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Playing the google waiting game

Advice/suggestions for people waiting for their site to be listed

10:50 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Is there anything more frustrating than waiting for your site to be listed in google?

I created a couple of affilate sites 6 to 8 weeks back (all SEO optimized for keywords, metatags etc etc) and the no listing is playing with my head. I know it shouldnt but the wait has temporarly killed my motivation to build sites.

I know that if I had a content site with a rank of 6 or 7 and linked to my affiliate site Id be in in 3 or 4 days ... and that listing in ODP would also help.

But what do you do if you dont have one. Im even thinking of creating a content site for this purpose but that would still take at least 3-4 months to get in and get traffic.

Does anyone have any tips they can share to speed up the listing ... or how I keep the passion...


10:57 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Work on good/relevant inbound links. Its always the best way.
10:59 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

Keep the passion by posting on WW! ;)

And what dcheney says!


11:01 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

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well all suffer from "demotivation" at times. enjoy a few days off, it doesn't hurt. when the search engines update you'll see how well your sites rank and you'll be looking at ways to improve on that. when that happens, you'll be glad you took that break.
11:09 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I get the demotivation bug at times, when I just dont want to do anything at all... oww wait thats just me being lazy ;)
11:13 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

I do the same craig.

There are times where i spend all day emailing and on forums and dont really do much to my sites.

Then there are times where i get really motivated and write pages of content, setup a new site, get inbound links, etc.

I think its just the nature of our jobs.

You cant work flat out all day every day - it would be fun and would eventually be counter productive.

Ive been quite at work for the past week (waiting for content to arrive from others), so ive just been mulling around. But a couple of days ago i decided to start a new site and now ive got it designed, got 8 of the 30 articles written that i intend to launch the site with and have done some bits and pieces on other sites.

Its just the way the game is played! :)


11:16 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Like today for instance I cant be arsed to do anything.. I dont feel to well :(, so I am just posting here and a few other places... yeah there are other forums out there ;) and just emailing people.


11:19 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

You wanna write 22 articles for me?

Ill buy you a bottle of pop and a packet of crips...


There are other forums?

11:23 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

hmmm a large bottle of Fanta and chocolate flake then were in business.. of course we need to talk about working conditions, holiday pay etc etc.. :)

I gave up crisps about 6 months ago.. I used to eat about 4 packs a day ;)


11:28 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

Working conditions - as is where you are just now.
Holiday pay - whats that? ;) OK, a mars bar.

Im afraid my budget cant extend to a large bottle of fanta. 500ml bottle and a flake ice cream....

And you write 10 articles a day for my sites, use your own email address when registering for services in dodgy looking sites and do everything else that i dont want to...OK?



11:30 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

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After weighing up my options, I'd rather continue to do bugger all :)


11:32 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

so be it, but you could have lead a wonderful life of slavery....


11:36 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

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good to see you guys werent sidetracked and got off topic :) ... Im sure part of the reason Im unmotivated is that I know that this is what I want to do but kinda need some income coming in ... Im sure If I had a real job and was doing this on the side Id just kick back and let it ride ..


11:45 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

I know how you feel sleepy.

Ive only been at this for about 8 or so months as well, and ive only just set up my first ecommerce site.

The only other income generation from a site is from my original site, a directory, but i still havent made enough in affiliate sales to warrant a payment (despite the site having decent traffic and rankings)!

But im not bothered, cos i dont expect to be an affiliate millionaire - id just like something...enough to pay the hosting fees at least! :)

I am working as a webmaster full time just now and have quite long hours and little work, and my boss is ok about me working on my own sites.

But its just that first starting off thats the pain!

Its still the same anguish when your working as well! :)

If you need some info about job hunting, etc then sticky me cos ive got some experience in that area.


11:49 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I work in a tech help call centre for an ISP..

I get to do what ever I want near enough.. just so longs I dont the customers off ;) I have learnt to think about two completely different things at the same time and type :)

I write articles in between calls for my sites and do all the link hunting and that in work, when I get home its just a case of putting all my great ideas :) on to the screen.


11:53 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

he he...im exactly the opposite...i do most my articles at home and design and cut and paste at work.


12:05 pm on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

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JOAT thanks for the offer but part of the reason I was attracted to this biz is so that I wouldnt have to get a job ... Ive just finished 13 years of Uni and decided that Id far rather do web stuff than what I studied for ...

was your ecommerce site a stand alone with you doing the orders or are you acting as a reseller or using a dropshipper ... Im thinking I should head that route but I see being based in Australia and targeting US market a problem ... maybe I need to do more research

12:11 pm on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

Its a stand alone deal, using some eccomerce software i have been offered. Im in business with a friend in the UK who is dealing with the shipping and packaging, etc and im doing the web marketing stuff.

Ive also got a couple of others in the pipeline - one for resales and the other is, well...different. ;) Oh, yeh and another one thats more generic, but is an pure online biz.

And im setting up a few information sites.

And some freelance work.

jeeez....i better go and do some work! :)



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