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6 Reasons Why Your Post May Have Disappeared From Google & How To Deal With It

It’s not the most pleasant experience but it does happen quite often unfortunately to web owners and bloggers that do not know any better.

Have you ever been tanked by Google or had a post performing well then (seemingly) out of nowhere you’re down to page 14? It sucks doesn’t it? 

I know how you feel and today I’m going to be discussing some reasons why your post may have disappeared from Google. I’ll also reveal to you ways you can deal with it and and what to do next, so stick around and take some notes.

Also please note that when I say “Google” I really mean all the major search engines; (Google, Bing, Yahoo)

Let’s dive in…..

6 Reasons Why Your Post May Have Disappeared From Google

6 Reasons Why Your Post May Have Disappeared From Google & How To Deal With It

You Post Is Just Not Satisfying

Google can calculate the bounce rate of the visitors they send to your site. If the visitors doesn’t stay on your site for long (a good average would be between 1 and 2 minutes), it means that your content is not appealing / helpful to the visitor.

Either way Google sees that your blog post is not bringing any value and replaces you with a post that does. Not nice at all! 🙁

You can see how long visitors are staying on your site in your Google Analytics account.

Filled With Affiliate Links

Search engines also don’t like sites that are filled with affiliate links. If most of your blog post are filled with affiliate links and blatant promotions, chances are you won’t get any significant rankings soon.

But of course you have to make money so what’s the solution?

Write a pillar post/article that has the affiliate links (typically a product review like this one). Then, in your posts when you’re referring to the product/service, instead of linking to the affiliate offer, link to the pillar article.

This will minimize the affiliate links on your posts + helps improve your bounce rate (which we’ve discussed above)

You’ve Changed The Keyword / Titles

I once sabotaged a high ranking, high earning site to the dungeons of Google simply for changing my post titles. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, but I really don’t know what I was thinking when I came up with this “genius” idea.

Actually I do… I tried to make the titles more SEO friendly. Go figure!

Once a post is ranked and index. DO NOT change the titles of your post. Changing one may not hurt but I went through all the posts, all at once, and somehow it triggered a spam alert and my site sank faster than the Titanic!

This was a lesson I had to learn the hard way. I hope you don’t repeat what I did.

You Tried an “SEO trick”

In that case, you deserve it.

If you bought any backlinking software or hired an some “SEO specialist” from Bangladesh (no disrespect to Bangladesh) on Fiverr to help you get rankings, then you got what was coming to you.

Forget all the tricks and black-hat methods of SEO once and for all. All you need to know about SEO is this: Write great content.

If you write for the people, Google will eventually find you. Just focus on producing top quality work and you’re in.

It’s Done It’s Time (Your Post Is Old)

This is one I also had trouble understanding until one of my peers pointed it out to me. If your post is ranked in the first page, it’s not a guarantee that it will stay on there for ever.

You post does have an expiry date.

Now there are ways that you can lengthen its lifespan and that is by constantly getting comments, having people sharing it on their social networks, updating the content, etc..

Also the competition that specific keyword has will play a factor in how long it stays in the SERPS.

No Apparent Reason

Search engines have been known to derank sites for “no apparent reason” other than a change in the algorithms. This might annoy you, and you’re right it is getting frustrated but you have to remember: Google doesn’t owe you anything.

You’re not paying to get ranked there (unless you have a PPC campaign) and unless Google feels you’re bringing value to its visitors than you’re out. On to the next one….

Also note that this doesn’t mean you’re out for good either.

Your post may go back up in a few days/weeks. Search engines do these changes sometimes to test the results and the way they present rankings.

If you publish the best possible content and you do not try any SEO” black hat methods” than you’re on Google’s good side and as long as you keep it that way, don’t stress it too much.

What To Do (And Not Do) When You Lose Rankings

  • Calm down: This happens, it’s part of business. It’s not sunny every day here in blogland.
  • Don’t go changing meta tags and experimenting with your descriptions.
  • Don’t go checking stats every hour (it’s a total waste of time).
  • Keep writing consistent content, don’t get discouraged.
  • Share your content, it may lead to a boost in shares and comments.
  • Use this great guide by Backlinko to fully optimise future posts for great SEO.

Let me tell you my story…

My first blog didn’t make me money so I started a second one but the second one didn’t get any rankings.

At the time of writing this, the blog that didn’t make me money is a top earner and the blog that didn’t get any rankings is the highest ranked of all my blogs!

And that’s a true story! Again; go figure!

This shows you that nothing is permanent. Don’t go worrying yourself too much, this is just a part of business.

If you just follow the right training, work hard and keep striving for success, eventually you will start waking up to days like this and you do not have to worry about “SEO”.

Have you ever had a post tank? How did it feel and how did you react to it? Let me know below!

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Reasons Why Your Post May Have Disappeared From Google

22 Comments 6 Reasons Why Your Post May Have Disappeared From Google & How To Deal With It

  1. John

    I changed most of the urls on my new site, and almost immediately, most of the urls in indexed vanished, I guess that is why I am here, duh. I actually read that if your urls are too long, then you could get a penalty, so it just made common since to shorten them just enough to get the point across since, there is a title, and content, then there is no reason for the long title in the url which contains meaningless words anyway; oh well, it is a new site, and I suspect the index will come back; Even if you put out somewhat decent/quality content, it can take time, maybe months-years before a payoff comes.

