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I just turned "on" a new site for another business of mine, and google found the index.html & sitemap.htm pages quickly, and has them indexed. I've been watching for about 2 weeks, and none of the pages referenced in the sitemap.htm have shown up at all. Just wondering if it's possible that G will index and show the 1st two pages like I mentioned, then take a few days/weeks for any of the sitemapped pages to show...or if maybe there's something wrong with my sitemap page.
...and google found the index.html & sitemap.htm pages quickly, and has them indexed. I've been watching for about 2 weeks, and none of the pages referenced in the sitemap.htm have shown up at all.
Dave - Would you clarify what you mean by "indexed" and "shown up." There's a big difference between "indexed" and "ranking," and the answers to the questions you're asking often hinge on that distinction.
How did you go about looking for the pages and determining whether they're in the index?
Also, how did you "turn on" the new site, and how much inbound linking is there to it?
Ahhh... I see your point. I basically used the gogle site: command and found the index.html, sitemap.htm, and one other page were in the index and had been crawled in the last few days. Other than that, the other pages that are referenced in the sitemap.htm are not showing up when I run the site: command. The sitemap.htm uses the "INDEX,FOLLOW" meta tag, and the pages are not excluded by robots.txt. The pages are all unique, and my own work (not cut and pasted from anywhere). The info on all the pages is for some unique and exclusive products I either manufactre or have manufactured for me. I'm just wondering if google may have crawled those pages, but maybe not got around to getting them in yet. I don't fully understand the process, so I'm probably not using the correct terminology.