I have a couple of sites on a particular host (not sure if I can name names). One site was doing well and is in the indexes. However, the other site went from about 100+ pages to 30 pages and traffic went to nothing.
I looked at a couple of things for the site that isn't doing anything. It is about 6 months old and as far as I know, I'm not doing anything ungooglelike.
I took a closer look at the august and sept logs and it appears that their is only one googlebot entry. (when I look at the logs from a site hosted elsewhere, I see hundreds of googlebot hits)
If I do a site:www.mysite.com -aasdasdas I see that only some of the listings are cached. The cache date is Aug 24. If I look at the log file, I would expect to have seen the googlebot in the august logs but it isn't there. If I look at July, I don't see googlebot there either (i do see the msnbot and a few others.)
I ran some robots.txt validators and robots.txt seems ok.
I tried the poodle predictor and that looks OK also.
I have a robots all,follow, index tag in all of the pages.
I did some google searches with my hostname to see if anyone else was complaining but didn't find anything.
Anyway, I'm a bit of a google novice. Here are a couple of questions
1. I'm assuming that not seeing the googlebot is really bad. Is this correct?
2. I tried a couple of sites where you could fake out the agent to see how the site reacts to the googlebot and I don't see any problems. Any suggests for sites to check my site out?
3. I'm not sure if it's within the TOS of this board to post a question about a specific host. I'd appreciate any thoughts on this.
I'd appreciate any ideas