    1. Chris Lee

      It should come back do not worry about it. However, if you had some internal linking between posts, make sure you update them as they will only results in an error when people click through.

      If you have Google Webmaster Tools installed, this can show you where all the broken links are.

  2. Carelia

    I’m currently experiencing something similar with a few blog posts. I was adding a couple of new tags to a few old posts, then when I click update, the blog posts were still there, but with other posts body and pictures. The title and tags remain as original, but with the wrong content. This is so weird and very alarming to me. Now I’m afraid to do any change to an old blog post. I moved those posts to draft until I figure out what happened.
    Have you ever encounter this issue or have your heard of it?
    I really would appreciate your input. For reference, I have a blogger blog.

    1. CLV

      I suggest you do not to any “bulk” changes. Just change post every 3-4 days and that should be ok. Also if you change your URLs, links you have that are pointing to that post will be broken so try not change the URL.

      Re-publish the ones you have in draft though, you need content on your site.

      Hope this helps. Email me if you have any more questions.

  3. Harry

    I have just recently noticed that one of my posts mysteriously unpublished itself and changed the permalink.

    As a result it has completely disappeared from Google and I don’t really understand what happened!?

    I have fixed the URL and recrawled it with webmasters but just have to wait and see.

    Love to know if anyone else has had this happen?

    1. CLV

      Hey Harry. Unpublished itself? Are you sure? could it be you moved some menus or categories around and maybe you can not see it? That is very weird to happen.

      Has it gotten crawled now in Google? Is there any sign of it? Send me a pm if you wish to discuss this further in private. I would love to help out.

  4. Rohan Ramnani

    I can see your points. But recently, I saw a huge rise in some of my posts and suddenly it again went back to where it was. The rise for about two weeks. I don’t know what went wrong. I didn’t even made a change except for the theme that I am using currently. Does it also affect the position?

    1. CLV

      This happens Rohan. Especially if your blog is new.

      When a new blog pops up online, search engines will usually start testing it in the different positions just to see where the content fits best.

      As you continue to grow, publish content and provide search engines the ideal content for its users, you’ll start getting solid and good rankings and stay there.

      Just don’t give up.


  5. Shubham

    That’s something ! I made a new blog, saw everything working good and then it suddenly disappeared. I perhaps now know the reason. I too changed titles of a few to make them SEO friendly then perhaps that was my mistake. Will not repeat it in future! Thanks for sharing this!

    1. CLV

      Hey there Shubham… if you changes the titles (hopefully) your ranking will soon return.

      It just takes some for Google to re-analyze the title and re-rank it accordingly. Hope it works out for you. SEO can be a tricky SOB sometimes lol.

      Let me know how it goes 🙂


  6. Rohit Singh

    Thanks for this wonderful post and it’s really very frustrating that you blog post losses it ranking but what we can do!!! Google is the boss

  7. Nathaniell

    Even as someone that’s built multiple sites and enjoyed some good rankings, I still ask myself what the heck I did wrong when my rankings disappear (or never show up). I always tell people, “you win some you lose some”, but it’s hard to follow my own advice. lol. It’s especially hard to see a high ranking post of your slowly slip onto page 2. This happened to me this year – I had a #1 ranked spot with tons of comments, engagement, and traffic. But 6 months later I’m barely creeping into spot #17 so I can’t figure out what happened! Ugh. I guess I’ll just try to move on 🙁

    1. Chris Lee Vella

      Yeah I know what you mean, sometimes I do it myself as well; worry too much about something that I know I should not be.

      Google will always be Google and it will try to keep us on our feet at all times. There is no proven way to rank and if there is, it won’t last long with the constant algo updates!

      I guess we can’t win them all Nathaniell! :/ LOL!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Daniel Euergetes

    I did a review on a Clicksure-processed product. It sucked very badly and so I had a lot of negative things to say about it. People simply got raked over the coals with that product. My rankings shot up to the top of Google and it happened at the perfect time! The product launched and I made sales like I never did before!

    I tried this a second time – started going up and then tanked.

    I just tried it with a third review on a bad product. Just before product launch it tanked on me! I’m still very disappointed and I actually did try to monkey with it. It made it worse and I lost completely. It’s gone now.

    That’s my recent experiences.


    1. Chris Lee Vella

      Just before!? Oh that’s too bad! 🙁

      I guess we can’t win them all right?

      Many thanks for your comments, see you in WA!

  9. Jackie

    Hi Chris, I’m hearing lots of negative things about Google at the moment.
    I like the dos and don’ts section.
    I think I would take it so personally!

    1. Chris Lee Vella

      It’s just Google being Google Jackie.
      It has it’s tantrums but as long as we keep publishing quality content, we’re ok.

      History have shows us that those that publish GREAT content, remain on top with every update.

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

      You’re awesome!

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