About two years ago now, an old website of mine got banned by Google. Let me explain, the website got banned from it’s search engine. It was de-indexed and kept from showing on search results. Essentially, that keeps my website pages from being found by people.
The website is this one you are reading now: technoloman.com
The reasons, well, the reasons for the ban are debatable, in my opinion.
Technoloman.com is a website I have since about 2014. I always had technology content. Initially antivirus, then marketing as I decided to write about what I do professionally.
I partnered with a friend in publishing content and promoting brands and technology content we used to read about and that went from digital marketing to SEO, to security and cloud computing and even work and career related topics.
Some of our articles did quite well on Google, but lacked image alt tags, some lacked sources and that seemed to have bothered Google. The website received fairly quite a bit of requests from other websites for partnership and we did that. It was a personal website, something that belonged to us. We were free to do whatever we wanted, but apparently some of it went against Google’s Pure Spam rules. The only problem is, even after removing these “pure spam” posts, the website is still not reindexed. The current articles were written by us 100%, are quite informative and won’t be taken down.
Why do websites get de-indexed?
Well, many reasons. Google is powerful and defines its own rules based on common practices that apply to all. Essentially as a way to fight all spammy content online, Google started banning them and my website fell onto this.
According to Google’s Webmaster Guidelines, using any of these techniques could result in your website being deindexed. I list the ones I believe are probably most used.
Automatically generated content
Participating in link schemes
Participating in affiliate programs without adding sufficient value
Creating pages with malicious behavior, such as phishing or installing viruses, trojans, or other badware