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    Angry Wordpress install location affects Google indexing???

    I have been working with a few WordPress installs, 2 of which are installed as the index page and the 3rd was added to an 8 year old site in a folder. With the same plugins, etc... and it is the only one that I can't find on Google. The other two will rank for posts within minutes, but the third one I even tried searching for quoted lines and nothing...

    Anyone else experience this?

    Any thoughts on maybe the "why"? - I am thinking about creating a whole new site instead of adding it to a folder of the original site, but I would rather not add any more to my plate right now.

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    Perhaps Google has something against that particular domain?

    I have a few Wordpress installs under /blog and they seem to work as well (or as poorly...) as installs in the domain root.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    Perhaps Google has something against that particular domain?

    I have a few Wordpress installs under /blog and they seem to work as well (or as poorly...) as installs in the domain root.
    It is on my urn site and it has no issues in Google. Good serps and is PR3 at this time.

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    When you installed WP did you select the option to allow search engine indexing?

    I'm not sure how this works whether it's an htaccess setting, or robots file, or meta robots but it would be worth checking each of these to see if they're preventing the SE spiders from crawling your site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elbandelero View Post
    When you installed WP did you select the option to allow search engine indexing?

    I'm not sure how this works whether it's an htaccess setting, or robots file, or meta robots but it would be worth checking each of these to see if they're preventing the SE spiders from crawling your site.
    I just double checked again and everything is where it should be - same as my other wordpress installs.


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    Try to ping your site ...

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    ... and wait somr hours.
    It has a built in Ping for each post/edit just like the other Wordpress sites I have set up.

    Thanks for the help - I am really curious if anyone else has had the problem with an install on a folder rather than being the main site?

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    One of my mantras is, "The only thing consistent about Google is their inconsistency."

    I have been doing SEO work for over 10 years and things like this pop up pretty regularly. There is a randomness factor with G that is hard to explain.

    Try getting some external links to the blog's home page.

    Make sure that nothing is accidentally blocking the blog in the robots.txt.

    If you have not already done so, make sure the blog is linked to from every page in the main site, such as on a menu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    One of my mantras is, "The only thing consistent about Google is their inconsistency."

    I have been doing SEO work for over 10 years and things like this pop up pretty regularly. There is a randomness factor with G that is hard to explain.

    Try getting some external links to the blog's home page.

    Make sure that nothing is accidentally blocking the blog in the robots.txt.

    If you have not already done so, make sure the blog is linked to from every page in the main site, such as on a menu.
    Part of this was experimental so I had only put one link on one page pointing to it after it not showing up after 24 hours. The other blog I just set up was a folder install that came up within hours (forgot that this is the one I asked an opposite question of how did Google find it when it had no links pointing to the blog yet.) So I have to completely opposite things happening with blogs that have the same components and are in a folder.

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    I've seen both Yahoo and Google start to index new sites without any links to the sites. Twice in the past 5 years I have seen Yahoo indexing sites on new domains (non WordPress) while I was installing the sites. But they just don't want to touch other sites.

    If you have the Google Toolbar installed, the G may be finding the blog in the folder through that. If you installed a sitemap with a ping function, it may be finding it through that.

    I don't have any links pointing to two of the WordPress blogs I installed in the last few months, but I'm getting traffic from Google. I do not have sitemaps installed on those sites.

    Google and Yahoo may be tied into DNS changes, so when you change the nameservers for domain, they know about it.

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