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Post by troyeccles on Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:43 am

Hello all,

I have a forum for supporters of Aston Villa FC - an English Premier League football club.

http://bellsareringing.forumotion.com

I'm having trouble getting a google listing when I simply search for "Aston Villa Forum". It just doesn't appear anywhere no matter how many pages I go back.

If I search for "Aston Villa Forum Bells" (as in the title, "The Bells Are Ringing" it comes up as the 2nd item on the first page.

What do I need to do to get a listing under the more basic search of "Aston Villa Forum"?

My site description is: "Aston Villa forum. The world's fastest growing Aston Villa Supporter's forum. A place for Villa fans to be heard. All things Aston Villa." and all the keywords are set as you'd expect "Aston, Villa, Fans, Forum, Discussion, Premier, League, AVFC", etc and so on.

I've had google fetch most of the relevant pages manually and even if I don't force a fetch, googlebots are there all the time. A site map has also been submitted to google.

I understand that there are other forums that have been around for a lot longer so they'll appear higher on a google search but to not have my forum show at all seems a bit odd, no?

Any help is MOST appreciated.

Troy.

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Post by SLGray on Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:02 am

Do you have those words listed under the extra tags?

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Post by troyeccles on Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:23 am

Yep. The site description, keywords and other keywords.

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Post by Rhino.Freak on Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:30 am

if your forum is new, it would need some time for it to appear, soon it will start appearing, chill Very Happy
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Post by troyeccles on Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:41 am

Ok. Will do. Thanks.

I was perplexed as to why it came up as one of the top hits when I searched for "Aston villa forum bells" but absolutely nowhere when I dropped the "bells". I figured it might come up way down on something stupid like page 17 or something. Was concerned I'd done something wrong.

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Post by Neptune- on Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:13 pm

Hello ^^

This link will show you what Google knows about your board.

Maybe i did not see it, but i can't see football or soccer in your keywords. Maybe it would help a bit ?
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Post by troyeccles on Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:46 pm

Out of interest, how did you get to view the keywords? Are they viewable from somewhere other than the ACP?

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Post by Neptune- on Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:50 pm

There are some online tools like aboutus.org. But i did not use them.

For a premier league forum i would expect to find football or sport keywords in the really first ones.
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Post by troyeccles on Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:49 pm

Ill get that done ASAP. Thank you. Consider this solved.

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Post by Jophy on Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:26 pm

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