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  1. We recently started a blog, but are not seeing it in Google searches for a variety of search terms related to our subject and blog title. Are there particular steps to take to notify Google about our blog? I've read that having a SITEMAP page is the best way for search engines to see your site. Is there a way to set up a SITEMAP page on WordPress?

    I already pinged the Google Blog Search site today, so hopefully that will help some.

    Thanks for any guidance.
    Elliot

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

  2. Your blog will eventually be indexed by search engines unless you've chosen to block them under Settings->Privacy.

    It's up to Google to decide when and how to include your site in search results, we have no control over that.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/search-engines/

    Google provides information and tools for webmasters, you might find further information there.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/webmaster-tools/

    Sitemaps are built-in at WordPress.com. See this for more info:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/sitemaps/#xml-sitemaps-for-search-engines

  3. @fybystories
    Your blog is indexed by Google (19 results). http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=site:fybystories.wordpress.com
    Your blog is indexed by Bing (1 results). http://www.bing.com/search?q=site:fybystories.wordpress.com

    There are factors that do tend to expedite the indexing process. See here > http://www.onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/01/21/omg-i-cant-find-my-blog-on-google/
    And there is good basic whitehat SEO techniques including how your apply SEO to your images that you can employ. > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2009/08/04/basic-seo-elements-for-bloggers/
    5 Google Webmasters Video Tutorials > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/03/22/5google-webmasters-video-tutorials/

  4. Your site seems to be Page based which seems to make it a harder sell for search engines - I was not able to find a Post - think about making some Posts on your activities - each time you do a Post your site calls up the search engines and says "come on over, new content" - I will defer to @TT and the others for more thoughts on this.

  5. ~~auxclass
    The worst [possible choice for anyone who cares about SEO and their blog earning authority and a pafe rank in its niche is to choose to page abandon the converntional post based structure and create a "website" style page based structure because one finds it more aesteticall pleasing. I'm tired of discussing the downside of doing that and I believe raincoaster and TSP feel the same way too, so I published a post containing the facts.
    Better Blogging at WordPress.com: Pages and Posts
    http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/05/12/better-blogging-at-wordpress-com-pages-and-posts/

  6. Sorry about the typos. I keep forgetting to proofread. Here's a clean copy. :(

    The worst possible choice for anyone who cares about SEO and their blog earning authority and a page rank in its niche is to choose to page abandon the conventional post based structure and create a "website" style ie. a page based structure because one finds it more aesthetically pleasing. I'm tired of discussing the downside of doing that and I believe raincoaster and TSP feel the same way too, so I published a post containing the facts.

  7. ~~timethief

    I knew you would have some great info for them - thanks for the nice link and information.

  8. ~~ auxclass
    You're welcome. :)

  9. Thanks again Timethief and Auxclass for your generous expertise. In looking at the dashboard, it looks to me that our blog site is POST-based rather than PAGE-based and that I might have given out the wrong WordPress blog link in my initial request for SEARCH RESULTS help. The site I am referring to is: http://dayworkersjournal.wordpress.com/

    If it is indeed, a Post-based site, and as Macmanx points out, WordPress automatically generates a sitemap, is there anything else I can do besides make sure that every entry is well-tagged and titled?

    Thanks again!
    Elliot

  10. Whole different thing at dayworkers -

    Your site is only 2 weeks old - it can take 4 to 6 weeks for Google and others to index a site - you can register your site with the search engines (sorry don't have the link off hand0 but there is information in the Support section on verifying a site with search engines -

    Yes on the Tags and Categories - those are the key words search engines use on your site - don't use more than 10 Tags and Categories COMBINED or you will have problem declared a Tag Spammer.

    Patience Grasshopper and keep on writing - each time you write a Post WordPress calls the search engines and says "come take a look" -

    Your site is indexed by Bing but not yet for Google: http://ismyblogworking.com/dayworkersjournal.wordpress.com

    Good Luck

  11. Here is the Webmaster Tools Link: http://en.support.wordpress.com/webmaster-tools/

  12. @auxclass and fybystories
    There are other SEO tips in the posts I linked to above.
    Here's another post that may be helpful too.
    Blogging Tips: Tag to Increase Traffic http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/03/10/blogging-tips-tag-to-increase-traffic/

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