| 12:30 pm on May 18, 2006 (gmt 0)|
|I've recently developed and put online an e-commerce solution for my company and we were doing quite well with the search engines but suddenly google has sandboxed us (ie the only page now on google is our homepage). |
Sounds more like the problem discussed here
than sandboxed, which I always understood as being totally ignored by Google.
| 1:42 pm on May 18, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I'll have a look at that thread and read through it (It's quite long!). This only happened to me yesterday, I thought i was doing something seriously wrong as the e-commerce site is very new... Even links that are not in a category structure have been exited from google...
Its maddening as 65% of my traffic will now be gone!
| 5:40 pm on May 18, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Did you check all of the DC's to see if your pages are gone?
| 8:07 am on May 19, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I didn't check at the time but looking now it seems to be gone from all DC's which might just be because its been a few days.
I'm going to sort out the frame redirects of other domains and check through my site for some other errors but I don't know whether a resubmit would appear a bad move?
| 8:08 am on May 19, 2006 (gmt 0)|
By the way GoogleBot is still visiting my site every day :(
| 2:47 pm on May 19, 2006 (gmt 0)|
It may have something to do with your e-commerce solution and googlebot. Take a long hard look at that. Just because gbot is requesting pages doesn't mean there is not a problem. Take a look at your pages with a Lynx browser or a gbot simm (especially how the e-commerce new code affects it)the problem may become very obvious.
look at the google cache of your pages - is the new version with the e-commerce thing - cached or is the old page still there. That is a sure sign that gbot is choking on it. It will continue requesting the page because it sees the new date on the file but it may be choking on it. See if the cache is updated or not.
| 3:40 pm on May 19, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Thanks again for a reply,
I've checked the cache and the new site is included. I even had cache of my products pages last week and other parts of my site like services pages. My heads a mess.. I've just updated all frame redirects to 301 redirects on our domains so hopefully that will help somewhat. I've removed things like ® from meta tag which I thought could have been a problem. I've started the slow link building process again!
It's maddening though that I was hitting 1-16 positions on google and since everything but my homepage has been removed traffic has dropped considerably... No profit, no job so having to have to go cursed adwords route for a while I think....
This is my first big website so I have the anger of WHY at the moment... bet all you are used to it ;)
| 5:24 pm on May 19, 2006 (gmt 0)|
same thing happened to my ecommerce site but i got an email from google saying i wasn't sandboxed...with no explanation on why I lost 99% of my pages with the big daddy update.
| 8:00 pm on May 19, 2006 (gmt 0)|
maybe e-commerce puts you into a different leg of the algo and it just takes some time to rebound?
| 8:01 am on May 23, 2006 (gmt 0)|
It might be.
I've checked my site for any bugs and the only thing left that it ever could be is some CSS hidden text for use when CSS is turned off to replace my banner.
I've also emailed google and I'm past the automated response and waiting for the semi-automated response now :)