Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

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Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by goldenband » Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:22 pm

I was writing something about "Taiketsu Rumiizu" and noticed I couldn't find my review via Google. That led me to a very surprising discovery:

f you search on "3DO ZONE Forums", you only get six hits from 3do.cdinteractive.co.uk. Search on "site:3do.cdinteractive.co.uk", and you get the same six hits. I've tried searching from an anonymized Google, with the same results.

As a result, almost none of the forum's content is findable via Google. Bing, however, gives results more or less as expected (not 100% sure since I never normally use it).

What gives? Have we been locked out, or locked ourselves out, or...?

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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by CasetheCorvetteman » Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:44 am

And i actually thought the whole forum was gone for that very reason....
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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by Lemmi » Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:21 am

lol maybe the googlebot dosent think we are worthy
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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by BryWI » Mon Nov 24, 2014 8:35 pm

Probably due to changing the name from 3DO [Zero].

Hmm. Seems you cant type 3DO [Zero] without brackets. Someone is messing around with the auto word changes again.

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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by goldenband » Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:58 pm

Huh, I wonder if that's exactly it -- the name change. I used to have a website mirror with the same content as my main site, and it definitely hurt my site's Google ranking, but being wiped out completely is a whole 'nother level.

Maybe someone (Devin?) could check it out via Google's webmaster tools and see what can be done?

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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by Austin » Fri Nov 28, 2014 8:59 am

3DO Zone turns up nothing, but 3DO <god-dammit-stop-auto-corrrrrrrecting-me>Zero turns up something by the fourth hit or so.


Personally, that's what I still (inaccurately, obviously) refer to the forum as.. :|

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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by GammaDev » Fri Nov 28, 2014 8:31 pm

Strange. If I type 3DO Zone, I get a proper link on the fourth entry. If I type "3DO Zone", the top two entries are this forum. I tried searching for specific topics and saw no difference using "3DO Zone" or "3DO Zone". "3DO Zone" and "3DOZone" don't seem to return any hits, so spaces matter.
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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by mikemacdee » Fri Nov 28, 2014 11:03 pm

This appears to have become an issue again. Searching for 3do Zone OR 3do*stopfuckingcorrectingmethisissuchastupidfeature*Zero turns up nothing on google/startpage, but yahoo's search engine has no trouble finding the forum at all.

What gives?

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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by goldenband » Sat Nov 29, 2014 4:08 am

I really think the name change is the probable culprit, but that doesn't explain why six (and only six) pages from 3do.cdinteractive.co.uk show up on Google, seemingly at random. The ones that appear for me are:

Ice Breaker music
The Great 3DO Game Raffle! WINNERS DRAWN
Goldstar Incompatibilitys? [sic]
How do you store your games?
New 3DO owner... and retro game remixer
bitrate Collection (Many Pictures)

Only two of them have 3DO ZONE in the name of the link that Google provides.

And direct searches on text strings don't work either, for example:

"an example of 3DO power graphically"

Search on Google for this exact phrase (in quotes), and you get no hits. Search on Bing, and Trev's Battle Chess review comes right up -- though for some reason the direct link gets butchered with "&" entity characters and you have to use cache...?

However there are no problems with a search on "site:cdinteractive.co.uk", i.e. a search on the CD-i side of the workshop. So whatever it is, it's not a domain-wide issue.

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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by CasetheCorvetteman » Sat Nov 29, 2014 10:02 am

Why did the name get changed???
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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by BryWI » Sun Nov 30, 2014 5:13 am

Funny you should ask that. But i think bringing up the past might annoy some. I think the threads about it got torched too. But dont let this statement mislead you. If you are looking for some sort of controversy, there's none to be found. I can't be bothered enough to explain it all or search the thread out. Trust me, it's nothing exciting.

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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by CasetheCorvetteman » Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:56 am

Never knew anything about it.
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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by 3DO Si » Tue Dec 02, 2014 12:21 pm

It started with this: http://3do.cdinteractive.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3192

Which then led to a Poll: http://3do.cdinteractive.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3195

Which then led to a Poll: http://3do.cdinteractive.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3200

Which then led to a Poll: http://3do.cdinteractive.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3206

Also, the 'Yahoo [Bot]' seems to be hanging around here all the time still but the 'Google [Bot]' I haven't seen for ages. Do you think they had a falling out?

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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by goldenband » Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:54 am

And now we're down to four hits on Google. :( We're clearly being blocked, but why?

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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by NeoGeoNinja » Fri Dec 26, 2014 8:42 am

goldenband wrote:And now we're down to four hits on Google. :( We're clearly being blocked, but why?
Should we just revert to being called 3DO *Zero*... or is there something that can be done?

