Google Indexing and The Joy of a New Website!

photo used courtesy of: seocamberley .I launched the new Rust Belt Chronicles last week. The stress of attempting to initiate coverage, achieve proper Google indexing and writing the articles went down to the wire. It’s not easy trying to produce material and attempt to tweak your website at the same time. I  look forward to the day a book explains the actual details of Google Analytics, Google Sitemap and the relationship to the fields within WordPress.

Google- Where Am I?

On Friday, I posted several articles and found out Google wasn’t indexing my site properly. My current posts weren’t ranking in Google, yet my homepage and archive pages were featured instead. That caused a considerable amount of time scouring the Internet for a solution. I wasn’t sure if the lack of indexing was because of being a new website and Google hadn’t recognized it or if my SEO settings were inadequate.

I added code from online suggestions and changed many settings while tinkering, trying to test for  improvement. I decided to wait to post all of my articles until I found a solution. Even if I made the correct adjustment it takes Google a little time to find your site. Finally, I wrote Google early Sunday morning asking for help.

Google Indexing at Last!

I crawled out of bed on Sunday morning and was shocked to find over 200 visitors had viewed my site. Google wrote me back and was able to index over 400 pages at my site. Things were looking up.

Nearly 300 people visited The Rust Belt Chronicles on Sunday. Sunday’s audience is the largest I’ve ever had in one day. That increase of almost tripling my visitors in one day is the biggest reason to switch from Blogger to the WordPress platform.

No sooner than I thought things were going well, I found out my mouse was unable to navigate within my sub-categories. It worked before the SEO issues arrived. I found the problem quickly the next morning and everything worked fine.

We Control?

After I posted two articles on my former employer concerning their possible healthcare merger; something interesting was learned. While checking my page rankings using their name as a keyword search; it was discovered they have Google indexed with every individual page within their site, showing under their main website, under Google search . A little research led me to learn some businesses do this tactic to avoid bad reviews, news stories and such. By listing every page of their website; articles (such as mine) cannot be found until the third or fourth page of a Google search.

Most people don’t look that deep in Google search pages.  The tactic was a surprise, but; understanding their history it shouldn’t have been. Google should penalize businesses that attempt to “bury’ information. It looks tacky, crowded and appears confusing for someone searching for a simple access point.

At least now, if I come across another website with similar methods, it’s definately worth considering taking my business elsewhere. The sad fact is this method prevents all (even good) information from easily reaching the public, while building a blockade against outside interest. Even Amazon learned years ago, to accept negative reviews of their products. What century are they living in?

What the..

Next, I discovered my newsletter sign-up form is on the blink. Oh well, I am changing to a new provider very soon.

 It’s time to prepare for another issue of writing this week’s posts. I want to thank all of you for your patience and understanding.  A big thanks to Stephanie at Google too!

 We’re taking small steps, sometimes very small! The best is yet to come.

Until We Meet Again,
 Jim Carver


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Jim Carver About Jim Carver

Jim Carver is the President of The Rust Belt Chronicles.

In 2004, Jim graduated from North Central State College with a degree in Business Information Technology. Jim developed "Rock Lines" news report online in 2010.After a trial-run of The Rust Belt Chronicles in April of 2013, Jim decided to make his dream a reality in 2014 by re-launching The Rust Belt Chronicles.


  1. Jim, thank you for sharing your journey from Google indexing to sign-up forms and to everything meaningful along the way! Small steps is all we need to travel purposefully (and it seems you are taking some big steps to me!) Blessings and gratitude, dear friend!

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