Remember the good ole days when there were lots of search engines out there. Your site not ranking so well in one could do better in others. Now we are down to the big 3, actually 2 now that yahoo and bing have combined, with the big daddy of course being google. I understand the ranking algorithms and all and agree with them. What I dont agree with is their de-listing of sites totally out of their index. If you are going to be providing a tool for users to find sites on the internet then you should be listing all sites (ranked accordingly of course). When you are practically the only game in town and you start removing sites you are essentially dictating what deserves to be on the internet and what dosen’t. Besides the removal its the lack of communication. They never tell you they are doing it or the why.
Im not one for goverment involvement but I wonder if something should be done. I mean it seems like a monopoly to me.
I now have two sites that have been de-listed from google. The first was awhile ago and its on my blog in the fitness niche. Ive been battling with reconsideration a few times and the latest request has the site down to bare bones with only a few posts left. If you never had a site de-listed well they rarely tell you before hand, you find out by drop in traffic and then do a ‘site:sitename’ and find nothing listed anymore. Then you have to scratch your head and try and figure out why, correct it then apply for reconsideration. Then, at least for me, they come back a week or so later with a form message stating you still violate their guidelines. They never tell you the reasons. You can post your site to the google forums and ask for help but so far that hasn’t done much.
Now this week it has happened again. I have been working on a large authority site kind of based off Pat Flynn’s security guard site. This one is based in the medical niche and has a post for each state with requirements. I have about half the states done and it had been climbing the rankings. It was #43 on monday with some of the state pages showing on page one. Then Tuesday it was gone, de-listed. Thinking back I may have made a mistake which I hope was the cause. I had gone back into the state posts and added a link to a phrase that linked to a post that gave further details on that phrase.
Now when you link to another blog even within your own you get a pingback which when accepted leaves a comment on the linked to page, which links back to your site. So now I had 25 comments on a post with links back to the 25 states with in a mater of 30 mins (and on a very new site). Im hoping thats what caused the red flag. Ive since removed all the comments and even removed some of the links just in case and applied for reconsideration. I really hope that is it because I have already put in a lot of hours on this site, bought stock images for it and think once finished it will be profitable for me as well as helpful for others.
I know its their sandbox for now so we have to try and abide by their rules, and really thats all I am trying to do.
What are your thoughts on Google’s control of the internet?