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My other pages are listed, but when my homepage fell out of the index, they lost position. For my main keywords, at best, I was around # 30. Now I'm around #97. In the last pagerank update, my internal pages went from PR3 to PR4.
A few weeks ago, I noticed that some other sites show the same thing (missing homepages), and yesterday, I found that a few of my competitors (who are from #30-#97) also have missing homepages.
I removed some duplicate content and fixed the non-www/www thing. I found a site that was using the text from my homepage and I got it removed. I also removed all of my links pages. Someone talked me into using an ASP link exchange. All these changes were done more than 2 months ago.
Is my missing homepage because of something I did, and now that (hopefully) it is fixed, will come back after some penalty expires, or is it something "wrong" with g?
BTW, my site is doing very well in both Y and M as far as ranking, but traffic is light.
I don't have much addition to that man I'm sorry, it could be a glitch or a 302 hijack (which is also a glitch of course)
I think that Google returns few weird things recently.
for example I know of a site which has ridiculous competition (like 5 webpages have the same KW's between quotations "my keyword") - The site appears in the listing with quotations but is not even in the first 1000's listings -
Well, it is 4 months old and no trick, a few backlinks all natural, a nice business ----I say ok...sandbox...alright but there should be a limit to that right? Because ranking higher porn sites (for the same example above) just because they are not sandboxed anymore although totally unrelated does not make the SERP relevant.
What I'm saying is that Google should eventually revise their algo once again - same with missing homepages, could be a penalty, could be a bug, could be back to the sandbox for whatever reason. I'm in a dark mood today!
After you fixed all of the issues (dup content, 301 ridirects) how long did it take to come back.
It took a few days. In fact I asked 301 redir. questions in WebmasterWorld (Apache Webserver), got the answer, did an update in my .htaccess file. And my homepage appeared in G index a few days later.
Intresting that you see your homepage return after a long absence.
I have seen this on some sites too - dont really know what to make of it yet - I would assume encouraging - however, the homepages are not ranking and the rest of the site is still suffering badly on the sites I have seen.
Whether we need a new PR update - or just wait for improvements I dont know.
It is like Google have done half a job....
About 2 months ago I had fixed EVERYTHING that I even remotely thought G didn't like. I found a www, non-www problem, duplicate content problem for the homepage, my affiliate problem was causing duplicate content problem, and I was a participant in an ASP link program. I don't know which, or if all caused my homepage to drop out. After fixing as much as I could, and still had not been re-included, I submitted a re-inclusion request. My homepage showed up for about 3 days and then disappeared again till last week. I don't know why it is back, but thankfully, it is.
After that, Google was indexing my pages as both www. and non-www. I moved servers (had to) so that I could implement a 301 redirect from non www. to www in early May. After that, Google indexed my home page with some jibberish and the end. I fixed that too with the .htaccess. The other pages have been coming out of supplemental slowly.
It appears that Google refuses to index my "real" home page. I'm still waiting but do have some hope as I've seen it indexed properly (current cache and all!) on some datacenters in the last couple of days. It's the first light at the end of the tunnel and I dare think that someday, all will be indexed properly. Since the hit, it's relied soley on the other engines, which seem to have no problems with my site whatsoever.
I'm still waiting but do have some hope as I've seen it indexed properly (current cache and all!) on some datacenters in the last couple of days.
Congrats, Rainie. That sounds very promising. It's good to hear a success story on 302-hijack/canonicalization-problem recovery. Your approach was the one usually suggested as being the best bet.
And welcome to WebmasterWorld.
I've had my hopes up before... Still, many of the "test" DCs show the best results I've seen since the problem began and my fingers are crossed.
During updates, when many people were checking their rankings, I was checking my canonicals, still am - LOL ;-)
I've followed alot of advice from WebmasterWorld members. Many of you are truly professionals and I appreciate that. I didn't see the problem coming and ignorance was not bliss for me.
What else I learned was to take pre-emptive measures and get the fixes in place on my other sites before any problems began. So far, so good...
I guess Google just needs help! It has a long way to go yet but I do see progress on the long and winding road (hopefully) back.
Googlebot don't crawl my pages anymore; but there is the google news crawler coming to my homepage every 15 minutes and about 4-7 news/day are showed.
I've corrected some dup pages problem; I've not any problem regarding www not-www (I use a 302 redirect).
Today is a month out of the index and I'm in pain; 5 people works on the website and the traffic is 70% down.
Checking for the cached pages I see that they are always 5,6 days old (crawled not from the standard googlebot, but from google news bot)
A reinclusion request has been useless, a month ago I received the standard response...