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Help? Ideas? I don't want to tell them to take out Flash, etc. yet - that may come in the SEO recommendations....
Thanks to Ted, moderator, who surmises this may be due to Google doing some heavy computations this week aka Dewey Update. I will try to be more patient :-)
You didn't mention any googlebot visits - are you watching the server logs for that? Have you set up a Webmaster Tools account to get feedback on crawling?
I have - aka the xml sitemap that I mentioned and the fact that Google has not indicated any problems (other than implying a lack of incoming links but they can bite me LOL)
>are you watching the server logs for that?
Client doesn't have or doesn't have access to server logs but I can monitor via Google Webmaster Tools - downloaded sitemap April 1 and accessed robots.txt 4 hours ago.
I am only being impatient because my experience is that I can get a site indexed in a few days usually :-) Visible for important phrases is another story LOL
On the other hand, new pages that a client put up at the end of February took about a week or two to be indexed, depending on where the pages were in site. This was on a site that hadn't been changed in quite a while, and has yet to do any linkbuilding. Up till now, in fact, there hasn't been much on the site that was worth linking to.
New pages on another client site with tens of thousands of visitors a month have recently been taking about a week to be indexed. I remember a few months ago that they'd show up in two or three days.
Members here with blogs have reported topical discussions getting indexed in less than an hour.
A lot depends also on where in the spidering cycle Google happens to be when your new pages go up. Right now, I'd say give your site two or three weeks, at the least. If you've added a lot of pages, they may not all get indexed in one pass.
the site has been around for awhile
Forgot to mention a week is not enough usually but most of the times if you get some links. These are troubled times at Google, do take that into consideration too. See what happens next week but ... if you got no links ... don't put your hopes up high.
>Is it a domain you just bought and was used before according to WBM?
The client has owned this domain and had content on it since around '91 according to them and the way back machine / internet archive.
I started tracking stats since March 26 and so far the breakdown is 25% direct traffic, 55% referring sites and 20% search engines (Yahoo!, MSN, Ask and Live). The referring sites are all <pretty much related to> the subject of my clients website - so the incoming links are relevant and they do exist - the sites that link to the client site are even listed in Google. Further more these referring sites so far are a beter source of traffic than search referred traffic - they view more pages, they bounce less and they convert higher.
Alas I will try to get some links and wait for Google to settle down. In the meantime I keep stimulating Google daily - allow image search, "resubmit", update sitemap, get a new link, etc. etc.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 9:26 pm (utc) on April 5, 2008]
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So a site from 91 ... that gets traffic from external related links ... should not be deindexed. If googlebot did not visit you at all (raw access logs) I would consider it sort'of banned and start looking deeper in the wayback machine material.
Old sites with links don't have to call the bots ... they come crawling ;)
Will keep you posted! In the meantime, every day I am looking for one new link from somewhere *argh* Tedious work.