I recently did a website for a client: http://www.solidcamxpress.co.uk/ but if you type 'solidcam xpress' into Google or Bing, the top result is actually my own site with the portfolio entry of this site and the site itself is no where to be seen in the results list. This is rather odd and rather alarming. Any ideas why?

ROBOTS is set up correctly, and I have set up a sitemap and submitted it to both search engines.

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I'm not a search engine optimization expert, so if an SEO professional comes along and contradicts me, by all means, feel free to disregard my answer completely. ;) But here's my two cents:

It's been a long time since I've worried about search engine submissions and the like. With time, the robots will eventually crawl through your site and index everything. I'm fairly positive that robots find sites (and find their way through sites) by following links. Generally, the more external sites you have linking to your page (or your client's page, in this case), the quicker search engines will index it and the higher up with will appear in the rankings. Submitting a sitemap shouldn't be necessary, as long as your page organization is structured logically and your pages all link to each other.

Google has helpful information about their site indexing and ranking process here: http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=34397. Bing might have similar documentation, but I doubt it's significantly different from the way Google does things.

If you're curious to see which robots are indexing the site and when, you could always install some tracking code (like Google Analytics) so you can monitor the site traffic, including bots. In short... lots of links from other sites and a little bit of time should take care of the problem.


edit: updated the link with a more helpful one, also from Google

Answered over 8 years ago by Michael Martin-Smucker
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Suddenly this morning the site has turned up on Google. But it's not showing up on Bing or Yahoo!

Perhaps because of the site map was submitted to Google Webmaster? Which brings me to another question, if search engines automatically look for sitemap.xml in your site root and when you update the sitemap the search engines are supposed to be automatically told about this, why do we need to submit to Google Webmaster or Yahoo Site Explorer etc?

Also yet another question, why did I need to submit a sitemap in order for Google to see the client's site? But my portfolio site was picked by all three search engines without the need for one?

Answered over 8 years ago by iamdriz