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I should explain 'mostly' above. My site had thousands of pages indexed.
Now when I do site: Google does show an accurate page count (in the thousands which it used to have) but when I try and scroll through the pages, Google only shows me about 150 page are in the index.
These lost pages are not in the index (despite the accurate site: ) because when I search for snippets that are unique to those pages, Google returns no results.
My homepage is still in the index along with those 150 pages. My homepage still ranks for a very competitive term. It is second for a query with 240K results (last week this same query showed 2.4 million results).
My referrals from Google are now less than 1% of what they were prior to 7pm EST.
I am hoping this is an issue of Google temporarily losing a site.
I really don't think this is a penalty issue, just a lost site issue. Would like to know if anyone else is experiencing the same thing.
Last Monday, 12/3, I did a site: search and found that the number of urls in the index dropped from 1.2 million to 11,900. Traffic and listings were normal however... until Thursday. We then dropped out of sight through the weekend.
Yesterday traffic returned to normal. URLs in index: 120,000.
I'm holding my breath, hoping everything just stays this way... with tons of referrals coming in.
I didn't view cached versions... but I believe it was there in listing.
I see now that last cache is dated Dec. 9th.
So if someone has experienced this since Monday AND your site has since popped back in make sure to post here. As of today though, I haven't see any examples of that yet happening.
I think this step was necessary so they can make the supplemental index searchable.
[edited by: SEOPTI at 8:25 pm (utc) on Dec. 12, 2007]
I've thoroughly searched for proxies and find none. PageRank is still a healthy 5, Webmaster Tools shows everything's good - the web crawl diagnostics show no errors. Nothing wrong in the server's logs, sitemaps is good as always. AdSense ads are idiotic, as though it's forgotten everything it knew about any page.
Let's get this solved. Please, others, keep posting on your progress.
[edited by: tedster at 7:55 pm (utc) on Dec. 12, 2007]
Again, the problem "most" of us are having is our sites are just completely gone out of the index. No cache, no urls, nothing.
Am experiencing exactly the same. A few proxy sites listed my site and I filed a spam report. There seems to be nothing wrong with my site, I have never done anything fishy with it.
I hope someone at Google looks into the issue and help innocent webmasters like us.
my name is Michael and i am new to this forum. I am running a site in Germany since 2002... its a Authority-Site.
My site also disappeared from Google (started 06. December, Afternoon), but lost only 70% traffic from there.
The same effect i had between 21. October and 27. October, there i also lost 70% traffic and the site was normal back after 6.5 days. I hope its coming back again soon :)
Sorry for my english :)
[edited by: tedster at 10:32 pm (utc) on Dec. 12, 2007]
I will give a shiny nickel to any of you who can explain what is going on. All 3 missing sites were authoritative leaders in their fields and had dozens of top 10 rankings in Google. Each site had very large inlink totals accumulated by total "white hat" methods. I am completely as a loss as to where these sites went, and why?
[edited by: tedster at 4:31 am (utc) on Dec. 13, 2007]
Again, not good. I think this whole thing is a travesty. Two of my client sites that are now just GONE are the largest providers of services in their respective industries? You CANNOT tell me that these sites have no value and don't belong where they were initially.
Needless to say, I am pretty disgusted with the whole thing. You follow Google Webmasters Guidelines to a T when competitors who you know are employing "shady" methods to modulate their results and compete with you, are still in the index and untouched as of this email.
Shame on you Google and shame on the rest of you webmasters who defend this update as a way to "improve the quality of the index!" Don't you think for a minute this can't happen to the rest of you "white hatters" out there, because it certainly is happening to me.
10yrs doing SEO and not one client site has ever fallen out of Google and now I get 3 on the same night? Bull$%^&, something else is going on here!
My pages are not back yet. They still do show pagerank, even the ones that are not in the index.
Sometimes the most important thing an SEO professional can display is patience and belief in that whay they have done is right.
I have the same page counts in the main index (as opposed to the supplemental index) as I did before I lost pages on December 10th.
I check my pages in the main index by:
site:example.com/* and this has been accurate for me in determining page in the main index.
Let's hope it stays this way and I hope the sites of others similarly affected also return.