Msg#: 14722 posted 5:53 pm on Jun 24, 2003 (gmt 0)
I actually had my webserver down the day everybody started talking about the deep crawl right before dominique. For 2 months I had links from the begining of febuary. 2 weeks after dominique I changed my site to a new URL system. I quickly added 301 redirects to everyting when I noticed the old pages that don't exist any more. That seemed to help. 1 week ago I went from 50 links to old pages that don't exist to 64 links to pages with my new URL structure. Of course when I do site:domain.com -asdf it says 93 but when I do the &filter=0 and go to the last one it only shows 64 out of 93. I wonder why the last 29 don't show up.
Secondly, I was in the exact same boat, I had just redesigned our site before "Demonic". We were left out for over a month, altogether. I was worried that we were penalized. However, we came back and have most of our pages on all the data centers, only "ex, in, and cw" have our index page. You may be lucky with the new system. It may not take so long, but you will be back. :)
Msg#: 14722 posted 7:05 pm on Jun 24, 2003 (gmt 0)
<META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW">
...this tag would likely be better if it was just a NOINDEX (drop the NOFOLLOW) -- I would've thought you'd want to the robots to follow your re-direct to your homepage? -- then it would most certainly get indexed.
I don't think that having NOFOLLOW on your 404/re-direct page would would prevent the homepage from getting indexed though.