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Pages dropping out of the index - in two months time it will be 0

Number of pages indexed drops from 112,000 to 270!

8:07 am on Apr 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Has anyone else suffered from this? Has anyone else got their pages back? Did any one make changes to their site? If so what did you do?

I can't be the only one, I know some forum sites that have had similar experiences - but what about other sites?

8:55 pm on Apr 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I got the same problem too. Don't have a clue what happened? One day the site was getting plenty of traffic and the next day all but 350 of it's pages simply disappeared from the index.

It is still getting spidered heavily by mozilla googlebot. It still gets traffic from google every day just not hardley as much, maybe 10% of before.

It doesn't seem to be banned because the pages it has left still rank the same as before?

I'm stumped? This is new to me.

9:00 pm on Apr 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I think it's google fixing itself. One of my forums lost 50k pages, however I notice the pages that are left are current and top 1-2 tier of the site. SO I think it's reindexing things from the top down.
9:14 pm on Apr 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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So you are saying they are starting over and rebuilding a new index? That's what mine is doing, only the first 1-2 levels are indexed and doing fine. The deeper pages were dropped.
9:16 pm on Apr 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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i noticed this on one of my sites today. SERPs were up after last change though.
Let's wait until Tuesday and have some Easter fun instead.
9:25 pm on Apr 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Tank: What sort of content was on the missing 112k pages? That might help explain things. -Larry
9:52 pm on Apr 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Exactly the same here.

Was over 200K in the index, good traffic
Now down to under 300 pages, being spidered at a rate of 6000+/day for weeks but nothing appearing.

My pages each have unique content, generated pages by php but similar in that they have the same templates (6 different templates) and format.

There are some pages which I could understand if G decided were not unique enough, yet they are still there! - can't understand it.

My pages were mostly created in the last few months - is that true of anyone else who has this problem?

Sent google an email today - see what happens.

1:42 am on Apr 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Read about this problem with google since last couple of weeks, I am hit by same today, for my 3 sites which had over 5,00,000 + pages each in googles index are showing less then 2000 pages in google index.

Morever, the traffic has gone down by almost 70% this really sucks.. The problem has hit in last 2 weeks reducing/deteriorating day by day.

Whats wrong exactly here?

2:02 am on Apr 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Interesting post from catch2948 in the Data Centers Watch thread [webmasterworld.com]:

Don't know if anyone saw this overnight, but one of my "barometer" sites (www.cnn.com) lost 1.1 million indexed pages ... However, as of 15 minutes ago, they have gotten 500,000 of them back ... WOW!
2:22 am on Apr 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yikes CNN.com too damn and anyone dare say there is not something with google lately they must be on crack lol, We shall all seat and wait :)
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