I run an article directory on wordpress which has been growing fairly fast. I have 2000+ articles/posts now but only about 350 are indexed. How other than the obvious “more incoming links” can I speed up the indexing process. Oh and don’t say adsense I am working on that
I’ve been thinking on putting up the related posts plugin so the bot can dig deeper? I have an xml sitemaps and the sitemaps plugin but that doesn’t seem to help a great deal.
Have you asked yourself whether those pages actually deserve to be in the index?
Are they unique? quality? relevant? topical? fresh? etc?
If you’ve submitted a (XML) sitemap, have an HTML sitemap and good navigation and you are still having indexation problems then you either have an internal linking issue, or your content is of such a low quality (in Google’s eyes) that it doesn’t warrant inclusion in their main index…
If they were all such poor quality and duplicate content (which they are not) then no article directory would get their pages indexed. I accept that this may be a valid aspect but it can in no way explain why the indexing rate should be at about 25% total pages:indexed pages.
Also if Google’s view of my site is in any way reflected by the increasing traffic they’ve sent me over the last few months from when I started this project and the increase in Alexa rank then they should have a positive view of the site.
Also this site has grown to 2.3k posts/articles within a few months from when I purchased the domain (new domain) so could that explain why google is slow to index (sandboxing it maybe?).
I’ve been looking at buying article directories for the last few weeks for SEO purposes and just about everyone that has been up for sale has less than 25% of their total pages indexed (many less than 10%) even though they have been up for months/years.
The truth of the matter is that article directories are low quality pages from a SE perspective, they’re full of duplicate content and are one step above link farms so I can’t see Google being in a rush to index them.