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I have a similar situation. I created a lot of new pages and they all got indexed and were ranking very well, almost 85 of pages total.
However, most of them had temporary contents saying that this page will be up soon. And as I filled out the contents of the pages, they started disappearing. Here si the course of actions:
1. two days ago my pages start reducing to about 70. Then they start loosing their description and titles and just showing the URLs.
2. This afternoon, almost 30 minutes ago, I was back to almost 80 pages but the titles and descs were still gone for most of the pages.
3. Just now that I checked I am down to 13 pages only a few without titles and descs.
Now I am hoping this is just a reindexing thing, but the partial index makes no sense to me, since my pages WERE up and ranking well up until 2 days ago.
But I am wondering abotu one thing. since my pages were just a month or two old, I heard that google has two different databases, one for freshly indexed pages and one for the rest. I am wondering if this happened since google is transfering those pages into the main databases form Fresh crawl.
Now, only 4 hours after my previous post, all my 84 pages are back in google, mostly with urls as titles, but a few have actually gained their titles and descriptions back.
However, none of them are ranking in the top as they used to, yet.
It seemed that google had taken my pages apart and had put them back together in wrong order.
Weird thing is..
when I seaech for mi site, Google is now listing other search engine pages like about.com or webprowire (only to mention two of them) with a search run by someone of my site, and yes.. there you can reach my site :s
.. I mean, it is showing another search engine's listing of my site.
In the meantime Google answered my request: they sent me to a webmasters forum!
joined:Nov 9, 2003
I changed my IP address to another one in the same C-Class. My site got indexed after the change was propagated to all the DNS's. however, I still have the same problems:
I am hoping that the new data that Googlebot indexed on the Christmas Eve is still not in the main DB.
Did anybody else who was waiting for indexing try a slight IP change?
the key thing to watch here is spider activity, are you seeing anything?
Just when you think nothing else can go wrong!
15 new pages have been added to the index NEW I REPEAT NEW I REPEAT NEW!
so for all Datacenters EXCEPT -kr i now have 838 pages in the index. The old 823 cr*p listings are still there but there is an ADDITIONAL 15 new pages as well!
The interesting thing is -kr shows only my new 15 pages in that datacenter where as the other datacenters are showing both old and new.
The only PROBLEM is the one big one i expected, NO PAGE RANK 0 :(:(
Oh well im back in and I would think the spiders will once again start crawling. I'm having some problems with my stats server so i havent been able to check for the past week whether googlebot has been by or not and my tech boys are all on holiday so I will have to wait a few days.
But i am ecstatic about this. I was so close to switching to a new domain, this should save me big bucks.
Is there is any data or statistics as to how many sites are suffering from this 'slow-death syndrome'?
Starting to ses pages vanishing from the index on about the 15th December, now out of 300+ only showing 20, 19 of these just the URL, only 1 page showing a description.
I did however have problems, down several times in late November and also had a robots.txt that returned a 403 error.
Still the situation seems the same, all pages showing good PR, only URL's showing no description etc, also for some reason [mydomain.com...] is showing when we search for all our pages in Google.
Just sit and wait and maybe your site might come back.
Set up a permanent redirect to another one of our sites, after 2 weeks I now have the symptoms you are all describing...
So it looks like a redirect has bearing here...
The site in question that is dissapearing is good news for me because I want it to pick up the redirected site which was lost in November....still waiting but at least its showing some potential.
I have recently removed all parked domains that redirected to my lost site as Google hand wrote to me (Yes a real person after I nagged for ages) and they said off the record that I may want to remove any domains pointing to my lost site...dupe content etc.....
Hope this may help some of you...