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Helping You Make the Most of Your Small Office/Home Office


All businesses want to be easily searchable, and able to be
googled. However, sometimes it is not all that easy to get 
into google's index. Below is an article providing tips to
speed up the process for your business, including advice
from the Google software engineer himself.


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Tips for Getting In Google's Index 

Google in no way guarantees that every URL manually submitted 
will be indexed, regardless of how many times you try. It is 
known to reject sites because no other relevant Web sites link 
to them, or because of uncertainty about the sites' nature or 
quality. "Some people attempt to submit lots and lots of sites 
(some of them low quality or 'spammy') via our 'add url' form, 
and it wouldn't be in our users' best interests to crawl and 
show spammy sites," writes Google software engineer Matt Cutts 
in an email. 
Less frequently, a site may not get picked up because it 
contains a hidden code that blocks search-engine crawlers from 
retrieving information, or because its domain name was 
inherited from previous owners banned by Google for bad 
behavior, says Mr. Cutts.

If there's no reason to believe your site would be rejected 
for these reasons, you may just have to wait. It can take a 
month to six weeks for some sites to appear, since it can take 
that long for the entire index to refresh.

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That said, Web-site owners can take steps to speed up the 
indexing process. Submitting your domain address to Google's 
URL submission feature at www.google.com/addurl/ is a fine 
start. But finding other sites to link to yours, preferably 
well-ranked ones, is a much savvier strategy.

"A good rule of thumb is that the more high-quality links we 
find to a site, the deeper Google will crawl that site," 
Mr. Cutts says.

Swapping links with other local businesses or posting a 
message on a popular online insurance forum and including a 
link to your Web site are two possible ways to achieve this.

Once your site is indexed, don't assume it will hop to the top 
of the search results. Search-engine marketing experts say 
Google will "sandbox" newly indexed sites for about nine months, 
or essentially delay their ability to compete for top rankings 
on popular search terms. Mr. Cutts says the company doesn't 
comment on that matter.

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