I just wanted to share this with someone! Even if someone makes fun of me, perhaps it will remind everyone how FRAGILE our websites are...
So, two nights ago I finally uploaded 70 're-coded' pages of my main money site. I was very afraid to do it, but the code was getting ugly and slowing the site down. After I uploaded the new pages, I felt good about it.
But, this morning I took a look at Traffic Travis and was shocked to find that my HOMEPAGE WAS OUT OF GOOGLE!
I expected that the 're-code' would temporarily cost me a few ranks, but it was GONE! Totally Out Of Google! I even tried the 'site:' search handler and it confirmed that other pages were indexed but my homepage was completely gone!
I freaked out, obviously. I started frantically looking all over the place for a solution and couldn't figure it out! I even fetched the site as Googlebot in Webmaster Tools - could not figure it out.
After pulling my hair out and finding, through Analytics, that I had about a 40% drop in visitors yesterday, I was looking at the code and that's when I saw...
<META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW">
Right there in the header of my main cash cow site! I couldn't believe it.
Turns out that I had used the disclaimer page as a template for some of the 're-code' and hadn't thought to remove the robots tag! Luckily only 35 of the 70 pages that I re-worked were effected!
Let me my mistake TEACH YOU!
Websites are a fragile thing! Ahh, I'm a bum! haha