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This has happened to my .info domain since last night and I am really upset at it.
All my 300 keywords have stopped working in Google but my site still appearing in Google with site:www.example.info and www.example.info searches.
Yesterday I received 600 visitors from Google and today only 4.
My .info domain is one and half years old. Till, Today I regularly update it with unique content and don't promote it much as I am already receiving number of visitors.. I never did spamming or adopted prohibited ways to promote the site.
I do Free directory submissions and very seldom links exchanges.
Can any expert tell me please what why it has happened to my site?
Is it a permanent problem or temporarily.?
I will be thankful for any help and guidance
[edited by: tedster at 4:08 pm (utc) on May 23, 2008]
[edit reason] switch to example.info - it can never be owned [/edit]
[edited by: SEOExperiment at 5:10 pm (utc) on May 23, 2008]
If the .info domains are so bad then Google should mention in it's Webmaster Guidelines so that webmasters should take great care about this domain before purchasing it.
But banning all .info domains without any apparent reason is greatly surprising.
Though I am not sure that whether it is the effect of Google dance or a penalty but I hope that my domain will come back in it's actual position in Google because I did a lot of hard work on my domain for one and half years.
Try to avoid the Free Directory submissions and be careful about link exchanges.
The value of those types of incoming links is minimal and from my little understanding of Google have a slight negative impact.
Although, if other .INFO's are seeing the same thing it is probably more of a system-wide problem.
If google has downgraded .info sites carte blanche on the basis that they're all spammy that's a kick in the teeth for guys like me.
Fingers crossed that it's a glitch and things return to normal over the next few days.
Whatever is going on right now for the .info sites that are seeing ranking drops, it's 99.44% certain that Google is doing something other than penalizing for the TLD. We already have one .info site owner here reporting that top rankings for that site have been maintained - and I'm sure that's what most .info domains are seeing.
1) Website that links to a .com and .info
2) Yesterday morning, .com and .info ranked #1 for their domain name minus extension
3) Today, .com is #1 for its domain name, minus extension, but .info is gone.
So, could be just an algorithm quirk, but, I'm comparing apples to apples here.
Site command looks fine and if you search domain.info comes up # 1.
The same thing happened to me last night. The site is still appearing with site:www.redwidgetblog.com and is showing the normal amount of indexed pages and the normal amount of backlinks that google cares to show. It also appears at the top of the serps if I type www.redwidgetblog.com or the phrase red widget blog.
However, it has completely disappeared for the phrase red widget. If I add blog, its at the top. Take out the word blog and its nowhere. Also, a lot of the internal pages are no longer showing for the key phrases they are aimed at.
The site I just mentioned is on blogspot. Could you message me and tell me which forum it is that they are talking about blogspot sites getting hit?