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website not showing up in Google search

Nov 15, 2011 12:19 PM

Hi there,


I don't know if this the best forum to ask this question or not, but I don't know where else it would fit.


So, I am still fairly new to the whole web design thing and seem to run into new problems with each new website I do.  I have made a temporary web page for a client ( until he gets me some more information and I can add more pages.  Anyway, the site is only a few days old and my client is concerned that the site is not listed on Google.  He is also concerned that people will not want to type in the site address, but would rather just Google it. 


I have looked into it a bit and have tried adding my site to Google through Google's Webmaster Tools.  I have also looked a bit on other forums with people having similar issues and the conclusion seems to be that you just have to give it some time and get other sites to link to your site. 


Also, I have entered keywords and descriptions in my site in DW.


If there is something else I could be doing or if anyone has some advise on what I should tell my client, it would be greatly appreciated.


Thank you.

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    Nov 15, 2011 12:48 PM   in reply to BlueSkyDesign

    There is nothing on your test page for Google to archive it on their servers.  All you have are few images.


    Also, to get listed on Google takes a heck of a time and I won't be surprised if it takes 3 months in your case.  People have written books and articles about the science of SEO and still nobody has perfected it because Google seems to change their technology all the time.


    Just keep building your websites and one day you will be recognised.  People have done weird things in life to get their 15 minutes fame.


    Hope this helps.

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    Nov 15, 2011 2:43 PM   in reply to BlueSkyDesign

    If I added more content to the main page, would that help?


    Yes, if it is quality content. Google feeds on content, but the algorithms are smart enough to discern good quality content from bad. 


    And would it help if I had more pages on the site?


    Always, same answer. 


    Also, I noticed that my client has his business listed in alot of directories (that's what mainly comes up when you google the name, Svensen Toboggan) and some of them have links to his old website (that hasn't been in operation for a few years now), would it help if he changed the links to his new website?


    Yes, as long as they are legitimate directories and not link farms. 


    I read somewhere that having lots of links to the site in other places helps, too.


    Yes, as long as they are legitimate directories and not link farms.

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    Nov 15, 2011 2:47 PM   in reply to darose2444

    If I were you I would also change your title to something like:


    <title>Svensen Toboggan Compnay Ltd.  pottery, toboggans, combine downspouts, custom bagger spouts</title>


    Also, at first glance, this looks like THREE completely different topics. You would get more SEO by separating the three into three sites.

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    Nov 15, 2011 2:48 PM   in reply to BlueSkyDesign

    Google Ads


    It takes time to be recognized by Search Engines (SEs). It doesn't happen over night.  Being recognized doesn't mean you'll reach the coveted top of page 1 results either.  Remember, your new web site is competing with approx. 400 million other web sites and every one of them wants to be on  page 1 of Google.


    Google uses a highly complex algorithm to calculate a site's relevance.  The site's longevity, quality of keyword rich content and back links from other reputable sites can improve your site's ranking but all of this takes time and know-how to develop.   In the interim, make use of social networks like Facebook, Twitter & blogging.  If this is a business site,  the site owner needs to spend a reasonable amount of money on Google Adwords for at least 6 months to 1 year while the site develops recognition.   Thereafter, the Adwords budget may be reduced but not totally eliminated.  It's the cost of doing business on the web.


    Google's SEO Starter Guide pdated.html




    Nancy O.

    Alt-Web Design & Publishing

    Web | Graphics | Print | Media  Specialists

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    Nov 18, 2011 12:31 AM   in reply to BlueSkyDesign

    Here is a checklist to do for indexing your site.


    1. Send your xml sitemap to google via google webmaster.

    2. Add your url via Google webmaster addurl

    3. Add a robot.txt file on your root.

    4. Get nofollow links form hight Page Rank site. 4-5 links will do.

    5. Ping your url via

    6. And Give google some time in my experience it takes 7days to 40days to get indexed first time. If your site doesn't get indexed in 2 months then the domain may be blacklisted by google.


    If you not sure any of those terms googling the term will help you understand. Thanks!

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    Nov 18, 2011 2:52 AM   in reply to BlueSkyDesign

    Most of my websites have been indexed within a day.

    The main thing to do is: make/have a google account and add your website to the Google Webmaster Tools. I always add the website to Google analytics, maybe this also helps.

    The robots.txt and sitemap have to be made before submitting.


    The backlinks aren't neccesary but you're site will disappear from the results if there isn't one backlink to be found on the web.

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