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My site is

About a year ago I attempted to add to Google's search index by following the steps for 'Moving Your Site' in Google's Webmaster Tools, transferring from my old site at

Everything seemed to go fine.

  • I submitted a sitemap for the new site, and it was read successfully.

  • I added a robots.txt file with a single entry ALLOWing all user agents, and it quickly showed up in Webmaster Tools, properly registered.

  • When I go to Google Webmaster tools there are no errors and no complaints.

BUT: my site never appeared in Google's search results. At all. Searching for produced no results.

After a couple of months I added a small wordpress blog in a sub-domain, as a sandbox for a client. That blog quickly showed up in Google's index, and now if you search for the content of that (fake) blog is all that will appear.

Does anyone know how I can address this? Is there perhaps a way to completely reset Google's knowledge about my site and start again?

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marked as duplicate by Simon Hayter, Su', John Conde Apr 12 '13 at 2:30

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Its not indexing because you're instructing not too...

Remove this from your pages:

<meta name='robots' content='noindex,nofollow' />

Fix this in WordPress:

  1. Login to Administration Dashboard
  2. Click Settings > Privacy > (Ensure that indexing is allowed,If WordPress is set to have search engines index the site, then check your theme's header.php)
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thank you for the tip in WP :) –  toughskin Apr 12 '13 at 0:24
Thank you, that resolved it. Settings > Privacy wasn't present in my Wordpress admin, but Settings > reading > Discourage search engines from indexing this site was checked for some reason. Unchecking it removed the meta tag. The site hasn't appeared in Google yet, but I trust it will now. –  Hugh Stimson Apr 12 '13 at 23:23
give it 1-2 weeks and bam! posting something in the blog may speed up the process. –  Simon Hayter Apr 12 '13 at 23:31
Yup, it's working now. Thanks again. –  Hugh Stimson May 6 '13 at 23:52
Awesome, Thanks for letting us how you got on.. ;) –  Simon Hayter May 7 '13 at 0:06

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