Site Status – Part I

It is time for an update on the site status. It has been about two weeks now and I was about to state that I still have no site indexed on Google yet, but that finally changed tonight. One of the pages on the site is indexed, but I can not get much more details out of Google at this point. No structured data is available nor is data about my indexing available that I can see. I thought for sure after fixing a sitemap issue that Google would index my site, but I had a wait a couple of days for Google to look at my site again. Even then though it did not mention indexing a site then. It was only  when I was ready to put this post together I checked one last time Рand there it was:

First page indexed!
First page indexed!
Before I get into some items I want to tackle over the next week or so, you may have noticed – I updated my WordPress Header. The header is what WordPress calls the image you see at the top of the website. It may not help Google, but it should make more sense to viewers. It is possible that it could help Google, as Google may hash images and notice that the header is a default image. The process was simple: I went to a stock photo site, entered a couple of keywords, and downloaded the image I liked. I did crop the image and compress it before uploading.
Items might help more of my pages get indexed fix the problem:
  • Move from strt-nw.com/web to strt-nw.com and verify with google. At the very least, this will help me as Google will only give crawl information to the root domain (strt-nw.com). It may help Google, as of right now I have no homepage/index.html at strt-nw.com.
  • Fix redirect issue – Theme caused? If I use the Crawl > Fetch As Google tool I get notified of a 301 Redirect. Resolving should not fix the indexing problem, but it is supposed to help improve your site index.
  • Get some external links to my site – well I thought that might be a key part of the problem, but after tonight Google says I have at least one page indexed. Though it does not make that clear which page. Google is still not reporting structured data and such. At the very least a couple of links should help improve indexing and the rate at which Google looks at the site.
  • Update all Posts to have SEO data properly filled out.
Items to help improve my search index and website:
  • Caches: Using caches will improve page load time, which in turn helps with indexing. People and in turn Google like fast/responsive web pages. Caches basically allow the site to have certain key information stored for quick access, so it does not have to go back to disk each time the resource is requested.
  • Optimize images for web: Generally loss-less photos are larger and dominate the amount of data vs the text of website. So optimizing photos so they are no larger than they need to be and effectively compressed will reduce the amount of data a viewer needs to load to see your page. Less data to load, means faster page loads.
  • Categorize post/change permalinks to use category/post-name. I am not sure how much categorizing will help search engines, but it should help viewers by making it easier to find related articles.
  • Figure out how to use H2 headers in posts. This issue could be a theme issue, but it causes a warning from Yoast SEO. Think of this like using headers in MS Word.
Do sooner, not later:
  • Install some analytics – most likely Google Analytics. See #s/who is visiting the site, and how they interact with the site.

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