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Is my blog visible to the public? Search is coming up with nothing!

  1. I just created my blog 2 days ago. I wanted to see if other people could find it, so I went to the main search box on WordPress, typed in my exact blog title, and it said there were no results. Then I tried searching for tags, and I typed in all the tags I used, and my blog never came up in the results of that either. It says my blog is public, but how can it be when I can't even find it when typing in the exact title of it, and all the tags I used? How is anyone supposed to be able to aimlessly stumble on it when I couldn't even find it on purpose?

    The blog I need help with is mydepressinglife.wordpress.com.

  2. Welcome to the blogosphere.

    Your blog is, indeed, visible to the public, as evidenced by the fact that I was able to get to it by clicking on your name above. It'll take a while for search engines, even the one that drives the WordPress home page, to start to pick you up, though. I've only been at this for about three months, and I'm starting to get some good search result placement now, but it was a few weeks before even the posts I had with good keyword density started to surface.

    If you want to speed things along, check out timethief's most excellent advice in this thread.

    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/any-advice-for-new-bloggers

    I'd like to say, "Good luck," but I read some of your stuff and I'm not sure that's appropriate. Instead, how about: I hope you find this to be a useful cathartic experience and not just another source of stress. You write well. Keep up with it.

  3. Yes your blog is visible. Please note that it can take 4 - 6 weeks for your all posts to appear in the SERPs (search engine page results). Start here by verifying your ownership of your blog with major search engines. http://en.support.wordpress.com/webmaster-tools/ See also this post for the factor that may expedite indexing > http://www.onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/01/21/omg-i-cant-find-my-blog-on-google/

    New blogs are being created every day by bloggers who assume “build it and they will come” and likewise assume “post it and they will come“. I’m sorry to say that isn’t the case. There are no shortcuts when it comes to creating a blog centered community by means of creating a flow of organic (unpaid) traffic to your site and encouraging commenting that results in regular readers/commenters/subscribers.

    Never lose site of the fact that it is content that attracts readers to your site and keeps them coming back – high quality, original content. It’s the blogger’s ability to promote their content that creates traffic flow, and it’s their ability to initiate and sustain discussion that leads to building a blog centered community.

  4. @ic2064
    LOL :D we were typing at the same time. I'm happy to hear you found my advice to be useful and were ready to share it. :)

  5. The internet is like high school. If you want to be popular, you've gotta put out.

    And you've only been putting out for two days.

  6. @timethief - I lurk in the forums a fair bit, so I've read countless bits of advice from you, and that one post was a very nice summary of the basic framework of knowledge that it seems to me one should have when they're starting out.

    @raincoaster - Your conciseness left me slack jawed. Well played.

    @mydepressinglife - Is this stuff making sense to you?

  7. Thanks for the replies, everyone! I do understand it takes a while for traffic to build, but I thought it would at least show up in a search if I typed in the exact title word for word. Well now I'm not so worried. I am not out to get a huge following from this, I'm just using my site as a diary and hoping maybe other people dealing with depression can read it and relate and not feel so alone.

    I will follow those links and do what I can to increase my traffic though, so thanks for those Timethief and Ic2064!

  8. You're welcome from me. :)

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