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  • Stats: today's Indexed pages    google yes; yahoo-yes Live search? None-  January 2008 stats:  google, yes; yahoo. yes

    Live Search? 168  Most of our visitors spend time on our pages over 10 minutes. Must have good content, otherwise they leave. I know from reading the forums that many people would like to hear the answer other than the ususal catch 22 of you need rich content, more visitors, more external links, etc. etc. The spider found rich content in November, in December, in January and our infant website was starting to do well. Some page rankings were five. Then it all stopped. Zero. We would be grateful for answers which are not catch 22. 

    Thursday, March 20, 2008 2:45 PM

Answers

  • Hi Robin

     

    Live Search may be responsible 8 times out of 10 for most sites being dropped for no apparent reason but I just had a look at your site and instantly found a page error!

     

    Have a look at the bottom of your homepage you will notice " ); this is the script responsible

                <SCRIPT type=text/javascript>
    var gaJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://ssl." : "http://www.");
    document.write("<SCRIPT src='" + gaJsHost + "google-analytics.com/ga.js' type='text/javascript'></SCRIPT>
                " ); </SCRIPT>

     

    I also run a browser support test and found 158 issues mainly with Netscape 7 and IE6 browsers that are still widely used.

     

    Regards

     

    Andy

     

    Tuesday, May 13, 2008 8:48 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

     

    Could you share your URL so that I can take a look?

     

    Thanks,

     

    Brett

     

    Tuesday, April 1, 2008 5:41 PM
  • Yeah a URL would be useful..

     

    Saturday, April 26, 2008 7:48 PM
  • Finally, forums allowed me to sign in. Hope you haven't given up on me. Now looking for a second miracle. The url in question is  http://americanmadeyes.com    Six weeks after the original forum post, the stats are similar: between google and yahoo the indexed pages are close to 200. The keyword search results from Marketleap show placement  on the first three for quite a few keywords.  I'd be really grateful if you could help. Thank you.  P.S. This new forum page format looks great!
    Tuesday, May 13, 2008 1:44 AM
  • Hi Robin

     

    Live Search may be responsible 8 times out of 10 for most sites being dropped for no apparent reason but I just had a look at your site and instantly found a page error!

     

    Have a look at the bottom of your homepage you will notice " ); this is the script responsible

                <SCRIPT type=text/javascript>
    var gaJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://ssl." : "http://www.");
    document.write("<SCRIPT src='" + gaJsHost + "google-analytics.com/ga.js' type='text/javascript'></SCRIPT>
                " ); </SCRIPT>

     

    I also run a browser support test and found 158 issues mainly with Netscape 7 and IE6 browsers that are still widely used.

     

    Regards

     

    Andy

     

    Tuesday, May 13, 2008 8:48 AM
  • Thanks for taking the time to look Andy.

     

    Robin,

     

    this might be your issue. Let us know how it goes once MSNbot recrawls your site.

     

    Brett

     

    Tuesday, May 13, 2008 2:42 PM
  • Andy hi Thanks for the reply.
    I deleted the google analytics tracker from the home page and resubmitted to MSN.

     I'll check again tomorrow

    What must I do about the 158?  Can I live with that?

    I now use Firefox and a Mac with Image cafe to do the site.

    Thanks again Andy.  (This is my second try at posting a reply. The first one disappeared into the ether.)

    Robin
    Wednesday, May 14, 2008 12:40 AM
  • Hi Robin

     

    No problem happy to help.

    Regarding Google script it wasnt the whole script that was the problem, you left an empty end tag "): </script>

     

    Your going to have to wait alot longer than a day to see any results unless your lucky that Live Search crawls your site tonight, I've been waiting three months for one of my client sites.

    Back to your site. I noticed you use a lot of java great for those client side validations and image tricks but anything else keep to standard HTML.

    Now the 158 was 172 but I didn't include the older browsers. I just published a site with over a 1000 pages with two browser errors so my answer to you is no.

    I dont know of Image Cafe, is there an option to set browser support? if not you need to download some validation software.

