I was banned from Google!

Nah, not really. Well I don’t think so anyway.

A week ago, I was in the top ten results for ‘Dan Crouch’, ‘Daniel Crouch’, and those terms plus ‘blog’. All of the sudden, my site is completely missing from Google! What could have caused it?

A little research reveals that it’s probably called the Freshbot Effect. Apparently it’s very common for a new site to get listed very high artificially and then disappear while the ‘true’ value is determined by algorithm. Doing a search on my URL returns absolutely nothing, which means the site is currently not even indexed on their servers — a sure sign of Freshbot apparently.

To get it back, I’ll need more traffic and more inbound links. In addition, keeping fresh content should also be of benefit. I just wonder how long it will take.

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