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Why Isn’t My Website Showing Up on Google

You’ve done all the hard work and yet your website is still nowhere to be seen on Google search results. There could  be several things that could be preventing you from showing up in google Many of the issues are fixable.

Here are several reasons that might explain why you can’t find your site.

It’s too new and Google doesn’t know your site yet.

It takes time for Google to discover new websites and web pages. If you only launched your site this morning, then the most straightforward explanation is that Google just hasn’t found it yet.

To check whether Google knows your website exists, run a search for Site:yourwebsite.com

and you’ll see a list of pages found on that domain.

If there are no results then don’t know about your site. Even if they know about your site, they might not know about the page you are trying to rank. You can check specific pages  site:yourwebsite.com/a-page-you-want-to-show-up-in-google/ This will get the one result.

If you see no results for either of these searches create a sitemap or make sure your site is been indexed. You can do this in Google Webmaster Console.

You can submit the sitemap By going to the following

Search Console > Sitemaps > Enter sitemap URL > Submit

You are blocking Google from indexing your site.

You might have told Google not to index your content, it could also be possible you’ve told Google not to crawl your website.

You can block crawlers in your robots.tct file  this code will look like this

<meta name=”robots” content=”noindex”/>

Pages with this code won’t be indexed even if you create sitemap and even if you submit it in Google search Console.

If you are using WordPress it  has it’s own “Search Engine Visibility” setting that once set Discourage search engines from indexing this site. Uncheck this make your website available again.

You have a Google Penalty

Having a Google penalty is the least likely reason for not showing up on Google. But it is a possibility. There are a lot of reasons why you could get a manual action, but the most common ones are because of spammy links or violations of the Google rules.

Sites that get a manual action tend to try to operate in a shady way to misguide search engines into giving them a high ranking.

Normally, site owners get an email from Google telling them that their site has received a manual action. You can also simply check the Manual Actions page in Google Search Console.

Your page is lacking “authority”

Google’s ranking algorithm is based on something called PageRank, which essentially counts backlinks and internal links as votes.

Some SEOs see PageRank as old news, but Google confirmed that it was still a critical factor in their ranking algorithm in 2017

There are a number of reasons why your site may not showing up in google If you need any assistance in finding out why your site is not ranking or getting your website ranked, get in touch.