Site not being indexed - £10,000 domain!

Br4mz

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Jan 19, 2016
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my latest project is having some indexing issues, the site went live on 25th November and I have uploaded 22 blogs since then. Out of all the blogs 3 have been indexed, even after:

- submitting the site map to Google
- acquiring 4 high quality links ( 50+ DR, high traffic 20k +)
- Google has recently reviewed the site pages via searched console too on ‘pages’ section of search console (validated fix).

The copy is high quality and written by a real writer, etc and last night I tweaked the blogs adding tons of images, tweaking titles, hoping for the best.

Is anyone having the same issue? Any tips anyone could share? Going to create a Facebook & Twitter page tonight and some additional tweaks. Very annoying!
 
Being Honest, You have certainly done everything from your end, be patient – Google's indexing can take time to catch up.
I wouldn't say so. It's been more than a month, definitely more than 3 articles should have been indexed. Something must be off.

my latest project is having some indexing issues, the site went live on 25th November and I have uploaded 22 blogs since then. Out of all the blogs 3 have been indexed, even after:
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Is your domain worth $10k pounds because it is expired with a crazy backlink profile or it is worth that money because it is short and branded?

If it is the latter, then you gotta consider starting like everybody else - by targeting 0 difficulty keywords. Cool sounding short domains don't give you any SEO advantage like expired domains with real backlink profile.

Remember, keyword research is more important than writing quality. You can index tens of thousands of shit AI content on a brand new domain by targeting the right keywords, but you can't index an article about weight loss written by a NY Times journalist on a brand new domain.
 
I wouldn't say so. It's been more than a month, definitely more than 3 articles should have been indexed. Something must be off.


Is your domain worth $10k pounds because it is expired with a crazy backlink profile or it is worth that money because it is short and branded?

If it is the latter, then you gotta consider starting like everybody else - by targeting 0 difficulty keywords. Cool sounding short domains don't give you any SEO advantage like expired domains with real backlink profile.

Remember, keyword research is more important than writing quality. You can index tens of thousands of shit AI content on a brand new domain by targeting the right keywords, but you can't index an article about weight loss written by a NY Times journalist on a brand new domain.

It’s an exact match domain for a high volume keyword, that’s what I paid for it. No previous history. I have done all that, all topics are highly targeted and briefed.
 
if the keyword is highly spammed in google like payday loans, or forex for example, then google can put it in a sandbox for upto 1 year
 
did you check the content in WBM? It's still possible that someone else had used the domain for shady stuff (porn, warez, gambling, etc) and you just don't know it.

Also, indexing has been very slow lately, it can literally take months to get stuff indexed. Try some paid indexers and throw some social signals at the homepage and see if it helps.

Lastly, if the 22 articles are review type of content then google might choose to ignore them if they don't have proof that you know what you're talking about. Google wants you to record yourself using the products you're reviewing so you need to do that (and many other things). You can read more about what google wants from product review content here:
https://developers.google.com/search/docs/specialty/ecommerce/write-high-quality-reviews
Other than these I really can't figure out why the content's not indexing. Did you check that you're not blocking your site via robots.txt / htaccess / plugins?
 
did you check the content in WBM? It's still possible that someone else had used the domain for shady stuff (porn, warez, gambling, etc) and you just don't know it.

Also, indexing has been very slow lately, it can literally take months to get stuff indexed. Try some paid indexers and throw some social signals at the homepage and see if it helps.

Lastly, if the 22 articles are review type of content then google might choose to ignore them if they don't have proof that you know what you're talking about. Google wants you to record yourself using the products you're reviewing so you need to do that (and many other things). You can read more about what google wants from product review content here:
https://developers.google.com/search/docs/specialty/ecommerce/write-high-quality-reviews
Other than these I really can't figure out why the content's not indexing. Did you check that you're not blocking your site via robots.txt / htaccess / plugins?
Great advice thanks! I checked the WBM and it’s been sat for sale, so totally clean.

Let’s just hope it will pick up soon… Iast night I added tons of images (the blog didn’t have many images) and I adjusted some key titles, headers, etc.

Annoying! But will be worth it once indexed and making sales, eventually.

Going to focus more on links going forward too
 
It’s an exact match domain for a high volume keyword, that’s what I paid for it. No previous history. I have done all that, all topics are highly targeted and briefed.
So it's not an expired domain. Exact match or premium domain name has very little to do with organic rankings, it's so costly mostly because of direct search traffic. As for Google,, it's still treating your site as brand new, and you're in the sandbox. Keep publishing and if possible track the direct search visits from Analytics.
 
it's still treating your site as brand new, and you're in the sandbox.
good call, I forgot about that...

Yeah @Br4mz , sandbox could be an issue too (especially if your niche is very competitive / profitable), and if you're sandboxed you can expect NO rankings for 3 to 24 months no matter what you do. So be prepared for that too :)
 
So it's not an expired domain. Exact match or premium domain name has very little to do with organic rankings, it's so costly mostly because of direct search traffic. As for Google,, it's still treating your site as brand new, and you're in the sandbox. Keep publishing and if possible track the direct search visits from Analytics.

Thanks - although I disagree with your comments on exact match domains, as iv made a lot of money from them ;-)
 
Check the domain's history for penalties with the Wayback Machine. Improve internal linking and update content regularly. Set up social media pages and share your content there. Use 'Fetch as Google' in Search Console for quicker indexing. It's often a waiting game with Google's algorithms. Keep an eye on crawl errors too.
 
It's weird that you paid $10k for a dropped domain that doesn't indexes the pages instantly.
Try to connect your site to GSC via API - avoid indexing services if you don't want to get a penalty.
 
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