So, you got a big surprise last night, didn't you? You went to search for your Website and it wasn't there anymore! Where did it go? Did you have to use double quotes just to find it? Not a pleasant feeling, I bet!
Let's face it: having your website de-listed or sent all way back to start of line isn't a joking matter! All those months of hard work just gone down drain! Poof !!
Is there a way out of this seemingly mortal blow to your website; can you repair your Search Engine Listing? Yes there is! If your mistake was one of dumb mistakes we all make on account of lack of experience, there is a solution.
Don't think Search Engines are stone monoliths; you can talk to them! However, first thing you have to do is be calm and deliberate your next moves as you repair damage to your Search Engine listing.
Here are some pointers to look for source of your Search Engine troubles:
(a) Go back to nearest specific date your website was doing well with Search Engines.
(b) Think of any changes you've done to your Website since then and make a list.
(c) Have you created any other websites/blogs/message boards with a very close or identical name?
(d) Have you done any tweaking to your Meta tags or website content?
(e) Have you used any artificial web page or content enhancement technology?
Once you revise your list and eliminate any obvious reasons for trouble, keep on going looking for any others sources of problems. By all means, do a thorough inspection and don't leave a stone unturned. Repair and revise is thing!
Go back to basics and do your homework; don't put too much stake on much of (mis)information you find floating around Web. You also have to consider that Search Engine technology is an evolving thing and what worked two years ago, won't necessarily work today. Make sure your sources of information are fresh and relevant.
Here are published guidelines on what some of big Search Engines take into consideration for a good listing: