I created a site map for a client's website. MSN has indexed many of the pages but Google has indexed only 2 pages and I believe Yahoo has done only 5. What gives?
I'm guessing that the site in question is fairly new? A site map is certainly a good way to let the search engines know about all the pages of the site, but Google and Yahoo are not generally in much of a hurry to index all the pages of new sites these days. They pay more attention to sites/pages that have proven to be popular as judged by the number and quality of the links pointing to the site. Since newer sites tend not to have many links yet, the engines crawl them less frequently.
You'll want to work on getting the word out about your client's site and what makes it different from any others out there that are in the same niche. These days, in order to get websites some traction in the engines, you have to go back to traditional marketing, advertising, and good old-fashioned publicity.
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