Hi there, Thanks so much for doing this and I appreciate your advise. To be honest, I am a keen student of web-tech and terminologies but I have kinda left this to the designer assuming he would know about it??!!!....to answer your question about Google Webmaster Tools, uploaded a sitemap etc I guess not as I don't know what these/this is....
I doubt therefore the designer would have done it then if this is part of the problem....
I will go back to the designer with this info and see what he has to say..
I'm glad I don't need to spend big monies but equally I would pay someone to help me resolve this if he can't. Would you be interested or know anybody...?
Thanks so much again...
Now you know Webmaster Tools and sitemaps exist, you'll have no problems locating and using them. It's all free!
Another thing you can do is make sure there are plenty of links to your pages from other sites. You must have some friends with web sites?
I control a number of websites, some of which are quite high-traffic. Each one of them includes a page of links to all the others. Sometimes it's quite inconspicuous, but it's there.
This may have something to do with my success in getting Google to notice the sites within a week or so of them being created.
Some of them have truly unique content. But one I'm particularly pleased with is a site I made for the guy who re-roofed my house. Against a LOT of competition, he comes up on the first page of a Google search for "Roofing Romford".
I'm a little surprised that your designer can't suggest anything better that paying big money for optimisation. He obviously knows his job in other respects - it's a very nicely made site.