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Subject: Getting Relisted
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: wman4315-ga
List Price: $60.00
Posted: 13 Jul 2004 17:24 PDT
Expires: 12 Aug 2004 17:24 PDT
Question ID: 373736
Hello my website has been listed on google in
the top 10 in 28 different catagories, the main search phrase was for
watch repair, now all my listings are gone and my website is not even
in the google database, but they do list it in adwords which i pay
for, the site is also listed on yahoo and dmoz alltheweb, and so on
but no google any ideas....thank you
Subject: Re: Getting Relisted
Answered By: aceresearcher-ga on 15 Jul 2004 10:45 PDT
Greetings, watchman!

Most Search Engines, especially Google, are quite secretive about
their inner workings, so it is not possible for anyone to say for
*sure* why your site has dropped in Google's Search Rankings.

Apparently Google recently tweaked and greatly improved the part of
their algorithm that recognizes duplicate sites, because there have
been several Questions similar to yours posted lately.

After considerable analysis of your jjwatchrepair site, I am
reasonably certain that your disappearance from the Google index is
because the Googlebot has recognized that it is identical to your site, which *is* still indexed in Google.

From the Google Information for Webmasters - Webmaster Guidelines:
"... Don't create multiple pages, subdomains, or domains with
substantially duplicate content..."

Google has apparently got this duplicate-eliminating tweak quite
well-refined, because while you still show up in the DMOZ ODP

you do not have a corresponding entry in the Google Directory, which
is copied directly from DMOZ!

Since you have a fair number of other sites which link to your jjwatchrepair site,
I recommend that you set up a 301 redirect your b2bwatchrepair site as
swiftly as possible to the jjwatchrepair site.

Michael Bloch has created an excellent tutorial on
"Giving search engine spiders direction with a 301 redirect":
"A 301 redirect is the most efficient and spider/visitor friendly
strategy around for web sites that are hosted on servers running
Apache (check with your hosting service if you aren't sure). It's not
that hard to implement and it should preserve your search engine
rankings for that particular page. If you *have* to change file names
or move pages around, it's the safest option.

A 301 redirect is implemented in your .htaccess file."

Detailed instructions on how to implement a 301 redirect can be found
under the heading "How do I implement a 301 redirect?" on this page:

Then e-mail the webmaster of the site which links to your
b2bwatchrepair site and request that they change the link to point to
your jjwatchrepair site.

Once the redirect change has been completed, you should resubmit both
websites to be crawled by the Googlebot at

Because this new duplicate-eliminating tweak appears to be completely
automated rather than a manual ban of sites from the index, I am
hopeful that this will resolve your problem, although it may take some
time for a positive result to show up on Google.

However, it also can't hurt for you to write to Google at , admit your mistake, beg forgiveness, and ask them to
please reinstate your site. Here's a sample groveling letter you can
use if you wish:
Dear Google,  
I am the owner of and
I did not realize that creating duplicate sites was a bad thing that
would get me banned from Google.
I have now seen the error of my ways, and I apologize profusely. I
have removed my duplicate site, and I promise not to make this mistake
I am asking you to Please Consider reinstating my website,, into Google's Index.

Please bear in mind that there is NO guarantee that you will be
reinstated, or how long it will take for you to be reinstated.
Before Rating my Answer, if you have any Questions about the above
information, please post a Request for Clarification, and I will see
what I can do for you.
Best Wishes on a speedy reinstatement to the Google Index, and
increased traffic to your website!


Subject: Re: Getting Relisted
From: kitsilanoguru-ga on 16 Jul 2004 15:33 PDT
My site also disappeared from Google in mid June. However when I sent
google an email, they assured me that I was not dropped from the
database. A search for my site showed 4 entries - where there had been
12 before. All the title and description information was missing.

I had made major changes in my content and meta tags and this is now
starting to show up. Googlebot has only hit my site once since mid
June but it has now picked up the new content and meta tags.

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