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1. Contact Google (not holding much hope there)
2. Register another domain. The thing I am unsure of is how to handle the redirect etc to try to get something for the links I have to the original site. This is virtual hosted on a win 2K machine so I will be limited on my options here. I would greatly appreciate any advice people can offer.
Thank You for your response. I have sent them a message and received a response that it was being forwarded to the engineers. I am hoping to hear more from them but am leary of waiting because from what I have read them actually replying seems to be a hit and miss proposition.
Thank You for your response. I have done that and no site other than mine shows on it. However I know it was registered because we considered starting this site about six months before we actually did it. When we first considered it the domain name was not available, when we actually got ready to do it and checked for names again it was available. I figured someone registered it and then never did anything with it. I never considered that it could cause any problems.
I am just wondering if my best bet would be to copy it all to a new domain and block the old site from the spiders and just start all over. I am concerned if I try a redirect to try to get pr from my current links that I will just get transfer the penalty instead. I would REALLY appreciate any thought and suggestions.
We took the site live in May 2003, and it is still has a PR0 except for one page (/about/) which is PR4. Until now, I never considered that the PR0 could be from an expired domain penalty, but if that's the case, how could that single page have a PR4?
On October 8, I sent e-mail explaining the problem to firstname.lastname@example.org, and someone replied:
Thank you for your note. We understand your concern and have passed your message on to our engineering team for further investigation.
We appreciate your patience.
The Google Team
I tried following up with them today (Oct 15), and received the following response:
Thank you for your reply. As we previously indicated, we have passed the information to our engineers for investigation. Because our index contains over 3 billion pages, it may take us some time to investigate all of the reports we receive. We appreciate your patience during this process.
The Google Team