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Some surprising results with Google. I registered a brand new domain last week and created a single web page consisting of:
- a logo, with alt tag
- Coming soon in a h1 tag
- Address, Telephone, Email in p tags
I also created an xml sitemap.
Within less than 1 week, the site has appeared on Google. I'm amazed by this, previously I've waited weeks for new domains to appear, and wonder if this could be due to the submission of a sitemap?
Also, the description on Google is taken straight from the meta tag. Again, I'm amazed by this, I thought the meta description was ignored.
I can't find the site based on any of the meta keywords - no surprise there. I can find the site based upon the content in the p tags.
Im surprised that Google even looked at the meta description (I thought meta descriptions were ignored, and especialy since there is text on the holding page (albeit uninformative) that can be indexed.
[edited by: engine at 3:40 am (utc) on Nov. 22, 2005]
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Um, actually, last I heard, Google does look at keyword tags, but only as a last resort.
OK, I'll try again...incorrect!
Keyword tags are important and not only as a last resort...
While topic may be meaningless either the topic or description is apparently quite important at least when you're already recognized as an authoritative site on a related subject.
Back OT, Phil, are you seeing referrals for high profiles keywords, or only 2+ word phrases that are less competative?
The person's name that appears on the site is unusual. Searching on this yields a result.
Picking a few key terms, combined with the name of the village, which all appear on the holding page gives 100 or so results on Google, but this site is nowhere to be seen.
I'm not concerned about this at the moment. I only put the holding page up in preparation of the whole site being ready in Jan in the hope that I got a headstart on the time taken to get a Google listing. I'm hoping for better results once I actually have put the site together.
Thanks everyone for your guidance on this.