I cannot seem to receive a google page rank for encryptstick.com the site has been live for about 5 months now, we have very good linking from sources such as pcworld.com, cnet.com, pcmag.com etc.

The website is magento based, could there be an issue with magento that is blocking google from reading & ranking the site correctly?

I've run the site through google webmaster tools as how google bot sees the site. the code is posted below.

Does anyone have any comments as to why this site will not rank?

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  • You'll have better luck on a webmaster oriented forum. Stack Overflow is for programming questions.
    – Alan Storm
    Commented Dec 22, 2010 at 2:37
  • Maybe a webmaster forum like webmasters.stackexchange.com :D
    – Phil Hunt
    Commented Dec 22, 2010 at 2:38
  • What do you mean by "cannot seem to receive a google page rank" or "the site will not rank"? Any site indexed by Google has a PageRank, and that site is obviously indexed in Google. Therefore it has a PR and it's been ranked. Commented Dec 22, 2010 at 4:35

4 Answers 4


You just need to be patient and get your site out there. Searching for site:encryptstick.com shows plenty of pages so the site is being indexed fine. A search for "encrypt stick" shows you as #1.

If you want to check Google Webmaster Tools for errors, the best place to look is Diagnostics > Crawl Errors. You might also like to try Yahoo's Site Explorer.

If you want to rank for competitive keywords, it will simply take a while longer to build up links and generate buzz around your site.


A Google search for site:encryptstick.com reports that your site is indexed and a search for "encryption software for usb sticks" reveals that you are ranked ~71 on that term.

Most of your efforts (if you want to surpass your competition) should be directed toward building links - however many you've amassed, you'll likely need more (by orders of magnitude) to catch up to truecrypt.com


don't forget that pagerank reported by the toolbar and other sites is not the PR that google use internally and is only updated twice a year or so.


Jordan, when i Googled your site, i saw an ad from Google at the top suggesting you sign up for Google Webmaster Tools.

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You should really do this, as it gives you all kinds of information about errors Google could be finding, and suggestions for improvement. The fact that they are serving this ad to you suggests to me that you haven't done this already.

  • Not always the case - I have a couple domains that have been near-idle but tracking in WT for the last year, and they still both get that on a site search.
    – tadamson
    Commented Dec 22, 2010 at 9:40
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    Almost every site: query you run shows an ad for Google Webmaster Tools. Commented Dec 22, 2010 at 11:46
  • OK, thanks for clearing that up, i made an (incorrect) assumption that the ad was tied to Google knowing you hadn't already signed up. Commented Dec 23, 2010 at 4:15

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