Very glad to have found this forum. I have built a site, and its working fine, everybody likes it, except Google, and I can't figure out why. So Im here to see if anyone can help me understand it.
It is the website for a local action group, created to present opposition to the building of a new airport for Sydney, which would blot out our town.
So, the goal is to get our message out, by ranking as highly as possible on the Australian .au versions of the main SE's, particularly google.com.au of course.
But it doesn't! on the main search phrase it is not in the top 100, and probably not the top 200. many sites with little content do better. And yet it is where it should be at 15/16 on yahoo/Bing.
Put in a more specific search for our group name, its no 1 on yahoo but still nowhere on google. Only with a search on the URL itself does it appear in Google, 1st.
I have google analytics running, use webmaster tools, have redirected non-www to www URL, set the region to Australia, validated the code, checked site on a wide variety of browsers and devices.
A few thoughts I have:
We have a few inward links, and we know we need more, but quite a few outward links, referencing other sites and news articles. Am i losing too much juice?
we have alot of inard links created by friends posting the URL in their forum signatures - on unrelated forums. does that hurt our SEO?
We have a drop down menu system on most pages, so the site hierachy is quite flat. So the home page has similar internal links to the others. Recently Ive added some extra footer links to the home page.
Probably enough for now...very grateful for any comments. Its a puzzle, but it's hurting our group.!
cheers and thanks
[edited by: tedster at 2:27 am (utc) on Aug 8, 2012]