Now that you know how to get reincluded in Google if banned, thanks to minty
from Google’s Matt Cutts, how do you know if you’ve been banned at all? Some
- You could read all the information that Marcela De Vivo wrote up in the
With Search Engine Penalties article in SearchDay last month.
- You could
hope (or pray that you don’t!) that you get one of the new "you’ve been
banned" emails that Google is
- You could try
a new tool I spotted via
SEOmoz that tries to report if you’ve been banned. It sees if you have pages
coming up via the site: command in Google. If not, that’s sometimes a sign
you’ve been banned. It also uses a second method to check if you’ve been
banned, though exactly what this is isn’t documented. There’s a thread about
the tool here, but
really doesn’t cover the second method.
In the end, the
very best way would be if Google provided a ban checking tool of its own. The
current test of sending banned notification emails provides a glimmer of hope
that this might come. Google’s rejected such things in the past, but recent
discussion between Matt and I
and others at Threadwatch suggests perhaps it could happen.
Want to discuss? Visit our forum thread,
Google Testing Ban Notification — Could New Webmaster Tools Come?