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Re: blogger.com weblogs disappear from Google?

  • Subject: Re: blogger.com weblogs disappear from Google?
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@schestowitz.com>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2005 17:40:36 +0100
  • Newsgroups: alt.internet.search-engines
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / Manchester University
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Mikkel Møldrup-Lakjer wrote:

> "Roy Schestowitz" <newsgroups@schestowitz.com> skrev i en meddelelse
> db0p0m$4nc$1@godfrey.mcc.ac.uk">news:db0p0m$4nc$1@godfrey.mcc.ac.uk...
>> First of all, how old is your blog? How well-ranked is it? You said it
>> was new and grace is given to new Web sites.
> It is only from last Friday July 8th. It was already very well ranked for
> many searches.

July 8th?!?! Come on... who are we kidding? *smile* Up for 2-3 days and then
gone for half a day? An implication of millions of blogs penalised as a

>> Secondly, if it only disappeared last night, you may be too quick to
>> speculate and be tempted to paranoia. I can assure you that Google will
>> not
>> cull out and omit blogs, some of which have better content than
>> hierarchical sites.
> I hoped not :-)
>> What files do you host on your personal site? Graphics? A mirror?
>> Importing
>> text content from you site? Using Blogger for SEO?
> I do absolutely no dubious stuff. The rest of my personal site still ranks
> fine, only the blog-subdirectory has disappeared from Google.

If only a sub-directory was excluded, you have no reason to worry.

> However, having read your thoughts about the possibility that search
> engines might penalise you because of Microsoft critical content on your
> pages, I am thinking of removing my links to Google Watch :-)

I am glad to have found out that you read me drivel. Always remember that
search engines are commercial companies, not public services like the
Yellow Pages. Even Yellow Pages promote businesses for money, e.g. by
making colourful big ads. Yahoo will charge you a handful to be included in
a Goddamn directory.

>> How many other blogs have you checked to reach the conclusion found in
>> the subject line?
> Just a handful, that's why I put the question mark in the subject line :-)

I suspected it was perhaps a little hasty, yet it was worth asking. I have
been worried myself for quite some time that search engines will one day
(if not already) choose to systemetically degrade ranks of blogs based on
URL name (e.g. "/blog"), generator meta tags and so forth.

>> Overall, it sounds to me like a temporary problem. Give it a few days, go
>> out, have a nice time and if time does not do the trick, then start
>> looking
>> ahead at a solution.
> All right, I will try and stay calm :-) I really hope this is a temporary
> problem. Don't like these schocks though.
> Mikkel

Get used to these shocks. I have have had many big shocks when my site was
attacked, when Google missed me in its indexing cycle (DNS migration at
that exact same time) and when my site got suspended for being exposed to
XML-RPC attacks. We live and learn.



Roy S. Schestowitz

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