HodgeHi (21st January 2010)
Welcome to Google Business Solutions
Click on local business centre, and you get to add details like map, full address, website etc.
This will get your official details listed, and adding a web link will make it crawl the site too.
You need to verify the listing, usually quickest using the PIN entry by automated call (you give them your official school number, it calls you, gives you a PIN, which you then type into the control panel).
Works well, and will certainly allow people to find info about the school.
I do it for my clients, as well as the school.
since steve answered your first question ill answer your second one
you cant make your signature a clickable link, this board does not support HTML code in the Signature(atleast i havnt managed to get it to work).
BB Code for links is disabled in the backend by the admins, presumably to stop people using the site as a free marketing platform via banners in sigs. Full guide on it - BB Code List - vBulletin Community Forum
To determine what Google has crawled, use the 'site:' prefix in the search bar followed by your domain name.
To get results for all .sch.uk domains, or:
To get all results for Nottinghamshire school Web sites.
And, of course:
To bring back any results for your own school.
Bing has a similar webmaster control panel but a little more limited - and they tend not to index as much as Google.
My favourite tool on both Google and bing is to see which other sites have links to yours. Sad but true
Well, since i started this thread and tried a few of the responses (haven't tried all of them due to time) my site still doesn't show up at all. I tried the site: prefix as mentioned by ajb and it shows that a plugin has been crawled. Thats it. I think i need to create a site map.
I will continue on with this. Thanks for all the replies though.
You can do that easily with a plugin from the Joomla Extension Directory..
Also register your site with google webmaster tools, it will tell you how often your site is being crawled and how much.
Thirdly check that you don't have a robots.txt file that is blocking all search engines.
Can you recall what the plugins called?
I will look into the robots.txt, although it's just the edugeek projects template. Not much else has changed
For an update. I have added my site into the Google business and entered my details in there. I have had to claim a business since it already existed on Google maps although in the wrong location.
Just waiting to verify the business since i am not at work
I have also added more meta tags and created a sitemap and yet still not listed in about the first 5-10 pages in Google. Looks like our School is still not even on the radar.
I think the confusion though is that our new School name has replaced the old school name but the location details and other details are still the same. No website has been added to these existing details.
Thanks for the information though. Most appreciated.
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