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Some days ago I made some changes in my Home Page's layout. During the development of the new page, before altering my Home Page, I runned a test page (/test.asp) which was uploaded to the server.
To prevent the test page from beeing indexed by SEs, I made sure that a <meta name="robots" content="noindex"> was in place.
Today, by a coincidence, I sadly discovered that when I uploaded the test page, as my new Home Page, I had forgotten all about the META-noindex :o
I can't remember exactly when the new Home Page was uploaded, but I estimate that it was between tuesday (last week) and saturday (this weekend). I have just removed the META-noindex.
Is this a critical situation?
My Home Page is still in the index (and has been all the time), only with the cache and date of the recent version.
I was just worried that my HP would have been removed from the SERPs.
walkman > How is it possible for a competitor to submit a "remove request" on my behalf? Isn't it only possible for a webmaster that can confirm ownership of a particular website to do so?
This post proved certain things about how meta tags are handled and there weight for me.
So a big thanks for posting this OutdoorMan and I am very pleased you had a good outcome.
Some extended feedback/information on the outcome:
My Home Page was re-indexed again on december 29th -- and my new Home Page has advanced in SERPs position from #19 to #9 for my primary keyword.
It sure looks like this issue didn't harmed my Home Page rankings at all :)