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How can this be? Does google put that much weight on the domain name that is will continue to index a site that has been down for months, in the top 10 no less?
Any ideas about this?
An authority 'info only' site that has been dead for several months (and not updated for over a year before that) still has the #1 spot in a G.com search.
It shows no date but does still show 'cached' and 'similar' links and a snippet of text (although as it was a frame based site even that is just a 'your browser does not support...' type message! The 'cahced' page is blank!
Very frustrating but I've no answers for you I'm afraid!
We transferred ownership of one of our domains to a new owner. The domain is still active on our server. When we contacted our server about moving the files, etc to the new owner's server. They said this:
That we would have to delete the domain from our server, delete the email names, delete the hostnames and then contact them, so they could clean it up on their end. (Which means they need to do some deleting too?)
Maybe whoever had that domain just deleted it from their side of the server, and didn't notify their servers of the deletion? So even though their site is down, their server doesn't know it yet.
I can still type in an old domain of ours, that has been deleted for 5 years now, and there are still old, unmaintained sites (with useless emails) linking to it.
We emailed google and DMOZ and asked them to get rid of our deleted domain out of their searches, and they eventually did, after about 8 months it started disappearing from our stats. Then we had to wait another year for the images to stop getting pulled up.(alot of 404's)
But they told us we had to contact who was linking to us, to get it out of the serps and directories.