Redemption for mass submission to search engines
Posted on 2003-12-04
I guess I've been a bad boy...
I see an ad for TrafficSeeker, I buy it, and I happily run the thing every month doing deep submits of my web site, thinking that's how everyone gets their site listed.
I build 50 doorway pages (I know they suggest no more than 10-12, but I say if 12 is good, then 50 is great, right?)
And I do searches a year later and Google barely recognize that my site even exists (I can search on exactly my domain name and get like 2 pages back ... and one link doesn't even work...)
And then I read stuff here and around that basically says everything I did up to this point was bad... very bad... and it's the type of thing that can get you "black-listed."
On top of everything, I have multiple domain names pointing to my web host (host is ok with it, I pay a yearly fee for each domain) but I use a backend redirect (Coldfusion CFLOCATION) to point the domains to the right directory based on the domain requested. I understand that search engines might not index my homepage because of this.
I know I was lazy and ignorant for the TrafficSeeker stuff. The CFLOCATION thing, well, really no better way to do it besides pay for more hosting... Anyway, I'm a but more edumacated now, I recogize what I've done wrong, and I want to get on the road to recovery. So my questions:
1. Is there any way to find out if my site(s) are blacklisted? Is is easy to get blacklisted, or do you need to really really really tick them off?
2. Is there any way to get off a blacklist once you are on it? How do I fix what I've done (short of getting a new domain name...)
3. Am I correct about the CFLOCATION thingy? Any way around this? Do I just provide the actual full address for the index page instead of the "naked" domain?
4. Is there any "good" way to use TrafficSeeker?
I've read several good suggestions re. improving search engine rankings in this area, really great stuff. Working on implementing some of the suggestions (titles, robot metas, etc.) Not quite there yet, but it's getting better...
Hope you guys can shed some light. Be gentle :)