I just made my first proper website and launched it about 3 months ago.
It has: -unique content (articles + review pages) -keyword optimized (but not too much) -clean meta/title tags -all pages are follow/index enabled -fast loading times -no adsense links or heavy affiliate links (only 1 affiliate link per product page)
The keyword is a medium competition keyword.
I checked through all the pages of google for my keyword and I didn't find any url from my site in it anywhere.
If I type site:name in google, it will show my site and all 40 indexed pages and recent cache dates.
If I copy some random block of text from a page and search for it in google with quotes it will find the site.
Would love some help on this, I can't imagine I have been penalized as I have done nothing wrong(no spammy link building or paid services).
Hard to say what might be the problem. Have you checked your robots file, have you gotten some decent links (contrary to what some think links are still a needed addition to a site), have you checked the ip address, checked the domain name for problems, prior owner could have abused it, have you done a site search, spidered the site for coding errors, and submitted a site map?
- Robots file is fine and updating regularly without errors on Google WMT. - Not a lot of links, but enough that I should be somewhere in the serps. - Domain is new with no previous owners - No spider errors at all on all pages, no errors in WMT either. - Sitemap submitted and seems to be working fine.
I am using my own custom theme on wordpress and I input a thumbnail image in an article post. Wordpress created a seperate "media" page for this thumbnail, basically just a page with the image on it and nothing else.
I noticed I got 2 hits from someone typing in a longtail keyword that led to that "media" page. I typed it in google and it was second in results (its just 1 page with an image, nothing else!)
I don't understand how that is ranking (and very quickly at that, almost within the same day) but every other page in my website is not. I should be atleast in page 20 for a good few pages on my site but I am nowhere to be seen.
I found with my site it did take about 3-4 months to start showing - that was after regular article writing on my site and some consistent good quality link building as well. I also increased the regular content on my site - went from about 10 pages to 20. I started at about 15 pages now i'm at about 100 (articles included). I started to gain some traction at about 75 total pages but as i said i was also doing some link building - not aggressive - i'd get about 10 confirmed new 1 way links per month on a variety of anchor text