|Does google penalize blank page|
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?
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.
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
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]
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.
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.
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 :)