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New pages indexed for 12 hours, then gone!

 5:33 pm on Jan 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

I'm well familiar with G taking new pages -or a site- and giving them a boost in the serps for a brief time, but I never saw what happened to my new pages yesterday:

Google took new pages of mine that went public 3 days ago, indexed them, ranked them quite nicely, for just 12 hours, and then poof!, they were completly gone. Nowhere visable in a site: search, and of course no ranking.

I'm hoping they'll be back in the usual 2-3 week rotation I usually experience for new pages getting indexed, and then a slow crawl up the serps.

Is the little 12-hour bump unusual?



 6:45 pm on Jan 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

I've heard other reports that ligthning fast rankings are becoming more common right now - but as you said, they do go away in lightning time, too. I assume that the slow crawl back will continue to happen as it did in the past.

But something new is going on with Google right now (as it often is), so we'll see how the changes affect the rankings for new pages soon enough. Keep us posted!

[edited by: tedster at 4:42 am (utc) on Jan. 9, 2008]


 11:19 pm on Jan 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

I encountered something that seems similar with a personal blog in early December. Generally it ranks for absolutely nothing other than the username I use to post updates with.

Within a day my blog entry appeared on the first page of search results for the name of the company I work for but has since returned to the nether of anonymity.


 4:36 am on Jan 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thank you, Tedster. Will do.


 7:52 pm on Jan 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

Back in today... really odd!

To record the facts, the timeline:

Jan 4 - new pages (and folder) added to site, G-map at GTools
Jan 6 - Pages indexed, ranking pretty good (first page serps)
Jan 7 - Pages gone - nothing found with site: command
Jan 9 - Back again - ranking fine

Off topic observation: first day's AdSense earnings were great, todays are zero. I suspect there's something goofed in the ad selection being served.


 8:08 pm on Jan 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

That sounds like various data centers may be involved, and your urls are currently in the index at one DC and not another. You can see which Google IP address is responding to your search - use Firefox with the ShowIP extension (add-on).

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