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This has happened to my .info domain since last night and I am really upset at it.
All my 300 keywords have stopped working in Google but my site still appearing in Google with site:www.example.info and www.example.info searches.
Yesterday I received 600 visitors from Google and today only 4.
My .info domain is one and half years old. Till, Today I regularly update it with unique content and don't promote it much as I am already receiving number of visitors.. I never did spamming or adopted prohibited ways to promote the site.
I do Free directory submissions and very seldom links exchanges.
Can any expert tell me please what why it has happened to my site?
Is it a permanent problem or temporarily.?
I will be thankful for any help and guidance
[edited by: tedster at 4:08 pm (utc) on May 23, 2008]
[edit reason] switch to example.info - it can never be owned [/edit]
They are experimenting like crazy.
Absolutely! Cutts said the summer was the preferred time for testing.
Plus if you see your old established results gyrating you'll likely either see them plummet or vanish soon.
Ask for help from Google. Most of them will shortly start there 1-2 month vacations.
Do you think this is true of what happened recently with the blogspot and .info domains. Or was that just some levers being pushed one way to accomplish a task and then back again when the task was done?
So one takeaway from the experience is that .info domains were not 100% removed (cannot be if some keywords behaved as before).
In any event, I assumed this was a Google shuffle that would resolve itself within a day, which indeed it did by noon on May 24. I hadn't known that it might have been .info-only.
[edited by: tedster at 7:16 pm (utc) on May 26, 2008]
I would only be concerned if this continues well into the middle of this week +.
Is there some reason why this TLD is so commonly used by spammers?
For a long time, they were very cheap, like $1 each. So when you spamming your domain is banned quickly, and.info is like 10 times cheaper than .com.
Of course you can get many keyword domains in .info that are locked up in .com so thats another reason too.
So a good way to fight spam might be to raise the price of domain names and restrict the number of TLDs?
Could it not be the case that the fact that a site is on a .info TLD is just a (perhaps very) small part of a new algo. Perhaps the spam bar is a little lower on these domains so they are more easily caught.
So in effect spammers, who tend to be the ones who have bought these domains, have to be much whiter here than they are on their .com domains.