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1:07 pm on Sep 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hi,
I've recently set up a new stie for someone, with a new domain name. It's now been up a few months, and a number of sites link to it. However, Google doesn't seem to crawl any further than the front page (no javascript funnyness or anything). Any ideas?
Thanks,
Rob.
8:51 pm on Sept 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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1. Double check your robots.txt file for accidental exclusion of subdirectories.
2. Link to your sub-pages from your home page, footer, site map.
3. Get inbound links to your site from directories and related sites.
4. Put G AdWords on your site. This makes G crawl your site to figure out what ads to include.
5. Wait patiently. Even after your entire site gets indexed it can take 2-4 months (or more!) to appear for significant keywords in the serps.
9:15 pm on Sept 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks, but:
1) No robots.txt
2) Done
3) Done
4) Not an option, non-profit government funded organisation.
5) Will keep waiting :)
11:57 am on Sept 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The sandbox will effect to new website and new link. I heard that google may filter your website more than 14 weeks. This method help Google for filtering off the site which buy or trade links.

You need to wait for Google only.

Any people have any idea about this?

12:36 pm on Sept 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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just checked Google for a site I submitted on the 12th Sep, guess what? Its already listed.

Are you guys sure about a sandbox thingy?

12:49 pm on Sept 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Are you guys sure about a sandbox thingy?

Being indexed and appearing for your targeted keywords are two different things.

Rob, it is strange that you have had to wait two months. Couple of thoughts. Are your pages static or dynamic? Could a CMS system be getting in the way?

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i've been waiting for a month now...alot of links to my site appear, but still no sign of my site :-(

dynamic urls and phpnuke might be a problem?

2:47 pm on Sept 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Pages are mostly static.
6:35 pm on Sept 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Rob
Have you checked the site using the W3C HTML validator? Badly constructed sites may well appear OK in a browser which has time to work out where, for example, missing closing tags should go. Maybe, as has been surmised here, Googlebot is much more quick and dirty.

The site in your profile, for example, has a homepage with many ill-constructed HTML tags, and it's definitely worth checking out the site you've written - at best, poor HTML makes no difference; at worst, it'll confuse a web-bot into missing links into the site.

Regards
DerekH

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Scottyman: Thanks i didnt know there was a diffrence.
7:49 pm on Sept 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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robsynnott -

My most recent experience with Googlebot is a site I set up in the end of May. Google indexed my home page within a week of submitting it.

Two weeks later it came back and grabbed the home page again.

One week later it grabbed about half the site. Then began to index my home page daily. (Just before the June update)

One month later it took in the entire site. (Just before the July Update)

Some of Googlebot's activities are driven by timing. For example, googlebot is very active just before an update. This entire website was crawled heavily the past two days (all 250 pages). I suspect google is attempting to grab fresh content before an update that should occur in the next 7 - 14 days.

This is about the 10th website that I have launched and from my experience creating a more dynamic home page seemed to help. Since it changes daily I think Googlebot found it more interesting.

I don't think adding Adsense will help with indexing. You might want to try making the home page less static.

8:55 pm on Sept 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Is it the anaestesia site? If so, perhaps it has something to do with the parameters attached to the links from your home page. Google should crawl them, but....