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Can one vanish from Google?

Went on a two week holiday and cannot find my sight on Google no more...

     
7:57 pm on Jul 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Can my site be out of Google? There is not one single page on Google – used to be 297 – came back from holiday and not one single page is to be found… I use the “site:” command – is there any other way of searching? Have I missed something while on holiday?
9:05 pm on July 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I think Google is having indexing problems - again. Maybe their hard disks are full?

I have a site where the page count dropped from the normal 100+ to seven and then to zero. I see nothing with the site: command. I don't know if it was banned or not. I checked my logs for Googlebot and noticed that all Googlebot visits were made by the Mediabot. No Mozilla bot at all despite quality backlinks. I don't know if this relates to the problem.

3:05 am on July 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yeah in fact google can drop a site, if for example google bot goes to your site and gets a 404 or 500 error (it happens, server goes down for a few hours or what not) and googles can drop you from the index.

This happens because (as far I know) Google rotates different listing, one update they use stack A where you may have 100 pages index, while say stack C may have been when your site was down or google bot was unable to reach your site so no pages where index. So while Stack C was in use, you get 0 pages found.

I'm not sure if Google still does this but it happen to about a year ago, the thing is it wont be out to long as its always indexing so changes are if your site drop out, it would only be for a while, a few weeks or a few hours depending on if Google Bot found your site and was able to index it.

10:47 am on July 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Google can drop you. They have done over the last 10 years a number of my sites which after the next index, recovered, a bit.

Until that is the last year and a half.

Once dropped no way back sometimes.

Welcome back, I hope you enjoyed your holidays.

1:10 pm on July 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Are you looking with a site:www.domain.com search?

If so, then try site:domain.com just in case they suddenly have the site indexed as non-www pages instead.

2:39 pm on July 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Nope - all pages have gone. Is there any command that one can use to find if a sight has been banned?
4:09 pm on July 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Barring an algorithm change that banned your site you might check to see if your site has been hijacked as that will also cause your pages to drop out of the index. It is hard to track this if Google has no lisings for your site --in which case use the link, inurl and intitle commands on Yahoo and check every link for a 302 redirect in a server header checker.
9:51 pm on July 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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My sight is a CMS created and osted by a fairly large company - I know they have over 4000 e-commerce solutions in Denmark. To this shop, they have a SEO system, giving me the option of a heading, a little text and keywords.

The only problem I have encounterd is this: I have copied products that are simular - and forgot about the SEO system - therefore making 10-12 identical pages...

I have now altered these SEO pages to reflect what is the product.

But have I been banned - how am I to clear the misunderstanding? Can it be done? I guess one cannot write Google - and I still do not know if it is the reason for my sight not showing in Google.

I feel some what lost...

10:03 pm on July 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yes, indeed. In the last month 2 out of ~200 sites that I manage had "vanished" from Google. Came back like nothing happened after 4 and 5 days.
During the disappearance - site: & link: didn't return anything on all the data centers I could find (even the "experimental" ones)... Also the search for www.example.com was returning "Sorry, no information is available for the URL www.example.com" - that's pretty much as close to "getting banned" as it gets...
10:40 pm on July 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Can my site be out of Google? There is not one single page on Google – used to be 297 – came back from holiday and not one single page is to be found…

yeah, google knows when you are on holiday, you'll have to fill out a "back to work" affidavit with the crawl department and they will put you back in.

just kidding.

sorry for your misfortune. :)

4:28 am on July 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You might want to try a reinclusion request in case you've been banned. But first fix anything that you think could have triggered a ban.
9:04 am on July 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Our Sitemaps service may offer some good information in situations such as this.

Most importantly, though, review our Webmaster Guidelines.

Often you'll hit a "D'oh!" moment, fix the problem, and over time will be happier with how your site is indexed and ranked.

4:14 pm on July 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I see a lot of people saying that Sitemaps is listing errors on sites, where no such error exists in reality.

There are several threads at WebmasterWorld stating that in the last few weeks, some with posts in the last 48 hours.

5:00 pm on July 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi g1smd,

I have been told by G Sitemap there are quite a few "denied by robots.txt" errors (none of which IMHO are real) on my site. They cannot possibly be real. Very strange.

10:09 pm on July 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Tanx Adam. They - the CMS host and developer - have added Google Sitemap - and hopefully read the Guidelines again.

Hoping for the best... and thank you all for all the response. Nice 2 know some people know of my existents

1:48 am on July 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hey g1smd,

Yes, I've also seen such reports. I know that the Sitemaps team has found most of the seemingly-off *ranking* reports to be actually accurate... but I'm not familiar with findings re: the error messages.

I do know that the Sitemaps folks are active in their Google Group and regularly investigate and report back on issues discussed there. I'll also chat with 'em this week to see what clarifications I can get.