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Inadvertent disallow - how long before rankings return?

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Msg#: 3861316 posted 10:34 pm on Mar 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

On one of my sites, I inadvertantly made a mistake in my robots.txt file.

I had meant to disallow a particular folder, as in:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /folder/

But somehow I never got to the point of adding the folder name, and so ended up saving and uploading this:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /

I only realized this after that site disappeared from Google after a week.

I have now corrected the robots.txt file.

Can I expect googlebot to crawl again and my pages to reappear anywhere near their typical rankings anytime soon? Or will it take some time to get things back to typical?



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Msg#: 3861316 posted 11:01 pm on Mar 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

Usually things come back to normal after a short period - a few days in some cases, a week or so in others.


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Msg#: 3861316 posted 11:12 pm on Mar 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

I wish I could show you a screenshot of one of my sites statistics, I uploaded a robots.txt file into the wrong site's directory and over the next 3 days it fell out of Google completely. I found the problem quickly when I started to investigate but it took 3 more days for things to completely reverse. I'm thankful it wasn't weeks or months.

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