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New post submitted to Google and indexed about 5 weeks ago but does not show in SERP

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by burgertime, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. burgertime

    burgertime Registered Member

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    My site has about 30 posts on it. Most of them rank reasonably for their keyword. I just recently posted a new article on 12/12/15 and it does not show in the SERP at ALL using Long Tail Pro rank checker or whatsmyserp.com. This new post is about 2500 words, not keyword stuffed(non of my posts are), and only has about 7 affiliate links (all amazon) - it's a really well-written piece - one of my best.

    What's the longest you've seen a new post to take to show up? I had written another, much smaller post a day after, and that one has been showing up for weeks now in the SERP.

    BTW, my keyword for the new, large post which does not show, was low competition, so even if it didn't rank on the first page right away, I would at least expect it *somewhere* in the serps.

    Am I just being impatient?

    Thanks.
     
  2. GroundUp

    GroundUp Regular Member

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    Have you added your site to google webmaster tools to check any indexing crawling problems.

    Check the last time it was crawled with Google. You can search how to do this.

    I think search in Google cache:http://your domain.com will give a last crawl time
     
  3. burgertime

    burgertime Registered Member

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    Thanks for the input. I checked in WMT and all is well. No errors, the site was last crawled yesterday. That URL shows up in the sitemap, and was indexed. So, it's very peculiar. I would say there must be something about the post which Google does not like, but as I mentioned, I know my site pretty well and this particular post is one of the most well done pieces on the site. Well, I suppose it's a waiting game at this point. How long would you wait until you said "alright, there's definitely something wrong here"?
     
  4. GroundUp

    GroundUp Regular Member

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    Jees I'm really not an expert in this area. Only putting forward my limited knowledge. I hope someone can add to this. Have you tried a rank tracker to see if the url shows for any other keywords. Maybe not the ones you were targeting.
     
  5. thebigweb

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    So the post is indexed but not ranking? If you take a subset of text within the post and search for it does it show up? If it doesn't then there is an underlying problem. I have had similar before where a scraper site has taken my content and was ranking with it instead. Doing the subset search (paragraph search) should let you know if this has happened. Let us know so we can advice further.
     
  6. burgertime

    burgertime Registered Member

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    You nailed it. I just cut/pasted the first paragraph, and the page does not show up in the SERP. However, when I cut/paste the first paragraph from another post, it comes up as the first result. Oh geez. So what are we looking at here boss?

    btw, that was a brilliant idea.
     
  7. burgertime

    burgertime Registered Member

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    OK, now I'm not sure. As I mentioned, I did what you suggested, and on page "A"(the page in question), nothing came up, but when I searched for a paragraph from page "B", Google did return that page in the results. So, based on your info, we know there is an underlying problem. That problem is - no clue. Based on the experiment you suggested, I would conclude that page "B" is indexed while page "A" is not. So, now I'm trying to figure out how to check the index status of a given page.

    I used the google operator
    which returned
    So based on that, I would conclude that the page "A" is indexed. However, then I found http://urlprofiler.com/blog/google-index-checker/ and from there, I downloaded "URL Profiler". When I run URL profiler using both page "A" and page "B" in the URL box on the right, it returns a report which looks like this:

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    So, now I'm completely lost. Completely.
     
  8. thebigweb

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    If you do the same paragraph search again but this time surround it in quotations does your page show up? This will perform an exact match search on your text. One of 3 things will happen: -

    1) Nothing will show up
    2) Your site will show up
    3) Other sites will show up (scraper sites). Hopefully yours will be number #1

    Hopefully you will be in scenario #2. If nothing shows up then it would seem that the page isn't indexed.If other sites show up and ranking above yours then that's an issue.

    If you send me a PM with your link I will check for you.