Did your search engine traffic suddenly drop
rapidly or are you about to purchase a domain
name? it is always wise to check if your domain
name has been blacklisted or DE-indexed by
Google? Be informed, there are several other reasons
your website traffic could be dropping rapidly
but it doesn’t hurt to check if your pages are
still being indexed by Google.
How To Check If A Domain is blacklisted by Google
Simply perform a search in Google with “site:domainname.com”
If no results are returned and your pages have
already being indexed by Google previously,
then there is a pretty good chance that the
website has been removed from their index.
If you use this method to check for a new
domain, you probably won’t get any result, as
there are no posts or pages for Google to index
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You would get a message telling you the status of
the domain name.
The best way to keep track of changes or get
more information on your domain is to use
tools created by Google. In this case the Google
Webmaster Tools is your ideal tool.
Google Webmaster tools would show you links
to your site, your search queries, site health,
404 not found pages, server errors and many
other useful information on your website. Submitting a sitemap to Google, frequent posts,
a claimed Google authorship account are
factors that could get your pages indexed
Violating Google Terms of service is the fastest
way to get your pages DE-indexed.
Engaging in the following practices could lead to your
pages getting de-indexed:
Google frowns at any form of paid link or
unnatural linking, if you have been doing this it
is better you stop before you get caught.
“Just because it is fine with Google doesn’t
mean it is legal”.
Copyright violation is frowned upon by Google,
hence you hear Google promoting the use of
original content. Copyright violation is a
surefire way of getting your pages de-indexed
Hiding keywords or phrases with the
background color technique is just so wrong
and Google already knows about this
This could easily translate to your
pages disappearing from Google search.
Linking To Spammy or malicious pages
Google, Bing and every search engine hates
Always check pages you are linking to,
even if it is a guest post, check the links to
make sure you are not sending your readers to
malicious pages. Once you have been infected with malware or
your site is linking to such a page, you are on a
These are just some of the ways you could get
banned, blacklisted, de-indexed by Google.
Always make sure you read and understand
Google’s terms and keep yourself updated on
their algorithm changes. Penguin, panda,
hummingbird these are all algorithm changes your should read about as they could be
responsible for your rapid drop in traffic.