The best resource is Google Webmaster Tools. See:
Set up an account for free there and then add all your sites within your account. Create a sitemap (see http://www.sitemaps.org/) and submit it to Google in GWT. You'll get stats like duplicate content, crawl errors (pages not found), crawl stats, search queries where your site showed up, inbound links, etc. There is a ton of info. at your fingertips there.
Search engine optimization (SEO) to get your web site found in the search engine result pages (SERPs) can be very challenging. I'm assuming you want to pursue organic SEO where you're not paying for ads or inbound links and want people to find your site naturally. Start with some keyword research. In other words, what words do you want people to search for and find your site. Here is a good guide for keyword research:
After you have your keywords then optimize your site content for those keywords. Sprinkle them throughout your page titles, content, etc. Don't go overboard or you will be penalized.
I hope that helps.
From: web400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:web400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Kevin Turner
Sent: Saturday, September 01, 2012 1:00 PM
To: Web Enabling the AS400 / iSeries
Cc: Web Enabling the AS400 / iSeries
Subject: Re: [WEB400] Finding my site with Google
Sounds more like a search engine optimisation question than a web 400 question. Have you done any research into search engine optimisation (bearing in mind there are considerably more engines than google out there)?
On 1 Sep 2012, at 17:35, "Dave" <dfx1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I wanted to get into the web and have now done 3 basic websites
todate. One with Wordpress, one with Drupal and one from scratch
using php and mysql. I can select text on each of the sites and
google it no problem. Now, I want to get more serious and I'm working
on a small business site using Drupal. I didn't really care or need
Google to reference my first 3 sites, but obviously I do for this new
one. So guess what, Google doesn't find it. Why would it find the
first 3 but not the last? I haven't knowingly done anything to get
noticed by Google.
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