Desperate - My Year Old Christmas Site is Banned - I Need Your Feedback Please

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Hi Guys,

I need your brilliance here. My site: Christmas Gift Guru | Christmas Gift Ideas is no longer indexed in Google. It's at least a year old. The only links I sent to it recently was some socialbookmarking that I bought here for last week.

I had at least 300-400 pages indexed. Content: some original, some PLR...some Unique Article Wizard Plugin, and I think some maybe Caffeinated Content Plugin.

Any issues with my site map?

Any issues with my meta tags? I use SEO All in One Plugin

How about could someone by duplicating my site somewhere? How to tell?

Or finally is Google just pissed off at me for some reason?

What to do?

Thanks for your feedback.

Myra
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  • Profile picture of the author captivereef
    My guess is they think it is a MFA site and banned it. They de indexed most of my niche sites right after they disabled my Adsense account. Nothing you can really do.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      Myra -

      If you enter the url in google search box - some odd results. I see many social postings for your site - but also many results that have your site url associated with the name

      akubukanaku

      Looking further, I find the identity given on an about me page as - (think country listed was India.)

      Makhluk Ayah Makhluk, Jr. (akubukanaku)

      Do you recognize this name? It's strange that your url is being associated with this identity in many of the results from the search. Checking those results, have the affiliate links been changed?

      kay


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  • Profile picture of the author myralove
    Thanks Kay,

    I will look into that and see if this might be the cause. How far in did you do the search to find that crazy name?

    Myra
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  • Profile picture of the author bgmacaw
    My guess is that you got flagged as a thin affiliate site since that's really all that's on your site, listing for products on other sites. My second guess would be that you're linking to a 'bad neighborhood' site somewhere or that your site got flagged for malware for some reason.

    Add about 10 quality articles on gift giving to your 'Resources' section and go to Google Webmaster Tools and request reinclusion.

    You probably ought to remove the Adsense anyway since you're likely to make more with click-thru's to eBay.
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  • Profile picture of the author myralove
    Thanks, that is good feedback. I will check my links...How can I check for malware?
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  • Profile picture of the author Bob Monie
    Did you say you bought the socialbookmarking from warriors? As in you paid money for a service?

    If so, i wouldnt trust alot of those services becuase the operators can use very dodgy blackhat methods that can get your site banned. Maybe thats where the name comes from.

    Have you had any other sites banned by google? if so, maybe the site is hosted on a shared ip address with that banned site. You can say goodbye to any sites hosted on the same shared ip address as a banned site.
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  • Profile picture of the author myralove
    My hosting service is HostGator. How can I know if there is another site that I don't own on the same hosted service that is banned?

    Are you telling me that if I have a shared hosting service, and some other person is doing something wrong that I may be at risk? This is the first that I have heard of this.

    Please explain.

    Thanks,
    Myra
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    My passion lives in the creation of new brands, re-branding existing brands and growing businesses through my namesake company, Larym Design. What's yours?
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    • Profile picture of the author bgmacaw
      Google will not penalize you if you're on the same shared virtual host as a 'bad neighborhood'. This may have been the case in 1999 when servers were less powerful and before massive server clusters. But today there can be 1000's of domains on one virtual host IP and the search engines can recognize that this is the case.

      Also, I find it highly unlikely that a round of bookmarking, even if blackhat, would draw a penalty. If it was this easy, people would destroy each other's sites by doing this.

      On the malware thing, it should tell you that in Webmaster Tools if you were deindexed because of that. The most common cause of this is when your hosting account is hacked and compromised files are uploaded. I didn't get any warnings when I visited your site using IE7 so I would guess that it's probably clean now.
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  • Profile picture of the author myralove
    Thanks bgmacaw for taking the time to clarify things for me. It is frustrating as anything could be to have this happen to me now. But all things considered, I have a roof over my head, I have my health, the love of my family and friends and I get to do IM full time!

    If anyone else wants to take a stab, or even take a closer look at my site details further, please PM me.

    Happy Holidays,
    Myra Love
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  • Profile picture of the author derekwong28
    Myra, this is an MFA site and Google is on a rampage against these sites at the moment. I have had hundreds of sites like yours that are de-indexed and banned from Google.

    Not only that, Adsense is sending out letters to people who use MFA sites. As a matter of fact, I have now received 4 warning letters and so my days with Adsense are probably numbered. I think this is happening because Google wants to increase the quality so as to retain its advertisers during a difficult period.

    I don't think there is anything you can do with your site other than to mount a new domain on it and get it indexed again. Another suggestion is that if your website template was bought from a turnkey or PLR website source, you should remove all possible footprints that may allow the source of your site to be identified readily.


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  • Profile picture of the author myralove
    Thanks Derek, I am building my own theme using RNW...registering an a new name and starting from scratch with fresh unique content.
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