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One of our main sites has vanished in the last week. During the last few days, its been there one minute but gone the next, now it really seems to have vanished. This could not have come at a worse time, its like a nightmare...
What I'm confused about is the timing. Normally sites get dropped (for whatever reason) during an update - so why now? Any ideas?
They replied . They said that it's all done automatically and that it's all done by the computer and that google was in no way targeting me .
Then they referred me to a page that basically tells you how to possibly get your site to be recognized.
(It's a generalization ;not pertaining to my individual web site)
I'm a newbe at all this,but one of the first things they mentioned was that you need a SITE MAP.
I didn't realize a site map was that inportant.I didn't have one on my site.
I got all the KEY WORD and DESCRIPTION stuff down pat, my site is listed in the 5th to 50th position on most engines, but google dropped me like I was MUD. wa wa wa
Anyone else have this or know why the index page has disappeared? I'm hoping that it will re-appear along the with recently crawled pages, and is just part of the dance.
You do NOT need a site map. Just links that googlebot can crawl to access your pages.
Actually, all you really need is a link pointing to your site to be in the index.
If you have alarge site, however, a sitemap may benefit your users.
SERPS have been in a constant state of flux for a while now and I would not be surprised if you show back up soon.
You can view a chart of all the Google update's here [webmasterworld.com...]
what is a data center guy's (sorry I'm a newby) is it another term for search engine?
Google doesn't hold the index in just one giant computer, it has a number of different banks of machines in various geographical locations. These are the different datacentres. When you do a search, you will hit one or another of them and because they don't all have the exact same copies of the database, the search can give slightly different results depending on which datacentre you're referred to.
Hope that helps
I am knew to this forum, so excuse me for being a n00b. How does one check each data center individually or even tell where the data centers are?
There are many tools online to check the various datacenters. Do a search for "google dance" on the Big G.
Are the eight data centers. When Google is updating its index, the results on each will be different (hence the reference to Google dancing).
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I am new to this forum but used to be on many others related to being a webmaster and surviving Google Dances.
I have 4 sites that are highly ranked in Google and thought I knew Google. I just started some new sites however and now I am having the same problems as planbeta: I submitted the first site about 5 weeks ago. Pretty soon the homepage was indexed, but only the homepage. I had no inlinks. Then yesterday I checked and the site has disappeared from Google. No inlinks, no site to be found at all. Which is weird as I have been able to establish some class A in links. I have also been added to DMOZ recently. Is Google going through some weird spells? Why remove my site when it is finally getting all the things that Google loves?
I know SEO is a waiting game but I have been playing the game for many years now and knew how to play... I feel like a n00b again....
In general would you say your post-Dominic sites rank:
a) Much higher
c) About the same
e) Much lower
Overall I have had no gainers. About half have held the same and half lower. So, for the sites I manage...