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We run an online store using osC as the software. Many others using the same software have no problems with page ranking.
We decided that because of the articles of Interest we plan to offer (only 4 up now) we didnt want those on the first page of our store so recently build an HTML based site for the splash page with proper headings and metas. Our density is pretty good (but who knows anything really about density, one checker gives 50% different results over the other).
So what do I need to do? I just received a response back from DMOZ stating that our website is pending review - but I am pretty sure it's going to get denied as it seems all shopping sites are getting denied. Only the ugliest ones seem to be allowed.
I'd LOVE for someone to take a look at our site but it's not allowd to post urls here so the best I can tell you is, everything SEEMS to be ok. We have a few links coming in from other websites (20 or so) and they are all pointing to this page. OUr links page is on the first page and is also in all html.
I'm getting very frustrated. Our servers are located in Canada so I am wondering if that has a possible effect.
How long can one expect to wait for ranking? It really seems unfair how a search engine decides by some strange method as to why to keep people not listed. We are a well established bricks & mortar store with 30+ years in the business and offer VERY quality customer service and are very good with our prices. The articles are written soley to inform people on our industry and have NO crosslinks to products inside the store as alterior motives. So it's very frustrating to see google hit your site once every other day and just stop dead and find out that you sitll have NO listing. I can barely find us if we type our store name in and it shows the UNTITLED DOCUMENT that the person before me put up as a COMING SOON page STILL TO THIS DATE!
What the heck is google doing?
Please, enlighten me or point me to sandboxing threads - i've search but the discussions seem to be wrapped around 'are you doing this or does your site have that' - My site follows all the 'rules', has links to and fro, and is NOT heavily overly optimized which I hear now can give you the sinks in the SERPS (not that we need to worry about that with them).
THANKS for your time, I truly appreciate it!
My partner puchased our domain about a year ago - we recently (dec 20) put our site up and google found it immediately.
If the domain had no content and no links pointing to it until Dec 20th then this is when the domain would of been "flagged" regarding the sandbox, the clock will be ticking from then as to when it will be released could be anything from 6-9 months sometimes longer. The VERY minority will say there is no sandbox but rest assured there is 100% some sort of filter in place.
I just received a response back from DMOZ stating that our website is pending review - but I am pretty sure it's going to get denied
DMOZ is not the be all and end all to good ranking in Google, people worry much to much about DMOZ, forget it, if they list you then great if they don't, don't worry about it, good content and strong IBL's will be sufficient. There are a plenty of directories out there that are far more easier to get listed in.
I'm getting very frustrated.
So are thousands of others, keep building on content, keep those quality IBL'S coming with varied anchor text and surrounding text, you have to wait just like every one else there's no "quick fix" other then Adwords. If you cant wait then pay.
I can barely find us if we type our store name in and it shows the UNTITLED DOCUMENT that the person before me put up as a COMING SOON page
That should of corrected its self by now why it hasn't i don't know, however 1 question springs to mind. Who did your partner buy the domain from, i mean was it a brand new domain or previously owned?
Regarding the domain - newly purchased, just took awhile to get to.
Thanks for the words of wisdom regarding the length of time that it would require to be 'picked up'.
Question - Does Adwords carry any weight towards being crawled, ranked, un-filtered, etc - or is it's only purpose to generate traffic.
Have you removed the session ids using a rewrite rule? Got a goood site map? Got relevant keywords and descriptions. Got relevant anchor text in your links? Got an active links program?
You need to address these, you are not looking in the right areas for a problem.
I resubmitted and everything. All this seemed to achieve was to place my index page in the google index. Just the URL not the actual page.
However I have recently had some links off live rapidly changing high page ranked sites and the google bot has come back to my site (after 6 mth absence) and pages have started to be fully indexed.
I would recommend getting links to regularlly bot'ed pages. Obviously if you could do something as heavyily indexed as BBC news you'd be away (and I wish that would happen to my site, but the interest would probably crush my web server at the same time), but the important thing is to get you links out there... They are more important than anything else to get indexed.
Obviously when you are being indexed your content is the most important thing, but that's life...