Approximately 3 months ago, I created a Google Site to replace an existing site that I had hosted with Go Daddy for several years. I made this change primarily because of a number of coding errors made by previous hired web designers. Since Google Sites allows me the ability to manage my own site, I thought that this would be a wise choice for me.
Though all the page urls are different from my previous site, I transferred the domain, http://www.StrongFamilies.us, to point to the Google Sites. This domain has a Google PageRank of 3. Since creating this Google Site, I noticed that visits to my site drastically decreased. According to Google Webmaster Tools, the current traffic is direct or referred but not organic. It doesn't appear that anyone is reaching my site via keywords. I thought that since I transferred the domain, the number of organic visits to my site would not change.
I cross referenced each site page with http://www.seoworkers.com/tools/analyzer.html with minimal to no errors reported.
Google and the other search engines apparently continue to index my previous site pages even though Go Daddy deleted the site. After phoning Go Daddy, they told me that they cannot control whether previous site pages continue to be indexed by search engines. When clicking on a page from my previous site, viewers are taken to my Google Site with text 'Page not found' on it. As a result, Google and Bing Webmaster Tools are reporting a significant number of crawling errors.
I previously posted threads to the Google Sites forum concerning these issues but to date, no one has responded.
Do search crawling errors negatively affect my site? Is this a situation where search engines recognize my site as new and I simply have to wait over time for my keyword ranking to improve? Is there anything else I can do to improve SEO and ultimately improve keyword ranking and visits? Thanks.