You might ask yourself has your web site been banned by Google, because you might have read or heard that various actions and methods might make that happen. For example creating multiple web sites with duplicate content or generating web pages with no original content with affiliate ads might get a web site banned by Google. Some people have for example created fake directory pages using DMOZ and Google AdSense ads or other affiliate program ads just to get money when people click the links and some have used computer programs to create large amounts of computer generated link pages, etc.
Contacting Google might not help, because Google employees don't have time to give feedback for the exact reason why a site that has been banned, because Google uses computer programs called "search engine spiders" (or bots) to crawl through sites from a link on one page to another page. That's why you might have to check at least four things about your site yourself: 1) is your site banned, 2) is any web page cached by Google linking to your site, 3) is your site accessible to search engine spiders, and 4) are you using spamming techniques. This article offers do it yourself (DIY) instructions. It doesn't give definite answers, because every site is a unique case and you might not easily find every spamming technique yourself. This article gives hints about where the problem might be and how you can find out possible reasons.
If you can find one or more pages cached by Google using the site search [site:your.site] (for example site:google.com), then you are not banned. If you can't find any web pages from your site cached by Google, it doesn't mean you are necessarily banned by Google (see 2).
If your site is new, one reason for not been indexed by Google might be that no page indexed by Google is linking to your site. If your site was indexed by Google for years, but it isn't anymore, then your site might be banned by Google or you might have made changes on your site so that it isn't accessible by search engine spiders anymore (see 3).
If you think you have been banned by Google, clean every section of every web page on your web site and when you have made the possible changes, send a re-inclusion request to Google by going to http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=35843 More info: http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/ http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=34443&topic=8523 It can take from 2 weeks to a month or even longer to get re-included by Google. Make a site search [site:your.site] every day to find out when/if you are indexed by Google. By the way, you might also be interested in checking your site for spamming techniques and other problems with some of the webmaster tools listed here: http://sites.google.com/site/tomihasa/google-general-faq#webmastertools
Last modified: November 16th, 2006
Author: Tomi Häsä (email@example.com)
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