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What is strange is that while the pages has a PR 4, 3's (not grey barred) they are completely gone from the SERPS when searching for the URL.
It's only a handful of URLS but they were my "go to" pages that never had problems, with 1-2 rankings with quality links pointing to them. One page even has an article that points to my de-indexed page ranking for 2nd for said keyword. :0
I should note I experienced the #6 penalty, a link buying penalty (although I don't think this was on purpose as the site couldn't be found via a domain search, I think we somehow got penalized because G's algorithim picked us up as "sellers" for some reason) and about a month ago my homepage was grey barred for a few days.
All pages in general are now ranking really bad with about half my pages going grey barred, but at least still in the index.
Anyone have the same experiences or thoughts?
When I've had this come up, it's usually been a temporary thing - possibly a data bug at Google. Only one case seemed to be over optimization, and we backed off on some internal anchor text and footer links. That page came back about a week later.
I've had it happen for 1 other page for 302 redirecting domains to that page when I thought it was 301's. The page never recooped so Im hoping these pages don't suffer the same fate, despite being what one would assume being a different problem.
Pages continue to get grey barred as they get de-indexed. Freakin A. I feel like doing a re-inclusion request but have no idea what to say I did wrong. Plus it's like a "half-reinclusion request". Errrr
I have also had random pages dropped from SERPs, but they are still recognized as indexed when using the "site:" command.
There seems to be a huge problem with Google today, unless I'm totally missing something here.
it's like a "half-reinclusion request"
Note that it's now called a "reconsideration request" - your site doesn't need to be completely out of the index to file one, just challenged in some way. However, it is best to have identified and "fixed" some issue that you can include in the request.
The only thing I can remotely think of, and is something that I've never seen cause any sort of problem was my website couldn't handle a server upgrade and partially went down for a few days. Shortly after the pages were fine, but maybe a couple weeks later some started to get dropped. I guess I'll mention that in the reconsideration request as it's all I can think of. :(
The backlink profiles of the pages haven't changed ie: I dont see a correlation between the de-indexed sites and indexed one. Now down to about 1/3 of the original page count...Uhhh
I could see supps disappearing, or pages deeply indexed but not pages with good interlinking and sitewide linked, since inception. Just strange, very strange.