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4:09 pm on Mar 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Own site with numerous page 1 Google SERPS in various product categories. Long story short - bad communication from our hosting company resulted in short-term domain expiry which took our site off the index. Back online now, but concerned about the best way to attempt to recover the previous serps?

I'm worried if I resubmit the site to prompt a full reindex by Google, the algo will treat us as a new site and we'll lose ranking position? Is it best just to be patient or is there something I can do to help expedite matters?

Further, are we facing the reality that we simply won't recover the serps we had before because of the 'age' factor? For background, the site has a considerably higher page count and breadth of content that any competitor in our niche, so I'm hopeful the site structure will win out in the end?

Any help, suggestions or input anyone can provide are greatly appreciated. Talk about a stress pill!
4:26 pm on Mar 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Had the same thing happen once not too long ago.

Threw the site back up, went on my way and did other things thinking it would take a while to get back where it was if it did but within a week it was right back where it was before the "renewal oops".

It sounds like yours is a bit bigger so it might take longer to get through all the pages again but I don't think it's the "debacle" it may seem. It wasn't in my experience anyway.
4:46 pm on Mar 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Yep, I agree with TOI, it shouldn't cause too much of a problem so long as no changes have been made...patience is good:-)
4:51 pm on Mar 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Thanks guys, that's encouraging news. I thought the bots were indexing every 48 hours now, so got a little worried when I didn't see the serps coming back after that initial window.
4:53 pm on Mar 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

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BTW, welcome to WebmasterWorld leefer

I thought the bots were indexing every 48 hours now


I've noticed very irregular indexing recently, some fast, some extremely slow, give it a couple of weeks or so.
5:08 pm on Mar 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I've noticed very irregular indexing recently, some fast, some extremely slow, give it a couple of weeks or so.

Absolutely this. The indexing and crawling has been all over the place lately from what I've seen too.
12:46 am on Mar 12, 2013 (gmt 0)

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welcome to WebmasterWorld, leefer!

I thought the bots were indexing every 48 hours now

bots are for crawling, not indexing.
my understanding is that indexing is occurring continuously for some time now.
7:46 am on Mar 12, 2013 (gmt 0)

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We also had 2 domains expired. We did not make any update after domain was re-registered. Google just de-indexed some of pages while website was offline.
One website recovered in full, another 1/3.

[edited by: goodroi at 11:57 am (utc) on Mar 12, 2013]