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Disappeared from Yahoo and Google



5:56 am on Jan 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hello, I am pretty new to all of this so I hope that someone will be able to help me :)

For the past 8 months or so I have had pretty good rankings (mostly in the top 10 or 20) in Yahoo and Google for nearly all of my targeted keywords. I just checked my rankings by using Web Position Gold's "Reporter" and noticed that I have pretty much disappeared from the search engines. I have recently been reading alot about Yahoo changing to Inktomi and am wondering if this could be the reason why I have vanished. I only have 1 page (my home page) listed with Inktomi since I recently paid for it about a month ago. Nearly all of my traffic came from Yahoo and Google. For some reason I am not being listed with MSN even though I have submitted?

I have only been in business about a year and am wondering if anyone has any suggestions at all for me about what can be done. I have written descriptive paragraphs and have targeted the correct keywords. My links could use some improvement, but other than that I am in the dark.

Any suggestions or clues as to what may have happened would be greatly appreciated!


8:57 am on Jan 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hello steph318, welcome to webmasterworld.

Firstly, Google (and thus Yahoo) results are changing from moment to moment right now due to an update, so your issue may be premature.

Currently Yahoo is still using Google results, so any indexing problem most likely pertains to Google.

It has been mentioned in these forums many times that Google does not tolerate requests from Web Position Gold, or other automated query tools, so that may have some significance. There's more info on this page and the links on the left:



8:29 pm on Jan 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

I am sorry for the disspearance , but I am so relieved to hear it is not just me. I thought it was the company I chose to do e-commerce with. They had recently performed an upgrade, but I as well came up under many search terms as number 1 or 2 in yahoo and google and now I don't even exist anymore.

Does anyone know when this might be rectified. How frustrating.


6:04 am on Jan 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Keyplyr for your advice.

I was not aware that monitoring rankings using WPG had any effects on Google. What should I do now? Wait it out and then resubmit manually in a month or so?

I have also been reading alot about this update that has been going on with Google....


6:16 am on Jan 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member keyplyr is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

I would be very thorough in removing anything that would possibly cause a penalty: hidden links, hidden text, sneaky use of H1 tags, cloaking, cross-linking of other domains owned by you, linking to 'bad neighborhoods' etc. Search through the Google forum for more info.

Then I would make sure that several good ranking sites post a link to you. The rest will take care of itself.