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My Website is no longer index by bing, please help

Vanquished 1,291 324 September 24, 2015 at 06:58 AM
Hey Everyone,
Not sure if we have any webmasters here but my website was apparently dropped from bing's index... It went from having 10 thousand pages to 4. I did recently change the design of the site (a month ago) but have submitted sitemaps since as well as URLs I've added.

Does anyone know how I can go about fixing this?

My site is AdWhois.com, it's a wordpress based site.

This is the content of my robots.txt file which I didn't change when I changed the design:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /wp-admin/

Any help would be greatly appreciated, Really noticed a steep drop in traffic from this lack of indexing (I believe it also is affecting yahoo search as well).

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Bing webmaster tools doesn't show you an issue?

Make sure the current and valid sitemap is good and relevant. Certain URL parameters can stop indexing as well.

Is this site the same domain and everything as before, just with a new design?

Your robots file should be fine. Do you have a .htaccess file? Does it contain extra code for rewrites or anything "advanced"?
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Bing webmaster tools doesn't show you an issue?

Make sure the current and valid sitemap is good and relevant. Certain URL parameters can stop indexing as well.

Is this site the same domain and everything as before, just with a new design?

Your robots file should be fine. Do you have a .htaccess file? Does it contain extra code for rewrites or anything "advanced"?
Thanks for the quick reply.

Yes, it's the same domain and URL structure as before, honestly I'm not sure if

I do have an .htaccess file and it appears that WP SuperCache has its hands all over it so I'm not really sure if that could be causing issues. Whenever I check anything in Bing Webmaster tools it says no SEO errors reported, the Sitemaps I've submitted were generated by Yoast: http://adwhois.com/sitemap_index.xml

I've attached the htcaccess file here ( I understand if you don't want to open a file from someone unknown though), just figured there is too much text to copy and paste it here.

Thanks again, I really appreciate it.

EDIT: It seems there are two .htaccess files, this is in the site directory for adwhois:

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
</IfModule>

# END WordPress

The other was in the main directory. This was updated on september 9th the other one that I uploaded was updated today (i'm guessing by WP SuperCache).
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So this bing index dropoff occured before my site design was even changed. I changed the design in late August, and it appears the dropoff occured around July 14th...

Really no idea what's going on here.
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So this bing index dropoff occured before my site design was even changed. I changed the design in late August, and it appears the dropoff occured around July 14th...

Really no idea what's going on here.
My first guess with the information you have provided is that Bing reclassified your site or dropped its crawl priority (or even excluded it). I'm not familiar with Bing webmaster tools but does it show anywhere a penalty or quality of content?

Do you utilize Google's webmaster tools for the same thing? Was it just Bing?

It's really hard to say but I still feel like Bing determined the quality of your site was not worth indexing. I think they have resolutions to this.
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My first guess with the information you have provided is that Bing reclassified your site or dropped its crawl priority (or even excluded it). I'm not familiar with Bing webmaster tools but does it show anywhere a penalty or quality of content?

Do you utilize Google's webmaster tools for the same thing? Was it just Bing?

It's really hard to say but I still feel like Bing determined the quality of your site was not worth indexing. I think they have resolutions to this.
Not really, there a few wrong warnings. It says my homepage is missing an h1 tag (still working on it, because when I put it in it also applied it to the post pages so they had two h1 tags). It lists the same error for the category pages (42 pages of such) but when I click the error it says no seo violations found.

My tags are missing meta descriptions as well, not sure how to solve that either, I figured Yoast would have taken care of that.

I just resubmitted a sitemap, and it says successful 10,571 URLS submitted. That includes images as well as tags. I think in reality there are 700 or so posts to my website but there are multiple tags for each, which is what makes it 10,000+ URLS. I have submitted a question to bing regarding the drop off, hopefully they get back to me.

Thanks again for your help.
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Here is my Google Webmaster Index Status:
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No problem. I think with your Google status it is clearly a Bing issue in that they don't like what you are doing with your site. Sometimes they change their algorithms so the fact that it occurred without you changing anything at the time isn't uncommon.

On sites like yours where you are just trying to generate traffic for the ads they tend to alter the algorithm at some frequency to discredit your site. They usually provide specifics for why it was dropped from crawling and ways to improve and resubmit.

Best of luck to you. I'd be interested to see a follow-up post with Bing's response.
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No problem. I think with your Google status it is clearly a Bing issue in that they don't like what you are doing with your site. Sometimes they change their algorithms so the fact that it occurred without you changing anything at the time isn't uncommon.

On sites like yours where you are just trying to generate traffic for the ads they tend to alter the algorithm at some frequency to discredit your site. They usually provide specifics for why it was dropped from crawling and ways to improve and resubmit.

