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Google refuses to show pages in first 10-100-250 results



9:38 am on Jan 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The problem is that Google instead of Yahoo, Bing refuses to show almost all the pages of my site by any of the keywords or keywords combinations (even the full title) in the first 10-50-100-250 results.

The only thing that differs this site from the other sites of mine doing well in all search engines is that at the end of 2007 the cgi script used for forum was vulnerable to attacks of spam sites. A lot of bad spam messages with bad links were posted, numerous bad external links to the cgi script appeared (about several thousands). By the July 2008 the visits from Google reduced 10 times.

The site has been heavily reconstructed recently (about half a year), reconsideration request was sent (about 2 months ago) but still Google doesn’t want to show the pages of the site (the exceptions are index page and several rare keywords that are on the first pages of results). Also images are doing well in Google Images search by the same keywords (first page of results). All the pages are indexed and have PR 2-3.

I will be pleased if you share your ideas how to solve this problem. Thanks.


6:03 am on Jan 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Hello DeIntegro, and welcome to the forums.

It sounds like you did a lot of the right things. Often when a site is hacked, all kinds of spammy backlinks also show up. Have you checked for those and mentioned them in your reconsideration request? Also, have you made 100% sure that there is now no vulnerability on your server? No backdoors installed, no parasite links that are cloaked to the regular visitors and only shown to googlebot - that kind of thing?

Also, you may have just some bad timing here, since as you can see from other recent discussions., Google is behaving quite strangely at the moment. Lots of guesses about why that is, especially theories about Google have troubles rolling out their new Caffeine infrastructure.

If there is an official announcement about Caffeine being fully live and your site is still not visible, that's when I'd go into high gear. Until then, do your research but it may just have to be a waiting game.


1:21 pm on Jan 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for your reply tedster!

Unfortunately I haven't mentioned the exact list of links (just wrote "numerous bad external links to the cgi script"). From our side the vulnerable script was deleted; all target urls of these links were blocked in our robots.txt and the request to remove them from Google index was sent through Webmaster tools.

Do you think I should make a second request with all the details? As for the current version of the site I am sure there are no vulnerabilities.


1:53 pm on Jan 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

If there are a lot of details, put them on a URL somewhere (non-spiderable) and then make the reconsideration request short and sweet - but with a link to that URL. If you haven't already, check out these Reconsideration Request Tips [webmasterworld.com].


3:22 pm on Jan 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The request usually takes a while to take effect. 2 months might not really be enough time. I would wait 6-8 months for the reconsideration request.

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