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Re registering domain debacle - ranking drop

     
7:00 am on Dec 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I had a problem with a regional registry that were unable to renew a cTLD domain on time for technical reasons, and the site went offline a few weeks ago. The site is now happily re registered.

All rankings collapsed and have stayed down since then. How long to wait before the sites re-rank in their former positions and/or what needs to be done to get things moving again?
11:35 am on Dec 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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google is not sure you own your domain anymore and that is was possibly bought by a spammer who looks for expired domains. you want to demonstrate to google that ownership has not changed. one way to do this is to not change the page templates, site structure or hosting company.

i have had some good & some bad experiences with trying to get expired domains ranking again in google. i would suggest you get some new backlinks while you wait to see if google gives you credit for the old links.
1:32 pm on Dec 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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one way to do this is to not change the page templates, site structure or hosting company.


Yep, so long as everything has remained the same my experience has been pretty good when this has happened, fortunately not very often!
2:12 pm on Dec 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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this might be one of those instances where an established wmt account might help
7:01 am on Dec 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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If it persists for another few weeks would a reconsideration request be wise. We do hold a WMT account.

Or do we just sit tight with the above advise
7:45 am on Dec 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I would submit the reinclusion request right away and explain in detail what has happened.

I have seen websites usually bounce back within about two weeks from this type of issue. Be sure to run diagnostics to ensure that everything is in order.
 

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