Google and websites
Often, an inexperienced web user can conclude that a website does not exist because he wrote the address in Google and was not "found". A website can exist, to work perfectly, even to have visitors every day, not even Google have heard of him, ever. Google knows a lot, but not everything.
Google Search Bar vs. Address Bar
Let's start with the beginning!
A website has a web address, something like www.websiteuri.ro.
A website can be accessed using a special software application called web browser (the application you are using right now, so you can read these things is called a web browser and is named ).
Any web browser has a bar where you can write a website's address, this bar is called the "Address Bar". It is usually located at the top of the screen and is usually white (let's see, do you have an Address bar?).
When you type a website address and press "enter", the browser will load the website and it will show it to you on your display.
But what do you do when looking for something specific - say "create turnkey websites" - but do not know where to find the information sought? You use an Internet search engine. The best known is Google, also known as www.google.com
But wait! www.google.com is also a website address, right? Yes. Google is / has a website that has the web address www.google.com. In this website there is the Google's search bar, the so-called "Google Search Bar".
But why the confusion between the "google search bar" and the "address bar" of the browsers?
Web browsers usually have an opening page (the web page that opens first when you open the browser), which, because of increased awareness of Google's search engine , is set to be "www.google.com".
So, when someone opens the "Internet Explorer" web browser and it pre-loads www.google.com, just because that was set initially, that someone believes that he "opened the Internet". In fact it opened a page on the website www.google.com. And when that somone writes www.your-domain.com, Google displays what it sees fit that is relevant to the search words "www.your-domain.com".
All well and good, but what if Google did not hear about the website www.your-domain.com?
How does Google find out about websites and web pages?
Google has its own database of websites and a specialized program, named Googlebot, that wonders the Internet all day long and fills that database with information on websites and web pages it has seen online.
Okay, but how does the "googlebot" find out about your website?
Supose I am "google" and you want to see your own brand new website, that has just been created yesterday. And suppose you have not read the above paragraph, and you are not an ace in using the Internet, you confuse the browser's address bar and my search bar (google search bar) and instead of writing "www.your-domain.com" in the address bar of your browser, type the same thing in my search bar. This equates to a Google search, meaning that you ask me (remember, I pretend to be google) what do I know about "www.your-domain.com". But I have not heard yet of "www.your-domain.com" because it was created and published yesterday, and I am not (yet) God walking the Earth to know them all. So what we do, that I, "google", will answer that I know nothing about "www.your-domain.com" and you know that you have paid money to have that website online. And bang! Penalize the ones that that have created or published your website, accusing them that "your website does not exist", thinking that they have conned you and so on.
Rest assured, your site is out there, just that Google has not "heard" about it yet.
Google's specialized program, that googlebot we've been talking about earlier, travels the Internet far and wide, visiting all the websites that it finds on its way and bringing them to the attention of Google. If that little piece of software cannot reach your website it will not tell anything to Google about your new website, and in order for it to reach your website, it has to find somewhere, anywhere, indications of how to get to your website, i.e. to find a link to one of the pages in your website.
There is also the choice of which you or someone hired to do this, go to Google's gate, and leave it a note in the mailbox, on which you wrote your website address. Google, after waking up and after drinking its morning coffee, finds that note, read the web address of your website and, there you are, it knows about it. Next time you ask Google what it knows about "www.your-domain.com" it'll answer that is a great website where you may find interesting information about this or that and, behold, this is the web address to go to in order to get to the web site you're looking for: www.your-domain.com
Wasn't it simpler to just type "www.your-domain.com" in the address bar of your browser, should you have known the difference between this bar and Google's search bar?