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Weird situation - A UK company has approached us and said they were paying for an automtated system <SNIP> for 6 months until the end of March.
Their URL was listed in G till the weekend with a PR5.
They now have 83 backlinks but the site's just disappeared from G. It still has its PR5 though....
The company asked the operators of the automated system why this might be & they said - wait for it....
"Its because you stopped paying us to submit it for you".
This is obviously complete rubbish yet we can't figure out why the URL is nowhere to be found despite PR5 & 83 links...
Any clues? TIA
[edited by: NFFC at 1:13 pm (utc) on April 14, 2003]
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The site has not been dropped because it hasn't been submitted (as you probably know). But sites do disappear and then reappear sometimes for various reasons (Google having glitches, site being down briefly when crawled etc.) It's probably just be a coincidence.
As far as I know, there's nothing a company like this can do to cause a site to be dropped - and if there was it wouldn't be instant (and it would be complaining about spammy tactics they were responsible for).
Wait a week or two before getting too worried about it.
It was the company's main URL, not a mini-site and no duplicate/mirror sites are involved.
I'm guessing maybe the only thing it could be is there was a server glitch when Gbot came to visit. Only possible thing I can think of..
First time I've come across a decent site that just disappeared despite being well ranked previously yet its still retaining its PR & links.
Am still a little bit suspicious about the automated thing...
There is no remove url - have a look at the Google webmasters FAQ.
There is no remove URL?
... but you do need access to the site in question.
'Renmove url' makes it sound like a form where you can get rid of a site, whereas Google's FAQ recommends banning spiders with robots.txt which is hardly the same thing. There is no way to 'remove' a site from Google. You can just make it inaccessible to the next Google crawl via standard techniques. This is what I meant.
One of my pages, PR 5 with over 50 backlinks which was 1st page result on last index has now disappeared. It is still in the index and has its PR and backlinks but will not show on the SERPS for the corresponding keyword search.
Last month same thing. I emailed G and the page reappeared (on page 1).
I am fairly inexperienced but it looks like a glitch. I will probably email them to find out what could I be doing that is causing the problem.
Today I have also noticed that for term KW1, Google comes up with a result that has no correspondance to the search. So there are glitches here and there. In this specific case, they picked up a wrong URL mixed with someone else's description.
Not sure why, but it might the same thing others are seeing here. Googleguy?
A server glitch wouldn't make any sense, because then the page wouldn't have any PR at all. A site with PR, but not in the index suggests to me that there is some robots.txt or no-index work going on.