Google Dropped My Site From Their Index
After going through nearly 4 months of frustration with Google's G Bot, I finally got indexed on 02/09/2007 for the second time. When I first started this blog, I made the mistake of submitting duplicate articles to EzineArticles. To do such a thing is against Google's TOS, because of duplicate content issues. They dropped my site from the index, and even after deleting the Ezine articles, it took around 2 months for Google to “favor” my site again.
The long wait paid off. Now, Investor Trip has a Google Page Rank 4.
Work hard to get on Googlebot's Good Side
If you make a mistake like I did, then work hard to figure out the error and improve your results. Some of my friends give up sooner than they should when faced with difficult obstacles. A good friend of mine dropped out of college when school was becoming too much to handle, but I knew in high school he was capable of achieving anything.
For these tough situations, I remember my father's old adage – “A setback is a setup for a comeback.”
When things go awry, only you have the power to change the results for the better. Even though I broke Google's TOS rules, that was not the biggest mistake I could have made. The biggest mistake would have been to give up on this blog and Google's index. I knew the reward was much greater than the wait, so I continued on. When the reward is not worth the effort, spend your time elsewhere.
Failure is a learning experience
“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them” – Albert Einstein
In the end, I learned a lot about search engines and how they read web pages. While I was trying to figure out the problems with my blog, I was really gathering extensive information on search engine optimization. I wouldn't have read so much material on Google if my site was properly indexed. Sometimes you gain unexpected knowledge from the most undesirable circumstances. It's funny how life works that way.
Tarik Pierce is the founder of InvestorTrip.com and regularly contributes articles to this website.
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While his background is mostly related to trading stocks, he recently gained interest in real estate crowdfunding with Fundrise.