If your website has been banned by Google, Yahoo, or Bing, then you’re probably feeling the frustrated, annoyed and probably a little bit angry.
There doesn’t seem to be any statistics given by the top search engines on the number of websites banned each year, but do a simple search on “banned website” and you will find over 196 million results. Ultimately, you’re not alone, and if you’re not practicing black hat SEO tactics knowingly there are things you can do to fix it.
Step 1: Make Sure Your Website is Banned
Make sure it is a search engine ban – Not all drops in organic traffic or search engine rankings result because of a ban. Google search engine algorithms are updated frequently, which will cause significant changes for your websites page rank.
- Check Google: Type “site:yourwebsite.com” (changing out for your own website address) in Google search to see if any of your business website’s pages or blog posts are being indexed.
- Check your robots.txt file to verify that your website can be crawled and indexed by the search engines.
- Check Google Webmaster Tools console to verify that no errors are appearing.
Step 2: Why You May Have Been Banned By Google
- Your Website Has Been Hacked – There is a possibility that you’re website fell to hackers. Have your website developer check for malicious code and scan all files of your business website or blog with an Antivirus software.
- Violating Google Webmaster Guidelines – The search engines have strict practices for good on-page SEO tactics. If the website is spamming, scrapping, has hidden text, is cloaking, has doorway pages, or is sneaky, then you can be easily banned.
Step 3: Getting Your Website Out of SEO Jail
- Eliminate the Issues – If you found specific SEO issues that caused your business website or blog to be banned, the first step is always to fix the problems immediately. Remove spam content and stop using black hat SEO tactics.
- File a Reconsideration Request – After all the on-page SEO problems have been resolved, you may file a reconsideration request to the search engines. You must be up-front about the problems and describe what went wrong. If you used black hat tactics, admit it.
- Learn Patience – Removing your website’s ban is a manual process so you must be patient. Google’s team reviews every case to ensure that everything is fixed. This process can take 2 weeks to 3 months.
Question: What’s concerns you most about the potential for your website to be banned by the search engines – something you may unknowingly do wrong or your website being hacked?