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Involuntary error and sandboxed. Lesson from a real case.

Beware of doing the same

   
1:18 pm on Jan 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I have a website, excellent rankings because it's pure content, no link exhcanges, used to rank several internal pages in first pages of search engines results.

Last week during editing I discovered that creation of 6 new pages in my website had an error: one photo had a link to other website (while it shouldn't contain any link) and that photo was copied and pasted 5 times in same page and then replaced by another different photos, result: 5 different photos on same page were linking to the same page (external link)

That unwanted overlinking, was repeated in some 4-6 pages in my site because other pages were created. Until it was discovered and links removed.

Days ago noticed that, so removed all unwanted and repeated links and uploaded again the pages.

I saw yesterday that my website is completely gone from Google, so assume that received some penalty and now it's sandboxed or gone forever.

This sad experience wasn't any kind of trick, but I admit that might look like to SE eyes. The lesson: check outgoing links always.

However, is there something else to do than sit and wait, hoping someday my site comes back to SE results?

The good new: That site still ranks ok in Yahoo and MSN.

I guess

9:56 pm on Jan 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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doesn't look at all like a realistic scenario to me.
10:31 pm on Jan 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Relax; there is so much else going on right now in the Google index. The two are probably unrelated.
12:40 am on Jan 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I'm not sure but it was my only site that suffered that radical change. All other suffered minor shiftings.

My guessing is the involuntary overlinking spoiled the things.

1:46 am on Jan 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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If it truly was the links that caused the problem then your site should come back in a few weeks.
3:23 am on Jan 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I just had a page go from #3 to #100 in the space of a day. Over the last couple of months it has done this a couple times. Actually this has happened to several pages on my site.

I don't think you're being punished. I think you're just an unintended casualty of Google's current wild gyrations. I'm sure you will come back up in a week or two.

11:53 pm on Jan 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I hate to ask the clarification questions, but here I go:

I saw yesterday that my website is completely gone from Google

What does it mean?
You mean a site:example.com returns zero?
You mean a search on "example.com" returns a blank page?
You mean simply a search on "your keywords" does not get your site in the first page?

12:02 am on Jan 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I saw yesterday that my website is completely gone from Google, so assume that received some penalty and now it's sandboxed or gone forever.

Doubtful, and your assesment of the situation is solely based on what you observed days before the event happened.

this is along the lines of 'junking your car because it wont start, based on the smell of burning oil and assuming the engine is blown.'

Lot's of things cause sites to be dropped. Some DC's dont even have some of my websites listed, but are ancient artifacts or ancient rankings, or test DC's, or others.

Be patient and at the same time analytical.

2:30 am on Jan 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Yeah, that does not sound like ideal linking, but does not sound like grounds for any real action to be taken. I would be interested in you answering fischermx question.
1:19 pm on Jan 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi again and sorry if it was unprecise before:


What does it mean?
You mean a site:example.com returns zero?
You mean a search on "example.com" returns a blank page?
You mean simply a search on "your keywords" does not get your site in the first page?

Example.com returns my page.
"my keywords" don't return my page (used to be in first page results) and now it's not even in first 300 -didn't search beyond but to me that's completely gone.

Eithter didn't appear if I search "my keywords mydomain", I use that to see if the page is indexed in google because it uses to return your page even if you don't rank in first positions.

Removed the "offending links" and resubmitted the sitemap, now I see site back, in similar positions than before the dissapearing. If it was that, took about a week as somebody said. If it was some Google shaking, I can't tell.

5:28 pm on Jan 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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A simple link to another website would not make your site tank... sorry, but you need to look at other reasons. If you didn't notice an image/link when you tested your pages are you sure you didn't miss some truely hidden items?
5:41 pm on Jan 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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No way a simple link, even to a bad site will get you dropped. I have two directories in my arsenal of web-sites, one has over 80 THOUSAND out bound links, all ordinary links, meaning they even pass PR. Never had an issue, in fact traffic is steadily increasing as time goes by.

Out of 80k links there is bound to be some repeats/bad folks even though it is hand edited, sites change hands, webmasters make mistakes etc etc.

I would wait and see before doing anything, if you start trying to "fix" it you might "break" it... Know what I mean?

6:13 pm on Jan 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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If you didn't notice an image/link when you tested your pages are you sure you didn't miss some truely hidden items?

Yes I am.

And I don't think a link may get you dropped. I think the overuse of one link (that's the case) did.

Once removed it's back. But it's just my opinion.

 

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