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Google not indexing new sites as it used to

 7:02 am on Dec 1, 2009 (gmt 0)


All my previous sites have been indexed in couple of days time by building backlinks from different older sites, social bookmarking, submitting sitemap, etc., you know the drill.

The last site of mine that was created two weeks ago still doesn't come up with any result in Google when doing site:example.com. When I log into webmaster tools I see that my sitemap info says how urls have been submitted, almost all of them (25), but next to indexed urls is one big 0.

Anyone else experiencing the same thing?



 1:54 pm on Dec 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

I've noticed them being a bit slower than usual indexing a new section launched 2 weeks ago on my site. I wonder if they have put off indexing until after all the testing they like to do during the thanksgiving holiday week is complete.


 2:15 pm on Dec 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

yes, it's verrry slooooow right now. :)

Makes it hard to test things as well. :(

agree with vordmeiter as to possible explanations.


 2:18 pm on Dec 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

>Anyone else experiencing the same thing?

nope put a site life on Friday, already showing when I search for the url, its really down to the strength of the URL you are getting links from

If the site where your link is only getting crawled once a month its going to take 4 weeks to get your site listed, but a site thats often being crawled you'll be in within a few days ..............as my link was


 2:26 pm on Dec 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

I experienced the same thing recently. Usually new sites turned up in matter of days and my last project took 3 weeks.
Further research revealed to me that the domain I used has already been used by someone 4 years ago.
Apparently it had a bad record, spam links etc.

I wrote to Google using reconsideration form and informed them about what I discovered. Nobody replied, but soon the site turned up in serps.


 3:57 pm on Dec 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

Very hit and miss for the past couple of months or so...some pages/sites seemed to have been slow to be picked up whereas others have been done almost immediately.


 5:45 pm on Dec 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

Their indexing technology definitely took a step backwards, seems to me like 1999. I noticed this slow indexing started in September.


 6:48 pm on Dec 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

I'm not exactly sure if this slow indexing is only with new sites. For me, I had a blog which was getting indexed in minutes. However, last month I moved it to a new CMS (only the backend changed. The URL, content was all still the same), and now Google is just not indexing things..


 8:40 pm on Dec 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

Same problem here. I made a major link structure change about 3 weeks ago and I've seen no reflection of it in Google. Things like title and meta description are updated overnight.

Do they generally apply changes on Mondays, or could it be any day of the week? Weekends?


 4:03 am on Dec 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

Here's how I see it. Google applies changes as they have the available computing cycles. They allocate their available computing power based on various site factors - and lately Google seems to be a bit preoccupied.


 5:08 pm on Dec 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

It has now been a full month since I made a drastic set of link structure changes, and there is still no reflection of it via site:www.example.com/*. Is anyone else waiting this long for changes to be applied? The site ranks very well in Google and is 10 years old.


 7:52 pm on Dec 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

Me too in a very similar position with one of my sites... But not doing great also on some newly launched sites (1 month ago they were both launched).


 11:04 am on Dec 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

three weeks already still no results despite building more backlinks, and constantly updating content, one big 0 next to number of indexed urls in webmaster tools.
I wrote to Google using reconsideration form since I recently purchased this domain, perhaps domain has bad history or something. In any case this is really irritating.

Oh yes, MSN and Yahoo have done their job, unlike the big G.


 12:38 pm on Dec 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

I just revisited this page to ask about this and I already see you have made a post.

Yes, the indexing is still so slow..On one new site of mine, the last indexing seems to be from Dec 4. And the other new site, still Zero.


 12:42 pm on Dec 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

For one of my client site, that used to get indexed daily from past 6-10 months is showing a cache date of 6-Dec which is really strange.....


 5:02 pm on Dec 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

Yes, this is how the new caffeine stuff is supposed to work <LOL>


 5:10 pm on Dec 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

im having problems getting new pages indexed but exisiting stuff is spidered quickly still. Go figure.


 5:15 pm on Dec 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

I think I'm seeing normal behaviour from Google apart from the slowness. As Tedster suggested it might be that they are spending their processor cycles getting Caffeine ready for launch next month.

It's as if they aren't rebuilding their link/trust map of the internet very often at the moment. Bung something astonishing on a fabulous established site and they are thinking "what's this new thing - not sure we trust this - we'll throw bits of it in at the bottom of the serps and see what happens".

Probably a brand new site would be even slower to launch.


 5:54 pm on Dec 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

>>>and lately Google seems to be a bit preoccupied...

It's not just for new sites. Strong and established sites can experience a lag between when changes are made and when Google folds it into the SERPs. This isn't too new, it's been going on for a few months now.


 9:31 pm on Dec 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

With my sites I'm seeing the pages indexed after 3 or 4 weeks. But they don't rank anything until between 3 to 6 MONTHS. I've just had a doubling in visitors for a section of one of my sites which was constructed over June to August earlier this year.

I thought they would eventually rank high, but for my sites it seems the lag is getting longer and longer. I now plan on a 6 month time lag for the rankings to reflect the true value of the pages.


 10:09 pm on Dec 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

Same problems here. My site has tens of thoudsands of pages. My updates being reflected in the SERPs are broken into 3 groups, and there is no real difference between the pages, i.e. I don't see any clear variables that define which group a page of mine will fall into:

1. pages updated in SERPs within minutes/hours of changes made at my site (5% of pages)

2. pages updated in SERPs in 5-10 days (50% of my pages)

3. pages not updated since mid-September (45% of pages) (last cache dates are Sept 14/15/16/).

I've got sitemaps to draw attention to some of these pages in group 3, but <shrugging shoudlers> nothing I do will shake them out of the September tree...

I had other problems recently, all fixed now, but this slow crawling/indexing cycle is an extra does of misery.

Edited to add: WMT shows a consistent # of pages being crawled daily. It is getting them reflected in the SERPs that's a problem.


 10:15 pm on Dec 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

They have been very slow to index my new pages and new sites, I am wondering if things will just be slow until caffeine is launched into full production?


 4:21 am on Dec 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

probably they are giving too much bandwidth indexing tweeter, yahoo answers,.. for the real time search results....


 10:55 am on Dec 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

Just checked that the indexed pages for my site has come down to only 20% compared to yesterday.
For my competitors its even worse with only 10% indexation compared to yesterday on a site:example.com search.


 8:13 am on Dec 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

Just checked that the indexed pages for my site has come down to only 20% compared to yesterday.

Mine too..I can only see 50% of what existed yesterday..Are we sure Google is hale and healthy?


 4:18 am on Dec 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

My indexed pages are still at 20% and have not moved, neither the indexing of the main pages (cache date is 10 days old)...


 1:20 pm on Dec 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

Just to inform you still no change, I have also started one blogger blog to see whether indexing is faster with blogger blogs like it was before.


 3:45 pm on Dec 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

Blog posts are still being indexed and cached within a few minutes.


 10:24 pm on Dec 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

I wanted to add my gripe to this...I launched a site apparently right before something changed near the end of September. maybe 15% of my pages are indexed, and my internal link structure is not understood (per GWT).

Crawling has been sporadic, but in the past week or two barely any at all.
I've got 50 links to the site, xml sitemap, you name it, I've done it.

Here's to hoping for better luck in the new year.


 4:42 am on Dec 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

Yes, the slow indexing tarted in September.

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