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Google FAQ [DigitalPoint Version]

Discussion in 'Google' started by KC TAN, Dec 25, 2006.

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    Hi all,

    It seems that our Google forum is constantly flooded with a lot of repeated and common questions. Therefore, I have compiled most of the commonly asked questions for everyone's (especially the new members) reference.

    When is the next Google PageRank Update?

    Google updates their PageRank database regularly but only release them to the Google Toolbar once every 3 months (approx.). The following link estimate the date of the next Google Toolbar update:
    http://www.seocompany.ca/pagerank/page-rank-update-list.html


    Why is my page showing different PageRank to different users?

    Google has different data centers to serve different users in various locations. Therefore, it takes time for all the data centers to show the acutal PR during the Google Toolbar PageRank Update.
    The following link will show the PR of a page for different data centers:
    http://livepr.raketforskning.com/


    How can I increase my PageRank?

    There is only one way to increase PR: Inbound Links. PR is calculated from the number of incoming links (taking into consideration of their PRs / number of links as well) to your page.


    Where and how can I submit my site to Google?

    Most webmasters do not submit their sites to the search engines as they are optimized to find our sites on the net. Despite of this, you may speed things up by:
    1) Submitting a Google Sitemap.
    2) Create links to your site on a page that regularly visited by the Google bots.
    3) Manually submit to Google just for reassurance :)


    If I have changed my site content, how long does it takes the bots to visit my site again?

    The frequency of the indexing is determined by the page importance and the content freshness. The higher is the page's PR and more often you update the content, the more often you will see the bots re-visiting your page.

    Alternatively you can re-submit your Google sitemap to alert them.


    Why is Google not showing all my backlinks? Where can I check for all the sites that linked to my page?

    Unfortunately, Google choose not to display all the backlinks to a page. In addition, they only update the backlink index once every few months. Always use Yahoo or MSN to check backlinks.

    You can use Mong's Backlink Watch to have an overview of all the backlinks to your page. You can also use my Yahoo Powered Backlink Checker to see the number of pages (internal, external, top ten) that linked to your page.


    Will my site get banned by Google if I obtain many inbound links in a short period of time?

    The answer to this question is NO. This is the same answer to the questions:
    Will my site get banned if I was linked from a bad / banned site?
    Will my site get banned if my site was submitted to search engines many times?


    Search Engines understand that it is beyond the respective webmasters' control to decide where will their links appear. If search engines penalize these acts, then our competitors will submit our links to tons of banned sites, search engines and bad neighborhoods.


    I have heard that Google favors domain names with special extension like .gov and .edu. Is this true?

    No, Google does not favors these domains. In fact, other search engines do not consider this as well. The reason why certain .edu / .gov sites enjoy a better ranking / PR is because more pages were linked to them because the information is more reliable.


    My site has been up for several months but still has yet been indexed by Google, is my site banned?

    Possible. To confirm if your site is banned. Follow the procedures:

    1) Log on to your Google sitemap account and see if the bots have visited your site.
    2) If your site has been visited by the bots several times but have yet to be indexed, most probably your site is banned.
    3) You will need to submit a re-inclusion request to Google explaining what have you done to comply with the webmaster Guidelines or is this a new domain that you have bought over from someone.


    How can I tell Google to enable Sitelinks?

    The links shown below some sites in our search results, are known as Sitelinks. To date, Google state that these are completely automated:
    http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=47334


    Other Official Answers / Tips from Google:

    Why doesn't my site show up for a specific keyword?
    How can I create a Google-friendly site?
    More about changing domain names.
    Which one is better? Dashes or Underscores?
    What are the differences between algorithm updates and data refreshes?

    Hope that this FAQ will help out some of the members so that we can have a more fruitful discussion on some other issues. Thanks.
     
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  2. Mong

    Mong ↓↘→ horsePower

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    #2
    you take lead ... :)

    I was thinking to write such post :)

    ... its going sticky? :p
     
    Mong, Dec 25, 2006 IP
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    mhmdkhamis Active Member

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    #3
    nice topic

    i think it will sticky
     
    mhmdkhamis, Dec 25, 2006 IP
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    these thread gives answers to frequently asked questions on this forum. It might go sticky.
     
    mr_dean, Dec 25, 2006 IP
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    dhruv37 Well-Known Member

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    Hey KC TAN,

    Nice work.
    This is really good and hoping that people will not start same trhread with same qustions again again.

    :)
     
    dhruv37, Dec 26, 2006 IP
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    I hope it does go sticky
     
    rdv817, Dec 26, 2006 IP
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    rubeina Invisible Staff Affiliate Manager

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    Stuck. Some cool stuff in here, thanks for making that post KC_TAN. Hope we'll not see those "When is the next google pr update" threads anymore :)
     
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    nice one dude, gives every one nice piece of information.
    Deserves Sticky.
     
    Imran, Dec 26, 2006 IP
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    Doesn't matter if the whole first page is stickied with it you'll still get them asking.
     
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    Imran Well-Known Member

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    She said, hopefully it will reduce such posts, we all know it is impossible to eliminate such threads :rolleyes:
     
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    Great work KC :)

    If anyone is wondering how to do a reinclusion request, the way you do it is to go here:

    https://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/login?hl=en

    login in to your google account, click tools and then click Submit a reinclusion request.
     
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    rubeina Invisible Staff Affiliate Manager

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    Yeah, they'll continue to come but at least we can now point them to this thread.. so they get an "all in one" help to their google probs :)
     
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    #14
    nice work :)

    Rep
     
    Glen, Dec 26, 2006 IP
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    Great to see your GREAT contribution and i am happy to see that it has been stickied :) Nice work there
     
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    Very Nice FAQ :).I am happy that it is sticky now ;)
    Keep up the good work! :)
    Saad
     
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    Hi,
    Its simply COOL Post . Nice.
     
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    Wow ... Nice Xmas Gift :D
     
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    Very much helpful information for experts and noob's as well :)
     
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    Nice work. Now we have one thread answering most Google questions.
     
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