Why Digg Briefly Vanished From Google's Search Results

The Internet was certainly talking about Digg today when people discovered the social news site was no longer appearing in Google's search results.

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Was Digg the victim of a manual penalty? Did Digg have an issue with its robots.txt file?

No. It was all Google's fault.

"We're sorry about the inconvenience this morning to people trying to search for Digg," explained a Google spokesperson. "In the process of removing a spammy link on Digg.com, we inadvertently applied the webspam action to the whole site. We're correcting this, and the fix should be deployed shortly."

And it was.

Despite all the speculation, there was no ban. Google didn't de-index Digg for announcing a Google Reader replacement.

Google screwed up.

About the author

Danny Goodwin formerly was Associate Editor of Search Engine Watch, where he also covered the latest search marketing and industry news. He joined Incisive Media in October 2007, in charge of copy editing columns that appeared on both Search Engine Watch and ClickZ. Prior to a life in the search industry, he worked in the journalism field, working in numerous newsroom positions, before later working as a freelance copy editor.