Is my website banned by Google?
In order for your website to be found via a search on the internet, it needs to first be accepted by the search engines. However, if it contravenes any of the search engine’s rules – then it may get banned… resulting in it not showing up in those important results.
For the purposes of this article, we shall concentrate on Google – after all, it is the biggest!
We are very proud to say that we have NEVER had a site banned by Google. Not any of ours, nor any of our clients. However, a couple of years ago we did buy a domain that had been previously registered by someone else (who no longer lives on the Island) and found out very quickly that they must have broken some criteria laid down by Google had resulted in the domain being banned.
Getting a site unbanned by Google is not particularly easy. First of all, Google won’t tell you why a specific site has been banned. However, it does give you some ways to ensure that a site doesn’t get banned in the first place, so going through these step by step can help you to check that you are following best procedures, then leaving you to approach Google and ask for reconsideration.
So how do I know if my site is banned by Google?
There are a couple of ways to try. Start by going to Google and typing in site: followed by your domain name, minus the www. For example:
If it gives you search results… then all’s well, and your site is not banned. If it returns no search results, then it is not listed in their archives. If this is the case, then do a search for “Google banned checker tool” – there are plenty of free ones out there – and here is a link to just one of them: Google Banned Checker Tool
What could have caused it?
Getting a site banned by Google isn’t that common really – so you (or the domain’s previous owner) must have done something pretty bad if that has happened. There are a number of reasons why Google may have banned your website, and here is just one of them:
- Using Black Hat SEO techniques