Best of luck to you. I'd be interested to see a follow-up post with Bing's response.
"On sites like yours where you are just trying to generate traffic for the ads" That's not the point of my site Frown

It's a site to help people find the actors in commercials. Unfortunately there isn't much I can do to lengthen the posts. At one point I was ranked in the top 90k of Alexa and before this drop off doing over 10k visits a day. Interestingly enough there is another site I have (that I haven't done much with at all for several months) that had the exact same situation of a drop off in the bing index after july 14th.

I expected that site's general lack of traffic to be due to that fact that it wasn't unique content, we just pulled info from other sites like state law pages and simplified it.

Was indexed fine and then on July 15th it did the same drop off as AdWhois. Those two sites are not on the same server or linked in any way.
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"On sites like yours where you are just trying to generate traffic for the ads" That's not the point of my site Frown

It's a site to help people find the actors in commercials. Unfortunately there isn't much I can do to lengthen the posts. At one point I was ranked in the top 90k of Alexa and before this drop off doing over 10k visits a day. Interestingly enough there is another site I have (that I haven't done much with at all for several months) Lawsofamerica.com that had the exact same situation of a drop off in the bing index after july 14th.

I expected that site's general lack of traffic to be due to that fact that it wasn't unique content, we just pulled info from other sites like state law pages and simplified it.

Was indexed fine and then on July 15th it did the same drop off as AdWhois. Those two sites are not on the same server or linked in any way.
It's very possible the bing algorithm could have changed that now ranks your site lower in searches. All search engines do this from time to time, and they dont really publish the changes.
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It's very possible the bing algorithm could have changed that now ranks your site lower in searches. All search engines do this from time to time, and they dont really publish the changes.
I could understand getting downgraded in the rankings but dropped all together without any sort of warning? That doesn't seem right. Wish I could find out if bing did change something on july 15th or if there was something with my wordpress setups that's causing bing to not index it.

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"On sites like yours where you are just trying to generate traffic for the ads" That's not the point of my site

It's a site to help people find the actors in commercials. Unfortunately there isn't much I can do to lengthen the posts. At one point I was ranked in the top 90k of Alexa and before this drop off doing over 10k visits a day. Interestingly enough there is another site I have (that I haven't done much with at all for several months) that had the exact same situation of a drop off in the bing index after july 14th.

I expected that site's general lack of traffic to be due to that fact that it wasn't unique content, we just pulled info from other sites like state law pages and simplified it.

Was indexed fine and then on July 15th it did the same drop off as AdWhois. Those two sites are not on the same server or linked in any way.
Sorry. I didn't mean to offend, and not to knock your site at all -- but it only exists to generate traffic to generate money (or at least primarily as its function). The information about who is in a commercial is essentially irrelevant... am I right? I don't knock you for that and wish you luck on generating ad revenue. But you have to admit it is a site who's primary purpose is to generate ad revenue -- the secondary purpose (in order to drive the first) is to list people in commercials. To me this is not a site that was created to list people in commercials with ad revenue being a secondary or later focus. =]

And hey, I've been there and done that. So no knock from me.

But if I quickly categorize the site that way, imagine how quickly the search engines will lower your rating? At one point I read an extremely well written guide on how to boost content on each page to help avoid being dropped or hurt so badly. I don't remember any of it or have a link but it provided good ideas for sites that have little content like yours. In your case you could probably easily populate data based on the actor and/or company that is advertising. That should help in either case.
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Sorry. I didn't mean to offend, and not to knock your site at all -- but it only exists to generate traffic to generate money (or at least primarily as its function). The information about who is in a commercial is essentially irrelevant... am I right? I don't knock you for that and wish you luck on generating ad revenue. But you have to admit it is a site who's primary purpose is to generate ad revenue -- the secondary purpose (in order to drive the first) is to list people in commercials. To me this is not a site that was created to list people in commercials with ad revenue being a secondary or later focus. =]

And hey, I've been there and done that. So no knock from me.

But if I quickly categorize the site that way, imagine how quickly the search engines will lower your rating? At one point I read an extremely well written guide on how to boost content on each page to help avoid being dropped or hurt so badly. I don't remember any of it or have a link but it provided good ideas for sites that have little content like yours. In your case you could probably easily populate data based on the actor and/or company that is advertising. That should help in either case.
Well it is listed on DMOZ and it's no more irrelevant than IMDB... It's unfortunate that it could be viewed as such. Most of the information on my site is not taken from elsewhere on the internet, rather provided by personal knowledge or straight from the actors themselves. I see what your saying but it's a shame that bing would look at the site based on nothing more than the number of words in a post...
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