Msg#: 4535962 posted 9:13 pm on Jan 14, 2013 (gmt 0)
I had a site go offline for about 3 months until I was able to do anything about it. The host pulled it down without notice and gave me a db dump. Had to find a new host, set up the software, and import the data. It wasn't my highest priority. In three months it lost all its rankings, and indeed appears to have to grow from nothing (inbound links from before it went down don't seem to help it).
Msg#: 4535962 posted 12:19 am on Jan 15, 2013 (gmt 0)
A day or two downtime shouldn't affect SEO, but it really depends how often Googlebot crawls your site. If you have a very active high traffic site and you had a 2 day downtime, then it may have some consequences, but if you have a static site I don't see any problem. Just based on my experience
Msg#: 4535962 posted 3:33 pm on Jan 15, 2013 (gmt 0)
Yah, one of my clients had his Magento store upgraded last year and unforeseen difficulties caused it to stay down for about 2.5 days - we served up a 503 and didn't suffer any major damage. That's about as long as I'd want to go, though.