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    Content removed at the request of the site's publisher


    Originally posted @ http://forums.seochat.com/t8032/s.html

    I have become aware this evening (10:39PST, 30 Jan 2004) that Google has removed one of my sites from the Google Index. No backlinks, no listings, nothing, no PR and get this when I look @ the cache in google, I get this:

    Content removed at the request of the site's publisher.

    We have a disgruntled web marketing guy we fired about a month ago, all passwords changed, locked tight etc. No email access nothing. Could he do this through google.com/remove.html automatic URL removal system without root access to change robots.txt file or what?

    So far, here's possibilities I came up with:

    Moved our server to another DNS 7 days ago, disgruntled postal ex-webmaster, glitchy google weird thing

    Sent emails to alot of people @ google, as well as typed up a formal letter on company letterhead tb faxed and fedexed to Google corporate.

    Please any advice, consolation or otherwise helpful or hardened sage words appreciated.

    Thanks in advance. . .
    Last edited by x3nos; Jan 31st, 2004 at 06:56 AM.
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    Originally Posted by x3nos
    Originally posted @ http://forums.seochat.com/t8032/s.html

    I have become aware this evening (10:39PST, 30 Jan 2004) that Google has removed one of my sites from the Google Index. No backlinks, no listings, nothing, no PR and get this when I look @ the cache in google, I get this:

    Content removed at the request of the site's publisher.

    We have a disgruntled web marketing guy we fired about a month ago, all passwords changed, locked tight etc. No email access nothing. Could he do this through google.com/remove.html automatic URL removal system without root access to change robots.txt file or what?

    So far, here's possibilities I came up with:

    Moved our server to another DNS 7 days ago, disgruntled postal ex-webmaster, glitchy google weird thing

    Sent emails to alot of people @ google, as well as typed up a formal letter on company letterhead tb faxed and fedexed to Google corporate.

    Please any advice, consolation or otherwise helpful or hardened sage words appreciated.

    Thanks in advance. . .

    Did u check for the robots.txt file on your server?
    And u may call google's headquarters in CA. Mind u they are very good at it and will respond immediately.

    Gaurav.
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    Robots.txt and phonecall


    Robots.txt for site:

    <!--
    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /
    Disallow: /stats/
    Disallow: /Templates/
    Disallow: /web-resources/
    Disallow: /cgi-bin/
    Disallow: /scgi-bin/
    Disallow: /styles.css



    User-agent: Full Web Bot
    Disallow: /

    User-agent: Larbin
    Disallow: /

    -->

    As for the phone call, its 5:39 AM here on the Saturday before Super Bowl. But after I fax my letter from the office this AM, I will call and leave a message. Otherwise, I do have an in, when Cindy McCaffrey was over in Press (now VP Marketing, Google) I interviewed her for an online article when Yahoo picked them up for results. So I will try and reach her first. Otherwise, I am addressing my letter to the DMCA Liaison (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) and to Marketing and also sent AdWords (of which I am a customer) an email. So hope and hope.

    Could it be the DNS repoint we did last week? (Just trying to rule out stupid mistakes before I go full force looking for a culprit)
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    Got It!

    I just ran through my robots.txt file more carefully and found sandwiched into all of my disallows a disallow: /. I think is time to change root password. Like now!!

    It was right in front of me. I feel dumb. ;)

    Thanks for all

    x3nos
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    Originally Posted by x3nos
    Got It!

    I just ran through my robots.txt file more carefully and found sandwiched into all of my disallows a disallow: /. I think is time to change root password. Like now!!

    It was right in front of me. I feel dumb. ;)

    Thanks for all

    x3nos
    You are welcome ;)
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    Looks like this will do it to it. Just waiting for the reinclusion request sent to webmaster@google.com to take effect.

    Also, found in access logs the hack occured between Thurday @12:00 Mid and Friday AM. Will do a more thorough analysis and get IP.

    Thanks to all who helped on this one.

    Namaste

    x3nos
    Last edited by x3nos; Feb 2nd, 2004 at 10:30 PM.

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