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Does google penalize blank page

 6:39 pm on Feb 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

I have a page, which rank #4 in local google for my targetted keyword phrase.
Now while updating some pages of my site, i got disconnected from my server and accidentally this page left completely blank (0kb).
Now i am noticing, this page does not show for widget example.com and even site:www.example.com. As if this page does not exist.
So, google must have penalized that particular page. So, my question is what can i do to bring it back. Or shall i wait for sometime and watch?



 7:00 pm on Feb 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

It only makes sense that Google would remove a page that shows 0 kb (I wish they did it all the time!) Why not just upload the original content? If you do it soon,you may easily regain former rankings.


 8:53 pm on Feb 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hi tedstar,
sorry, i forgot to mention that i fix it the moment i noticed. I don't think i am that dumb... :(
But, still after one month, there is no change.
p.s. - TBPR still showing PR2


 9:15 pm on Feb 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

First, I really wasn't thinking you are "dumb" - really more the opposite, that maybe you were very sly and thinking of studying the situation a bit longer for some reason.

Now that I understand your question better, maybe look at the server logs for googlebot requests and check your server response for that url.

[edited by: tedster at 6:53 pm (utc) on Mar. 5, 2008]


 4:02 am on Feb 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

Matt Cutts has stated that what shows in the site command is only a sampling of what's available so it doesn't mean it's no longer indexed. Blank pages used to be tagged with supplemental results. It may just be a temporary problem. You might try linking to that page from another well ranking page on your site.


 5:24 am on Feb 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

Tedster and Lorel, thank you both for your valuable advice.
Actually i was following Brett's suggestion about this, i could not remember the exact post. As per his suggestion, i am not changing anything, just watching it a bit longer.
maybe look at the server logs for googlebot requests and check your server response for that url

Googlebot is getting 200. So, my guess, there is no problem regarding that page.
Lorel, when i do the search site:www.example.com -site:www.example.com/* i get the supplimental results. At least that i have learned from WebmasterWorld. Don't know its correct or not. During that search, i did not get that page also.
So, i thought it is out of G index. This particular page has a inlink from another high ranking page, so i am not doing anything about that also.
Thank you again and i will let you know if the scenario change in near future.


 6:38 pm on Mar 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hi all, This took nearly one month. I mean, after I uploaded the original page, G took one month to show the page in its index also The page is back to its previous rank :)

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