Lost Google listing

  Pathologist 12:24 PM 07 Dec 08

For some years now I have part of my web site devoted to the Origin of English Sayings. It was housed on my then ISP's servers and attracted several 100 visits per week, often via Google searches. In June last year I changed ISP and moved my web things to their server; I posted a notice on the old ISP server that my site had moved, along with the new link. Google still found my site, but almost always with the old address. As the months went by this continued until, a few weeks ago, my link page on my old ISP was taken down. Since then the Google visits have dropped dramatically to just a few per week and Google doesn't seem to list the new address, even though it's more than a year old; other search engines find the site with ease.
I don't really have an idea of what's going on, although it has been suggested that there must be many 'dead links' to my old site, which was regularly quoted elsewhere. I would welcome ideas/help/solution, etc!

  Forum Editor 12:59 PM 07 Dec 08

is that this should be in our Webdesign forum, and I'm going to move it over now.

Then I'll comment on your problem, as will others, I'm sure.

  Forum Editor 13:06 PM 07 Dec 08

will point to the domain name on which your site was published, and if that was not your own unique domain name, but a sub-domain on your ISP server it's the reason why your site traffic has tailed off.

If you really want to run a site properly, and attract the maximum attention, you will need to register a domain name, and have it hosted by a proper web host. It isn't necessarily an expensive operation, and it will avoid this kind of problem. Google will find and list your site within a short space of time. It will probably find it where it is, once you've addressed the problem of any dead reciprocal links.

  gavinhodges00 09:47 AM 08 Dec 08

Google updates indexing of sites not regularly , so after indexing your old url , the google crawler not visited your old url again ,one's google crawler will revisit the site then only google will remove your old url from its list .

  Pathologist 16:02 PM 08 Dec 08

Thanks for your helpful replies, especially the one about sitemaps.
I haven't been mainly concerned about the drop in google hits, more why and how it happened. Google does find my site, but only half way down page 6 of its lists. Yahoo and Ask both list me high up on page 1. I find this odd, but with the help of the advice you've given, I think I'm beginning to work things out.

  Sebsworld 15:14 PM 21 Dec 08

I recommend you signup and look at Google webmasters tools click here

Once you signup, and added in your website, it will soon tell you if Google has any problems with your website.


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