Death By Google

So somehow my site didn’t get indexed last time Google did its indexing. At least that’s the explanation Google has on its site for why my site is no longer Googleable. Consequently, you can’t search my archives on Google anymore and, even worse for me, my # of hits goes down which is bad for advertising. Oh Google, you are a cruel merciless search engine.


  1. From time to time in the past couple of weeks, I have been unable to access the AG site at all. I get some kind of “403 Forbidden” message no matter how I try to reach it. I don’t know what that means, but I wonder if it has anything to do with your Google troubles.

    It makes me sad when I can’t read you regularly. Love the site. Truly, madly, deeply.

  2. According to some of the search engine watcher forums I’ve been researching, there was some sort of ‘adjustment’ to the methods Google uses to rank and rate websites beginning on Sept 22nd, which has resulted in quite a number of ‘legit’ sites being relegated to the nether regions of search results. This is all in the name of getting rid of the nefarious websites out there spamming Google, but it has resulted in a lot of innocent bystanders getting whacked too.

    Don’t know if this is your issue, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised.

    Most of the advice says to wait it out. Which is not easy.

  3. Oh no! And I was just trying to search for the almond cake that you made once … this was the recipe from someone’s mom or grandma or something? PLEASE – can you send it to me? I’d be forever grateful

  4. I think the almond cake was from Amanda Hesser’s “Cooking for Mister Latte” which you can find at any bookstore and maybe even your library. Good luck Amber!

  5. Also, Typepad (Adam’s blogging mechanism/host) recently suffered system failure that caused several hours of downtime for many sites. If the search engine spiders came visiting that night, A*G*.com might’ve lost some Google-Whuffie.

    (Hopefully Adam didn’t lose any files. Me, I’m part of the “lucky” 2% of Typepad users to lose several hundred static files that I now have to re-upload, one at a time, all over again. GRRR.)