsers. A browser is a piece of software that's job is to render the code of the web (usually HTML or CSS) and display it as webpages. Every browser has an address bar into which a website URL (web address) may be entered to access any webpage directly (e.g., susanmaxwellschmidt.com). If you know the address of the webpage you want to access, this is ALWAYS the fastest way to access that site.
Some browsers allow the use of the same address bar as a search bar. In this case you enter the information you know in order to conduct a search to find the page you are looking for. When you enter your search terms, domains such as .com, .org or .net should never be included (e.g., Susan Maxwell Schmidt), simply because if you have that information you likely already know the address of the page you want and you wouldn't be doing a search, you would just access it directly. The browser will interpret the lack of a domain and spaces between the words in your search terms as your intention of doing a search, the default search engine of your browser will conduct it for you automatically, and display all the results it finds as a list on a webpage. Keep in mind that this will result in multiple sites being listed, and the one you want is not necessarily going to be the one at the top.
Google, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, Bing - search engines. Search engines are webpages in their own right, which exist solely for the purpose of enabling you to find anything on the web. If your browser does not also treat its address bar as a search bar, search engines are always directly accessible from typing their site address into the browser's address bar (e.g., google.com, bing.com, etc.). Once you are on a search engine page, they will have their own search bar into which you would enter the information you are looking for as search terms, again usually without any domain information. When you conduct your search, the search engine will again display all its results as a list. Clear as mud now, eh? Now if you'll excuse me, I'm having tech writer flashbacks and it's making my tummy hurt :::shudder:::