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Now, that's all great and it has given me a massive amount of traffic, but two weeks ago I made one significant change. I added google adsense on my site! When I went to live.com to do a search today, I saw that my site was gone and it is in fact not listed on live search at all anymore. I can enter any combination of my domain, it won't show up.
Has anyone ever experienced such a problem? I have no idea where to start, where to look or how to apporach this problem.
Thanks for any feedback or help!
I've decided to give up on Live search, their search function is inferior to google so we're focusing mainly on google for now.
When I enter [thewebsiteurlhere.com...] now it won't show up on live.com at all. Oh well..
You might consider cloaking Google Ads for the msnbot :) Might help ... or get you banned for good. Use at your own risk.
PS: Or add MS ADS on site. It's the politically correct thing to do when they send you traffic.
I would follow their advice at their webmaster help pages:
Your website disappears from Live Search results [help.live.com]
I've come to conclude this happens for one of two reasons:
1 - The folks at MS support are liars.
2 - The folks at MS have no idea how their search engine really works. <- my bet is with this reason
As a shareholder in MS I'm quite upset with how they've chosen to run search.
I have a friend whose one site was banned since Sept 2006. Just kidding, it is my site :)
On that site I was doing something that's totally ok from business ethics perspective, but has become a sin of sins from Search Engines perspective, because of algos being vulnerable to this.
Anyway, about 2 months following MSN/Live ban, I became a good boy and removed few thousands of "irrelevant" manually exchanged reciprocal links to otherwise great sites, only many of them having little to do with my site theme.
Waited patiently 6-7 more months, nothing. Then applied for reincusion (see link by Receptional Andy), confessed, and voila - back in SERPS.
I assume the reason for ban was reciprocal links, as there isn't anything else breaking SE's rules, and no other radical changes made. But who knows, could be a combination of nasty competitor report + incompetent 3rd party manual reviewer hired by MSN, these things happen. Live did not tell me the reason for ban, it is understandable and I did not expect them to tell me.
The point is, try to clean up following SE's rules however you dislike them, look critically, clean up more, apply for reinclusion.
I did have a small hand edited directory on this website with on-topic reciprocal links only. This was only about 10 pages with 10-20 links on each page - nothing automated.
I recently removed all these link pages and replaced them with one single page with links (not reciprocals - just links to websites i like). I think that is what made my reinclusion request sucessfull - but who knows. It's a nice and unique website too - that might have helped too.
Well, better late than never i guess.
I went from a full indexing prior to Oct '07, to only the home page, to about 2/3 of the pages a couple months ago, to 4 pages today. The current MSN/Live is so undependable I can no longer allow myself to even be hopeful that they're on track.