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Experimental Observation: Effect of Downtime on Google Rankings

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Micallef, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. Micallef

    Micallef Supreme Member

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    Recently, one of the web 2.0 services I've been using went down. It's been down for 1 month now and I don't expect it to come back.

    One of my blogs on this service was ranking at position 2 for a competitive keyword.

    The position has held consistently all month, despite the whole platform being down and therefore unavailable for spidering by Google.

    This information may be useful to those who are experiencing downtime and are worried about the ranking effect. It looks like Google will maintain a page's position even after prolonged downtime.
     
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  2. Micallef

    Micallef Supreme Member

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    The webpage in question went down around the 15th of september. It's now the 17th of october but there has been no slip in ranking.

    I just thought it was odd & worth mentioning.
     
  3. johnnygood

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    Site of mine ranking 6th in google went down for a week or so. It diapered from google. But it wasn't that hard to get it back when it went live again
     
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    I thought I should update this thread as there has been an interesting development.

    My page on the web 2.0 which had gone down stayed in position 2 for over 2 months, after which time it disappeared from the rankings. This is really slow going.

    It turns out that the web 2.0 platform I had been happily using and promoting for a few months prior was in fact a spam trap!

    The owner of the platform has now redirected the whole thing to a payday loans site.

    It's a great idea - set up a free blog service, wait for the spammers to come along, make splogs and promote them with linkbuilding - and then redirect the whole lot to one of your own money pages.

    I am seriously considering trying this myself.
     
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    Have to admit this is something I have seen around for a while now and whilst its a pain in the preverbal given the work you have done it has helped to demonstrate its effectiveness. I believe this is easliy executed using a WPMU platform (self hosted of course) and simply redirect for many thousands of link juice!