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High ranking on most engines..Not Google. Why?

What is different about Google?

     
2:09 pm on Jan 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have a small website that sells only my services. I do well in most of the search engines, but not on Google for a long time. How can that be? What does Google want? Any advice appreciated.
2:28 pm on Jan 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You will have to read through the posts here to see what problems apply to your site. It is most likely easily fixable unless your site was banned.
2:54 pm on Jan 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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What does Google want?

Easy to navigate links, spiderable content, good HTML syntax, recommendations (links) from "good" sites.
And nothing black....

As our previous poster said - read away - this forum is 50% about what's good for Google....

DerekH

3:02 pm on Jan 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have the same problem have you made major changes to your site in the last 12 months?
5:22 pm on Jan 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have not made any significant changes.
6:11 pm on Jan 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Sandbox?!

I made a website a couple of years ago, learned all about SEO here, white hat optimised it and it's been doing great in a really competitive area ever since.

Once year later I tried to repeat the feat. That site has never made it. I can only think of Sandbox.

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8:48 pm on Jan 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have the same problem. Although it took about 6 months, I now rank very well with my keywords in Yahoo, MSN, and all their clones. I know that I will keep on increasing popularity with Yahoo and MSN in the future. However, I am nowhere to be found in Google for the keywords that count. In 6 months, I see no improvements with my serps in Google. Pagerank doesn't even matter anymore it seems. The only explanation of this is, they neglect new sites and keep the big sites outranking, no matter what. I guess this is what you would call the sandbox, but it seems Google is no longer accepting new sites.

I no longer count on Google, I try to focus on Yahoo and MSN. Yahoo and MSN aren't really that bad. They may not be as quick, and it seems the homepage counts too much at times, but its better than not being ranked at all, and they get you up there if you do proper work, even if it takes months.

Google is stale, and the most biased. You are not doing anything wrong, other than you are a small business and will not help Google make money. Since google is the market leader, they can get away with this, and do what benefits them. Its sad, but thats what happens when a company gets too big. And on top of that, what they may be doing is not illegal. It's their index after all, right? Remeber, its free to rank.

9:24 pm on Jan 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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<<< You are not doing anything wrong, other than you are a small business and will not help Google make money. Since google is the market leader, they can get away with this, and do what benefits them. Its sad, but thats what happens when a company gets too big. >>>

Very well put. Sadly the main Google guys don't seem to be fully aware of this process, they think they will be able to resist it. Good luck.