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Why have google deleted my site
My site has been deleted from google's search engine suddenly after 15 mths

 10:31 pm on Sep 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

My website <...> has been removed from google and many other's site engine suddenly, without any explanation, after being on for 15 months. I used to be able to type in <...> and it would come up but not it is not there and it isn't cached. I have wrote to google four times asking why they have done this and they haven't replied. Could any of you have an answer why this is?

[edited by: heini at 11:17 pm (utc) on Sep. 8, 2002]
[edit reason] see explanation below [/edit]



 11:11 pm on Sep 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

on the links you have with anchor tag ME - switch the close h3 and close a tag around - they are incorrect.

While I can't say that is why it is no longer in the search engines - I would suggest the following as possibilities:

1) It is on angelfire
2) The link already refered to contains the word link and has links (even though they are relevant)
3) LOTS of javascript
4) HTML is just not normal

However, I doubt any one of these was the cause for you being rejected - I would try to redo the html on the page - use one of those online html checkers.

This is the type of content google wants, but you need to make it a little bit more readable for their robots.

Hopefully that will help, but I can't guarantee it will. Maybe someone else will have some better suggestions.


 11:36 pm on Sep 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

Exactly *when* was suddenly? I had my main site dropped from Google for a month because of what I think was some sort of transient server or Internet glitch at just the wrong moment that Googlebot thought it was gone. Google definitely has some bugs. It took Googlebot a couple weeks even to find the site again, even though it has a number of inbound links, including the DMOZ/Google directory. My site was back the next month. DON'T kill yourself until after the next Google dance in a couple weeks. ;)

As for e-mails to Google, forget it. I don't think Google even has human beings around to read them. My hunch is the just send all of them them to that bit bucket known as /dev/null/ immediately after sending that "Keep on Googlin" auto-ack.


 11:39 pm on Sep 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

Hello Kevinp26 - welcome to this board.

There are a variety of reasons why a site can disappear from Google's index.
The most frequent reason is server downtime.
Other reasons include invalid coding, hosting in cheap and dodgy environments, absence of links.

Only then follow possible bans by search engines. Sites do get kicked out of Google, again for a varity of reasons.
I'd like to invite you to read back here. You'll find a wealth of information and discussion on problems surrounding being indexed by Google.

Also I strongly recommend taking a long hard look at your site - what do YOU think, might be a problem with the site?
Did you analyze your incoming links? Did you look at your html? Is the content of your site duplicated somewhere?
Did you participate in a link exchange?

A lot of people here can relate to your situation. It's very frustrating to suddenly see a site dissappear from Google's index.
Nevertheless, we don't do site reviews.
Instead we discuss how webmastering, optimizing for search engines, strategies for web publishing as well as the technical side of things works.


 8:43 am on Sep 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the replies. It disappeared about August 28th for some reason. I will apply one of those HTML check things to my site. In the mean time if you have any more suggestion I would be glad to hear them.


 9:11 am on Sep 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

The search function on this forum will dig up so much information, you'll be reading for a week!

(site search): Why have google dropped my site [searchengineworld.com]


 10:11 am on Sep 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

One thing to mention here. Only in the most egregious cases of a site breaking the rules will Google fail to index it entirely. Typically a penalty is in the form of all pages getting a PageRank of 0. Presumably if you were doing anything THAT bad you'd know it. Thus assume that this is either a Google glitch, or a server glitch on your end. However, checking your HTML can't hurt.


 12:23 pm on Sep 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

Welcome to the site KV,

Out of curiosity.. is your site in DMOZ.org? Although listing in DMOZ is not an 'absolute' requirement, being listed really helps in getting noticed by the search engines... especially Google.

You might want reference the excellent Google reference that is on this board... I forget where it is though...


 1:04 pm on Sep 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

My website <...> has been removed from google and many other's site engine suddenly,

Sounds like a server problem, if it was removed from several engines around the same time.


 1:47 pm on Sep 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

> Sounds like a server problem, if it was removed from several engines around the same time.

Either that or someone dropped in a incorrectly formatted robots.txt file at the root level.


 9:30 am on Sep 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

I have had my own website <snip> on the internet for 15 months now, and on 28th August, for no apparent reason, google deleted my website from the internet. It is not offensive, there is no porn on it, and they have child porn sites and pornography sites on their server, but can't have mine, which is helping people. I think this is disgusting. Can anyone explain why they have deleted it?

[edited by: NFFC at 9:33 am (utc) on Sep. 11, 2002]
[edit reason] No URL's please [/edit]


 9:39 am on Sep 11, 2002 (gmt 0)


You may want to read various other threads on this board regarding this topic.

Getting Politically correct about Google and their policies towards other sites is NOT a good idea.

For a start Google will NOT delete a site just for NO reason, (i wish they would, so i could get all my competitors shut down)

Are you sure your hosting company did not have problems when the spider called round for Tea and Biscuits.?

(if NOT, you can always complain, and show them your invoice for payments made for 15mths of inclusion and traffic, and ask for a refund)


[edited by: Shakil at 9:40 am (utc) on Sep. 11, 2002]


 9:37 am on Sep 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

I have wrote to google and received no reply, in fact have done this 6 times. Other sites exist on angelfire and they haven't deleted them.


 10:35 am on Sep 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

I had a site go MIA on Google for a month and then come back the next. Odds are either your server was down at the wrong moment, or Googlebot had a glitch. I doubt your site was deleted on purpose. For *that* to happen usually requires some blatant cheating, such as invisible text, link farms, etc.

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