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They no longer sell those blue widgets, and I do.
The site went to one of those "this site is for sale" pages.
Then it expired and I purchased it directly (about 6 months ago).
I recently developed it (designed fully functional ecommerce site) and launched it (about 30 days ago).
Goggle still can't even find it if I put in the exact domain name. Nor MSN. I can only find it buried deep in Yahoo.
Is this normal? Anything I can try?
By logs, do u mean site statistics? If yes, only Yahoo and ebay shows up.
I've got some ebay auctions up and I'm using a link to my site for the IMAGES. I've gotten a ton of image hits/impressions. Does that help? Hurt? About 3000 image url hits/impressions so for in March. In other words I'm using a URL instead of uploading a picture, it refers it to a picture on my site of the item I am auctioning.
What does sandboxing mean, and how do I know if that's happening to me? (remember the site was idle/stale for 6 months, maybe more)
By logs, do u mean site statistics?
Log files should be available to download from your host. Run these through a log analyzer or check them by hand (using notepad or similar)
What does sandboxing mean, and how do I know if that's happening to me?
Try a site or Google search for 'sandbox'. Will turn up lots of reading for you.
In regard to goggle bot, there are a ton of logs and I have requested an upgrade of my webhosting so I can use URCHIN and find out if google has been by, I can't tell thus far through the logs.
CONTENT: In regard to content, I think I understand what you mean. I can only talk so much about the blue widgets I sell. I sell about 30 different versions of this blue widget, each product version has a detailed page. Is it true that I should keep the homepage text light?
I didn't even know you could email google, so I will definitely try that as well.
Do you guys recommend getting backlinks by the "old fashioned" method - email a webmaster and beg for a link? And does that link need to be on their homepage to be worth a damn? I've noticed that most sites pageranks are their homepage only. Secondary pages usually show 0 to little page rank. I did read on here that I should look for a site with pagerank of 4 or more.
Read gg's post on Msg 4 [webmasterworld.com]
They put penalties on sites that expire automaticly. You will need to ask them to remove it. Also if they see the site was for sale they may let you in but take away all the old backlinks. They do not like people getting backlinks from a domain purchase.