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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Unable to find post? Possible reasons and solutions

We get frequent questions who are keen to have their blogs found by search engines. They say they search for their blog by searching for their own name or the topic of the blog or post, but failed to find any.

Before your blog or posts can be found by search engines, they must be indexed first, and that may take some time. So the first thing to do is to find out if your blog had been indexed. Search using the search term

site:blog URL

For example, you can try to see if this blog had been indexed by searching for

site:http://bloggerfordummies.blogspot.com/

You will find many of my posts in the SERP (search engine result page). If the search had given no result, it means your blog had not been indexed yet, and what you need to do is to submit your blog to various search engines. However, many are of the opinion that this is an unnecessary step as all websites will eventually get indexed. It is only a question of time. The fastest way I believe is to get an inbound link from a website which have a high PageRank and which is frequently crawled by search engines.

Now your blog may be indexed, and a search may get a link to your blog. However, only those blogs which appear in the first few pages of the SERP (search engine result page are likely to get traffic from search engines. There may be thousands of results in the SERP and your blog may appear very deep and to find it, you will have to do lots of clickings, and I doubt you will have the patience to do that.

The thing to do is to try to improve link popularity, PageRank, search engine rankings, submit blog to directories, especially the important ones, get more inbound links from other websites, etc. Here are some posts that might be helpful:

Improving link popularity and PageRank of your blog by removing the NOFOLLOW attribute (click BACK button to get back to this page)

get listed in DMOZ, the most important directory (click BACK button to get back to this page)

Submit blog to Google (I am doubtful about the usefulness of this)

Add your blog to MyBlogDirectory (click "Add my blog" at the bottom of the directory. Don't expect too much from this)

2 comments:

  1. Is there a reason why my blog entries (for douglevitt.blogspot.com show up on google, but not on yahoo when doing a site: search?

    E.g.

    When I search for site:douglevitt.blogspot.com on google, I get results. However, when I search for site:douglevitt.blogspot.com on yahoo, I get NO results?

    Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Looks like your blog has not been indexed by Yahoo yet?

    ReplyDelete

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