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What are the best ways to get indexed in Google? I don't just want to "sit around and wait" for Google to pick it up through a few random links.
Does joining Adsense or submitting a Sitemap make google index you faster?
I think there are two key issues; the second is a few non-random links from quality sites.
But the key is the content itself:
Plan the structure of the site before going live, to ensure that you aren't tinkering with it over the vital first few weeks.
Start with quality, focussed pages, with relevant, coherent and unique titles and meta descriptions.
Ensure that your site navigation is *perfect*, to avoid spiders having an early sulk. In particular, use robots.txt to avoid (or at least minimise) duplicate machine-made URLs - if you use a cms, be sure the set up is a good as it can be, but remember that (as I write) there is not one single cms program that is capable of being *really* SE friendly.
Do the housekeeping: 301 from non-www to www (or vice versa if you are kewl); avoid any internal links to /index.html (use '/' or URL).
And ensure your content is (a) unique and (b) interesting.
Please note that it is not entirely coincidental that almost all of the above suggestions will make your site better for visitors, too!
what's the purpose of avoiding /index.html links?
It is difficult to get good links sometimes for a new site, because we aren't even in Google yet and no one's heard of us.
I've heard it is better for Google to find you than for you to submit, that's why I have not gone and submitted the site to google officially.
My website has been in the sandbox for almost a year already :(
You have another problem...I suggest you get someone else to look at it.
Of course I may just be impatient with my new site, it's only been online for maybe 4 days (and I have a few links, one page on Digg, and I did add some content to Wikipedia and a link, but those are all nofollow).
But why would the page about it on Digg come up in a search for my site, but not my site? Wouldn't Google have indexed my site since it found that page?
But why would the page about it on Digg come up in a search for my site
Because Digg is much older. You're right, 4 days is much too soon to be concerned. Google really puts new sites through intensive checking these days.
You still may see what some of us call the "honeymoon rankings", where really good rankings show up for a while for new sites, and then they go away. That is usually followed by a slow climb to a more stable ranking that often takes months.
it's been forever since I've thought about promoting a new site
Welcome to the new, changed Google. This is the way things are today.
Also, I'm about to post my site for review, so hopefully will receive good advices re SEO.
Full page advertising on a trusted site will also get your arse indexed real quick!
I'm also going to go out on a limb and say that using the Google Toolbar and other available tools will assist in indexing to some level. I've seen Google find pages that shouldn't have been found and then realized that the TB was on during the viewing of those pages. Nothing concrete but the timeframes sure do coincide.
Certain PR websites are still providing quality juice to the recipients.
Certain PR Fellows (of the professional type) are lurking about and can easily get you noticed in the right places. Look for those with tenure in this area.
There is a very simple and quick way to do this. Take your primary search phrase and do an "exact phrase search" in your favorite SE. Take those first 50-100 search results and you have your "primary" starting point on where to begin your trek on obtaining visibility for a newly launched site. It's a primal marketing strategy that works wonders. ;)
You might even want to take those first 50-100 search results and cull them further to those who have RSS Feeds.
Also don't discount submitting your sitemap to msn and yahoo. Slurp (yahoo's bot) is a little bit retarded and won't index your site quickly like msnbot and googlebot will, but still worth your 2 mins of effort.
Though from an SEO stand point. Your first and every link should have simular set of keywords on these pages as you have within your website.