Banished from Googledom

You may have already noticed the Yahoo! search box, a piece of pure 1990s code that’s now sitting on the sidebar. Hardly anyone uses a search function from here, except me, for quick and dirty cross-referencing of past posts. WordPress has its own search function, but there are upwards of 8,000 pages here that aren’t in any way connected to WordPress, which will never be seen. So I’ve been relying on Google to serve up my local stuff.

Then this weekend, Google informed me that they were de-indexing the entire site for a minimum of one year, as punishment for not blocking injections of malware quickly enough, or something. (One such event is described here.) Their own malware tool doesn’t find anything here, but the Master Control Program will not be denied.

I filed for reconsideration, which may or may not work. In the meantime, traffic here will drop by a third, which doesn’t bother me a great deal, and search traffic will drop by two thirds, which does, since it means I’ll probably have to suspend the search-query roundup on Monday mornings for lack of material.

Google Reader subscribers should not be affected. People who have ridiculous work filters and get here by typing the name of the domain into the Google search page will no longer be getting here.

Update: On the basis that I can’t assume I found everything myself, I have called in a white-hat guy to look over the site and make recommendations.



  1. Adam »

    5 December 2011 · 3:39 pm

    Jesus! I can’t believe this! Your site is the perfect example of the kind of site Google should be favoring ABOVE SEO spammers and content farms! You were literally here back when Google first started and their search results were awesome because they were primarily made up of blogs like this one. Unbelievable!

  2. Jennifer »

    5 December 2011 · 4:42 pm

    What? You’ve been do-googled?!? Methinks they are being evil

  3. Jeffro »

    5 December 2011 · 5:03 pm

    Good luck with the reconsideration. Wow.

  4. Mark Alger »

    5 December 2011 · 6:03 pm

    Scroom. They’re for the ash-heap anyway. They just don’t know it.


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