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1. If a formerly nicely ranking website now appears as: "Sorry, no information is available for the URL www.mysite.com" when you seach on its domain name, should I ask for reinclusion? (The site is totally innocent - for those who saw some of my posts in the Bourbon thread, its the site about my cat - nothing sleazy or black hat about it whatsoever! Black hat... she's not even a black cat!)
2. If my website got way trashed by Bourbon (like, Google traffic down 90%) but is still in the SERPs, should I send in a reinclusion request? (This is about my other, much larger site.)
3. Does reinclusion mean just for the homepage URL or every page that I think got trashed? (I hope this isn't the latter - we're talking nearly 1,000 pages over several sites!)
4. How do I send a reinclusion request to Google?
5. What do I say to them?
That's what I'd like to know. Anyone else can add pertinent questions too. Hopefully some of you will have pertinent answers! :-)
Once/If I make it back into the index, I'll post an update.
As for myself, Googlebot continues to visit the server, but it doesn't spider anything beyond the sitemap. Once it starts to spider, I'll know I've been unbanned. Fingers crossed that it's soon.
And to clarify, I believe my site was checked by a real person on July 6th. So I'm not sure if they decided to just not unban it, or if they did remove the ban and it's just waiting for the next quarterly Google update?
So I'm not sure if they decided to just not unban it, or if they did remove the ban and it's just waiting for the next quarterly Google update?
If they unbanned your website, it should show in serps immediately. There is no update involved here.
Was ranking well for numerous searches then all of a sudden (over the new year..) vanished.
The homepage hasn't been cached for 6 months, internal pages have but they change around regularly. The homepage maintained PR5 through all this but in light of recent changes, the homepage is now not only not cahced but down to PR0. But with more backlinks....
I'm gonna read more previous threads but any pointers from any knowledgeable folk would be handy!
Thanks to everyone for clarifying that domains should be in the index shortly after being reviewed by a human. In my case, I am in the process of re-writing the entire website anyway, so I'm going to email Google again within a week and asking them to re-review the site since it will be completely different (content is the same, but urls, scripts, html all different).
webbyfro - Do you have access to your web server logs? If you do, keep an eye out for Google (not Googlebot) reviewing your site. It was less than a week from when I received a reply saying they would fwd to engineers that they reviewed it. Let us know if you have any luck getting back in.
It is I, your humble servant, -------. I was looking through your index and by Google I can no longer find my site. Google, why have thou forsaken me? I prostrate myself at all signs of your mightiness and I beg you with all the energy I can muster, alloweth me back in thine superior search engine.
Something like this should work very well :)
Just discovered a few minutes ago that I am back in the index! My pages have yet to filter into the SERPs, but the homepage is already showing, complete with full descriptions, and I'm sure it's only a matter of time before Googlebot starts doing some heavy spidering of the site and filter my pages into the SERPs. Looks like this just happened today (probably after midnight), so I'll update everyone about what happens later today.
And the answer to most people's questions:
Google replied to my request on 7/27.
I'm back in the index on 8/3.
A total of 8 days! Not bad
Although being banned, my site pages remained in google DCs (showing result 1-4 from 250.000), Now it appears that google is wiping out banned sites completely (showing results 1-4 from 10.000).
Figures were for example purpose only.
joined:May 5, 2005
thanks to all for the tip to use the google support page email, this problem is costing both google and myself $$$ in lost adsense earnings.
i just don't understand why google would hurt itself like this.
I am a novice when it comes to SEO but I thought I was following the guidelines. The only thing I thought might have hurt me was that I signed up with a company called Links4Trade to find link partners. Is anyone familiar with this service and could this be why I was penalized by Google?
For those keeping track:
6/12 - Banned
6/27 - Fwd to engineering team
7/6 - Reviewed by engineering team
8/11 - Back into the index.