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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by goldenband » Fri Dec 26, 2014 5:20 pm

NeoGeoNinja wrote:
goldenband wrote:And now we're down to four hits on Google. :( We're clearly being blocked, but why?
Should we just revert to being called 3DO *Zero*... or is there something that can be done?
I don't think that would help at this point. I noticed something interesting today, though -- a search on "site:3do.cdinteractive.co.uk" yields five hits now, and two of them are threads whose previews have language about being banned:

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3do.cdinteractive.co.uk/viewforum.php?f=14&sid...
You have been banned from this forum. Please contact the webmaster or board administrator for more information. Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB ...

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Information. You have been permanently banned from this board. Please contact the Board Administrator for more information. A ban has been issued on your IP ...
However if I open the threads, they work normally. Did one of our admin unwittingly ban the Googlebot or something?

I PM'ed Devin about everything, but got no reply, and I see he hasn't logged in for almost a year. Our other admin haven't really been around lately either, so... :(

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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by SHLIMPOLE » Fri Dec 26, 2014 7:17 pm

google made some more changes recently, so it could be outdated seo on the site.

if the site neame changed then its google index would of changed, this usually takes around 3 months to update. and googlebot should be updated,all onsite seo should be updated, and all relevant pages should be resubmitted to google.

seo is taken too lightly in web design...but googe saw it that seo became a job of its own! ideally if the name changed then admins should of kept it for another 2 years at least and just redirected it to the new name...itl update eventually, but it needs admins attention, or someone who has control over the sites seo!

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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by Martin III » Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:35 pm

I just checked on a yahoo search engine and got similar results.

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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by goldenband » Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:48 pm

Martin III wrote:I just checked on a yahoo search engine and got similar results.
I tried "site:3do.cdinteractive.co.uk" there and got a fair number of results. Still only get 5 results in Google, though.

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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by boabject78 » Mon Jan 26, 2015 7:15 pm

Took me a while to find this forum again after a hard drive malfunction, I was able to do it from a link I found on the 3doplanet.ru forum.
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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by goldenband » Fri Feb 13, 2015 5:13 am

And now we're down to just one Google result (on the search "site:3do.cdinteractive.co.uk"). Something is completely screwed up -- did someone ban the Google spider? But even that shouldn't cause such radically poor results.

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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by 3DO Experience » Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:05 am

Sorry I've been MIA. I checked, there was one Google bot IP in the ban list & I took that out. I'm not sure other than that.
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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by goldenband » Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:43 am

3DO Experience wrote:Sorry I've been MIA. I checked, there was one Google bot IP in the ban list & I took that out. I'm not sure other than that.
That could definitely do it, especially together with the name change. Thanks for checking, and let's hope things go back to normal!

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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by Kyosho » Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:50 am

I just now had this exact problem of finding the forum. I ended up searching through my browser history to find the URL. Weird stuff.

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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by Silanda » Mon Mar 02, 2015 4:01 pm

Another problem here. My Firefox history file got corrupted somehow and I didn't have the site bookmarked. Incidentally, searching site:3do.cdinteractive.co.uk now finds zero results on Google. Bing, no problem.

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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by Dr.Enceladus » Tue Mar 03, 2015 12:35 pm

boabject78 wrote:Took me a while to find this forum again after a hard drive malfunction,
I had the exact same issue about a month ago when i had to do a complete format/install.
Look on the bright side though guys. Eventually if 3DO zone don't show up on google you may become a googlewhack! :lol:

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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by goldenband » Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:55 pm

Silanda wrote:Another problem here. My Firefox history file got corrupted somehow and I didn't have the site bookmarked. Incidentally, searching site:3do.cdinteractive.co.uk now finds zero results on Google. Bing, no problem.
I can confirm this -- the site is now 100% gone from Google. :(

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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by zetastrike » Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:15 am

This is all gammadev's fault. Are he and ewhac here anymore or have they lost contact with the site as well?

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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by FUJISAN » Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:29 am

Everyone, Long time no see :)
I also, from Google, this site was surprised gone. :shock:
But, this site was present.
I was relieved. :D
Because I make a note using translation software, I think that it becomes a poor English sentence.
I'm sorry.

If there is rude expression, please point it out.
Thanking you in advance.

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Re: Why has 3DO Zone disappeared from Google?

Post by goldenband » Mon Mar 23, 2015 4:16 am

FUJISAN wrote:Everyone, Long time no see :)
I also, from Google, this site was surprised gone. :shock:
But, this site was present.
I was relieved. :D
I am happy to see that you're back, FUJISAN! :D

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