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    Server Down for 10 hrs cause a drop?


    My site was down for 10 hours last weekend. Exactly 40 hours after it was up and running I saw a huge drop in Google rankings. I'm quite sure it has nothing to do with the ongoing update because I keep checking for the rankings on all datacenters. Is it possible that Google penalizes a site that it cannot access for a certain period of time?

    It's a clean white hat site. The number of visitor has dropped from 1500 per day to 500 after Sept 22 and now to 300 per day.

    This sucks.
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    If the spider hit your site while it's down it will cause a drop. As the spiders come around again and see the site is stable the site will get back to it's normal position.

    I reccomend a G sitemap. Add new content every few days and update your sitemap. This will encourage the spiders to stick around and see that things are cool.
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    Give it some time to see what happens. I would expect your rankings to come back after a 3 day period. I have seen sites that have accidently disallowed themselves or server downtime, drop and them comes back a few days later with no problems at all later on.

    Consider it a good test to see how much Google loves you.

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    Last time I had this happen it took about a week to get back.

    But I did get back.
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    Originally Posted by Phoenix
    Give it some time to see what happens. I would expect your rankings to come back after a 3 day period. I have seen sites that have accidently disallowed themselves or server downtime, drop and them comes back a few days later with no problems at all later on.

    Consider it a good test to see how much Google loves you.

    Yup - It will depend on how often G-bot visits your site.

    Hopefully on its next visit it will fix the data for you.
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    It's a job hazard, I got wiped for most of March this year after the nice hosting company decided to spring clean their server room.... If server downtime is the cause and it's not a regular thing you'll be back soon enough.
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    It's not looking good. The server was up on Sunday morning and there was some crawling on Monday morning. No sign of Googlebot since then! I even added new backlinks but it's not helping.

    All the pages are still in the index but they have been dropped 4 to 5 pages down.

    It's a little worrying because I had several page 1 positions, now only page 4 or 5 spots which do not bring any real traffic.
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    Originally Posted by b2net
    It's not looking good. The server was up on Sunday morning and there was some crawling on Monday morning. No sign of Googlebot since then! I even added new backlinks but it's not helping.

    All the pages are still in the index but they have been dropped 4 to 5 pages down.

    It's a little worrying because I had several page 1 positions, now only page 4 or 5 spots which do not bring any real traffic.
    I doubt 10 hours of down time is causing your problems.

    May be worth looking into any recent changes you've done to your site - or any links added over the last few months.
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    It's not looking good. The server was up on Sunday morning and there was some crawling on Monday morning. No sign of Googlebot since then! I even added new backlinks but it's not helping.
    You will learn in SEO, patience is everything. Without it then your site will not last long in any particular ranking.

    Give it more time, go plant an herb garden, or read a book. The site will be there when you get back.

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