You Got Deindexed By Google? No Problem!

So, there was I, a successful blogger, sharing his knowledge and experience to his dear readers, happily blogging until one day this happens…

It was March 1st 2012… I woke up just to find out that my blog had been completely deindexed by Google. I really did do my best to make the blog a place where only quality content existed, so this was not something I was expecting to say the least. Anyways this was the message I received from Google:

googlebot

“Dear site owner or webmaster of (my site),

We’ve detected that some of your site’s pages may be using techniques that are outside Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. If you have any questions about how to resolve this issue, please see our Webmaster Help Forum for support

Sincerely,

Google Search Quality Team”

Alright, I didn’t want to just sit there and whine about it, instead I got straight to work. Here is what I did:
STEP 1:

  • Removed AdSense
  • Removed every other type of advertisement (left only 2 banners on sidebar, so it wouldn’t look like I was editing much)
  • Removed all H1, H2, H3 Titles and left only H3
  • Removed Tag cloud
  • Removed some “unpopular” SEO plugins (Auto SEO Tags – never use it, Google hates it!)
  • Wrote two more unique 1500+ words articles…

It took me around 8 hours in all to complete all of the above (+ discuss over Google Help Center with some egocentric, “wanna be” Google engineers), but it was worth it, heck I didn’t want to see all of my work destroyed!

STEP 2:

  • Appeal for reconsideration

At this point, there aren’t much options left. You can admit your mistakes, play fair, and hope that it still pays off. By doing this you might get sympathies with review staff and they might forgive you. And second option is, you can write a long email how you have no clue why this happened, and that you are a real expert in your field of work, etc. Anyways, I vote for option number 1…

Admitting your mistakes is sometimes good. Not always, but sometimes yes. After all, we are all humans, and you will receive a manual review (a “human review” from one of the Google engineers), and humans tend to forgive, unlike Google robots. This is normally done by Google staff from India.

And after 11 days I received this email from them:

“Dear site owner or webmaster of (my site),

We received a request from a site owner to reconsider (my site) for compliance with Google’s Webmaster Guidelines.

We’ve reviewed your site and we believe that some or all of your pages still violate our quality guidelines.

In order to preserve the quality of our search engine, pages from (my site) may not appear or may not rank as highly in Google’s search results, or may otherwise be considered to be less trustworthy than sites which follow the quality guidelines.

If you wish to be reconsidered again, please correct or remove all pages that are outside our quality guidelines. When such changes have been made, please visit http://www.google.com/webmasters/to…deration?hl=en and resubmit your site for reconsideration.

If you have additional questions about how to resolve this issue, please see our Webmaster Help Forum for support.

Sincerely,

Google Search Quality Team”

“Back to the drawing board.”

…But there was nothing else I could have changed, only the colours and some layout. So I decided to try my luck again. I wrote a similar email, where I admitted my mistakes, not mentioning a 2nd email I received from them. After 2 days I received another email:

“We received a request from a site owner to reconsider (my site) for compliance with Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. Previously the web-spam team had taken manual action on your site because we believed it violated our quality guidelines. After reviewing your reconsideration request, we have revoked this manual action. It may take some time before our indexing and ranking systems are updated to reflect the new status of your site.

Of course, there may be other issues with your site that could affect its ranking without a manual action by the web-spam team. Google’s computers determine the order of our search results using a series of formulas known as algorithms. We make hundreds of changes to our search algorithms each year, and we employ more than 200 different signals when ranking pages. As our algorithms change and as the web (including your site) changes, some fluctuation in ranking can happen as we make updates to present the best results to our users. If your site continues to have trouble in our search results, please see this article for help with diagnosing the issue.

Thank you for helping us to maintain the quality of our search results.
Sincerely,

Google Search Quality Team”

I was right!
Step 3:

  • Never give up! Even if you fail, DON’T GIVE UP!

This is how I managed to re-index my site, and all three steps have the same importance values, only the 3rd one can be a sort of life philosophy I guess…

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About the Author

Deniz Rovcanin is one of the founders of FeelGoodTime.net, CEO and an author of rewarded and well-shared How to Get Rid of Dandruff. An entrepreneur and a philanthropist.

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Comments

  1. nice post…will really help me if i somehow get deindexed in future..

  2. Samantha Wright says:

    Nice story Deniz, it just goes to prove that perseverance pays off in the end, thanks for sharing this with us.

  3. Hi Deniz, That is a remarkable story! It’s alot like getting caught in a fly trap – every
    way you turn, you become stuck again. I love your perseverance with Step 3. Let the determined survive. This is also so really great information.

  4. I have never experienced this but with this informative post that you have shown us, I am sure i will be able to know what are the things that I should be doing if in case I encounter this problem.

  5. Hi Deniz,

    Yes – I do agree, especially with the last point. Never-ever give up! Some webmasters chose to rather start again from scratch after they’ve been hit by either Penguin or Panda update – some have been hit by both. But never the less – they didn’t give up. Even if it meant registering a new domain name and rebuilding the whole website and content from scratch. The point is – even if you have to start over – just don’t give up until you’ve achieved the desired results.

  6. Thanks, I didn’t expect to receive such a great feedback from you all. Yes, you must never give up, because time is a valuable thing and once you have decided to spend it on something, you better make sure it is something useful. If you really want something, go get it! I didn’t want to see all of my work getting wasted.

  7. Wow! You have done it really great, after the second step, I wouldn’t picture myself that your problem could be solved. Nice!

  8. Thanks for sharing this one. This is very handy and helpful for when getting de-indexed by Google, inspiring story.

  9. Hey Deniz great guest post mate. Very inspirational and I like your outlook on never giving up. This statement is important in blogging, as the road isn’t smooth all the way to success. If you can get over your hurdles it will make you a better and more resilient blogger in the future. Let’s hope no one has to endear what you had to :)

  10. Hey Fabrizio, thanks mate. Well I believe it’s just a matter of perspective. It’s how you look at these things, when they happen. I believe that to get something valuable, you have to prove that you really deserve to get it.
    So if you fail here, you don’t deserve it – the problem is wiser, smarter and tougher then you are, than your dreams and your will is. But if you look at it like a step forward, not backwards, you won’t give up, because you want it THAT hard; you look at it as a challenge, because this all is just a big game. It’s all in the head. So, let’s dance :)

    PS. I will try to write some other guest posts, that is if accepted. Thank you one more time everyone. :)

  11. Great post and good insight overall about how to deal with any detour in life. Thanks for sharing your experience and what you did to amend the issues that google had with your site. The information will come in handy in the future.

  12. thanks for the great help…

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