Is It Me Or Has Google Changed?

by esr
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I'm confused. It used to be I'd build a blog, submit it to Digg and Reddit, then submit a sitemap and in just a couple of hours, the blog would be indexed by Google.

Now, I go back two days later, and it says the blog has, for instance, 48 pages, but 0 are indexed. And when I search Google for the blog, it's not in the listings.

Has something changed? Or am I doing something wrong?

Thanks.
#changed #google
  • Profile picture of the author Mike Long
    Unfortunately, the one thing you will learn quickly in this game is that Google is a constantly moving target, and by and large they will do whatever it takes to avoid having their results "gamed".

    It could just be a glitch, or it could be an algorithm change. Almost anything that is done for the sole purpose of manufacturing indexing or positioning will eventually be eradicated.

    Keep an eye on it. Try another blog and see if you get the same result.

    It could just be a one-time thing. But if it keeps happening with subsequent blogs you build, then you'll have your answer.

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    • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
      If you are using Wordpress blogs, just check your privacy settings in the settings area.

      I know some people have been finding that has automatically set itself to block search engines.
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      • Profile picture of the author teatree
        Try tweeting your posts. That usually gets the bots in.
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      • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
        Originally Posted by rosetrees View Post

        If you are using Wordpress blogs, just check your privacy settings in the settings area.

        I know some people have been finding that has automatically set itself to block search engines.
        Yes, that happens to me. I always have to go in and change those settings so the search engines can drop by for a friendly visit.

        Cheers,
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        • Profile picture of the author esr
          I guess it IS just the nature of the beast. I never really thought of what I was doing as "gaming" Google. I just thought that was how it was done. But, I guess I was.

          Yes, I too have been noticing that Wordpress has been automatically setting itself to hide from the search engines. I have made it a practice to go in and check that with each blog I build.

          Thanks to all....
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      • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
        Originally Posted by rosetrees View Post

        If you are using Wordpress blogs, just check your privacy settings in the settings area.

        I know some people have been finding that has automatically set itself to block search engines.
        That used to be a problem. I just installed a new blog (WP 2.9.2) and the privacy "switch" was automatically set so SE's could find it.

        Perhaps they had so many complaints that they have now reverted back to the way it was.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan Ferraro
    I think Google has been a little bit weird ever since they announced Caffeine. I've had sites that were several months old be in the top 5 for my main keywords, then all of a sudden, the site gets de-indexed. Cut to a couple weeks later. It's back in the top 5. Hopefully when Caffeine becomes officially live, it will be a little less predictable.
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  • Profile picture of the author fasteasysuccess
    google is changing towards some of the blogs that used to get indexed quicker but the positve friendly pr-article-blog-and video(youtube) still get indexed as fast as ever.
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  • Profile picture of the author reynoldscorb
    I've had site pages indexed anywhere from 24 hours to 3 weeks...
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  • Profile picture of the author mmurtha
    Originally Posted by esr View Post

    I'm confused. It used to be I'd build a blog, submit it to Digg and Reddit, then submit a sitemap and in just a couple of hours, the blog would be indexed by Google.

    Now, I go back two days later, and it says the blog has, for instance, 48 pages, but 0 are indexed. And when I search Google for the blog, it's not in the listings.

    Has something changed? Or am I doing something wrong?

    Thanks.
    esr,

    I find that if I have all my meta tags in, and link a new site or blog to a site that has been up for a year or so still works well with Google. At least well enough to get the bots coming around.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    Put a link to it in your sig here at WF and post on a few threads. DO NOT SPAM THE FORUM - but participate. It has never failed to get a new site of mine indexed within at most a couple days.

    John
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    • Profile picture of the author aandersen
      statusnet sites like indenti.ca will get you indexed real quick and can be done with a twitter-like api that is very cool and automated. these site can get you indexed wicked fast

      you can query your site on whois/alexa-type sites and get indexed real quick. i know this was shared before on here but i could not find the thread. i attached a list, just replace www.domain.com with your domain. most will return a "no data found" type message but this is expected. there are some automated ways to do this too but that is another discussion

      what john said too, that way works really good

      sumbit your rss feed to the larger RSS aggrigators like feedburner and feedage


      IMO these 4 ways (in that order) will get you indexed fastest. but the whole point is juts to start link building until googlebot picks one up and follows it. just try to start with links that will get picked upt the quickest
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  • Profile picture of the author KrisMainieri
    Hi ESR -

    One easy way to create exposure and get indexed could be as easy as using this forum.

    Put a link to it in your signature here at Warrior Forum and post on a few threads. It has helped me in the past to get indexed within a few days.

    You do want to make sure that you do not SPAM the forum as this would be BAD. But there is nothing wrong with actively participating and posting on some threads. It is fun and you can also learn along the way.

    Hope this helps,

    Kris
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
    Just get some HQ backlinks and wait. If you have other websites, link from them to your new site.

    Google won't just take some stupid links anymore. You need to play things better
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