21 Aug 12 5:32 pm
(For some reason my 1st post did not post in its entirety)
I am just starting out in affiliate marketing, and I bought a domain name last week to learn the ropes with. After buying the domain name, I registered it with HostGator and uploaded WordPress. From that point I tried to add a theme, so I used Socrates and I also added Platinum SEO. In the spirit of Mark Ling I wanted to jump in and learn as I go and learn from my mistakes. I wanted to get the site up and running, but I didn't want the site to go live or be indexed until it was ready. So I got another WP plugin to show that mysite is under construction, and I can work on it privately.
At this point I can't tell if my site has been indexed. I don't want it to get indexed prematurley with no content...I heard that google may not update the site until 6 months later. I know that WP has an option to switch it to private and tell search engines not to search, but I heard that could cause issues as well.
How do you handle this issue with starting new sites that aren't ready to be indexed? Any help would be appreciated.