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Old 12th August 2008, 04:15 PM   #1
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Hey guys.

Havent posted for a good few months because all is going resonably well. Am now on the 1st page of google for selected keywords.

BUT recently i dissappered off google....something to do with my "sitemap" Not too sure what they wanted me to do, but i fiddled around a bit and im now back on (Position not affected)

Im now worried that i will keep falling off everyso often. Could anyone give me advice on how to stop this happening in the future.

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Old 12th August 2008, 06:31 PM   #2
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'something to do with my "sitemap" ' is a bit vague for something so serious.

Exactly what did it say? This is crucial to the help. I can't think of anything that is going to wipe your site out. I assume you are talking about the message being in google webmaster tools?

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you have two <title> tags inside your <head> tag.
I would take the second one <title>A &amp; M School of Motoring, pass first time with fully qualified instructors. </title> and use it as your your <h1> tag which is very weak.
G**gle only sees you have 3 pages and they all have the same title tag, not good.
I can't find your sitemap.xml to be able to give feedback?
Submitting your sitemap will get more pages indexed.

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Old 13th August 2008, 08:37 AM   #4
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Hi Matt! A sitemap is used to "help" Google find all of your pages, so I can't imagine that could cause your site to disappear from their index. Maybe you saw an error under your webmaster controls and assumed your site had disappeared because of that. Since your site "reappeared" possibly Google was dancing??

Curious... your site doesn't appear to have any PR. I know you can't totally go by PR, but it is rare to see a site listed as number 1 in Google with 0PR. Do you mind if I ask what keywords you are focused on?

You have some stray code between your </table> and </body> tag too [-->

Glad everything seems to be back to normal.

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Old 13th August 2008, 10:38 AM   #5

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Google crawlers prefer an XML iste map. how can you be so sure that whatever has happened it bcoz of the site map?
search engine crawlers change every day, someday if you have a white hat approach next day it can become a black hat technique for crawlers.
just go to goolge and type site: www.yoursite.com, if you can see the result, if your site is not visible, then the simple meaning is you have or the search engine thinks that you have used some blan hat technique

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