    Firefox shows errors if you run your page and click tools and error console it will show errors especially with java.

    Sorry about spelling/grammer very late here in the UK

     

    Andy

    Wednesday, May 14, 2008 1:26 AM
  • Andy, have tried to correct some of the errors mentioned, diminishing the size of one of the thumbnails and the apostrophe indicating possession.. The software for creating the website from Network Solutions is called Image Cafe. It offers the choice of entering html or text in the building blocks and now I am trying to find a way to add the apostrophe in the same box as working with text. Network Solution's claims that the errors in question are of no importance which is why, up until now, I have not tried to correct them. The November  report given to me was that apostrophes were not acceptable.  
    I tried to use LYNX but their download is in beta for Mac. How the doors slam shut! Any suggestions would be welcome.
    R
    Thursday, May 15, 2008 5:10 PM
  • Brett, thank you. Will do.

    R
    Thursday, May 15, 2008 5:12 PM
  • Well, something has changed. I deleted the script error that Andy found. 

     The MSN webmaster summary says that two pages were crawled, on 15 May, but the page url given has the notation zz and when I looked at the url page address and hovered, it was incorrect. It had two html's and the first one had an "e". I don't know what htmle  means.

    Looked in root directory, the sitemp.xml file,  and found the address there needs changing. I had moved it from a sub page back into the primary pages. 

    I'm not sure what to do about the xml file. Do I just change the single entry and leave it alone?  I hate to change anything, now that it looks hopeful of being reindexed.


    Saturday, May 17, 2008 12:18 AM
  • Hi Robin

     

    Don't forget to change all the other pages that have that script error on?

     

    Andy

    Saturday, May 17, 2008 1:20 PM
  • HI Robin

     

    Don't forget to change all the other pages with that script error?

     

    Andy 

     

    Saturday, May 17, 2008 1:22 PM
  • Hi

     

    Don't forget the other pages that have the script error?

     

    Andy

     

    Saturday, May 17, 2008 1:24 PM
  • Hi Robin

     

    Don't forget to correct this script error on all the other pages?

     

    Andy

     

    Saturday, May 17, 2008 1:28 PM
  • Hi Sorry about multible posts seems to be a problem with this forum, Ha just remembered it's a microsoft product?


    Andy

    Saturday, May 17, 2008 10:49 PM
  • Andy. thank you again. 
    Am about half way through. v/.tedious.
    Checked errors as per your recommendation. Firefox found one error with lots of warnings.
    Do you think they will start indexing?
    Still have to fix the xml sitemap.

    As for multiple entries, no problem. Who's minding the minder?
    R.
    Saturday, May 17, 2008 11:25 PM
  • Hi R

     

    Firefox great for picking out errors sort them out and you should find all browsers will love your ste. Don't discard warnngs some other browsers will treat them as errors? 

     

    Will they start indexing? Until Live search sorts out their Arg- cockup I wouldnt bank on it but if you get your site HTML correct then you stand a better chance.

     

    Sorry can't help you with xml I only work with text files keep it simple make it work.

     

    Regards

     

    Andy

     

     

    Saturday, May 17, 2008 11:50 PM
  • Andy, hi again.  Followed the aove. Am half way through. I think that the reason I had to do the xml file in the first place was that it was required by MSN for them to crawl your site. 
    Are you saying all MSN wants is a txt. file?
    Thanks again.
    Sunday, May 18, 2008 4:30 PM
  • Hi Robin

     

    All Search Engines with except basic sitemap.txt files saved in your root directory. Have a look in your webmasters tools you will see you can just use this type of file.

     

    The text file must be saved in UTF-8 format with no extra lines or spaces between lines example

     

    http://www.mydomain.com

    http://www.mydomain.com/index.html

    http://www.mydomain.com/contact.html

    http://www.mydomain.com/products.html

    http://www.mydomain.com/products/product1.html

     

    The best thing about using text files is the only thing that can go wrong and thats entering a wrong url.

     

    You can also use text files for roberts text files

     

    Andy

    Sunday, May 18, 2008 5:10 PM