website on iSeries not being indexed by web search engines

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Our website is hosted on our iSeries.  It appears that our pages are not being indexed by the various web search engines.  Has anyone encountered this?  Any ideas on where to look/what to check?  We are using our ip address not a DNS name.  All pages are encrypted (https). 

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Do you really want encrypted pages to be indexed by search engines? Who are the members of your projected audience?

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  • TomLiotta
    Since there might be numerous possibilities, you might want to start at Google's Webmaster help pages. Enter something like [ https ] in the search box and start reviewing their articles. Maybe one of them will trigger a thought about your configuration and you can make a change. Tom
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  • Denny Cherry
    First thing would be have you submitted the site to Google to crawl? The search engines won't find the site by them selves if you don't tell them about it.
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  • TomLiotta
    AFAIK, they may find and index a site even without submission. I've never submitted sites/pages to Google and they've been indexed fine. At least, they show up appropriately in google searches when keywords are entered, and what else counts? But I was never in a hurry. Engines may find sites that are referenced by other sites for example; they can't always know that the physical sites have changed. The pages possibly (probably) aren't encrypted -- the conversation is encrypted. The protocol usually doesn't make sense to me for basic product information pages, but can be very sensible for sending credit card info, etc. I, too, wondered why there was a desire for a whole site to be accessed with https: but still be indexed. But I figured the OP had reasons. (...which might be a baseless assumption; which is why I responded with an information source.) Tom
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  • Chance
    Thanks for the input. The whole site does not need to be encrypted, but is only to simplify the configuration and transfer from one page to another. My initial concern with encrypting each page was speed (or lack of), but this does not seem to be an issue. Now I am wondering if this is what is causing our pages to NOT be indexed -- hence my original query here.
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  • TomLiotta
    If pages are unknown to search engines, the pages can't be indexed. An appropriate method of making your pages know was mentioned by Mrdenny -- submit your site to the engines you choose. AFAIK, if there is no other way for the site to known, that's the only choice you have. It is possible for indexing to get done through other means. AFAIK, if your pages are linked to from sites that are indexed, then spiders (and perhaps other web robots) can eventually find your pages. That's a little too much to expect in your case, I'd guess. Also, you might want to verify that your pages aren't telling spiders to ignore them. Spiders generally respect robots.txt files for example. And you might want to examine your HTML meta-data and keywords. Indexing is much easier if you help the indexers. Try this google search { The PayPal Credit Card - A MasterCard }. The first link listed should be an https page. That should help show that such pages may be indexed. Tom
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