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Woke up this morning to find that Google has DROPPED the homepage from the index. I put in the URL, and Google returns a "Sorry, no information is available for the URL" message.
All 150K other pages on the domain continue to remain indexed, however. It is ONLY the homepage that has been dropped.
Anyone else seeing this?
[edited by: bakedjake at 9:36 pm (utc) on Aug. 14, 2004]
In a nutshell:
The key is to be absolutely consistent in your internal linking, and to try to get those who link to you to use the "correct" domain name as well. Implementing the 301 redirect will help in this respect if the Webmaster adding a link to your site verifies his/her work.
While we have recently had some reports of a specific search engine mishandling 301 redirects, the 301 is still "the right thing to do," and we'll have to leave it to that search provider to bring their redirect handling into conformance with RFC2626 [w3.org].
Personally, I believe it is a mistake for search engines to try too hard to compensate for incorrectly-configured sites, at least insofar as it results in problems for correctly-configured sites.
Anyway, in a nutshell, always link to any given resource by one URL and one URL only; consistency is what matters.
I use a script to track inbound and outbound hits with my link partners. Sites linking back use the following syntax: [mysite.com...] Well, my site is appearing in G's search results with that URL - including the?username part.
I've been using this script for a long time and my ranking hadn't changed. Now that it has, I'm wondering if my inbound link syntax is a problem. Any thought?
Sites linking back use the following syntax: [mysite.com...] Well, my site is appearing in G's search results with that URL - including the?username part.
I've been using this script for a long time and my ranking hadn't changed. Now that it has, I'm wondering if my inbound link syntax is a problem.
Yes, it's a problem.
Since your response was so brief, I'll assume you're referring to the fact that each of my incoming links contains unique text at the end, i.e. the username. O.k., I'm no expert so I'll accept this.
What I don't understand is that I've been using these inbound links for over a year and my home page stayed consistently at #1. Googlebot crawled the page many many times with no effect. And then all of a sudden my ranking changes. If what you say is true, I guess Google must have changed their rules. Wish I was more sure of this before I change everything around ... sigh :-(
I am at my wits' end...
You are confusing Google with duplicate content URLs, and that isn't a good idea. if you want to keep the same link style but not risk your main page, have them link to some other entry page like www.domain.com/entry/?blahblah (with somewhat different content than the main page of course).
What Steveb said.
I originally started with a longer reply in my post above, but then before hitting "submit" realized it might be a little harsh, so I edited most of it out.
If you feed G multiple URL's for the same page, what do you expect? Alright, it didn't hurt for a year, but apparently one of your new "backlinks" has a high enough PR that it's causing you dupe content problems.
Good luck getting everything changed to your actual URL.
Pick one canonical URL for your site, usually www.example.com/ or example.com/, and stick with it.
1.Reduced all links to canonical form in including inbound ones that I knew of.
2. Used 301 redirect.
Is it a sandbox?
I mean I did all these because some my pages suddenly went from index and lost PR.
No restoration occurred.
I also changed all java script links for static. No effect.
Is it possible that other factors became more important (inbound and outbound links)?
See more my comments about last in [webmasterworld.com...] (msg 463)
In the same month (prior to the index page vanishing act) a competitor totally ripped the home page content and cloaked it thereby producing duplicate content. Since there was a copyright issue we were straight on to them (and their ISP) and got them to remove it. Then we get the index page vanishing act soon after.
Is this indicative of a site about to be dropped or another reason?
I would ask you more details about this. I have create many domains for hotel reservations so I have seperated it in each city for a domain. One City One Domain. Is this allowed by Google? The content is unique in each website. But I have crossed link together. I have use the same host, some it same ip address. Same Whois information.