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I run multiple websites, and all of them are listed in my "companies" portfolio. This portfolio get's spidered almost daily, so each new link I add will be visited by googlebot almost instantly. Then, after a few days, Googlebot will actually start indexing the subpages on this new domain as well.
However, I have one domain where this does not work for some reason. I have added it to my portfolio, waited for a while, but googlebot didn't even visit the new domain, eventhough it did visit my portfolio. Then I added a few links from other sites to this domain, but still a no-go.
Finally, I manually submitted the domain to google. And yes! Googlebot visited! However, it only hit 4 pages (where there are a lot more), and doesn't seem to be coming back... It has been quite a while now, so I am getting frustrated.
The only difference between this site/domain and the others I have launched, is the fact that this domain used to belong to another owner. It has been offline for quite a while as well. Then I took over and built a new site, which is not indexed like I wrote.
Any ideas on how this is caused? Any ideas on what I can do?
Have you checked archive.org to see if the old site was somehow dodgy? It may still have a penalty.
I looked at a couple of things for the site that isn't doing anything. It is about 6 months old and as far as I know, I'm not doing anything ungooglelike.
I took a closer look at the august and sept logs and it appears that their is only one googlebot entry. (when I look at the logs from a site hosted elsewhere, I see hundreds of googlebot hits)
If I do a site:www.mysite.com -aasdasdas I see that only some of the listings are cached. The cache date is Aug 24. If I look at the log file, I would expect to have seen the googlebot in the august logs but it isn't there. If I look at July, I don't see googlebot there either (i do see the msnbot and a few others.)
I ran some robots.txt validators and robots.txt seems ok.
I tried the poodle predictor and that looks OK also.
I have a robots all,follow, index tag in all of the pages.
I did some google searches with my hostname to see if anyone else was complaining but didn't find anything.
Anyway, I'm a bit of a google novice. Here are a couple of questions
1. I'm assuming that not seeing the googlebot is really bad. Is this correct?
2. I tried a couple of sites where you could fake out the agent to see how the site reacts to the googlebot and I don't see any problems. Any suggests for sites to check my site out?
3. I'm not sure if it's within the TOS of this board to post a question about a specific host. I'd appreciate any thoughts on this.
I'd appreciate any ideas
And yes, I did check archive.org - it seems to have been a mirror site for a site which currently is still online - could this cause anything to trigger google(bot)?
This could indeed explain it. If it was dupe content it got neglected in favor for the higher PR site. If it was a 301, does Googlebot stop visiting them at all? Or just look every while?
How long have you been waiting?