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Is Google purging sites aggressively?

5 sites dropped from index without explanation.



5:05 pm on Oct 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I operate 5 commercial websites and have been indexed and doing well with Google for over 6 months. Last week my largest site disappeared. This morning all of the others are gone. I don't spam or use redirects and I consider my site content rich with no backlinks from link farms that I'm aware of. I get a standard response from Google re: questions.

If there is a problem, how does one find out? If not, how does one fall out and get back in?

As all of you know this is serious business. Any insight greatly appreciated.


8:20 am on Oct 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hmm strange happenings, my index page re-appears in google. This page has a PR4 and was always in Google except for last night when it disappeard however its back again with a fresh date.

I knew I shouldn't worry too much.

Now which bin did I throw my google pen in last night......?

Has anyone noticed the message you get when searching for link:www.gfghk.com

if you add link:+ www.ghfk.com you actually get the real number of backlinks you should have until Google filters them out for PR.

This shows the number of backlinks I used to have back in June give or take a few

If someone already has posted about the links sorry for being so late the wife keeps me busy so we can buy new "Google" shoes :-)


9:36 am on Oct 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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1. Plenty of new freshdates 21 Oct

2. Some fascinating changes in what is being indexed, should cause a few webmasters to consider more research. Some of the sites that I follow as examples will drop maybe 30 or 40 places.


11:03 am on Oct 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

Bizarre. I'll call it the 'Lasko' phenomena, as it is pretty similar to his.

PR6 site, in the index for years and in pretty much the same position. Last night: index page simply vanished from all centers. No apparent reason, as the site hasn't been changed for months.

In the last 2 hours it has returned. Unlike Lasko, no fresh tag though, just everything back to normal.

No.... I've little idea where to start on this one. A glitch in the matrix.


11:51 am on Oct 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hi guy,s same happend to me site doing well pr6 for 1 year top ranking for all major keywords and now gone from google completely but still has pr?


12:10 pm on Oct 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Lasko, I may be doing theis wrong link: +www.domain.com but it actualy reduces the number of links it shows


12:50 pm on Oct 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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gives me 50 links


link:+ www.mysite.com

gives me 200 links like it used to be



does not work


It maybe nothing just something i noticed that I didn't know before. It does seem to show my links that I exchanged with but the pages have a very low PR.


7:16 pm on Oct 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

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"GET /+unknownpagethatdon'texist HTTP/1.0" 404 359 "-" "Googlebot/2.1 (+http://www.googlebot.com/bot.html)"

Google is looking for a page that does not exist. Would this cause my big drop in rankings?


7:22 pm on Oct 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

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when I search on link:+ www.mysite.com I get more results, but also "link" highlighted in the results, which makes me think that's not correct syntax for google as it's picking up the "link" as a search term.

post no 100! - feel like I should have saved it for an extra special post


11:19 pm on Oct 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

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link: does not work in Google as it does on ATW. You must type in the url and then choose the correct option from the list.

searching for link:+ www.domain.com is pretty much the same as searching for www.domain.com link

Probably the best way to count Google links (approx) is to search for www.domain.com -asdfg This result will not be perfect but it's about as good as it gets.



12:29 am on Oct 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Google is looking for a page that does not exist.

Most probably someone did a typo in his browser with an installed googlebar.
AFAIK google collects these urls and tries to index them.

This is very common and doesnt have to do with your problem.

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