Template Troubles  

Posted by Big Gav

I've had a few suggestions about the cause of my sudden disappearance from Google's favour (I don't even show up on a search of "peak energy" any more, which is pretty sad).

One likely explanation (besides my lack of original content lately and large blockquotes) was that the template I'd moved to had the title ("Peak Energy") in white and that this may be viewed as spam or some unloved form of SEO.

This would also explain why "Our Clean Energy Future" never gets any incoming search results, in spite of being linked to be a fair few high profile sites (though not as many as PE).

As I wasn't all that jazzed with the template itself I've swicthed to another one - though it isn't perfect either (can anyone explain how to fix the messed up date field before each post ?).

Once I can get this up to an acceptable standard I'll refresh all the links in the sidebar properly - sorry for the amateurish appearance lately...

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"document.write(date_dd)
document.write(date_mmm") is where the date is, maybe it can't find those variables.

As long is wasn't white on near white, it should have been ok. Google doesn't like fg / bg colors that are close to each other.

Also not seeing much in the way of meta title and description. That could make a big difference.

GAV, same thing often happens when I change and republish sites

Login to:
https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/

Ad verification tool to repopulate index.

within 48hrs 'boom baby' your back ;-)


Here is an article on it:
http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2009/09/recommendations-for-webmaster-friendly.html

Fame is fleeting, BG.

Gav,

I submitted a bot index of your site to crawl yesterday and now you are #1 again at both Yahoo and Google... not sure if I actually helped or just repopulated after your republishing.

Regardless, good to see you back on top down under.

Bob - thanks for the suggestions - I'll give them a try tonight.

JCW - I'm not sure I was ever famous !

Chris - thanks for the links about template updates etc - I'll try them out.

However - I'm still not showing up on a search for "peak energy" (Monkeygrinder's blog does show up in the top spot - that's "peake.blogspot.com" - easily confused with mine).

Googles new tool to help your template GAV.

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/express-yourself-with-blogger-template.html

Enjoy!

Thanks Chris.

Update...
draft/beta blogger stuff is really good with the new "template-editor"

Really good.

It allows custom width, menus, script, pages, header tweaks and as of last month INCLUDES stats!

http://draft.blogger.com


I forgot to mention that they also have your blogs 'peak mountain' picture as a 'background' image under nature!

I think the transparent theme like I started with and the 'peak mountain' image as a background would make your site rock!

Have a great weekend.

Thanks Chris - I'll check it out...

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