Quick Way to Google Listings

Excursionist
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Well its seems like Google likes the myshopify.com domain. On March 4th I posted my first link to a test store, "Xtreme Charge Battery Chargers":http://xtremechargers.com, based on the newly minted theme that Daniel worked on using the new Shopify API. I have Google Analytics installed and today noticed that Google had already picked up our site 3 days ago and already returning results on the first page!!! On our first site we went straight to our own domain and never used the myshopify.com domain and it took 5 weeks to get google to index our site. So what am I getting at? Good question. I am not an SEO expert by any means but from what I have seen from this example, you just might want to start out your store using the default myshopify.com domain. Then after a few weeks, when you get picked up by google, make the switch to your own domain. Under DNS & Domains in your preferences section, the Shopify guys have cleverly added the option to redirect your myshopify.com domain to your primary one. Using the live headers plugin for Firefox I have confirmed that they use a 301 permanent redirect header which tells google the current domain has permantely moved and this shouldn't effect your current indexing. Like I said, I am not an expert but I think this might actually be a shortcut for those starting out to get listed in Google quickly. Let me know what you think?
Dan - http://www.xtremechargers.com
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Tourist
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Hi Dan

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.

Mike www.anothervision.co.uk
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Excursionist
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Hi Mike,

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.

Dan - http://www.xtremechargers.com
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Excursionist
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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.

Dan - http://www.xtremechargers.com
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