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

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

55 Responses to “Search Engine FAQ: Why Can’t I Find My Web Site at Google?”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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?

  7. 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?

  8. 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?

  9. 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?

  10. 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?