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I expected to see something a bit more radical happen. Can anyone predict what will happen? Will my pages go Supplemental or even disappear from the index?
There's a possibility that Google is looking at related sites whether through history of links or even whois. Maybe by taking this site out of the index the other site that makes a bit of money might return to it's former position. Also maybe my blog on blogspot (named after the removed site) may rank on the first page so that bands looking for someone to review their CDs will find a link to my site. As I say, it can't hurt to try. I don't want to use the remove URL because I may want to remove the ban in a month or so.
The last time I took this action was with with Yahoo about 18 months ago. Within 10 days I was ranking really well (as compared to last on exact string searches). Okay, I know it was just coincidence then, but when logic fails, choose the irrational.
The problem is that the site will be removed for 6 months, which I never new at the time, now I have another 3 months before the site is indexed again(hopefully).
The only reason I did this was there was another domain that hijacked the site with the old redirect trick so I thought this would put an end to that as google was taking forever to fix the hijacking problems.
I found out at New Orleans that using robots text to get a site removed does so for 6 month's so it should be used with caution.
Has there been a major Google update? Not judging by the threads here on WW.
I've just checked a number of searches I always use to judge my sites progress - and I am back in top position for each "widget words" and on the front page for "widget" - a position I last held in August last year. Earlier this week I didn't even appear for "widget words".
What conclusions can I reach at this early stage? Well, the experiment has been successful - something about one of my sites was dragging another down. I did have a time when I linked to my main site on every page (actually liked to the 4 main index pages on my main site so it was a bit excessive) There are pages on both sites that present the same information in different ways so there may be a duplicate content penalty of some sort. It certainly seems to me that this last 10 months of Google 'filtering' has been based on links (and Google IS a search engine ranking system based on links)
Loads of questions still, the site I banned Googlebot from is now up to #4 for its own name. Another site i have hasn't returned to its former position.
Personally I'm having a drink tonight - Czech lager.