joined:Oct 23, 2008
Does anyone have any experience with a site going down and the aftermath with Google SERPS?
About 3 weeks ago I had a hard drive failure on my dedicated server. It took me a bit to get everything fully restored from backups. During that time I experienced approx 3 days of down time. As such, when Google came to crawl my site it found lots of 404's.
When using the "site:" operator I see that I still have about the same number of pages indexed in Google however my traffic is greatly reduced.
I have confirmed everything is running fine on the server but 2 days after getting the server going again, Google referrals went down about two thirds. It has remained there since.
From what I have read Google understands that sites go down and 2 to 3 days of lowered traffic is normal. I am approaching 2 weeks with no change and I am starting to worry. The site is 6 years old and has lots of quality backlinks. Any suggestions?