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I need some help. Last year I did a 301 redirect from one of my domains (was a PR 4 website before) to another domain. But few months later I decided I am better off creating a new website at that domain. So I removed the 301 and made a new site.
Ever since I removed the 301 (over 6 months and counting), Google still hasn't indexed this domain. Here are the things that I have done so far to get Google to index this site:
a) I thought content was the issue, so I started blogging. But still no love from Google yet.
b) Then I thought I should get some links to it, so I did that and pointed quite a few links from QUALITY sites but still no gain.
c) I even submitted a sitemap in google webmaster tools, status says submitted and "OK" but still no pages in index
d) checked everywhere and made sure I am not blocking any bots
Please guys, some help? It would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
I thought content was the issue, so I started blogging.
thanks for replying. Yes the bot does come visits the site. But it only looks at the homepage, robots.txt, atom.xml and sitemap.xml. It doesn't go deeper than that. It gives 404 code for atom.xml and sitemap.xml as i don't have them but gives 200 code for robots.txt and /
126.96.36.199 - - [12/Mar/2009:12:10:45 -0600] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 23522 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; http://www.google.com/bot.html)"
188.8.131.52 - - [13/Mar/2009:05:06:47 -0600] "GET /robots.txt HTTP/1.1" 200 422 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)"
184.108.40.206 - - [13/Mar/2009:05:06:47 -0600] "GET /sitemap.xml HTTP/1.1" 200 1444 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)"
And yes, no pages of this site is in google's index.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 5:55 pm (utc) on Mar. 17, 2009]
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So what you are saying if a site just consists of a blog, then it doesn't offer good quality content?
everything (errors, not found, timed out etc) is 0 in GWT. It also says "Googlebot has successfully accessed your home page" and the crawl stats :
Googlebot activity in the last 90 days
Number of pages crawled per day
Number of kilobytes downloaded per day
Time spent downloading a page (in milliseconds)
I've seen other cases where a 301, once put in place, seemed to "stick" and the domain had lots of trouble even after the redirect was removed. I'm not sure if it's a trust issue or just a technical bug, but whatever the cause, backing out of a 301 can sometimes be a problem
They have a video there too. posted march 4 09
From what I see tedster is right... your domain may just be stuck in googles eyes as a 301. Try to setup a different domain the same content on and see what happens. That way you will verify if its the CONTENT or the DOMAIN.
[edited by: tedster at 5:32 am (utc) on Mar. 18, 2009]
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When we removed the meta tag and exclusions it took 8 days to get the index page ranked once again.