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    Well it seems valid to me

    Did you have to call them or was it an e-mail?
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    I just got a reply from googlebot@google.com - but it was just a canned FAQ - completely useless really.

    Why can't they just tell me whether my site has been blacklisted or not?
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    So, you gonna sign googlebot@google.com up to a bunch of free mailing lists?

    Just kidding. Maybe if you reply again with a tert and slightly annoyed (though polite) response they might actually read it.

    Alternately you could try letting Chris write your email
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    well chris mentioned this e-mail address in the forum first

    I will try replying - but the e-mail never mentions replying again if the FAQ doesn't answer your original query.

    It might have helped if they had actually read my e-mail in the first place. Perhaps I am asking too much of customer services these days?
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    Or maybe you should start www.geegle.com
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    Originally posted by laurieb
    Simple. Buy another domain name, transfer your site BUT make the pages different from the first one; there are plenty of utilities on the market that will help you do this for multiple pages. Submit domain 2, keep domain 1, and see what happens. It might be better to ensure that they are both on different IP addresses, just in case it is that, and not the domain, which has been blacked. You may need to change the subnet, if this is Greek to you (as it was last year to me) email me and I'll explain.
    But all my incoming links are to domainguru.com. If I simply replicate the site using another domain, domainguru.net or whatever, I will lose all my incoming links. So Google will think I have a site which nobody links to, and hence it will rank really badly. Isn't that correct?
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    I did a little poking around and found this page At the bottom is an e-mail link for sites that may have been excluded for wrong reasons. Maybe that e-mail address might get better results.

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    Thanks. I have now written to the new e-mail address. I guess it is just fingers crossed time
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    Originally posted by aspen
    When I contacted Google with a valid complaint I got a response, and a couple follow up responses as they fixed the problem. They even "sicked" GoogleBot on my site and a few other similar sites special just to test things out.
    Chris, did e-mail work or did you do contact them by phone to get it sorted. If so, who did you talk to?
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    Lee Hodgson:
    Just off the top of my head, and without knowing any specifics on your site, is it possible that you are being penalised for a site you link to?
    i.e. you cannot be penalised for someone linking to you, but you do control who YOU link to, and I have heard a lot of people say they have been blacklisted (unfairly in a lot of cases) for this.
    All I'm saying is, it's a possibility to consider.

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    well, I don't really link to any strange sites at all - just run of the mill domain name sites.

    It is much more likely the PREVIOUS domain owner did something to get the name blacklisted. Because we have never been spidered at Google since launch.

    The previous owner definitely had some kind of site 'ring' going.
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    Smile

    Just to let anyone know that is interested, I finally got a result with Google.

    It was as suspected, the previous domain owner (who shall remain nameless) had got the name banned from the Google index.

    The breakthrough came from posting on the Google support forum:

    http://groups.google.com/groupsq=goo...upport.general

    I am now going to investigate whether domainguru has been banned from the other search engines!

    So thanks to everyone for helping out with suggestions. My only advice is before purchasing a domain name, go and check it out in the major search engines to make sure you aren't purchasing a banned domain
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    Awesome! Let us know when you are finally indexed so we can do some trial searches
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    Awesome indeed

    The Google Guy said we might miss the next index, but definitely make the one after that.

    Any idea when that will be?
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    Not a clue, Chris is pretty good at those things, and there is probably info kicking around the forums about Google index dates
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    Google updates around about the 25th of each month (give or take a few days)

    One of the best ways to spot it is when the www3.google.com server changes the reciprocal link count for a site try here - SPF recips it's at 2,770 for the current update.
    Last edited by Chas; May 28, 2002 at 12:20.

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    My site domainguru.com seems to have just appeared in Google, well sort of ...

    When I click on the link that says "Find web pages that link to domainguru.com" then it justs says "did not match any documents"

    I have loads of incoming links. Is it possible that Google will realize this later on. This is the first time I have appeared in the index.
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    Yeah, don't worry, it often takes a while for the link:domainguru.com bit to work, and when it does it is hardly ever anywhere near accurate. For instance, I know of nearly 500 incoming links to RQ, but only about 100 show up in Google.

    Be glad for this first step, and build on your success using Adwords and Adwords Select to increase your internal link value (don't spend too much dosh though, it's an easy temptation!)
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    If a link comes from a page that does not have enough weight to be included in Google's public index Google will not list the backwards link.

    However Google does count all link's it finds, so just because you don't see any doesn't mean that they're not there.

    You can observe this by looking at deep categories at DMOZ. Obviously everyone know Google spider's DMOZ yet sometimes you won't find backward's links from the categories because they are so far down they're not worth listing.
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