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site poorly indexed after rebuild; homepage not in index
tried it all, don't know what to do about it anymore

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Msg#: 34436 posted 10:13 am on May 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

In januari I took over a site for a non-profit organisation, because it was simply a bad site and I wanted them to have a better site.

The old site was constucted in a bad way and simply didn't work properly. There was a lot of frame and javascript usage.
The domain was redirected to an ip-adres where the actual site was hosted. This redirect was done via some nasty tricks and `through` a bad neighbourhood.

The new site uses a content management system and a far better structure and is now hosted on the actual domain (wich is a ".nl" domain).
This content management system has proven to be very good when it comes to indexing by google on several other sites.
I'm using Google Sitemaps to help the indexing of the site.
All pages on the old ip-adres-host are redirected using 301-moved permanently to the most appropiate new page.

New site went online begin februari.
Google picked up the first pages very quick, but stopped, after that some pages were even dropped.
As of now, only about 20 pages of the 200 are indexed and no sign of improvements. The site has a lot of incoming links to the actual domain that don't seem to help at the moment.

My biggest concern: The HOME PAGE is NOT in the index! not even as suplemental, it is simply not there.
My guess this is because there was a redirect on the home page for a long time.
Google has indexed some other pages, wich I think it found via the sitemap I submit.

I emailed Google some time back to check if there was a ban of some sort on the domain because of the bad way it was hosted in the past. They denied this was the case.

Have I missed something obvious that would cause this bad indexing?
Any suggestions on what I can do to improve the indexing?
Or is it simply wait some more?


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