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I released a new site a few weeks back. Google crawled the site very quickly, and I began to get referrals from Google within about 2-3 days! (albeit not many). This is a pleasant suprise compared with some previous efforts that have taken much longer
However the initial PR seemed to take longer. Despite having a few good inbound links (PR6 et al), it seems to have only picked up one of the links. Nearly 3 weeks have passed and the PR still remains a lowly 2.
So don't hold your breath.
I released a new project at Sunday and got some back links (PR4-5) since than. Googlebot visited the homepage today (Thursday) the first time. I expect the site to appear in the SERPs within the next few days. The PR on the Toolbar will probably remain white for a few weeks.
The second site was linked from my mainpage about three weeks ago, and has not seen gbot once yet.
I'm startin' to worry a little.....and thinking I picked a bad time to release my pages. I even went as far as to do the "add url" today at g which I've never had to do before. I'll let ya know how it turns out. Anyone else having any trouble?
I just want to update my earlier post here. My site is now in the Google index. It took one day since the first Googlebot visit. Everything seems alright with Google. No unusual behavior so far.
I keep my fingers crossed for you, birdstuff :)
Not even a SINGLE sniff!
While my other sites continue to get thousands of visits in this same time [and which a couple link to these two sites too].
i started my site about 3 weeks ago and i still had no visit by gbot, neither other bots checked it yet.
did i do something wrong? i dont know why im still not in the index. i made the /addurl at google about two times already. and still no visit.
anyone know whats wrong?
my site is at <snip>
maybe someone finds something in the sourcecode.
thx for help
[edited by: Woz at 1:33 am (utc) on June 28, 2003]
[edit reason] no Self URLs please, TOS#13 [/edit]
I recently created a new site for a local political party. I did all of the usual stuff: got good backlinks from sites with PR ranging from PR5 to PR8, got listed in DMOZ, even got listed with Yahoo (!) (that's another thread in itself...) Put in a site map. Was promptly spidered by Alta Vista.
But zip from Google.
Finally, I tried "submit URL". Eventually, I got the briefest "peck on the cheek" from the googlebots. I discovered that the only file they requested was "robots.txt" and they got an error--- because I didn't have one.
I read through everything that I could find about robots.txt on the Google webmaster info area, did some research and wrote one. [Now I have one on all of my sites- a very interesting exercise. I’ll see if it makes a difference or not. ]Then I sent a query to Google support asking if I was on the right track.
Whereupon, I promptly got a visit from the bot that has been discussed here several times: "216-239-45-4.google.com." Then I got back a note from Google support about the robots.txt file. [That response is another thread in itself,- but I digress.]
Since then, we've gotten "shallow" visits from the crawl10 and crawl11 Googlebots. Our index page is listed... sort of.. .sometimes... depending on which data center I try and what time it is. Still "white bar" on toolbar. Still no backlinks showing.
It doesn’t appear as if any other pages have been crawled or (obviously) added to the index.
1. My two best backlinks don’t count because they are in “jump menus” instead of straight HTML links. Drat! Very high PR legitimate non-SPAM state and national organizations, but Google doesn’t count their links toward PR. This also happens to the Widgets for Humanity site that I do.
2. The Google toolbar does, in fact, report what URLs we visit. I believe that those reports have become a new “secret ingredient” in Google’s ranking system. Go back and look at exactly what the Google people have said about that issue. It’s a “non-denial denial.”
3. Google picked up the “description” meta tag and made it the first line of our entry.
4. Gotta have content. Right now I'm only looking for the search term "local+county+goodguys+party." Building a new site is a process, not an event.
So in response to the original question posed by this thread:
In my case, creating a non-commercial site, I think that it was (and is) MUCH harder and more time consuming to get listed. My one word description of Google: erratic.
[edited by: Fearless at 5:23 pm (utc) on June 27, 2003]
(abstract; site added to index in 4 days and then old index is brought back with no new pages)
Just relaunched a site last week with a nice clean new directory structure.
I was doing some related research on G when low and behold, the site pops up at #3 under a keyphrase with the new pages 4 days after launch.
I'm happy, pleased, doing the joy dance around my computer.
I tell my contact at the client. She sees it, does her version of the Joy dance (not nearly as graceful as mine of course) She tells her boss, the boss sees it and does the joy dance.
She then sends out an email to the whole company and what happens?
Google reverts to the old, pre launch index and we're all trying to explain to non webbys about the Google dance.
I should know better by now.....
It has links from 9 other sites, ranging from PR5s (a couple were PR6s until recently) to PR3s.
It is showing PR0 and no backlinks, but the general rankings seem pretty good in Google, for now anyway.
It will be interesting to see when the backlinks will start showing, since normally that would have been after the monthly update.
I have been on this forum on and off mainly reading the topics only. I have not experience at all on SEO and was on the midst of even hiring one to optimise my site. Once in a while I would get this email about the Google Dance. My site is not ready, and I submitted. I was not expecting to be listed. But then in 2 weeks, I was all over the place. The problem that I am facing now is that eventhough I am all over the place, I am not getting as many hits as one should be getting if one has 2-3 pages in the top 10.
On the other hand my competitors has got 40 people on his site at any given point in time. Would somebody help me with regards to the keywords that are attracting my visitors to my competitor's site. I have checked all the keywords, with Wordtracker, but is there something else that I am missing here?