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The website is not coming up when searched for domain - is this penalty ?

     
3:15 pm on Aug 30, 2016 (gmt 0)

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I am working on a website that serves 'research-full' information about adult topic <snip>

    1) Google does not show domain when searching for domain (without .com)

    2) Domain shows up when searching for domain.com (and no other pages)

    3) pages and domain show up when searched as site:domain.com


My suspicion for penalty grows because of first point. Domain was registered on 2015-01-05.

What do you think?

[edited by: aakk9999 at 12:54 pm (utc) on Sep 1, 2016]
[edit reason] Removed specifics [/edit]

12:57 pm on Sept 1, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Sorry, but I have edited your post to remove the specific subject of your website.

Without being specific, is the domain name a brand name or is it a keyword-reach domain?
If it is a keyword-rich domain and these keywords are competitive then this could explain why Google does not show the domain when you are searaching for domain without .com.

Have you got any penalty mentioned in Google Search Console?
2:22 pm on Sept 1, 2016 (gmt 0)

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It doesn't sound like a penalty. Point number two makes it sound like you simply need a good dose of links. The reason I say this is because a search for domain name should bring up the URL and then a listing of six sections from the site. A healthy site with a natural pattern of inbound links will display a six pack when the domain name is searched.

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When I search for my main website "example.de" google suggests "Meintest du: example.com" (Did you meen: example.com)
Unfortunately my website is not related to the .com in any way, it's an EMD.
My website is ranking # 1 (sort of) --- it's below the "Did you meen example.com". A punch in the face with your glasses on for sure.
No six pack showing or any sitelinks. Almost zero traffic.
Searching for "example" my website is nowhere to be found - sometimes on page 50 or similar.

For my website it's related to Penguin I guess.
I have been trying to clean up the link profile since 2012, gained a few natural links too.
1000s of link removal requests sent out, 1000s of hours spend. Have paid people to remove links too - disavow file updated several times.
So far with zero luck.
Did a full site redesign some months ago, responsive design, and the site popped up on page 3 for about a week only to go missing again.
It's a great website with great unique high quality content.
Had to do what we did back then to get some rankings, and have taken a severe beating for doing so. I guess we deserved it.
I am not moving the content to another URL.
I am going down with my ship.
8:59 am on Sept 2, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Unfortunately my website is not related to the .com in any way, it's an EMD.

This can be a problem with EMD. It does not necessary needs to be related to Penguin - it could be that the .com site is much stronger site.

Do you get traffic from non-EMD searches?

I am not moving the content to another URL

If you do have EMD and you have a unique high quality content, why not try with branded URL, especially if you are not ranking?
9:41 am on Sept 2, 2016 (gmt 0)

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The .com site is stronger for sure - an international brand belonging to a company who among others is a main sponsor of a Premiere League team.

Yes I do get some traffic from non-EMD searches. But not much at all - used to be a lot more.

My website received a manual link penalty from Google in 2012 - I was not able to get it fixed fast enough (lots of time consuming link cleaning to do).
The manual penalty diapered from Google Webmaster Consol (expired?) so it's no longer possible to file a reconsideration request.

I guess I could move the content to a non-EMD domain and get a lot more traffic to the content in a few months

However my EMD is perfect for the content we offer and I have invested so much in the domain/site/branding/content already.