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rdx, it's not very common, but it does happen so it's not unexpected when it does. Even if it doesn't make it back in mid-stream, which I've seen twice and neither did, don't panic unless it's out the following month also. In both cases that I've had happen they were gone for a month and then back in.
One case was an overloaded server that timed out and made the site almost inaccessible. I had the host move it, and then moved all sites from there anyway. It was out one month and then right back in where it had been.
>my site is currently MIA in the Google dance.
One of mine is out, but I expected it. After I paid for domain renewal the registrar deleted the nameserver information, I guess it was a paperwork glitch. The site was down during the last update and for a little bit after, until it was re-entered and resolved again.
I moved a portion of that site elsewhere and used a 301, but it's a good thing I've already arranged a few links to the new one, so they should both be OK next time around.
The other site that was out a few months ago is a different story. It's a site I did a little work on a while back, and there's a problem I had pointed out but the person didn't fix it. It's a domain at a free host that has the pages show up with the domain name and their subdomain both, so technically it's duplicate content at two URLs.
It appears to be gone again, which is a shame, it was doing beautifully. I'll take a screenshot on www and keep watch to see what happens with that, whether it re-appears mid-update, but I doubt it. It's a concern because it could be a problem, though I strongly suggested months ago moving it.
Even with a catastrophic server drive failure during googlebot's deep crawl it didn't hurt much.
Did excellent on some dynamic content (Shockwave) pages in SERP's which adds much weight to the fact that Flash and Shockwave sites can get good ranked position as long as DMOZ listings are favourable.
[edited by: fathom at 9:07 am (utc) on July 26, 2002]
Ho-hum... I thought it might take a year to fully recover from cross-linking - maybe I should expand that to 2 years ;)
PS. I promise I won't turn this thread into a 0 rank discussion :)
I'd say it is panic time if I am going to be out for a full month. I'll try to be hopeful, but I got the bad feeling Google has managed to hose me. :(
>One of mine is out, but I expected it. After I paid for domain renewal the registrar deleted the nameserver information, I guess it was a paperwork glitch. The site was down during the last update and for a little bit after, until it was re-entered and resolved again.
There is absolutely nothing like this that could explain what has happened. My logs show no significant outages. The odd thing is Googlebot has ignored my site for 10 days now, and usually she comes by every other day or so for the index.htm page at least. My logs show Googlebot grabbed the main site on July 5, poked around the message board on the 11th, and last came by for index.htm on the 15th. If my site doesn't make it in this index, the only explanations can be malice or stupidity on the part of Google. Using Hanlon's razor ("Never attribute to malice what can adequately be explained by stupidity."), I'll assume it was stupidity (specifically, some sort of computer glitch at Google) here. I am hoping I am not going to have to beg related sites still alive in Google to make some sort of much more prominent link to my site so people can find me. (Mine, and all related sites, all are focused on a matter of warning the public of dangers, so there really isn't "competition" here.) The only saving grace, if my site is out, is on one of the 2 main keywords, in www2 at the moment one of my posts on the message board of a related site, with the title "NEWS REPORT: (keyword) death..." is in the #9 position, which should end up leading people searching on that to my site because it is in my .sig file used on that message board. Weirdly enough, 3 days ago a Phoenix TV station showed a monitor with one of the deaths pages of my site on it, and used that as a basis for the reported number they gave for total documented deaths known on the topic of my site. I even managed to get someone to send me a Real Media file of that, which I already added to my site. Unless journalists prefer search engines other than Google, for a month they may not be able to get this data.
Another site of my client's was indexed in DMOZ 2 months back.. but still no trace yet in Google. Beats my mind. Guess googlebot didn't like the taste of the cookies I had welcomed her with, last time over.
In general the links seem to be better all round by about 25%, so maybe Google have done us proud.
Mind you I've always said you can never count your chickens, just in case.
And reading this forum has given me lots of ideas for things to do before the next update. I recently submitted to both yahoo and DMOZ for example. This may sound sacrilege to all of you doing this for a living, but I'm having fun ;)