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My blog doesn’t show up in Google

  • # January 18, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Hello, a month ago I started a new personal [site](http://marshallford.me/). The unique thing about this blog is that is run off of [Jekyll](https://github.com/mojombo/jekyll) a static content generator.

    The issue is after I wrote a pretty popular (for my standards) blog post and after a week of full of views (5000!) and plenty of tweets including one from [Chris](https://twitter.com/chriscoyier/status/290158555502374912), I still can’t find my post by copying and pasting the title in Google or even my name followed by “web design”. Something isn’t working. I have a sitemap with my posts and homepage. Yet I don’t exist. Does it take that long for Google to index my site? I have submitted my link to Google and wrote meta descriptions and keywords for every post.

    Previously I wrote a WordPress blog that got maybe 20 views a day, but a day after I published something I could find my post by typing my title or even just the first part and my site would show up on the first page.

    Does WordPress do something that I don’t with Jekyll?

    # January 18, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Is it the same domain that you were using before? Did you set up any 301 redirects? Have you set up Google Webmaster Tools?

    # January 18, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I am using a new domain, and no I didn’t use 301 directs, I want the sites to be separate with different content. No webmasters tools.

    # January 18, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Definitely set up webmaster tools right away – it’ll give you great information on indexing status.

    # January 18, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    When I search ‘marshall ford web design’ you are the 2nd result on Google.

    # January 18, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Twitter? I am worried about my actual site.

    # January 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    http://cl.ly/image/1V2R413V3f3x

    # January 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Looks like webmaster tools was setup already. It claims “No new messages or recent critical issues.” You mentioned index checking, is there a more in depth option somewhere that I am missing?

    # January 18, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    What is going on??? I saw your image. I am not seeing that. Both on my computer and a public computer, or my phone.

    # January 18, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Health > Index Status http://cl.ly/image/0z0H2O171M13

    # January 18, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    http://i.imgur.com/GBoKX0m.png

    Would you mind searching for “Windows workflow for web designers and front end developers” and taking a screenshot?

    # January 18, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    FORDINARY! I knew I recognized the name from somewhere.

    # January 18, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Google optimizes your results based on where you are located, I’m sure that’s all it’s doing here.

    # January 18, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Yeah, you used to help me when I was newbie (I might still be).

    Based on location? So my name only comes up outside of Minnesota? That’s the one place I might want my results to show up!

    # January 19, 2013 at 6:02 am

    You have 9 indexed pages on that site according to [my search](http://www.google.se/#q=site:marshallford.me)

    I can’t find too many people linking to your site, though, which might be influencing your lower ranking.

    When I search for Marshall Ford Web Design you show up there, but fairly low.

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