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Eventually, the problem was resolved, but one of Company A's techs included the following in an email to me:
"The IP has been banned in the past for various SPAM and phishing scams and that may also be part of the problem."
My heart missed a beat... one of the sites was until recently well-liked by Google but has since October 04 dropped off the map, so to speak.
I am white hat all the way and don't use any oddities... strictly content and updating... but I got whacked hard. Might the problem be my webhost, company X? Under these circumstance should I get ready to move everything from X to say AAA? And how would I know if AAA had a clean, no phishing/spam, reputation and in good standing with network services and the Big G?
Today it's like it never happened. Been thinking of moving site to better host before all if this, now I'm definately moving.
You still need to jump through the hoops of getting on AOL's whitelist and all the other major ISP's.
Then, you will have the spam filters to contend with.
It's ugly now. Death to spammers.
Also make sure you aren't on a shared IP address, (which is why some hosts have such low rates). If another site gets banned so does yours. It also causes a problem with Google indexing redirects for the other company and affecting yours. Only costs a little bit to upgrade to a dedicated IP.
I've been working on the question of "have I been blacklisted" angle as to why my G-rankings tanked, and I went to a hub that checked a lot of spam-filtering monitors. 97% said I was clean/no-report, but SPEWS listed my ip-addy, showing it as shared with two spammer-sites. I looked at the SPEWS data/evidence file, and as their names resolve to the same addy, I guess I am blacklisted in places by association. I am now learning how to handle this.
1) Can someone tell me what my next step is?
2) And how do I know/contact/find out if the big search engines, like G and Y, are penalizing my ip-addy?
(I have the time and energy to get this resolved, but don't know the ropes.)