Hey Google!  WTF?!

That was the subtext of the email a client sent me last Wednesday.

He had just launched his beautiful new site and had received a boatload of press attention. Yet the home page of the site was not appearing in Google’s index even though every other page was.

We submitted a sitemap to Google and filed for a reinclusion request Wednesday night. Finally on Sunday night I noticed that the home page was now in the index. We still only rank #4 for searches for www.<theclientsite>.com but that’s better than nothing.

This is the second time I have seen this happen recently. SEOOverflow had a similar experience. In both cases the domain had a previous owner. In my client’s case I suspect that the previous owner was a spammer. Not sure about SEOOverflow though.

If this happens to you I suggest you click here and then here.

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5 Response Comments

  • Internet Poker  May 19, 2008 at 7:32 am

    Congratulation to you.You have done a great job that make your blog PR 4.Keep up the good work.

  • Andrew Shotland  May 19, 2008 at 8:18 am

    Thanks Internet Poker. Boy I’d sure like to find some Free Internet Poker. Wouldn’t it be great if everybody played Online Poker with Top Bonuses and Promotions?

    I keep the “nofollow” links off the comments for a reason. I’d hate to have to put them back on. While I appreciate the kind words Internet Poker, this comment seems a bit spammy.

  • David Saunders  May 19, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Since Vigos sitemap generator disappeared I have yet to find something nice and simple to generate a sitemap…..

    Any suggestions?

    Poker? Go Away

  • Andrew Shotland  May 19, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    I don’t have a fave David. Anyone else out there got any ideas?

  • Mike Belasco  May 26, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Our domain did have a previous owner, but he is a friend of mine and did not do anything ‘too’ spammy. He recently got de-indexed again for a having a 503 error returned when trying to fetch the robots.txt file. I’ll blog about this one this week (note in case you are worried we are back again and the glitch was bluehost.com’s fault. We no longer use them.)