joined:May 1, 2005
I've designed quite a lot of sites over recent years for businesses in a particular niche. I always get a few backlinks after launching the site and they always get indexed within a week or two.
I've got one site that Google stubbornly refuses to index and I'm trying to find what to do next.
I do appreciate that it is a small site with just 5 pages and not an enormous amount of text on the homepage, but really you wouldn't look at it as a thin or shallow site - just one that does its job! I have never had a problem getting a site like this indexed before.
So I've added a robots.txt file, added a sitemap, registered it in Webmaster Tools, added more backlinks and still no joy.
I can see no real difference (other than maybe being a bit heavier on graphics and lighter on text) with loads of my other sites which get indexed fine.
Prior to my designing the site, the domain had been registered and left unused (as far as I know) for about eighteen months. When I took the site on, the domain registration was moved and brand new hosting setup.
Googlebot didn't even visit for several months, then visited about a dozen or so times in October. Indexed fine in Bing and Yahoo.
So what next? Try and get even more links? Redesign the homepage and add loads of text just for the sake of Google? Move to different hosting in the hope it nudges the site out of the Googlerut it's in? Any other thoughts guys?
The site is a low budget one and when indexed only needs to work for pretty uncompetitive search terms!