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Homepage not showing in serps after 3 months

   
1:04 pm on Apr 17, 2012 (gmt 0)



I just made my first proper website and launched it about 3 months ago.

It has:
-unique content (articles + review pages)
-keyword optimized (but not too much)
-clean meta/title tags
-all pages are follow/index enabled
-fast loading times
-no adsense links or heavy affiliate links
(only 1 affiliate link per product page)

The keyword is a medium competition keyword.

I checked through all the pages of google for my keyword and I didn't find any url from my site in it anywhere.

If I type site:name in google, it will show my site and all 40 indexed pages and recent cache dates.

If I copy some random block of text from a page and search for it in google with quotes it will find the site.

Would love some help on this, I can't imagine I have been penalized as I have done nothing wrong(no spammy link building or paid services).
1:46 pm on Apr 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member bwnbwn is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member



Hard to say what might be the problem. Have you checked your robots file, have you gotten some decent links (contrary to what some think links are still a needed addition to a site), have you checked the ip address, checked the domain name for problems, prior owner could have abused it, have you done a site search, spidered the site for coding errors, and submitted a site map?
1:49 pm on Apr 17, 2012 (gmt 0)



- Robots file is fine and updating regularly without errors on Google WMT.
- Not a lot of links, but enough that I should be somewhere in the serps.
- Domain is new with no previous owners
- No spider errors at all on all pages, no errors in WMT either.
- Sitemap submitted and seems to be working fine.

I am using my own custom theme on wordpress and I input a thumbnail image in an article post.
Wordpress created a seperate "media" page for this thumbnail, basically just a page with the image on it and nothing else.

I noticed I got 2 hits from someone typing in a longtail keyword that led to that "media" page.
I typed it in google and it was second in results (its just 1 page with an image, nothing else!)

I don't understand how that is ranking (and very quickly at that, almost within the same day) but every other page in my website is not. I should be atleast in page 20 for a good few pages on my site but I am nowhere to be seen.
3:24 pm on Apr 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Did you sign up for google webmaster tools? Are there any messages there? My feeling is because it's a new site you might be stuck in limbo. And you probably have a low link count.
3:36 pm on Apr 17, 2012 (gmt 0)



yeah when I menioned WMT in my last post i meant web master tools, no messages everything seems fine, non www. directs to www.
4:24 pm on Apr 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Sorry didn't see that :)

I found with my site it did take about 3-4 months to start showing - that was after regular article writing on my site and some consistent good quality link building as well. I also increased the regular content on my site - went from about 10 pages to 20. I started at about 15 pages now i'm at about 100 (articles included). I started to gain some traction at about 75 total pages but as i said i was also doing some link building - not aggressive - i'd get about 10 confirmed new 1 way links per month on a variety of anchor text
7:54 pm on Apr 17, 2012 (gmt 0)



3-4 months? wow! I thought it should be in the serps quickly, even the last page after a month atleast.
10:32 am on Apr 19, 2012 (gmt 0)



With Panda it can take some time. I have seen this on other sites.