Why has my site disappeared from Google?
This is a very common question and it happens to very best of websites. If you're sure your website was previously listed in Google and had some value, then has suddenly disappeared, you'll need to start investigating reasons why and how you can resolve problem.
We'll take a step by step approach and be methodical about this as it's only way to truly determine blame and hopefully resolve problem.
Step 1 - How do I check if my website is listed with Google?
First of all, visit www.google.com and type your website address into search box, then press search. If you get a result, you're in Google. Move on to Step 3. If not, then chances are you've either mispelled your domain name, so check carefully, otherwise, you're banned. In this case, move on to Step 2.
Step 2 - Help, my site has been banned from Google
The very first thing you have to do is clean up your website. If you have any of following issues, remove or deal with them immediately.
>> Was your website down during Googlebots visit? If so, consider another hosting provider. >> Duplicate websites are also dismissed. Check for your content on other peoples websites. Google may have favoured them over you. >> Check and remove any hidden tricks or spam. White text on white background is common. This is likely to be main reason for being banned or dropped. Check for hidden elements, doorway pages, client sniffers sending different content to different users etc. >> Although you can't ulmimately control your inbound links, avoid bad neighbourhoods such as massive link farms, spammy directories full of adverts etc when seeking links.
Once you're sure your website is clean, write an email to Google explaining your circumstances. Tell them your website is now tidy and full of important information, there are no hidden tricks employed and that you have learnt your lesson. Also provide full contact information. If you have relied on a search engine optimisation company to promote your website, it is recommended to provide Google with their information too and it helps them get a better understanding of tricks employed and how to provide a better service.
If done correctly, Google should respond and start to include your website within a few weeks, however, be prepared to wait.
Step 3 - Why has my Google rank be dropped?
First of all, is your site new? If so, you could be trapped in highly controversial and theoretical "Google sandbox". Whether this really exists or not is unimportant as symptoms most certainly do. The sandbox is like a probationary period for new sites. It can take months to climb out but if your site is under 6 months old then use this time to publish content rich information, articles and like as well as getting some quality links from other relevant sources and directories. Be patient and keep watching results.