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Google De-Indexed EVERYTHING I Have - is this possible?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by daudi81, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. AternusW

    AternusW Newbie

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    I'd suggest first finding out what happened to these sites before contacting Google as they are not your hosting support team and they will probably have nothing to say to you...
     
  2. daudi81

    daudi81 Newbie

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    Well that was just a theory. Obviously Google is ultimately behind this is some way as they are the ones that deindexed 150+ sites all at once. I don't know much about hacking, but I think even that would be hard for someone to do. Who knows though, I guess anything is possible =/
     
  3. Barnaby

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    Do you have a google webmaster account set up? If so, have you been to your dashboard lately?

    If someone did hack your sites, they may have been reported to google as hosting malware, etc. If that's the case, you'll get an email telling you the site has been blocked, but the notice will be put up on your dashboard sooner than the email gets sent.

    I'm just taking a stab in the dark here, so take this for what it's worth...

    Good luck with it and let us know how it turns out.

    Oh, one more thing. Do you have a local copy of your htaccess file (the one you had on your host server before it was hacked)? And do you also have a copy of the hacked htaccess file? Can you look through it to find what's different?

    If you don't recognize what the hack does, you can run a search for it. I often muddle through fixing crazy tech problems just by googling for the solutions.

    Just another random thought...
     
  4. oxonbeef

    oxonbeef BANNED BANNED

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    It won't be your hosting, I've got sites that don't exsist anymore that are still indexed.
    It might be a silly thought but have you checked that your privacy settings are set to
    site visible? a sever glitch my have changed them.
     
  5. nightshade787

    nightshade787 Junior Member

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    How many pages do you have for each site?

    Are these sites registered with Google webmaster tools?

    If 'someone' changed your .htaccess maybe your sites are hacked and installed with malware. If Google detects malware or links to those sites, your site will be removed from the index to protect other users.

    To this for your 10-20 top earning sites.

    1. Change your FTP/WP passwords
    2. Verify all these sites with Google webmaster tools (if not already)
    3. Remove all Adsense/clickback and other monetizing links
    4. Scan for 'hacked code, links' etc. Restore from a clean backup to be 100% safe. Change to unique themes, add more pages (if there's only 1 page per site)
    5. Apply for site reconsideration through webmaster tools
    6. Wait for their reply (2 weeks). When successful, rinse and repeat for other sites.
     
  6. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I think google started killing MFA, AB and scrapping sites cause they send me a massage to adsense account, that if I change image ads to img and text then it will make much more in mysiteurl.com
    I am kind of sure, they told me the size and where is my ads located etc so it could be human review. my site rank high and make more thn 1k per month so might be they wanted to see what i am doing :p
    So I assume that the spam detecting has started :(
     
  7. pixelgrinder

    pixelgrinder Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Im not sure why no one has asked this but were the sites interlinked?

    PM me a few of your sites and I'll snoop around and see if I can find anything if you want.
     
  8. hotnguyen

    hotnguyen Registered Member

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    One more thing needed to check, in addition to all of the above suggestions - one of the most overlooked thing - the robots.txt file.

    It could be one line that destroyed everything: Disallow: /
     
  9. IGKing

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    Wait a week. Contact support. That's all you can do.
     
  10. Fwiffo

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    @daudai81

    re: your PM about how to see if your sites have been hacked

    1) look through source code - open your site, hit ctrl+u, look through all the links to see if anything looks odd

    2) check different user agents - go to
    Code:
    http://www.rexswain.com/httpview.html
    , insert your url, under user-agent put "googlebot" - this makes it so that you can see the code that google sees when they put their bots through

    3) check htaccess files. look at your htaccess through ftp, specifically for something along the lines of including terms like "RewriteCond" "USER_AGENT" and "Googlebot" (or other search engines instead of googlebot)

    4) check robots.txt for anything that looks like it's sending people somewhere

    if you run into any problems, basic google search on the terms above should help you find how it's done. All pretty simple things to look through.

    this probably isn't a complete list, but if anyone has other places to look or wp diagnostic plugins to recommend, could probably help the OP (and help me keep a better / longer list for when this happens to me)
     
  11. Tilt4832

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    I was just thinking that maybe something simple is missing from your sites do you have Disclosure Statements? What about a Privacy Statement?.

    As an aside a friend of mine was doing Flogs and PPC. Killing it with CPA offers then G sent real humans to his sites and drastically reduced his impressions. 1.5 years ago.
     
  12. aaa16

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    daudi

    sounds like we have very similar campaigns going. i can attest to your situation. i have been scouring bhw the past few days waiting to see if someone complained about their sites being deindexed because the same happened to me. only thing i can tell u is that this has happened to me before and after a few weeks they started creeping back in to google and back to the 1st page. hopefully history repeats itself. i remember i did add some content and throw out a few backlinks and just stayed patient...not a calm and relaxed patient though more like a wtf omg wtf omg patient. past couple days my income has been literally 99% less. i believe my sites will bounce back like in the past bc some of my competitors sites that are very similar to mine are still on the 1st page so I don't think google is targeting a type of site.
     
  13. S7apster

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    This is horrible....
     
  14. nicefirework

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    I am monitoring my compertitor that rank#1 almost with all keywords domain and its combination: 4slicetoaster,org for months, now it completely deindexed from google. This site is thin site MFA. Seem google is actively banned thin site now. Be carefull.
     
  15. accelerator_dd

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    He's right. It is most likely that your robots.txt files are sabotaged.

    Robots.txt is a file ment to tell spiders (like the Googlebot) where not to index anything, most of the time it's sensitive information involved when these are used. If your robot files are changed, most likely google deindexed you because "you" requested it.

    To be sure, check for caches of your sites ( cache:your-site.com ). If you got banned, there will be no caches. I'm not certain what happens if you get deindexed by the robots, but the point is - if there is a cache for your sites, you're not banned.

    Also if google was to ban you, you would lose your adsense account.

    Are your blogs updated from time to time? Take one blog, and do some backlinking, mostly social submitting or blog commenting - something that would get indexed fast. Might be your relevance is going down.
     
  16. daudi81

    daudi81 Newbie

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    Are you sure they got de-indexed. That sounds like you got sandboxed or your sites were dancing around - which is compltely normal. But getting completely de-indexed and then coming back, if that' true, is encouraging.
     
  17. daudi81

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    Where would I find the robots file for wordpress blogs? Most of my sites are wordpress blogs, and I'm not seeing any robots.txt files for any of them.

    I did the cache thing on my sites and nothing came up - so I guess I'm banned!

    What's weird is I've got maybe 15-20 sites that are still indexed and ranked. They are on the same hosting IP and registrar account.. Why would Google de-index 95% of my sites and not the full 100%? Seems weird to me.

    About looking at my code, I honestly wouldn't even know what to look for. I do'nt really know much about html or coding or anything - it would all look "weird" to me so I couldn't pinpoint anything out. I just check the htaccess file of one of my sites that got de-indexed vs one that isn't de-indexed (yet), and they are identical.
     
  18. 0chan

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    yeah man, it sounds like you are sandboxed. Check it after a couple of days or in google analytics about the status of your website.
     
  19. Longover

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    Sounds like some foot print across all of your sites to me. Were you running any strange plugins?

    If you can't figure out what is going on. I would probably do the google reconsideration thing - http://www.{GOOGLE}.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=35843

    If all of your sites are completely white hat then it must be something screwy or somebody screwing with your sites.
     
  20. Longover

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    If you don't show up for site:{YOURSITE} then you are not sandboxed, you are de-indexed.

    Sandboxing will put you in 100+ position and bounce you around ocassionally.