My website/blog has all but disappeared from Google. What happened, and what can I do to fix it?
For years my personal website (linked in my profile
) has been the first hit for "Rich Lafferty", without the quotes, in Google. But suddenly it's not showing up at all. I still have PageRank (5), and it's still in there if I search for the right terms
, but it doesn't appear for the obvious search
There's a whole bunch of things that could
be contributing factors: I recently redid the entire site, from a static site to a blog. I started using a sitemap. I was recently linked to
by some major blogs. I've been copying my content to my LiveJournal (username "mendel") -- and since I wondered if I was hitting Google's duplicate content trap
, I've just today put a robots.txt file on the LiveJournal.
Aside from disappearing from the listings, the other weird things I've noticed are that my main page is no longer cached on Google, and searches for phrases from individual posts of mine turn up multiple duplicate results: my site, my LiveJournal, my Feedburner feed, Technorati, and some of my LiveJournal friends' friend lists.
Am I just in the process of getting re-added after I changed everything around? Did I get burned by the duplicate content trap, which considered my LiveJournal to be the main copy? Are there any other red flags you see?
It's not such a big deal that I'm not #1 anymore, but since I work in high tech I'd like to figure out how to at least show up again.