Even that my traffic through Google raised approximately 40%, the homepage (/) of my page is gone from Google results even though I have no broken links.

How can I investigate the cause?

  • 2
    Have you looked at Google web master tools
    – tim.baker
    Nov 17 '13 at 15:37
  • Yes I have, and there's not any new indicator... Nov 17 '13 at 15:50
  • Are you sure it's been removed or you just cant see it ranking? Do a site colon search in Google like this to confirm if it has been deindexed: site:example.com
    – Max
    Nov 18 '13 at 2:10

Google can decide to remove your page from its index if:

  • your page has duplicate content with an other page (internal or not)
  • your page is not considered good enough to be indexed (thin content for example)
  • your page is not accessible anymore for a long time (returns 404 HTTP status)
  • your page is blocked by a robots.txt
  • your page is blocked by an .htaccess file (returns 410 HTTP status for example)
  • your site is penalized or blacklisted (because of spamming, bad backlinks etc.)

Google may remove a site (including its homepage) from the search results if the site gets a penalty for being spamming. Log into Google Webmaster Tools, verify your site, and check if there are any messages from Google about penalties applied to your site.


Google removes homepage from page results if:

  • Google thinks the site is down
  • The homepage size is very small
  • In a few cases I've noticed Google removing homepages with no link on the page

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