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February 16, 2005

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More than likely you've been dropped from the google index b/c you don't have the Google logo on the "SiteSearch Google" code on your site. This violates their terms of service...and the only reason I know this is that it happened to me as well. See my posts about it here:

http://zerotrilogy.gotdns.com/jaysonblog/archive/2005/01/18/795.aspx
http://zerotrilogy.gotdns.com/jaysonblog/archive/2005/01/26/881.aspx

Spread the word. The good news is that once you are again compliant w/ their terms, you'll be reindexed within a couple of weeks. It also doesn't hurt to email Google explaining that you've fixed everything. Let me know how it goes. You'll be number one again in no time.

Now that's some seriously helpful information! Thanks a lot, Jayson. I added the Google logo (though I moved the search down the page so it wouldn't dominate the header) and will drop them an email. I'll be interested to see the results.

Great tip - we definitely need to spread the news on this one. Your comment was the first I'd heard of it.

No problem...maddening though, eh?

I was thinking about it; this only explains your site (I didn't see anything on the sites you linked to that would explain why they got dropped). I'm not much for conspiracy theories, but I got inspired and decided to post about it (latest post on my site), would be curious to hear your thoughts. I also am curious about who else has been dropped as of late...if this is indeed an initiative by Google, it's incomprehensible and needs to be addressed by the blogging community as a whole. I doubt Google would do that, but if so it needs to be nipped in the bud.

Googles perplexes me. I can type in my name (Joshua Blankenship) and my blog shows up #1. I can type in my design site (HRTWRK) and i'm #1-7 or so. My blog is a year older and gets 4 times the traffic. The search engine is a strange and wonderful place that I don't fully understand.

When i searched for leave it behind without quotes, you were result three, with quotes ("Leave it Behind"), you were there at number one.

Has Google changed how they rank blogs again? My low traffic blog is getting very high search results on things that it really should not...like 80's hit songs!
http://jpowell.blogs.com/jason_powell_church_it/2005/03/google_and_blog.html

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