|In a recent
thread in an online forum webmasters discussed the question how
long it takes to get listed in Google. A webmaster had submitted a
web site with 15 individual pages to Google six months before and he
was still not listed in Google although Googlebot visited his web site
on a monthly basis.
It's normal Google behavior that a new web site is not listed in
the natural (unpaid) search results for about six months. This Google
practice is called the
However, Google did not return any pages of this web site in its
search results. Not even for obscure search terms or the company name.
There were two main factors that prevented the site from showing up
in Google's search results:
1. The age of the web site
Once a web site has been put into Google's sandbox, it takes six
to eight months until it comes back to the normal index. It's likely
that the web site of the webmaster is still in the sandbox.
2. The number and the quality of links to the web site
The webmaster admitted in the discussion that he only had a few
links to his website and that these links didn't have high quality.
Actually, a link popularity query on Google returned no links at all
for that web site.
Yahoo showed only one backlink to the web site and the web site
with the backlink was not accessible.
Google will only list a web site in its result pages if other
good web sites link to it. If only a few other web sites link to
your site and these web sites are of low quality, it will be
difficult to make it into Google's search results.
You can find out the link popularity of your web site with this
link popularity check tool.
What does this mean to you and your web site?
There are three things you can do to get into Google's index:
1. Make sure that your web site is not in Google's sandbox.
As soon as you have finished your web site, submit it to Google.
It takes about six to eight months to
get out of Google's sandbox. This is a long time to wait to get
listed in Google! The sooner you submit your site, the sooner you'll
get in Google's normal search results.
2. Get high quality links from related web sites and Internet
It's important that other web sites with similar content link to
your site if you want to be listed in Google. A senior member in the
discussion said it this way:
"Don't buy links... there's a good chance that they'll turn
out to be dodgy in the long-term, and will do you more harm than
[...] search for sites that are similar or complimentary to
your own, and send them a polite email asking if it would be
possible to exchange links. Don't bother doing this unless you think
your site is worth linking to.
DMOZ and Yahoo Directory listings are tremendously valuable,
even though some might tell you otherwise, (usually because they
couldn't get into them)."
An easy way to exchange links that way is our link popularity
3. Optimize your web pages.
It is important that your web pages are
optimized for Google if you want to get high search engine
rankings. Google must be able to find out what your web pages are
A combination of
optimized web pages and
high link popularity leads to high rankings on Google. Make sure
that your web site has both and you'll benefit from high rankings on
Google as soon as your web site is out of Google's sandbox. Six months
seems a long time to wait to get listed in Google, but the rewards can
be worth it!
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