Search Engine FAQ: Why Can’t I Find My Web Site at Google?

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A while back I blogged about a search engine question I often hear: My site launched today. How come I can’t find myself at Google? The short answer was that Google doesn’t actually search the Web when you perform a search, it searches its index of the Web, which could be days or even weeks old.

But wait, there’s more…

Recently, while checking out the boards at High Rankings I found a post about the so-called Google Aging Delay. According to the post, "if your site is less than 6 months old, it is being repressed on Google by some sort of aging delay."

I’ve seen some of this myself with new sites; often my blog about their site appears in the top 10 for certain searches, but the site itself does not, even though I link to them.

The post goes on to recommend putting up some sort of Coming Soon page asap and submitting it to Google if you are going to have a delay before launch…in other words, take advantage of your long incubation period.

The post also links to a longer article called Google’s Aging Delay for New Sites.

Check it out.

Rich Brooks
Perfectly Aged

  • Frank

    It's really interesting tat even though Google has a lot of brains working on it and it's the so-called "best search engine" it takes so long to update its "database" (so as to say).

    I have a site that's [moderator deleted] and google can't find it, even if I copy the complete url as a query.

    And it can't even find my blog [moderator deleted] , even though it's from blogger.com which is owned by google or something like that. I suppose my blog still has better chances of getting hit by google than my site does (if I wait more time), which is why I linked it to my site, which is more up to date than my blog is.

  • Frank

    It's really interesting tat even though Google has a lot of brains working on it and it's the so-called "best search engine" it takes so long to update its "database" (so as to say).

    I have a site that's [moderator deleted] and google can't find it, even if I copy the complete url as a query.

    And it can't even find my blog [moderator deleted] , even though it's from blogger.com which is owned by google or something like that. I suppose my blog still has better chances of getting hit by google than my site does (if I wait more time), which is why I linked it to my site, which is more up to date than my blog is.

  • http://www.flyteblog.com Rich Brooks

    Frank, maybe it's b/c your site is hosted on a free hosting service that may have been abused by spammers in the past, or that your in a competitive marketplace.

  • http://www.flyteblog.com Rich Brooks

    Frank, maybe it's b/c your site is hosted on a free hosting service that may have been abused by spammers in the past, or that your in a competitive marketplace.

  • http://www.ardalaos.com Jeff Jaquith

    I appreciated the info – hadn't heard it before and I'm a bit less concerned now than I was 10 minutes ago. However, Google so far hasn't even found my site at all, even though I submitted it via their Webmaster tools a couple weeks ago. It's hosted on 1and1.com, which I'd think would not be a problem. Any idea if the fact that I created it with Publisher 2003, which uses filtered HTML instead of the real thing, would cause that? Or do I just need to wait awhile longer?

  • http://www.ardalaos.com Jeff Jaquith

    I appreciated the info – hadn't heard it before and I'm a bit less concerned now than I was 10 minutes ago. However, Google so far hasn't even found my site at all, even though I submitted it via their Webmaster tools a couple weeks ago. It's hosted on 1and1.com, which I'd think would not be a problem. Any idea if the fact that I created it with Publisher 2003, which uses filtered HTML instead of the real thing, would cause that? Or do I just need to wait awhile longer?

  • http://www.flyteblog.com Rich Brooks

    Jeff,

    Could be a typical delay, or it could be because there's some odd formatting going on on your home page. I can see the HTML code appearing at the bottom of your page.

    Also, there's not a whole lot of content for Google to grab onto. Why not include a paragraph or two of text on the purpose of your Web site/ business there?

  • http://www.flyteblog.com Rich Brooks

    Jeff,

    Could be a typical delay, or it could be because there's some odd formatting going on on your home page. I can see the HTML code appearing at the bottom of your page.

    Also, there's not a whole lot of content for Google to grab onto. Why not include a paragraph or two of text on the purpose of your Web site/ business there?

  • http://www.ardalaos.com Jeff Jaquith

    Yeah, the HTML fragment needs to be removed, I just haven't done it. There's quite a bit of text on other pages, but I deliberately left it pretty simple on the home page. Doesn't Google index all the pages?

  • http://www.ardalaos.com Jeff Jaquith

    Yeah, the HTML fragment needs to be removed, I just haven't done it. There's quite a bit of text on other pages, but I deliberately left it pretty simple on the home page. Doesn't Google index all the pages?

  • http://www.flyteblog.com Rich Brooks

    Yes, but the home page probably has the most value.

    Also, in looking at your site, it seems that most of your pages are pictures of words, not real words. Search engines have real problems with that. Check this out: http://www.flyteblog.com/flyte/2005/05/the_treachery_o.html

  • http://www.flyteblog.com Rich Brooks

    Yes, but the home page probably has the most value.

    Also, in looking at your site, it seems that most of your pages are pictures of words, not real words. Search engines have real problems with that. Check this out: http://www.flyteblog.com/flyte/2005/05/the_treachery_o.html

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