I googled my website, but got nothing?

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I own my own domain name and I am hosting it through Yola. When I googled www.stephanienay.com it didn't show up...is that because my site is going through yola?

I googled my other friends sites and they pop up, why isn't mine?
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It takes time to get indexed in google, generally between 3 days and several months. First, your site has to be well optimized or it'll be low in the search results.. good relevant keywords, meta description, well laid out, constantly being updated and changed, etc.

To speed up the process of indexing, go to Webmasters and submit your sitemap which is http://www.stephanienay.com/sitemap.xml. This lets google know your site is out there and ready to be indexed/crawled instead of waiting for the spiders to find it on their own.

My first site (subdomain and same as my current custom domain) took 3 months to index and my custom domain (paid for) only took a few days.
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Just so you know, "googling" a site by typing the site's entire url may or may not pull up your site whether or not it's indexed in google. If you don't already know... type into a google search box... "site:http://stephanienay.com" and it will pull up exactly every page indexed in google. Yours didn't pull up any indicating it is not indexed in google.... Stephanie Nay Site Search

Try mine out and you'll see the difference... You Can Never Be Too Smart Site Search

you'll notice that I have about 200 pages indexed in google and exactly which ones are indexed.
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Hello Stephanie

It does 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 yolasite 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. We have posted a tutorial that walks you through the steps to do so here: Google Webmaster Tutorial. Please use our instructions and not Google's. Google's are written on the assumption that you are coding the website from scratch. Our instructions are written to work specifically with Yola.

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 our 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".

You may also be interested in reading our SEO tutorials. The last tutorial in the series, SEO Tutorial 4 - Promoting Your Website has many other suggestions to help you now that you have launched your site; here is a link: SEO Tutorials.

You might also want to watch our very informative webcast on this topic: SEO Webinar.

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 inLocal.

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 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.

Another great way to promote your site and any updates you make is through Twitter. If you have a Twitter account, you can easily Tweet any changes or updates you make when you publish! For more information on this please see this thread in our forum: Twitter Button - Tweet your new site or your latest changes!.

If you don't have a Twitter account and would like to get one to make use of this promotion tool, please go to Twitter.com and sign up for a Free account!

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.
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A personal suggestion of mine is getclicky rather than the inaccurate google analytics. It'll probably indicate you get 200 visitors a day for your first week which is impossible unless you pay a lot for advertising. Myself and a couple others I know who used google analytics thought we were getting about 100 to 400 visitors (80 to 300 of which were unique) and it's nearly impossible when you're just getting started like I was at the time and didn't have many links pointing to me, wasn't indexed a lot, had no paid advertising, etc. I then switched to getclicky... back in April I realized I was only getting 1 to 10 visitors a day and now I'm only getting 5 to 40 visitors a day and I know this to be accurate.
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I agree, its the best anylictics tool out there and accurate.
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thank you for all the great advise...I submitted my sitemap and also verifed my site with google webmasters...how long do you suppose it will take to show up in searches now?
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Hi Stephanie,

It can take some time for your site to be indexed by the search engines even if you feel you have done all you can in terms of search engine optimization.

The best thing to do right now is to continue to add fresh content to your site often, and continue to build backlinks. A great way to add fresh content to your site is with a blog. A blog makes it easy for you to quickly add new content to your site to update your site visitors who have subscribed to your blog, and the search engines like to see new content being added to a site as well. For more information on creating a blog, or adding one to your site, please click on this link to our tutorial: Blogging with Yola - http://www.yola.com/customer-support/...

Here is a list of the other SEO resources Yola has available if you haven't had a chance to look at any of them:

SEO Tutorial 1: Introduction to the search engines - http://www.yola.com/customer-support/...
An introduction to search engine optimization and how the search engines index and rank websites.

SEO Tutorial 2: Planning your site with SEO in mind - http://www.yola.com/customer-support/...
All about keyword and keyword research, planning your site and choosing a good domain name.

SEO Tutorial 3: Building your site with SEO in mind - http://www.yola.com/customer-support/...
Learn how to create search engine friendly website content as well as write title, description and keywords tags and give images alt attributes.

SEO Tutorial 4: Promoting your site - http://www.yola.com/customer-support/...
Various tools for promoting your site such as Google Webmaster, submitting a sitemap, link building and blogging.

Introduction to SEO Webcast - http://yola.tv Learn all about what a search engine is and how it does its job, what is pleasing to search engines and Internet users, keyword research and incorporating keywords into your pages, link building, and more!

I hope this information is helpful to you. Search engine optimization is not a quick process and takes lots of work over a period of time. Please let us know how things go for you!
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I've discovered (based on my own website) that my sub domain took A LOT longer to index than my main domain. My sub domain took somewhere between 6 weeks and 3 months to get indexed and my custom domain took 3 days. I don't know if the reason is because sub domains take longer, but I figured I'd mention that. You can expect to be indexed usually as soon as 3 days and most likely not longer than 3 months. Submitting the sitemap does speed up the process because it tells google a new site is out there and ready to be indexed instead of having to wait for google to find your site on its own. I would check everyday until your first few pages are indexed. After your first few pages are indexed, you can generally expect more pages being indexed on a regular basis. This also depends on how many pages you have. Day one my custom domain was indexed, only 12 pages were indexed, and then I think it indexed at approximately 3 to 6 new pages per day until it reached 198, now it doesn't index many more than that, I'm guessing it doesn't feel the other pages would be relevant to any searches. Which is a good thing because my research shows that most pages not indexed are pages that serve no purpose without the page they are linked to such as my dispute, discuss, add, and cite information pages.