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Only homepage removed from google
mydomain.com/ has PR0, mydomain.com (without slash) has PR6

 4:35 pm on May 3, 2004 (gmt 0)


I guess i get penalty. Actually i didnt do any spam or any different thing for more than 6 months.

now mydomain.com removed and doesnt seen on SERPs. but other pages of my site still indexed and still seen on SERPs.

and mydomain.com/ has PR0, mydomain.com (without slash) still has PR6

Anyone see this before? when will it get indexed again.
Is there anyway to ask to any google department why am i dropped?




 3:47 pm on May 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

sorry if i have misunderstood something (*), it seems like a "Redirect bug", just like this thread: [webmasterworld.com...] and the rest i've listed here [webmasterworld.com] (#8)

I think it might be caused by people linking to you without the slash, or perhaps another redirect of some kind.

(*) I'm sorry to admit i haven't read the whole thread but i will, eventually. It's just one of those days, and i haven't had the time yet. If i'm totally wrong (as i very well might be), please bear with me.

[edited by: claus at 3:53 pm (utc) on May 5, 2004]


 3:49 pm on May 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

feelfree, I don't think I said that I don't believe you. There is definitely an issue at hand. But, there are so many different variables involved that it is difficult to pinpoint exactly where the issues are.

Yes, there may be a problem with Google, I think we can all agree to that. Any resource as large as Google is going to have problems. Unfortunately those problems are having an adverse effect on a select group of websites.

Since we do not know the history of those sites, their configuration, the promotion strategies used, etc., we cannot effectively determine what is going on.

Since this topic has made it to the Home Page of WebmasterWorld, you can be assured that someone at Google is paying close attention. It is this type of publicity that they cannot afford. Just be patient and hope that an authoritative response from Google is forthcoming on this issue.

How can somebody hack our system in 2 days. can you believe this.

From my understanding, hacking can be done in 2 minutes. Yes, I can believe that it is possible for a nasty competitor to hack into your servers and wreak havoc. If you are in a competitive enough industry and are holding top spots across the board, someone may be motivated to take steps such as hacking. Certain industries are rampant with foul play.


 4:00 pm on May 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

Dear friends,
I have same problem.I have a few website and all of them have been removed from google which were index.html



 4:39 pm on May 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

Email addresses like webmaster [at] google.com or help [at] google.com are the most reliable ways to get a message to us via user support, but I'll ask someone to check this out.


 5:09 pm on May 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

Many index pages have disappeared or dropped in ranking over the past months. The unique situation in this thread is that webmasters received an e-mail purportedly from Google that said their pages were dropped. There are many other threads here about disappearing index pages [google.com].

Let's keep this thread on-topic please, and limited to those sites whose Webmasters received the e-mail.



 5:11 pm on May 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

I think the folks at Google might see *if* it is possible to complete the confirmation without actually seeing the confirmatory email that is sent out. In other words, If I ask Google to delete my page, and they send the confirming email to webmaster@domain... does this email contain a confirmatory link that could be spoofed? Or are these messages sent out similiar enough that they could be forged by the perpetrator without having to actually see the confirming email? Forging email headers is no problem for anyone that knows how to spam mail. Maybe the guy causing this has found a way to complete the process below
and activate without needing to receive the actual confirming email message.


Greetings from Google!
This email was automatically generated when your account was created. Visit the following link to activate your account:

You must activate your account within 24 hours or it will be removed.

If you did not request this account, or do not wish to proceed with the removal of a URL, please ignore this message.

[edited by: idoc at 5:39 pm (utc) on May 5, 2004]


 5:24 pm on May 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

we are talking about the specific instance of people getting a remove url notice from Google.


 5:34 pm on May 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

i suggest to check if our site have something in common!
my site which has the same problem is a travel site
the rest?


 5:47 pm on May 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

again - take the specifics up with Google through channels. Thanks.


 6:07 pm on May 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

hi people,

we are all back :o))))))


 6:07 pm on May 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

when you say channels, what would be the appropriate ones in your opinion?


 6:09 pm on May 5, 2004 (gmt 0)


I have investigated:

For a domain where the index page is index.php
Google search for the domain/index.htm (non existant page) gives:

Google can show you the following information for this URL:
etc... and the link to gives all links to the main url

Google search for the domain/index.php gives:

Sorry, no information is available for the URL domain/index.php

I have requested the removal of /index.htm from one of my sites which only has /index.php (currently PR5, unused site) under the "remove dead link" option. I will keep you informed of the progress - whether the homepage disappears from the index / loses PR.


 6:11 pm on May 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

> appropriate ones

Email addresses like webmaster [at] google.com or help [at] google.com are the most reliable ways to get a message to us via user support, but I'll ask someone to check this out.


 6:15 pm on May 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

my sites and other removed sites came back (at least sites about my city and country)
but i am wondering the reason of removal? cause there is no guarantee for future :ox)



 6:19 pm on May 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

you mean that they have the same ranking as previous and can see the www.mydomain.com page?
when you lost the sites and when they came back ( how many days?)


 6:22 pm on May 5, 2004 (gmt 0)


they removed yesterday morning... now they came back..
[mydomain.com...] shows pr5 and cached snapshot of page, they are on serp ... everything is normal now


 6:48 pm on May 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

i have received this reply from Google what you understand?


[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 7:34 pm (utc) on May 5, 2004]
[edit reason] no external email quotes. Please reread the TOS! [/edit]


 7:08 pm on May 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

site came back!


 7:11 pm on May 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

thank you guys!


 7:18 pm on May 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thank you for all supports and interest.
It seems all came back.
The wave is over -atleast for now :))


 7:35 pm on May 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

already then - lets get out of this thread.

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