I have a website that I haven't had much time to take care of. I updated it 4 times since last October, the contents are all original and informative. I can see those cache from Way back Machine and the site was indexed in Yahoo, but not in google. Did I get my index on Google deleted because I did not update it often?

Normally Google crawl often and index fast, I just got really worried if I did something wrong. Is it possible that I set something wrong in the hosting or something?

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You said:

"I can see those cache from Way back Machine and the site was indexed in Yahoo, but not in google."

Were you ever indexed by google?

If you haven't already, create a webmasters tools account as google can provide information about your site here.

  • I know that one of coz and I checked it before coming here to shout for help ;) and It was a second hand domain, and it was indexed by google before for sure.
    – Sei
    Commented Nov 18, 2011 at 7:07

Google never deletes pages from its index just because the website (or the pages) aren't updated often (or never). Usually this kind of deletion is caused by blackhat SEO technique or because the website is a trash one, I mean the pages are plenty of spam, porn and so on.

To check if Google has definitively removed you website, you can use this command (go in the Google search bar):


if you don't see your pages then Google has really deleted them from its index. Anyway if it's so, you can contact Google and ask for an explanation.

  • Thank you very much, I have nothing bad at all on my site, no spam no porn. and it is all original content. I have checked it the way you said before, that is why i decided it has been deleted. guess I need to ask Google
    – Sei
    Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 9:39
  • Google indexes porn quite well. It's a common mistake to think that having adult content alone is a problem. The problem is that so many webmasters in that industry use blackhat techniques to rank their sites.
    – jfrankcarr
    Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 14:52

A potential cause of algorithmic deindexing would be excessive downtime. If your site is down for several days it might be removed from the index. There's no hard and fast timeline here but I've generally seen this happen in about 7-10 days at the earliest. When this happens to a site, new links and new activity indicators (pings, etc.) should get it reindexed OK.

Another one would be matching a pattern for a parking page. Google tries to remove common parking pages from the index. I'd guess from your description this wouldn't apply to your site unless you copied a template from a known parking page.

If your site was hacked and had malicious scripts and such on it this could cause deindexing if it's not cleaned up quickly. Webmaster tools will tell you if your site has/had this problem and, once things are taken care of, you can request reconsideration.

Your site might have been given a visual review by a Google contractor and was marked as a spam or thin affiliate site. If you were showing a lot of ads and such or match other patterns common to "Made For Affiliate/Adsense" sites this could have gotten your site flagged. If this is the case, then you'll need to clean up the site to fit guidelines and request reconsideration via Webmaster Tools.


It's possible that it was deindexed previously. It could be simply for being a parking page or a down/inactive domain. It could also be something worse.

It's quite rare for a site to be deindexed due to inbound links alone. It would have to have been part of a paid linking scheme that was manually detected and eliminated. Even then, there would have been outbound links or perhaps other indicators to tie it directly to the scheme.

Google Webmaster Tools will be your best resource for determining the reason why it's deindexed. If the cause is it being marked inactive, take steps to make sure Googlebot knows it's active again and it will get reindexed within a few days, perhaps a little longer. If there's a penalty deindex, request reconsideration, explaining that you're the new owner of the domain and that you are not associated with the prior owner. This can take a while though. While I've had some requests take less than a month, I've had others take nearly a year.

  • we bought this site as a second-hand domain, and it had many bad backlinks before. I just checked the history, and those links are all dead. Could that be that the website that was linking to our site before got penalized by Google, and it affected us?
    – Sei
    Commented Nov 18, 2011 at 7:06
  • My response was a little long for a comment so I edited my answer.
    – jfrankcarr
    Commented Nov 18, 2011 at 15:09

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