i cannot google my website

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i have built my website,got my domain name and published it.and it looks good.but,if i google my name or the domain name,the site does not appear.what am i doing wrong?
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cassie thring

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Hi Cassie,

You aren't doing anything wrong, it's just that it takes time for sites to be indexed by search engines like Google.

You may find this tutorial helpful http://www.yola.com/tutorials/intro-t... it gives some tips on how to maximize your site for search engines.

There are also lots of threads in this forum about SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Here's a link to one to help you get started. http://getsatisfaction.com/yola/topic...

I'm sure some of our community members will also jump in here with some advice for you.
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Hi cassie thring

It takes time for new sites to be picked up by search engines, and there's no guarantee that you'll show up for the searches you want to. There are however, things you can do to increase your ranking.

Search engines like Google show users the sites that they think the users will find useful. The most important things you can do to get your site indexed is to update your content frequently and get other related sites to link to your site. If users like your site enough to post a link to it, search engines begin to trust your site a little more. This also applies to visitors - the more visitors you have, the more likely search engines are to send other visitors to you. While many users have achieved good search engine rankings with a SynthaSite subdomain, using a custom domain name will make it easier for users to remember and revisit your site.

You can submit your site to Google through a program called Google Webmaster Tools. Here is a posted tutorial that walks you through the steps to do so http://www.yola.com/tutorials/google-... When you submit your site, it's a matter of sitting back and waiting for Google's crawlers to reach your site. This could take as little as a few days, or as long as a few months. Unfortunately, this is out of your control.

You can also add tags to your pages to tell search engines what your site is about. These are key words which will help search engines identify your site. In the properties sidebar for each page you will see a field labeled "Keywords". Type your tags in there - your location, your business, what you offer etc. This is the place to put the sorts of things you'd expect people to be typing into search engines to find you.

You should also add a description into the "Description" field - this should be a sentence or two describing your site. An example of a description would be "The Quick & Easy Website Builder that Requires NO Technical Skills and offers free website hosting."

The "Window Title", which will become the title tag, is what shows up at the top of a browser when viewing your page, it will also be the text Internet users will click on in the search engine results pages (SERPS) to get to your site. An example of a title tag would be "ABC Store - Affordable Custom Widgets - Austin, Texas".

Here is a link to another tutorial that gives you some more tips on attracting visitors: Promoting your Website - http://www.yola.com/tutorials/promoti... There also is a thread in the forums with more information: SEO with Yola - http://getsatisfaction.com/SynthaSite...

If you're a small business or affinity group, you may want to have a professional help get traffic to your site. Some businesses on Yola have found it useful to work with an SEO (search engine optimization) company to improve their rankings and reach visitors. If you'd like to do so, we suggest speaking with our partner http://www.inlocal.com/?kbid=4268&m=20

If you want to see who is visiting your site, we suggest that you install Google Analytics. Here's how to do it:

1. Go to Google Analytics - https://www.google.com/analytics/ and sign up for a free account.
2. Type in the URL of your site.
3. Copy the verification code provided by Google.
4. Go to Yola and drag and drop a HTML widget at the bottom of each page you want to track.
5. Paste the code from Google into the HTML editor on each page.
6. Republish your site.

Your site will then be verified and you can log into your Google Analytics account to find out all the information you want to know about the people who have visited your site.

I hope some, or all, of the above is helpful to you. Now that your site is built and published you have taken the first big step towards having an online presence. From now on you should focus on developing and updating your site, and doing as much as you can to promote your site and attract visitors. It can seem like a slow process, and it is a challenge for all website owners, but anything you do towards this will help in the end.

Its not that I am lazy but Kershnee, (Official Rep, replied 21 days ago) said it best and I just copied her answer... ;)

Happy site building
Ed
http://honeybearplayhomes.synthasite....
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Great answer Ed! ;)
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Hi Ed,

Your information is great and very helpful. I have installed Google Analytics and Google Sitemap without any problem and both are working great. Even so, I have not been able to verify my account. I have followed all the tutorials, but after clicking on verify, the response I get is "it cannot find the meta tag code". I have copied the code between the quotation marks into the google webmaster code bar on the right handside of the page, saved and re-published, but still no good.

I did read that the code should be added before the first head section and before the first body. In another thread I read that we are unable to access this part of the website. Does this mean we can't actually verify our sites?

Thanks

Michelle
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Hi MichelleAlison,

You can verify your site. Google's instructions are written on the assumption that you are coding your site from scratch. We have instructions for verifying your Yola site in this tutorial here: http://www.yola.com/tutorials/google-...

If you still have problems after looking at the tutorial, you are welcome to email support@yola.com with the error message and we will do our best to help you.
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Hi Ruth,

I followed the above tutorial loads of times and I still got the same message. I will have another try now and if it doesn't work I will email support.

Thanks for your help.

Michelle
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MichelleAlison

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Hi Ruth,

It still doesn't work. I am sure that I am adding the code correctly. I will contact support and see what they suggest.

Michelle
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Hi MichelleAlison,
Make sure you are pasting in the right part into the field provided in the site builder. It will look something like this:
<!--
<meta name="verify-v1" content="rn1VBSJPwgVdadvdVtkLyS5S+L1yeV4jJHt+5oU/bZo=" />
-->
all you put in the field in the site builder is this:
rn1VBSJPwgVdadvdVtkLyS5S+L1yeV4jJHt+5oU/bZo=

What ever is in between the " "

Hope this helps!
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KanThaiDecor

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Michelle said something about placing the code between the head and body....Makes me wonder if Michelle is trying to add it to the page by viewing source code instead of putting the tag in the space Yola provides on properties....Maybe this will help...Or maybe I am wrong...worth a shot though.
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Thanks for the screenshot John, every bit helps!

Michelle, if you are still having problems, please email support@yola.com and we can help you sort this out from there.
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MichelleAlison

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I just want to say that I added the code today again and it worked first time. I didn't do anything different, so I assume there must have been a glitch in the system.

Thanks for all your help.

Michelle
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Ruth

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Thanks for letting us know you got it sorted out. I'm sorry it didn't work correctly for you the first time.
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KanThaiDecor

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That is great....Many of us have had a problem with that....One of my sites did not verify the first time and I swear I did the exact same thing the second time and it worked.
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MichelleAlison

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Hi John, I must have tried it 20 times, but at least it worked in the end and as you said, "I swear I didn't do anything different"
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jacob

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go to cartoonnetwork.com
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Ruth

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Jacob, do you have a comment that is relevant to this thread? Please don't spam the forum by just leaving a link without commenting.