Monday, May 01, 2006

Q and A: Why does Google list one of our sites but not the other?

Dear Kalena...

We have two companies and two websites:


2) has been listed on Google for around 4 years and comes up on searches. has been live for around 9 months but is not coming up under the keywords Van Hire London. We have great success with Adwords but I would like to see cshire rank somewhere for organic search.

We use the google sitemap tool. Google has indexed both our sites – has stats on visitors, page rank etc. cshire has 'no data available'.

I am really baffled. Could this be the sandbox effect I read about? Or does google think that the two sites are the same (there really is no similarity in content).?

What do you think?


Kalena's Answer:

Dear Andrew

Well both sites have been indexed separately by Google so they are not being treated as one site. 1) has a Toolbar PageRank of 2 out of 10, plus 2 backward links and 29 pages indexed, while 2) has a Toolbar PageRank of 3 out of 10, plus 1 backward link and 19 pages indexed.

You don't mention what search terms 1) can be found for but "Van hire London" is pretty competitive so your site would unlikely rank high for this term without much better PageRank and link popularity. Also, if the second site is only 9 months old, then it could well still be suffering Google's aging delay. Keep building those links while you wait. Patience is a virtue!


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