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I know that in years past that we could get a new site listed into Google in about 60 to 90 days. However, I submitted my new 15 page business site into Google last September (6 months ago) and I am still not listed naturally, and consequently I am paying a fortune in AdWords.
Looking through my logs I see that Googlebot has been coming by monthly since November 2004.
Has the time to become listed naturally in Google gotten significantly longer?
Are there any links pointing to your site from elsewhere on the Internet. Google won't index sites that are 'islands' as they are not compatible with pagerank.
If you have got links pointing to it, what is their toolbar pagerank like? I'd try and get a link from a site with a pagerank of at least 5 to speed things up a bit.
However getting rank from Google for a new site, as was stated above, depends on links coming into your site and you need some high PR links for that to help much (find links not in frames, or on link farms or 100s of links per page, or hidden code on site in meta tags and elsewhere telling search engines to not follow the links, etc.).
There is a good article re page rank and how much is passed per the amount of links on a page and their rank etc. which can found by searching for this:
"Google PageRank: How to Get it"
I think the age of the website makes much importance. I noticed some other websites with the same theme are getting many visitors because i can know from the traffic they sent me. And they were online for like 3 or more years. Mine is only 8 months old.
But still i think my website is in so-called sandbox. :<
for yahoo. i paid them to get included. but well not in the most popular category and now even in the last page of directory since they changed the directory structure.
I'd recommend to submit to DMOZ and Yahoo - you'll get quality backlinks from their directories.
I'm not sure if that was meant sarcastically or not.
Maybe a paid Yahoo inclusion would help, but it's best to try and get your link added to a site that's going to include it some time this decade! Some (most) DMOZ categories seem dead. There's just not enough editors to handle the load.
I know this must be a "no-brainer" for most of you but this is not something I've had to deal with before. Since I do not own any other web sites - how do I go about getting my site linked? I have no clue where to start. Do I have to buy links or is there a way to accomplish this for free?
how do I go about getting my site linked? I have no clue where to start. Do I have to buy links or is there a way to accomplish this for free?
Don't buy links... there's a good chance that they'll turn out to be dodgy in the long-term, and will do you more harm than good.
Use the SE's to search for sites that are similar or complimentary to your own, and send them a polite email asking if it would be possible to exchange links. Don't bother doing this unless you think your site is worth linking to.
DMOZ and Y Directory listings are tremendously valuable, even though some might tell you otherwise, (usually because they couldn't get into them).
My site appeared in a national newspaper and quickly was included in YAHOO because of it. Several of my friends submitted their sites to that newspaper and they found out they had links in Yahoo the next day.
As for DMOZ....they can burn in h*ll. I've been submitting sites (very useful, popular and fresh content sites) since early 2004 with ZERO luck. The frustration is beyond belief!
How valuable is a link in the Yahoo! directory?
Valuable enough. Nothing to sneeze at, and a good thing to have. It will also help to pull in un-reciprocated links. Get you more noticed. It and the ODP are still the biggies for real directories.
As for DMOZ....they can burn in h*ll.
It would be more of a smoulder, no doubt... ;-)
Your meta robots tag has content="all=index,follow" :(
Should be content="all" OR content="index,follow"
Google shows you as URL only so perhaps your tag is confusing it. And, as indicated previously, you need at least one IBL that Google knows about.
Don't buy links... there's a good chance that they'll turn out to be dodgy in the long-term, and will do you more harm than good.Or perhaps, don't buy links strictly for PR. There's a difference between buying PR and paying for exposure and traffic coming via a a paid link. Or is there?
Should be content="all" OR content="index,follow"That tag is like your tonsils or your appendix. Perform a tagectomy and you'll be no worse off. Good find BigUns.
It will also help to pull in un-reciprocated links. Get you more noticed. It and the ODP are still the biggies for real directories.You'll definitely see a jump in requests for link exchange after getting onto either directory.
I am already seeing major improvements at several search engines and I am anxiuosly awaiting the next pass of Googlebot to see what happens there.
I have learned a lot regarding the importance of interlinking sites and I have all of you to thank for that.
To others who have stickied me: Just define your problem as well as you can in an appropriate thread and put the site in your User Profile and you'll get the benefit of many WebmasterWorld "eyeballs" to look at it. Doesn't mean you'll necessarily get good answers / solutions but at least you'll get "eyeballs". :))