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site is indexed but keywords cannot be found?

 2:41 pm on Feb 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

I am not sure this is the right category - let me know...

I recently translated my website and all my translated pages have been indexed (I did a site:search) but when ever I put any of my keywords into google it comes back as "not found".
(I switched to the right language and put territory as 'unlisted' in webmaster tools)

Does anybody know what to do about this?


me nacholibre

 2:45 pm on Feb 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

It seems that google doesn't find anything interesting in your pages.

You have made a lot of changes maybe google need some time to pick them up and start showing your pages in SERP.


 3:02 pm on Feb 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

these pages are long articles - the same as in English (and those English pages google finds very interesting - they are usually in the SERPs a few hours after they have been indexed).
So it can't be 'google is not interested'.

About the time issue: it's been 4 weeks - I thought that is more than enough, no?

Andy Langton

 3:16 pm on Feb 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

If you do a site: search with an exact phrase from the pages do they appear? Note that you can use site: search for single pages, like so:

site:www.webmasterworld.com/google/4547055.htm "google"


 3:29 pm on Feb 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

when I do site:search with the url's of single pages they do appear.

I don't know about a site:search with an exact phrase from a page. Could I not put this single phrase into the search bar?

In any case - in both cases google says 'not found'.
It's odd - because if the site is indexed google should be able to find it. Why not I ask myself and you (I am sure much more knowledgeable people than me)

Andy Langton

 3:59 pm on Feb 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

The next test is to visit the stripped version of the cache of one of the pages in question, like so:


Use the "Text-only version" link in the top right on the cached page. Ideally perform this test with javascript disabled in your browser. Verify you can see the text you are searching for there.

I don't know about a site:search with an exact phrase from a page. Could I not put this single phrase into the search bar?

These are specific tests to try to isolate the problem :)


 4:06 pm on Feb 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

thanks Andy to help a blind woman :))

I did your test with cache: and text version and yes, the text is there.

(but don't know how to diable javascript - too blind)


 12:50 am on Feb 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

but don't know how to disable javascript

It is in the preferences of each individual browser.

My opinion:* if you are producing anything intended to go out on the internet where other people will see it, you should have all possible browsers installed on your own computer-- at a minimum, one version of each name-- and test before uploading.

Could I not put this single phrase into the search bar?

That's exactly what he is telling you to do. You just need to search for the exact phrase, not the separate words. Either with quotation marks or via the separate line in Advanced Search.

* IMO, that is, not IMHO.


 2:21 pm on Feb 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

Hi Lucy
yes, I have all the browsers and I do tests on all of them.
I also know how to use quotes to search for exact phrases.


 2:54 pm on Mar 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

Hi all,
my website can still not be found in the German searches.

I have switched off the automatic language detection that should have stopped the automatic redirects and switched the geographical target to unlisted instead to the english territory.

Google has crawled all my english and German pages in the meantime, so should know about these changes.

Still - whenever I put the relevant keywords in German into google it returns with 'not found'.

Please help me, because I will be banging my head on the wall if I made all these translations for nothing (at least 20 hours of work)


 12:39 am on Mar 12, 2013 (gmt 0)

are you intending to geotarget Germany with this content or all german speakers worldwide?
is your domain a gTLD or ccTLD?
how is the url structured to handle german language content?


 9:06 am on Mar 12, 2013 (gmt 0)

Hi phranque
I like to target all German speakers in the world. But if that is not possible I am fine with just the geographical Germany.
I don't know about gTLD and CCTLD - how would I found that out?
the german url's are like this www.mywebsite.com/de/

Andy said that they are some redirects on my website - I am not sure if they are still there but don't know how to find this out either.

I am happy to give my website address in a private email to anyone who might be able to resolve this.


 10:25 am on Mar 12, 2013 (gmt 0)

gTLD = generic top-level domain, such as .com, .net, etc
ccTLD = country code TLD such as .de, .at, etc

google doesn't provide a way to target language, only a specific geography.
google also claims to ignore any language attributes in HTML documents.

as far as geotargetting Germany-only, it would be most optimal if your german content were on a subdomain that could be hosted in Germany.

do you have any inbound links from german-language content or sites hosted in Germany?


 11:43 am on Mar 12, 2013 (gmt 0)

Hi phranque
thanks for the reply. I know that it would be best to be hosted in Germany but I have been using the wordpress plugin called transposh and the author is adamant that all the keywords are searchable in all the languages you translate your site to.

I have not had any links from German websites to my site. I did not think I needed to do that. My websites should at least appear the serps without links, probably ranking badly but should rank somewhere.

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