New Welcome Banner proposal

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I'd like to make a recommendation for Conservapedia's home page. I think it would be a benefit to add a banner of some sort, welcoming students, readers, editors, and the likes. While I am in no way an expert Wiki editor, I have created a rough sample for some ideas. See template below.

There are few reasons for suggesting this be added, one is for SEO purposes designed to increase search engine ranking. To be honest, that aspect would be more of a test on my part, but one that could turn out worthy of trying in my opinion. For example, ideally, one modification I'd recommend is the home page URL (Main Page) as well for all other default URLs in Conservapedia; the site could potentially see an increase in Web traffic with this URL: http://www.conservapedia.com/wiki/.../ versus the current one: http://www.conservapedia.com/Main_Page This is primarily due to key words used when searching for any specific data on a wide range of topics. Many "Googlers," per say, will also type "Wiki" at the end of their first and/or second search term - knowing that a wiki encyclopedia will likely show up on the first page of results.

The other reason for adding a banner is for welcoming purposes. Obviously it makes it more personal to any and all outsiders, and can bring more potential experts to the site who might be interested in ....a more trustworthy wiki encyclopedia.

I'd definitely like to hear your thoughts about this idea! DerekE 00:24, 29 October 2009 (EDT)

I also thought of the portal/banner last week. I think it would be a good idea. However, there are a lot of people over 35 who visit Conservapedia so I would not recommend the banner focus on welcoming students, but should merely be a general welcome (see: http://www.quantcast.com/conservapedia.com#demographics ). I don't believe that many people put wiki as a second search term, but if you have compelling data to the contrary, I would like to see it. Lastly, a lot of people link to the main page. I am guessing if you change the URL of the main page, that the articles that are featured on the main page would have less boosting power from the main page in terms of helping search engine rankings. conservative 02:47, 29 October 2009 (EDT)
I also think is a good idea. Like Conservative warns, I think that the possible gain from changing the URLs probably wouldn't offset the loss from messing up all existing links here. Anecdotally, I know I often type "wiki" after my Google searches with the hope of getting to a Wikipedia article -- Google's autocomplete for searches seems to often suggest this too, so I bet it's fairly common. If "Wiki" were on the front page somewhere it would probably help CP's rankings for such searches. --MarkGall 13:19, 29 October 2009 (EDT)

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