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1/10th traffic and no more pages indexed!

 8:04 pm on Dec 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

I have seen my traffic drop to 1/10th since dec 23rd. I just checked and when I look at my pages indexed by google I see this pages indexed by google "not availible"
other engines are fine and show normal numbers......
Please help! What should I do?


Robert Charlton

 8:37 pm on Dec 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

I just checked and when I look at my pages indexed by google I see this pages indexed by google "not availible"

con771 - Would you clarify where you checked. I'm guessing you used the site:domain operator, but that's not clear from your question.


 9:24 pm on Dec 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

yeah I did...I am showing no pages indexed. This happened on Dec 23rd. Googlebot visited today and I am stil showing a pagerank. The site is 4 years old.


 12:17 pm on Dec 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

Can anyone please help me...HOw is the best way to get re-indexed after all pages being dropped by google...I don't appear anywhere but googlebot is still visiting
I'd pay someone if it will help ensure this!


 3:53 pm on Dec 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

I would say the best way is to redo your site map and submit it back into your Google webmaster account.


 3:58 pm on Dec 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

I wil do this right away...But this shouldn't keep me from being dropped should it? I also have checked and my host wasn't down and my robots.txt is correct


 6:15 pm on Dec 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

Man...I need help


 6:29 pm on Dec 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

Any clues in webmaster tools?


 6:34 pm on Dec 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

I checked googlebot and it could access the site. It did ask me to submit a sitemap as there is an error with this...Could this be the problem?
I also show a number of urls not found (90)...however they never existed. I'm not sure what to do with those.

Robert Charlton

 7:47 pm on Dec 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

con771 - If you're getting no results at all for site:example.com, it's possible that either you have a technical problem, that Google has a reporting glitch, or that you've been banned by Google for a violation of their Webmaster Guidelines.

A total ban is unlikely unless your trangressions have been extreme, and you should double-check de-indexing with other searches I suggest.

First, make sure that your pages are returning a 200 OK status on a server header checker.

Then, double-check that your syntax for the site:domain operator is correct. There should be no space after the colon. Ie, your syntax should be...


Not (with a space)..

site: example.com

Also, do some Google searches for unique word strings from your pages (use a 4 or 5 word string and enclose it in quotes), to see whether your pages are in the index.

Search also for example.com. If you get no results and if you've confirmed that your server is set up and functioning properly, then check the Google Webmaster Guidelines [google.com], particularly the basic and specific Quality guidelines, to see if you've done anything that might warrant a total ban. This would be what Google classes as "deceptive or manipulative behavior", and while Google is not completely precise about what this behavior is, it's likely that if you've been engaging in it, some part of Google's descriptions will ring a bell.

You should also read through the Hot Topics section [webmasterworld.com], which is always pinned to the top of this forum's index page. Look particularly at the Penalties, Sandbox & Trust area.

PS: Submitting a reconsideration only makes sense if you've diagnosed and fixed whatever Google violations you've been penalized for. Make sure your site is very clean when you submit such a request, as you will be getting a manual check.

[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 8:02 pm (utc) on Dec. 30, 2008]


 7:59 pm on Dec 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

I've done all this and confirmed the server is functioning o.k. I have also confirmed that no content unique to my site is leading to my site when searched.
I haven't made anything deceptive or manipulative that I am aware of but I would change it in a sec if I could determine what is causing this.


 8:56 pm on Dec 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

I have had a similar problem recently. May I ask whether your site was using Adsense? Did you also have other sites targeting the same keywords using Adsense?

Just a theory...


 9:13 pm on Dec 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

I think more information is needed in order to be able to give you any advice.

I'm not sure you tried Charlton suggestions about using the site:www.example.com command.

If you did and zero results are found then your site has probably been removed by google for violating their policies.

What are the latest changes/additions you've done?

Also, you say the urls listed as "not found" in webmaster tools never existed.
Are you sure you're not using a CMS that may have generated those urls and you didn't notice?

Are you sure 100% your site has not been hacked lately?


 9:48 pm on Dec 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

actually I have about 5 articles (different) on 2 sites targeting the same keywords. However, one site is fine and both articles have been up for more then a year....Should I remove them from one site?

I have used the site:www.example.com and nothing is found.
I ahven't made any changes in at least 3-4 months which are significant. Just adding articles.

Not using CMS but hacked could be a possibility. What would you recomend...I'm very desporate at this point.


 12:22 am on Dec 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

Sorry, but I can't reccomend anything until the source (even just a theory) of the problem is found.


 5:16 am on Dec 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

Some suggestions:

your htaccess file if you are using one
your server configuration and logs.
your last modified files
who you link to. (use Xenu)


 5:37 am on Dec 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

I agree with Bradley that Webmaster Tools is the first line of defense. When you login and go to:

Dashboard > Overview

You should see:

Home page crawl: Googlebot has successfully accessed your home page.
Index status: Pages from your site are included in Google's index.
Pages in your Sitemap(s) are included in Google's index.

Below that you should see:

Errors for URLs in Sitemaps 0
HTTP errors 0
Not found 0
URLs not followed 0
URLs restricted by robots.txt [a number here]
URLs timed out 0
Unreachable URLs 0

Then when you click Diagnostics > Content analysis you should see: "We didn't detect any content issues with your site."

When you click "Sitemaps > Overview", you should see:

Sitemap stats
Total URLs: [a number here]
Indexed URLs: [a number here that matches the number above]

Then under "My Sitemaps" you should see: Status > OK

If all that checks out as above, then it's at least possible that the problem is not with you, so you may have to request a manual review by Google tech support, to confirm that this issue is not a glitch on their end. If you've not done that already, you can go back to the Dashboard and click "Request reconsideration".



 5:43 am on Dec 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

Have you checked the site:example.com results on other datacenters as well?

I had a problem with one of my sites yesterday itself with site: commnad. It displayed 40K pages being index when my site had only 5K. Though other datacenters show the correct figures of around 4.5K as usual.

This was resolved after about 2 hours.


 12:17 pm on Dec 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

o.k. I uploaded a new sitemap and my web tools confirmed it. It now says almost all my pages added to the sitemap are now added to the index. Googlebot came and confimed this. What does this mean. I still do not show any pages when searching with the Site: command.

Please Help!

Robert Charlton

 6:21 pm on Dec 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

Have you tried searching for exact word strings on your pages... say five or six words of unique content?


 6:56 pm on Dec 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

yes...not luck...
We're gone! but all things in webtools look good...Very strange!

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