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Why is my site not showing up in Google Search?

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Why is my site not showing up in Google Search? rehdesign 5/2/09 5:12 AM
My site is offcampusliving.org.

The site has been up for over a week and is running well. However, it is still not showing up in Google searches when I search offcampusliving.org.

Yahoo Search and some other search engines have a high result but the site is listed as "under construction.", Clicking on this link still takes you to the off campus living home page.

MSN is the only search engine showing the correct listing.

I've tried everything I know, including:
making sure my pages are named clearly,
included a sitemap .xml file containing the url's for all the website pages,
registered the site with the major search engines,
added relevant meta tags on each page using words found in the text,
and a robots.txt file with the "Allow" command.

I'm not sure why Google Search is not even showing the url as under construction, as many of the other search engines do.

I'm relatively new to website design, so if you have any ideas on why this is, please let me know.

Thank you.
Re: Why is my site not showing up in Google Search? GeeWizz 5/2/09 5:25 AM
I think its just a matter of biding your time ....
Maybe you could do with a few websites pointing a link in your direction to help.

The cache thing will sort itself out in due time.
Re: Why is my site not showing up in Google Search? Ashley 5/2/09 5:35 AM
Yes - it is going to take time. There are steps that you can do to assist though.

GeeWiz mentioned getting links - this is a really good idea. Especially natural links through related sources.
Is your code validated?
Your H1 tag on the home page is encompassing all your flash code - not ideal
For the robots, consider just having a blank disallow rather than an allow. Allow is the default.
Have you signed up for Google Webmaster Tools and verified the site?
Re: Why is my site not showing up in Google Search? Robbo 5/2/09 6:25 AM

   I'm confused (!) about what exactly you are asking.

You seem to be saying that your site is not indexed, but google says:

 Results 1 - 15 of about 1 from offcampusliving.org.

Most pages are indexed without www and one/some with www. This is a canonicalization issue that you can fix with http 301 permanent redirection of requests for the non-preferred version and send them to the preferred version.

Also you don't have any/much indexable content on the home page so it is not attractive to googlebot.  If googlebot can't see a good reason to send visitors to your home page then it prbably will be less inclined to do so.

Google tries to avoid the "Lucky Dip" / "Blindfolded" approach to selecting search results!

Also I suggest that you improve your head titles; things like this are not suitable:
<title>Off Campus Living Homepage</title>

Along with the pointless repetition of your domain name on most other pages' head titles.






Re: Why is my site not showing up in Google Search? Robbo 5/2/09 6:38 AM


It would be better to have a single preferred address for your homepage - instead of the current four URLs.

http://www.offcampusliving.org/
http://www.offcampusliving.org/index.html
http://offcampusliving.org/
http://offcampusliving.org/index.html

As well as using 301 permanent redirection to enforce the preferred www (or non-www) version of your domain you should also update your internal links (and external too if possible) to Home to use the preferred version of your domain and WITHOUT mentioning index.html    e.g. use:

http://www.offcampusliving.org/
 


Re: Why is my site not showing up in Google Search? Robbo 5/2/09 6:46 AM

Another suggestion!   In the footer of the Sponsors page, you have the following:

Search Engine Submission - AddMe

With a link as follows (I've added spaces):
Search Engine Submission - <a href=" http://www. addme. com/submission/free-submission-start.php">AddMe</a> 
It would be sensible to either remove that link altogether, or to check carefully that it complies with Google policy and guidelines.

Is it a freely-given link based on editorial judgment? Is it relevant to your site content/purpose?  Is it likely to be useful to your visitors?

Or have you put it there in return for some favor by the other party such as a link exchange.

I'm only asking - not accusing!

Good luck.



Re: Why is my site not showing up in Google Search? rehdesign 5/2/09 7:05 AM
Thank you all for your help.

As I noted, I am pretty new to website design so will have research the 301 redirect procedure, changing the H1 tag on my homepage, and adding more text content to the homepage.

The AddMe link was a optional request from a service I used. I think I will remove it to be safe.

We are beginning to contact other local site owners to have meaningful links directed back to the site.

Any suggestions on how to rename the page titles?

Thank you again!