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    kathiemt
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    I didn’t know whether to post this under technology or search engines but think it’s more internet/technology related.

    I use Google Alert to keep me informed on what’s happening out there, both for my own sites and my client’s sites. Anything new that is published on line with certain keywords are sent to me daily so I can monitor new activity that’s happening.

    I used to get Google Alerts for my own blog posts, every time I published a new post for my main website but haven’t for some considerable time now and I don’t know how to find out why that is. I’ve tried contacting Google but with no response at all and Googling for the answer hasn’t helped either.

    I always have a set of two keywords I use when posting at my blog and while those two keywords produce Google Alerts for several other blogs on a daily basis, my own blog is never listed in the alert, which is a concern for me. I’m wondering if anyone might have some knowledge in this area? I’m also wondering if bad back links may have caused the problem some time ago as I noticed there was a number of spammy porn and other sites that were posting with links back to my site.

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    Divert To Mobile
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    are the blog posts being indexed?
    you can check by entering the url into google search

    Steve

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    AGMBris
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    Hi

    Yes, step number one is to see that the blog/page is being seen by google.

    Hence, typing into the google search field to find out – inurl:websitename.com/subpagename

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    Divert To Mobile, post: 123736 wrote:
    are the blog posts being indexed?
    you can check by entering the url into google search

    Steve

    Yes, google search comes up with my blog address and some of my posts on the first page.

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    kathiemt
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    AGMBris, post: 123741 wrote:
    Hi

    Yes, step number one is to see that the blog/page is being seen by google.

    Hence, typing into the google search field to find out – inurl:websitename.com/subpagename

    I don’t understand the line inurl:websitename.com/subpagename nor does Firefox. Can you explain further please?

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    MyGreatIdea
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    I posed a question about Google Alerts a while ago here. Thought the replies may help you.

    Wendy :)

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    kathiemt
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    Couple It, post: 123788 wrote:
    I posed a question about Google Alerts a while ago here. Thought the replies may help you.

    Wendy :)

    Thanks for that. However I’ve not received one single Google Alert for my blog for about 3 years now. I used to get them often – even if I got one once a month or something I’d know it was working. But not at all? I usually write 3 posts a week so it’s strange to never get one at all when I regularly receive alerts for those keywords every day for other blogs.

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    John C.
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    kathiemt, post: 123746 wrote:
    I don’t understand the line inurl:websitename.com/subpagename nor does Firefox. Can you explain further please?

    Hi Kathie,

    the inurl operator limits a google search to websites where the word following inurl: is included in the url.

    I think a better search for you to perform would be site:websitename.com.au/pagename, as that returns a list of pages which match that exact url which have been indexed by Google. For example, if you search for site:vatrainer.com Google will show you every page on your vatrainer.com domain which it knows about. If your lates blog posts don’t show up, then Google most likely has a problem indexing your site.

    I’d suggest you log on to the Google Webmaster tools to see whether it reports any problems with your domain. It may be that your sitemap hasn’t been updating properly, or there is a problem with robots.txt on your site.

    If the above doesn’t make sense, give us the direct link to one of your recent posts and I’ll see if it’s indexed.

    See this page for more info on Google search operators.

    If the page is indexed, and webmaster tools doesn’t show any errors, then there’s a chance that there is a problem with your Google Alerts or the email address it’s sending them to. Try creating a new alert to see if it helps.

    Cheers,
    John

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    kathiemt
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    Thanks, that was useful. It did show up 72 (recent) references but should have shown considerably more. I have over 800 posts on my blog. However it did prompt me to go to the webmaster tool and click on the verify button and I’m following that through now.

    What I don’t understand is if it was listing my blog 3 years ago why it stopped? Hopefully I’ll get it listing it again shortly.

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    John C.
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    I’m glad you found it useful.

    Are you talking about kathithomas.com ? If so, you may have a problem with your sitemaps, as Google doesn’t know about kathithomas.com/category/blog/ , which is where most of your blog archives live.

    If you don’t already have a plugin that manages sitemaps, I’d suggest you install one. I use Yoast SEO with very good success, but there are others.

    Good luck.

    Cheers,
    John

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    kathiemt
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    No, and you had an e missing above :D

    http://www.vadirectory.net/blog/

    I’m working on it at the moment and using the webmaster tools, I’ve verified the account. I was positive this had been done some years ago but obviously something has changed. Thanks for the suggestions as you’ve set me on the path of what I need to do. And that means a lot to me as I’ve asked a few people this question over the past 3 years and note on Google searches that many others are asking the same question. I’ll let you know when I show up in an alert again, hopefully soon. I definitely do in other Google Alerts for other keywords, but just not for this blog.

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    kathiemt
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    Well, I found something interesting. A lot of messages (45 of them) relating to updates on various sites for wordpress but right at the bottom, dated 26 April 2009 was a message that someone had reported my blog as violating their Webmaster Guidelines but no explanation as to what. Just a link to a list of instructions of guidelines and I’ve gone through them but can’t find anything specific that might explain what the problem was. I know I had some challenges with a couple of people in my industry and whether or not they put in a complaint, or whether it was something else, I have no idea. But since I never received the notification, or an email to say there was a notification, I have no idea what it was about. I’ve filled out a request form to find out how I can get it listed again. I knew it was around 3 years.

    I also had problems with backlinks from porn spammers linking to my site which was probably just before then. I couldn’t figure out why so many links were leading to my site, it made no sense, not to me at least. But, at any rate, I don’t allow backlinks anymore as a result.

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    Aidan
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    “at any rate, I don’t allow backlinks anymore as a result…”

    Kathiemt – how do you manage to control that? As far as I know it’s not possible to stop people linking to a site?

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    What I mean is, I untick the option in WordPress, Settings/Discussion/Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks).

    I’ve switched that off and don’t allow it anymore.

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    Shane Walker
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    Hi Kathie!

    With regards to your case, I found it similar to my website’s situation. Basically, it takes a little while for feeder sites and other sources from the net to get indexed. They tend to come in a little bit later.

    However, in relation to blog posts, I haven’t been getting alerts coming from blogs that I actually posted in my own website. My feeling on this, although I’m not 100% percent sure, is that it is because I use Google apps for business. For this reason, Google is aware that it is my website and it is linked to the same account. Therefore, they will not consider it is an alert.

    Hope this helps you.

    Regards,

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