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January 18, 2013 at 7:16 pm #42090
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 #121419
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 #121423
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 #121424
Definitely set up webmaster tools right away – it’ll give you great information on indexing status.January 18, 2013 at 7:33 pm #121425
When I search ‘marshall ford web design’ you are the 2nd result on Google.January 18, 2013 at 7:42 pm #121428
Twitter? I am worried about my actual site.January 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm #121430January 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm #121431
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 #121429
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 #121432January 18, 2013 at 7:52 pm #121434
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 #121436
FORDINARY! I knew I recognized the name from somewhere.January 18, 2013 at 7:54 pm #121437
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 #121441
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 #121466MelindreaParticipant
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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