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If I iWeb, Will They Come?

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Here's a squirrelly question that I've gotten many different answers to:
Do sites built w/ iWeb attract as many "hits" as sites built in the standard html/css way? (Don't really know what these are, just know that I don't know how to use them!).
Godaddy tells me that hosting w/ Mobileme is no good from a search engine optimization standpoint, and that I need to buy their SEO tools to attract hits.
The mac genius says that as long as I have my own domain for the site then mobileme will attract just as well as GoDaddy.
here's the website in question:
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Thanks for the advice Chas, I'll probably do Google Adwords.
Still curious though if there was a pat answer out there whether or not an "optimized" iWeb site hosted by mobileme will show up in search results (w/out Adwords) as well as a site hosted by a "standard" hosting service.
i guess there's always a side-by-side comparison...
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Google Adwords can get pricey based on industry. The cost per click can really get up there depending on how many other people are offering the same product or showcasing that content.

I think you will be ok though as your content is a little more "specialized"
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An iWeb website SHOULD be hosted on a real web host and not MobileMe for the following reasons;

1) MobileMe is for personal hosting
2) You need to use CNAME forwarding WITHOUT domain masking* if you are using MobileMe and have a domain name. If you don't do this, don't expect any good results. If you do already do this, it's still not as good as having a real web host.

*domain masking means as you go from page to page on your site the address bar at the top of your browser doesn't change (it will always be You don't want this.

3) You can use any web host but don't buy the SEO Tools. They won't report correctly for iWeb sites because of the meta refresh.

What you really want to do is make sure you use this short URL method with a REAL web host;

How To Create Visitor Friendly Short URLs with iWeb
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