When Cardiac launched we went straight with the owned domain, but the pick-up from Google was the same 2-3 days that you suggest. All it took was the good ole add url which is such a no-brainer, but so easy to forget. Keyword search-results have been improving steadily since then, but I’m still waiting for the page rank to start kicking in. That always takes an age, and seems to propagate pretty unevenly across all the tiny Google PCs so that you get an odd period of one day on, one day off.
I’ve no idea why it took so long for your other site to get indexed. SEO’s such a dark art isn’t it.
Good job Shopify makes nice Google-friendly pages. Was it you who suggested a conditional in theme.liquid to change the page titles on certain pages? That’d be well worth doing for many people, though I’m yet to implement it myself.
We used the add url routine on our first site and it still took that long. Could have been that at the time this forum wasn’t as popular with Google. The link from this forum was the only link we had to the website. With most of the shops using the myshopify.com domain, I can see why it was picked up quickly though.
Shopify does make google-friendly urls and now with the feature of being able to make the url and the page titles different, you can use a short url which is easy to remember and use a more informative keywork feature rich page title at the same time. We were using conditionals with the cases before this feature was implemented and still use it for the keyword and description meta data. Google might ignore this but there are still a few search engines which we get traffic from that still use them.
Well, its been 1 week and a day since I added the 301 permanent redirect from myshopify.com url to my own domain name, and my listings in google index are starting to get moved over to the new domain name without loosing their current positions. I’ll share more as this progresses.
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