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Posted 11 October 2003 - 08:34 PM
Anyway, I checked my site's stats today, and hits have plummeted to a quarter of the old amount as of two days ago. I checked, and my site NO LONGER APPEARS IN GOOGLE SEARCH RESULTS. I can't believe it. Google simply no longer recognizes my site. I've lost new customers, and my business is in trouble if my site doesn't show up on search results.
Posted 11 October 2003 - 09:46 PM
If you do a search on your company name, you'll see that your URL comes up with no snippet. If you try to get the cached version of your home page, it can't find anything.
I don't see anything on your home page that would keep googlebot from getting through, so I'm guessing your site was unavailable when it tried to crawl it. However, I've never known Google to lose a site after missing a crawl -- AltaVista yes, but not Google -- so maybe the site was unavailable a few times.
The best advice I can give is to watch your server logs and wait for googlebot to come through again. Unless there's some problem I failed to notice, you should get back in.
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<added> ...And one more thing: I'd recommend formatting that text using a style instead of putting the whole paragraph in <b> </b> . Bold should only be used to stress important words, not whole paragraphs.
Edited by qwerty, 11 October 2003 - 09:55 PM.
Posted 12 October 2003 - 12:20 AM
I have only made a few minor changes to my site, including a few new photos and a little added text. I've never known my site to be down. It's hosted by GoDaddy.com I guess it's possible that my site may have been down when googlebot came, but I'm really baffled.
-Will I have to wait another month for reindexing before I find out if my site will reappear in search results?
-Will I definitely not appear in search results until then?
-If my site does reappear, will my rankings be the same as before?
-I am ignorant. How do I watch my server logs?
-Is there any possible remedy or recourse I can take, i.e. contacting Google, and if I do so, is there any chance I'll get help?
As for my HTML, I'm no expert, so thanks for the tips.
Posted 12 October 2003 - 03:43 AM
Posted 12 October 2003 - 07:13 AM
Not necessarily. Google spiders constantly, and there doesn't appear to be a set schedule as to when they update information. Assuming they get through on the next (or latest) crawl, it could be today, next week, or possibly a month.
Will I have to wait another month for reindexing before I find out if my site will reappear in search results?
You will definitely not reappear until Google has a cache of your page. If you have the Google Toolbar, the easiest way to check that is to navigate to your page, right click and select "Cached Snapshot of Page" from the popup menu.
Will I definitely not appear in search results until then?
More or less... rankings go up and down depending on a number of factors, but if you were at the top, you're likely to come back at least near the top.
If my site does reappear, will my rankings be the same as before?
That depends on what your host provides to you. Some don't give you access to the raw logs, only providing some basic analysis software.
I am ignorant. How do I watch my server logs?
I guess it wouldn't hurt to resubmit your home page to Google. I don't know if it would do any good though, and of course it's possible they've already re-spidered the site.
Is there any possible remedy or recourse I can take, i.e. contacting Google, and if I do so, is there any chance I'll get help?
Posted 12 October 2003 - 08:37 PM
My last question: has anyone here personally had a site banned by Google for breaking their rules? And if so, what happens? Are they notified, or does the page just disappear? I doubt that my page could have been banned, but who knows?
Posted 12 October 2003 - 08:40 PM
From what I've been told, bans are extremely rare.
Posted 12 October 2003 - 10:35 PM
Posted 13 October 2003 - 03:54 AM
dseerveld:- did you by any chance have multiple domain names pointing to the same content? recently this is something i have fallen foul of, and i am currently putting this to right with server re-directs rather than on page or direct mapping to the same IP.
In every case where i have had multiple domains, Google has kept the oldest domain in the directory and removed cache and pages of the newer
Posted 13 October 2003 - 04:28 AM
It's odd, they still appear for the old KWs, but not for the re-worked ones.
Posted 13 October 2003 - 09:32 AM
I quickly looked to see how many pages you have listed in Google by searching for "aaanimalcontrol" and then selecting "[ More results from www.aaanimalcontrol.com ]" and it looks like Google doesn't have the most current information about your pages. So I'd wait it out a month or so and see if your rankings do not improve.
Posted 13 October 2003 - 12:04 PM
David, in the examples you're familiar with, how many had a change of title?
IMO, this may well have a bearing on whether a modified page then finds itself in Limbo.
Posted 13 October 2003 - 12:33 PM
I am glad to know that I am not banned, and that it happens only rarely.
No, I do not have multiple domain names. I only have www.aaanimalcontrol.com
I only made a few minor changes during the last month, including the addition of just a few .jpgs and a few new bits of text. I may have changed a page title or two, but I don't think so. The only other thing I did was add a few links from current pages to other pages on my site which Google hadn't previously crawled/indexed.
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Edited by Jill, 13 October 2003 - 01:23 PM.
Posted 13 October 2003 - 12:42 PM
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