Oh, Google, why hath thou forsaken me? I worship daily at your throne, www.google.com, and praise you far and wide. Soon after I set up this new home for HinesSight I entered your good graces, and you indexed me (Google be praised) at http://hinessight.blogs.com. Now I have fallen from your favor, and my heart is sorely troubled. What must I do to please you, oh Great Google?
Well, I think I’ve already answered my own question through a visit to the Google web site. Apparently Google doesn’t like “mirror” sites in which several URLs point to the same content. Since I was reposting my previous postings here before I deleted them from the old weblog, I suspect that Google noticed the similarity between the old and the new weblog, and decided HinesSight new didn’t have to be indexed.
The Great Google’s advice on how to get indexed bears a disturbingly close resemblance to getting into an exclusive nightclub: it doesn’t do any good to beg, plead, or cajole—the doorman decides who gets in, and he can’t be influenced; it’s who you know that counts—the more important friends (links) you have, the more likely it is that Google will notice you.
So if you have a website or a weblog, you can help assure that HinesSight is redeemed by putting a link to this page on your own site. Google loves interconnections, mutual cyberspace backscratchings, I’ll-show-yours-if-you’ll-show-mine. Email me if you add my link, and I’ll return the favor through a new “Links I Like” section. Together we will kneel at the altar of the Great Google and shamelessly seek her blessings.