Google appears to have indexed my Products page but not my front page or the information in my header source code. Why is this happening and how do I rectify this issue?
Sometimes it takes us a little longer than we would like to respond to questions (sorry about that), so by the time I managed to reply, it seems that your home page (URL provided) has actually been indexed.
It appears to me that the site is relatively new, and although you would normally expect the home page to be indexed first, this is not always the case. It appears that your product page was crawled and/or indexed first – and then (some time later) the home page appeared. This may happen if you have more links to the internal page nthan home – but at the moment it appears that you have just a few links to the home page,
For new sites, the types of things that you should do to help speed up the crawl/index/ranking cycle include :
- Link Building – this is THE most important thing you can do
- Check Crawl ability – ensure that your site can be properly crawled by search spiders (do a Google search for “Spider Simulator” for tools to help with this)
- Add your site to webmaster tools – this won’t necessarily help with the crawl rate, but can at least show you how/when the site is crawled by Google and highlight any crawling issues
- Create and submit a sitemap – this would normally only be of significant benefit for larger more complex sites – but for a new site can help with the crawl process
Your site is still quite young, and now seems to have at least been properly crawled and indexed, but there is plenty of scope for optimisation to improve your rankings. I suggest that you start with the basics – look at generating additional content, optimise Page Title and description tags, implement search engine friendly URLs, and most importantly, undertake some link building.
WebConsulting (SEO Services Brisbane)
I’d add, use Twitter (web-based) to drop some links, It seems to me Google indexes really quick links from Twitter streams….
Great advice Andy you obviously know your stuff – good advice. However people need to realize that too much link building will look spammy to Google and other search engines – and in some cases could end up been detrimental to your websites performance – all so fresh or updated content on websites is also favorable.
Keep up your good work!
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I’d have to agree that link building is the best option to get indexed quickly. A steady amount of link building over time will get you ranked higher too.
This is a great little post and something I have come across recently is, whilst a website was being developed ready to launch the noindex/nofollow tag had been added to the homepage and left on after launch – this may be something to consider as this tag is becoming more widely used.
Great post for remedies for non indexing of home page. But I feel one can use tools like attracta to get their home page indexed quickly.