DavidJudge - 1:23 am on Nov 12, 2012 (gmt 0)
I'm looking at a site which was removed from their index over a period of time starting on 8th April through to 6th May (this was when the last page was removed).
I have just gained access to Google webmaster tools and it unfortunately isn't really shedding any light on the subject.
They do have a bit of long winded robots.txt, but can't quite see anything wrong with it either.
They did receive an email from Google when they were running an Adwords campaign stating Google had removed the site from their index (see below).
The email was sent on 29th March (just before they showed as being de-indexed in webmaster tools).
At the time the issue occurred they were running an ad for a genuine give away which didn't sound like anything that would violate Google's policies.
I've had a good look through the site and I can't see anything that stands out as to why.
I have checked the basics:
- Webmaster Tools
- Site Structure (including any outbound links,
- Sitemap.xml (just in case there was anything odd)
- Duplicate Content
- Broken Links
I can see a number of small issues with the site, but nothing is really jumping out for me.
I'm not sure if I'm ok to post the URL here, but any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thank you for your email. I hope you're doing well.
I reviewed your AdWords account 'xxx-xxx-xxxx' and noticed that you have created a campaign with ad and keywords directing to the website 'xxx.com' and since the website is violation our webmaster guidelines policy it has been disabled to run through AdWords.
And this policy is something which is not an advertising policy but a Google search related one.
When a site gets disabled in Google Search it would be disabled for Webmaster Guidelines policy. And unless it is re-enabled in Google Search your website cannot be allowed to advertise with AdWords.
A violation of our Webmaster Guidelines may lead to a site being removed entirely from the Google index or otherwise penalized. When a site is penalized, it may no longer show up in results on Google or on any of Google's partner sites.