After the commencement of Blog Maintenance Service through my blog, I received more than 30 emails asking about why their blog was banned by Google. Most of them are active bloggers and confused on what next to do. We had a detail study on each cases and found out that, each blog was banned due to different reasons. Without mentioning the name of those bloggers, I would like to share some of our findings.
Tips to avoid ban from Google
1. Don't create any hidden Text in your blog
Many bloggers do this “black hat” technique as a SEO method. Usually this is done by typing Text in same color of your blog background. Blog visitors will never see this, but spiders will notice it while crawling your blog post. Many bloggers stuff keywords like this in order to boost their Page Rank. SEO companies offers quick Page Rank jump by using such techniques. You should totally avoid this as this was found to be one of the reason for ban in Google.
2. Avoid Duplicate Content or Websites
This is one of the most dangerous issue we have seen with many blogs. Duplicate content issues will rise when you create another blog post of same contents in your latest post. Most times some one else doing this and you are getting penalized for that. Use copyscape to find which websites or blogs have the same content that you have published.
3. Careful submission of articles to directories
You must take care not to publish or submit articles exactly the same that you publish on your own website or blog.This will help you to avoid the duplicate content penalty.First of all, publish the article on your website, and wait till it is indexed by the major search engines. Then you may start submitting it to the article directories. It is better that you submit only a part of your article and then give a link back to your blog.
4. Careful Linking with others
Link Exchange is an excellent SEO technique to increase PR. But you should avoid certain sites or blogs of categories like , Gambling sites, Porn sites etc. Also be careful in linking with blogs and sites having inappropriate contents and blogs that have once banned by Google.
5. Avoid cloaking
Cloaking is another “black hat” SEO technique in which the content presented to the search engine is different to that presented to the user's browser. This can mislead users about what they'll find when they click on a search result. Google may permanently ban your blog if they find such techniques are used to improve PR
6. Metatags, Meta Description and Title Tags
If we add common MetaTags to our HTML, then chances are more for Google, to display some “Error” or “Warning” on “Title” and “Description” Metatags. Usually duplicate description issues are not much serious but duplicate title issues are known to be harmful. Many blogs got ban after this.
Also, check your robot.txt file. if you don't want to keep your site hidden, then never put a Robot “No Index” metatag in your HTML. Keeping such a metatag will prevent spiders from crawling and indexing your blog.
7. Avoid links to unwanted blogs or sites
You should analyze the outbound links of your blog and should avoid sites that are banned by Google. It is always suggested that outgoing link should be as less as possible to achieve higher rankings.
8. Avoid Comment spamming
Most of blog service providers allow to use small HTML tags to make links back to their own blogs in Comment Forms. This should be done carefully, because, comments with huge links will not only destroy your site, but also the commentators blog also.
9. Avoid doorway Pages
You must avoid Pages dedicated to directing the user to another page (doorway pages)
10. Avoid contents that try to spread illegal, malicious scripts or ideas
Always try to keep the content look original and useful. One should avoid spreading unwanted scripts, codes, ideas, or other harmful contents through their blog. If any serious complaint arises then Google will immediately ban the blog.
11. Reduce Automated activities in blog
Never let an automated system like some Article Writing Software to write content on your blog. Automated Google queries and automated link submission are both against Google's terms of service, and both of them can get your site banned.
How to remove Ban from Google
It is a true fact that we can come back to live blogging once the ban is removed.You had to analyze your blog or blog content and rectify the issues that caused the ban. Then submit a reconsideration request.
You may visit WEBMASTERS HELP or RESUBMIT to reach pages that will help to remove the ban. The link on “Resubmit” will take you to webmasters tool where you can state more details about why the ban happened and what you have done to rectify that.
All bloggers should read information provided in the below given links.
- Google Digital Millenium Copyright Act
- Google Webmaster Guidelines
- Google's warning on SEO companies
- Google Spam Report Form
If you have any other question related to your banned blog, or need help to rectify the problems, comment on this post. You can contact us through the ‘Contact Us’ link on the top of the Page.