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Laura KyroMy site won't show in search engines
by on Oct 22, 2009 at 1:41:38 pm

I have created a new web page, URL of http://www.mmpc.wustl.edu/. I have the words Midwest Microbial Pathogenesis Conference in the title, in the body, temporarily I had it in the meta tag "description," I put those words in the heading and in the body. I had also temporarily had all four as meta tag "keywords."

No matter what I do, however, I can't get it to appear in search engines on any of the browsers (Yahoo, Google, Firefox) I've tried. My client wants to make sure it comes up when someone keys in Midwest Microbial Pathogenesis Conference and it's like my page is totally invisible to search engines.

If you look at the page as it currently stands, I have purposely added copy to the end just to have some words visible. I key in any sequence of those words as a search term, and the page NEVER appears.

HELP! What's wrong? Why won't search engines recognize the existence of my page?


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Fernando MolRe: My site won't show in search engines
by on Oct 22, 2009 at 1:58:08 pm

Your page is not indexed.

Even if you google directly for http://www.mmpc.wustl.edu the page will not show.

Why?

It's not indexed... yet.

Since you have posted the link here, next time google-boot passes through the COW it will follow the link in this post and index your page.

It's going to be first in the list? Probably not, but it will raise up with time and traffic.

I hope this helps

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Laura KyroRe: My site won't show in search engines
by on Oct 22, 2009 at 2:10:40 pm

Thank you for the information. I was unaware of indexing. Am I understanding that an outside agency just needs to access the page, and that "puts it on the map" literally? What parameters are necessary? Just someone with a different IP address? Can I push the indexing myself in any manner?

Also, while I have a knowledgeable person to ask, I had the words "Midwest Microbial..." on the page the first time, just to have them SOMEWHERE on the page for search crawlers, but had made the text white so it could not be seen. When I was researching my problem on the web yesterday, I saw a mention that the words needed to be "visible" on the page to be searched. Is that true? Do the words need to be actually visible, or can they just BE there, and don't need to be seen?

Many thanks for your help.,\


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Fernando MolRe: My site won't show in search engines
by on Oct 22, 2009 at 4:17:58 pm

It's different to just want to be indexed than to have a good index position. That's called SEO.

If you just want to be indexed, google for "add url to google".

The "link from another site" tip is better and usually faster.

If you want to see an approximation on how spiders look at your site, google for "text browser".

And, if you want to run deep into SEO you'll find a lot of discrepancies. SEO is very speculative, though some practices are really simple. The one I like the most is: if you want to have a good index position, have useful content in your site.

I hope this helps

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Jim GlickertRe: My site won't show in search engines
by on Oct 24, 2009 at 12:16:50 am

Hi Laura. I graduated from Washington U. back in 1978, so maybe I can share some thoughts with someone at my old school. I have a couple websites (http://www.gojim.tv and http://www.hawkislandestates.com), and they figure prominently on Google and Yahoo searches when relevant keywords are used in a search. Trust me, over time, the search engines will indeed find your site. They account for the majority of visits to my websites, usually visiting every day. To get your site listed at the top of the search results is pretty much out of your control unless the person searching uses pretty specific keywords. (Personally, I wouldn't recommend spending money on the Search Engine Optimization services. Google doesn't accept money from them, anyway, so they probably aren't effective.)

Let me offer some specific help.

Please read this Google page: http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=34444&cbid=11...

When you look at the page I've just linked above, scroll down to this section:

"Alert us to your new content
"If your site is very new, we may not know about it yet. Tell Google about your site. One way to expedite Google's discovery of new pages is to submit a Sitemap. Even if your site is already in the index, Sitemaps are a great way to tell Google about the pages you consider most important."

The link for "Tell Google about your site" is http://www.google.com/addurl/


Read that page, which will give you specific instructions on making Google aware of your page.

Hope this helps!

Jim



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Richard WilliamsRe: My site won't show in search engines
by on Oct 24, 2009 at 2:23:23 am

Hi guys...

There is one very simple and quick way to get google to search your site in my experience, and this is to create an xml site map and upload it to google through googles webmaster tool...

you can use this site...
http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/
which will create the XML for you, upload it to your FTP, tell google where it is, and normally within 12 hours or so, it will confirm reciept, then within a week your site will normally be recognised. Ive submitted sites to google before and it doesnt really promise anything, but this way has NEVER failed me

Richard Williams
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