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My website was offline for almost 20 hours because we when we changed server we had a issue, we couldn't unzip the file and couldn't understand why ? simple not enough space on the server ? easy after but not that easy to figure out ...
anyway I rank very well on many keywords and was wondering if my ranking is going to be affected negatively.
I read in your forum that if google can't find you it will come back and it is no issue and also read that not being for a day can affect your ranking for months ?
what is the truth out there ?
My expectation is that the worst you may see is a minor blip in rankings, with everything returning to normal. To be honest, I've had pages retuning errors for much longer than a day which were not affected in rankings.
I think Google's thinking is that taking any severe action for a (likely temporarily) unavailable page would be counter-productive, and I would agree with that.
Of course, you'll have missed some crawling which may have a slight impact, and if there are any differences between the old and new, you may have other problems.
I have had small, personal sites offline for days without a loss in rankings.
My domain has been online since 2000 and it is somewhat of an authority site.
[edited by: Webdetective at 7:59 pm (utc) on Mar. 28, 2009]