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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SCAM – Phone Call Regarding Google Listing

We have been getting phone calls from (240) 514-0971 and (352) 453-5733 which turn out to be a robo calls for fixing our Google listing. You are suppose to push a button to speak to a representative. When I push the button I got a person who tries to scam you to pay them to update your Google listing. When we asked them exactly what they would do they hung up on us. Anyone legitimately asking for your business would stay on the line.

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Using Redirects In Joomla

When launching our new website we tried to keep the URLs of the web pages the same as they were in the past. This didn’t quite work out like planned. The old site was using an underscore for dividing words in the URL, and the new one was using dashes. This caused indexed pages to produce a 404 page not found error. We decided to use redirects until the new pages got indexed.

The process is pretty straight forward.

  • Go to Components >> Redirects
  • Click on “New”
  • Enter the “Expired URL”. Our example “managed_it_services.html”
  • Enter the “New URL”. Our example “services/it-support-services.html”
  • Save

We went back to Google Analytics. In the Search Console >> Landing Pages section. We clicked on the icon to launch the page.

This however took us to our 404 page we have set up in the site. It seemed like the redirect didn’t work. When we got back to the Redirects section in Joomla was saw the “Redirects” plugin wasn’t enabled.

Once we enabled this the redirects happened right-a-way. The best part of enabling the URL Redirects plugin is it allowed us to record the URLs that someone went to. We could then create a redirect for that URL that we may not have listed otherwise.

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Scheduling Google Analytics Reports

In January we set up Google Analytics to send reports to some customers automatically. This year when we were setting this up the Analytics Dashboard has changed and it took us a minute to locate what we were looking for. Here are the steps.

  • Log into your account and go to the account you need to send the reports from.
  • Go to one of the “Reports” on the left side such as “Audience” or “Acquisition“.
  • In the upper-right you will see the icon to “Export“. From here it is like it was before.

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Browser Not Going To Site – Search Encrypt

We got a call from a customer who couldn’t get to a website she uses everyday. The issue was in Chrome. I went to the extensions to see if anything strange was installed. I saw “Search Encrypt“.

A quick search lead me to an article at Malwarebytes.

https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/226686-removal-instructions-for-search-encrypt/

This article was on removing Search Encrypt and a lot of places label it as Malware. We would too.

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Function Keys Not Working On Keyboard

We got a call from a user who says the keyboard it typing wrong letters. We used the “Device Manager” to see if the driver was up-to-date, and it was. We discovered there was a Extension in her Chrome browser that was labeled as Malware and was suppose to help type-to-search. We removed this Extension, reset the browser, and restarted the machine.

When the machine came back up we found the keyboard to work fine. The customer said the Function Keys still didn’t work right. In a search we discovered this article and the “Function Lock” key.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/894513/resolve-unexpected-function-f1-f12-or-other-special-key-behavior-on-a

Sure enough the customer had a “F Lock” key. She pressed this key and turned off the function lock and everything was working as normal.

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Google Maps API Setting Up Billing Payments

After June 11, 2018 Google now charges for accessing the Maps API. This API is used often with website plug-ins. Here are the steps I have taken to get this resolved.  This is what the broken API looks like.

I hope this helps someone else out there….

 

 

Google Maps API Now Requiring Payment

Working on a website that is using Hot Themes extension Hot Maps and the module is suddenly broken. The browser console is pointing to a an invalid API code. I logged into to Google to update the API and copying the Key I have been using for months, but the map is still broken.

Hot Themes tech support is telling me to go to the page to get the API Key.

https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/javascript/get-api-key

When i get there I am being informed about a new pricing structure starting on June 11, 2018.

Clicked on “Get Started”.

Selected “Maps” and clicked “Continue”.

I used the down arrow to select the “Project”.

I am now presented to “Create Billing Account”.

This was a free service. I clicked “Cancel” and got the next screen which looked promising.

I was brought to a screen to enter a credit card. I am doing this for a company I work for and don’t want to enter my personal card info, so I was stuck.

I am hoping to get this resolved. I have been in contact with HotJoomlaTemplates and I am not sure they know about this new process.

 

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