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How can I check my web site was banned



9:01 am on Mar 8, 2001 (gmt 0)

Hi all
1. If my domain name was banned from Altavista, How can I know and check?
2. How long is my domain banned?



2:09 am on Mar 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator brett_tabke is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

What does it say when you attempt to submit a page?
Why do you think you are banned?


7:44 am on Mar 9, 2001 (gmt 0)


1.I thought now my domain name already banned? So, I want to check in order to make sure.
2.If my domain name already banned, what should I do?



11:22 am on Mar 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Try to contact them is about the only thing you can do.


12:23 pm on Mar 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tigger is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

I went down the road of contacting them, with no results at all, we started doing the marketing for a client I knew was banned, sent a polite e-mail telling them the situation and asking if they would lift this as the previous designer had submitted the great blue line doorways & spammed the site, we had changed the site around and would now like to work on rankings with AV.

I had no reply except the standard automated responce, so left it for 4 weeks sent it back again, then different departments, nothing.

The e-mail now has been sent approximately 6/10 times over the last 12 peroids (sent it when I'm bored) with no lifting on the ban.

The client now has another domain and the rankings are doing well with AV (Ha !!!!)

As far as AV service What service!!. if your banned (IMHO) tell your client to get another name and start again


1:51 pm on Mar 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I looked at the site listed in your profile and it would look like to me that it is within the AV database if you look for your site by using the host:YOURDOMAINNAME.com [search.altavista.com] you will see that there is 1 page listed

I also look for the sites that link to you by searching for link:YOURDOMAINNAME.com [search.altavista.com]
It has been known that AV uses link popularity to help in your site's rankings.

There are lots of other factors that you can do to help in your rankings. I would suggest that you read the New DB results [webmasterworld.com]
thread to help you with your site optimization.

However, If the site in your profile is not the one in question then I have 1 more alternative. I took over the SEO for a client that was not In the AV database and was banned for spamming. After helping the client to redesign the site and conform to the optimization standards that AV has laid out on their BEING WELL INDEXED" [doc.altavista.com] page. I also began building on the link popularity and making sure that that AV knew about the sites that linked to it. Over a few months I began a series of e-mail, with the typical automated responses. Then I just gave up for a while.

While I was looking into the List Your Product With Us [shopping.altavista.com] for another client, an AV sales rep called me a week or so later. At that time I was very unhappy with AV's service that I was not Listing my products, and this lead us into why i was upset with AV and he then asked me to send this to him an a e-mail and the chain of events that lead to that sites banning. A few days after I sent him the e-mail the site was crawled by Scooter and poof there is was every page of the site was listed and listed very well.

Now I'm not suggesting that you try this method of getting the site listed, in fact this just might be a rare case.

All i can say is if your site was banned and you have redesigned it to conform to their algorithm then go after the link popularly and make sure that AV knows that those sites link to yours.


1:22 pm on Mar 13, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I had good luck writing them from their form at [doc.altavista.com...]

I had a site banned for using "Links to Us" pages. Their reason was that their spider viewed my pages as having to many links with not enough supporting text and counted it as spam. After I took the links out they reviewed my site and reentered into the index. Technical support usually took a few weeks to get back to me while going through this process, but I had to understand that they are going through some changes and patients was the only thing I could depend on.


2:48 pm on Mar 13, 2001 (gmt 0)

Hi Awoyo
Could you show the page that was banned.
I want to study some mistake, so I will not do that in the future.



3:14 pm on Mar 13, 2001 (gmt 0)

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It wasn't a page that was banned, it was the whole site they banned. Supposedly because I had used a "Links" service. The service I used takes your URL and adds it to a database of others who are in their program and ask you to download pages and pages full of their subscribers links, placing them in your root directory for the spiders to eat. In this case it seems to have given Scooter a bad case of indigestion. :)


3:39 pm on Mar 13, 2001 (gmt 0)

Thank you very much

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