Site Not Ranked in Google, But No. 1 in Bing

After finishing a new WordPress site we watched Google to see where the site was going to rank, but didn’t get the results we were looking for. We had the Yoast SEO plug-in installed and followed their recommendations in setting it up. The site was showing up on page 4 yet Google highlighted several matching words. More than the listing ranked higher.

We were confused as to why the other sites were ranking higher considering our site had more relevant links. If we add “va” for Virginia to our search the site was number 1 in Google.

The following articles were good starting points

https://moz.com/community/q/can-t-rank-well-on-google-but-on-page-1-for-bing-and-yahoo

https://moz.com/community/q/not-indexed-in-google-indexed-in-bing

The site was a Property in our Google Webmastertools / Search Console, and the Sitemap was in there. We saw a suggestion from someone else who said to add the sitemap in a line in your Robots.txt file. We did this through the Yoast plug-in in the back end of the site. We added the following line.

“Sitemap: https://www.thesitesdomain.com”

While in the Search Console we realized the Property was set up for HTTP. When we tried to do a URL Inspection we got an error that the property domain didn’t match. We went back and added the property again and we we saw the following image we realized we had trouble setting up the site with Google’s new domain verification and selected the old method of “URL Prefix“.

We added our domain to the “Domain” section and Google automatically updated our original property to be set up under the new “Domain” method. When we inspected the URL everything worked perfectly. Now to finish inspecting and requesting a URL crawl for the other pages.

The link below was a reminder to me that there were issues when were setting up this site in Google Search Console.

https://webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/68435/moving-from-http-to-https-in-google-search-console

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Domain Scam – info@shuiaknow.icu

We received a email regarding one of our customers domain name was expiring. The email had a “secure” link to make a payment. At first the email appeared legit, but it was from a domain company we recognized. The email said my “Domain SEO” was going to expire. What is a “Domain SEO”?

This alone set off an alarm to us. The domain was registered with SiteGround and in SiteGround the domain didn’t expire until 2022. This was a scam. We looked at the return address for the email “info@shuiaknow.icu“. The domain “shuiaknow.icu” doesn’t exist. Maybe we should send them an email telling them their domain expired.

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Preview DNS Changes Quickly with Geopeekers

While working with a hosting provider to make some DNS changes necessary to point the domain to the new hosting and updated website we learned about GeoPeekers.com.

https://www.geopeeker.com

This tool allowed us to preview the DNS changes in just a minute or two. It was nice to know the site was going to completely fall apart when the DNS changes fully propagated.

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Migrating Email From Rackspace To Office 365 Godaddy Domain

We have been moving some customers over to Office 365.

Here are some of the steps required to do this.

  1. Setup the account in Office 365.
  2. Use the migration tool
  3. In Office 365 go under Setup >> Domains >> give it a second and it should populate the 3 records you will need to update.
    MX
    TXT
    CNAME
  4. We removed all the older record pertaining to SecureServer.net which was POP, SMTP, CNAME, TXT, and the MX record.
  5. Added the 3 records shown above.
  6. Sent a test and received the email. Replied back and was able to verify the customer could receive the email.

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Godaddy Hosting Websites In Other Directories

We have a customer with Deluxe hosting with Godaddy. They have several sites running on separate hosting packages and we were able to combine both websites on to one hosting package.

The big trick was directing the domain to the right folder in the Public HTML folder. In the CPanel navigate to Domains >> Addon Domains.

Next to the Domain name you want to change click the Pencil icon next to the Document Root. Here you can enter the name of the new directory/folder you want this site to live.

 

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Godaddy Domain To Office 365

We recently had to move a domain from Wild West Domains to another Godaddy Reseller hosting account. This was able to be done in just a few minutes where a domain transfer usually takes a week to complete. We ran into issue when Godaddy moved the DNS in the background and then asked me what the MX record was. They didn’t explain to me that that we should have written it down, so now we had to start from scratch.

I logged into their Office 365 account as the Admin and went to Setup >> Domains.  We could see there were issues with the various records.

We clicked on the domain name with the issue and it lead us to some screens to fix the issue.

We clicked on the “click here to view”.

Clicking on “Fix my Records” took me to a Godaddy Login where it asked for authorization and then it would fix my records; however, I had already went in and manually updated the records. Their page gave me good instructions on what records to add.  It was broken up in sections and those sections had titles. Those title were the type of record I needed to add. In the image above you will see “MX Records” and CName Records”.

My final records were as follows:

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