Where are the bots?

Tourist
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I have yet to notice any bot activty (nicely trackable on the Admin page) on a store that's been up several weeks. I have about 160 domain names, 45 websites, and some 1,500 search phrases in Google's top ten that bring in the bread and butter. Logically, doing my own SEO, I'm keen on getting traffic to my Shopify stores as well. However, while my other hosts are traveled daily and I can see page updates almost instantly in Google, so far my Shopify store has not gotten any traffic from bots. Meanwhile I have done my homework so I hope to see my own efforts pay off, but I'm a bit miffed that the Shopify server doesn't seem to get indexed. Any clues?
Rudolf Helder http://metropix.net/ http://hawaiiandays.com/ http://vintagesignfactory.com/ http://eschool.k12.hi.us/ http://metropixie.blogspot.com/ http://bebackhawaii.com/ http://hulalampshawaii.com/ http://bamboostorehawaii.com/ http://bamboobeadcurtain.com/ http://nihonshi-eitaigura.com/
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Excursionist
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Did you submit your sitemap to google? Shopify creates a sitemap dynamically for you. domainname/sitemap.xml

check out Google Webmaster Tools on how to submit your sitemap. Some nice tools to keep track of internal/external links, etc…

Stupid to ask, but do you have links from your 160 domains, 45 websites to your new store? If they are crawled daily, then google should pick up your site pretty quickly.

It took about 3-5 weeks for us to start showing on the front page of google with our optimized keywords. This was without any incoming links.

UPDATE

Check out my new post in this section. You kind of asked a relevant question just as I was thinking about posting this.

http://forums.shopify.com/categories/6/posts/7357

Dan - http://www.xtremechargers.com
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Excursionist
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Some other things that I noticed. Your domain names,
bamboostorehawaii.com and hawaiiandays.ws both redirect to their myshopify.com counterparts. This could be a reason why google is ignoring you. If you want use those domains, then set shopify up to use them using the DNS howto on the wiki.

Also, If you own www.hawaiiandays.com/ then adding a fat link from that PR 4 front page should give Google a swift kick in @&! to get you going.

Dan - http://www.xtremechargers.com
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Tourist
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@Rudolf

Tobi & gang made a change to the display of bots in the Shopify Dashboard on Feb 26 (see the ‘changelog’ at the foot of the admin screen):
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Updated visits tracking to ignore most search engine spiders tobi
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I noticed a significant drop in apparent traffic at about that time, but the visits figures are now more accurately representative of actual people visiting the store.

Cheers
M

Mike www.anothervision.co.uk
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Excursionist
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Anyone see what I see in the list Paul posted? I love hidden clues in posts from the Admins!!

Dan - http://www.xtremechargers.com
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Shopify Partner
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Yes. :)

Cliff Spence
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Tourist
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Oooooh, i found it, i found it, too! :) Nice find, Dan.

Folkology - Authentic folk craft and culture from Hungary http://www.folkology.com
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Shopify Staff
Shopify Staff
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haha! Damn

Tobias Lütke - Shopify CEO // http://twitter.com/tobi
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Shopify Staff
Shopify Staff
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Ha ha, we can’t slip anything by you :)

Cody Fauser Shopify – CTO
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Tourist
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Yoohoo! http://bamboostorehawaii.com was picked up by Google yesterday and sits at less than 10 positions. I’m so happy! Bamboo curtains, anyone?

Rudolf Helder http://metropix.net/ http://hawaiiandays.com/ http://vintagesignfactory.com/ http://eschool.k12.hi.us/ http://metropixie.blogspot.com/ http://bebackhawaii.com/ http://hulalampshawaii.com/ http://bamboostorehawaii.com/ http://bamboobeadcurtain.com/ http://nihonshi-eitaigura.com/
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