If you are using Godaddy hosting service then you must read this article.
I started my online business about 5-6 years ago. In the start I purchased my domain names from Godaddy and also got my shared hosting account from them. Everything was working fine when my website’s traffic was not so good.
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With the passage of time, I learned many things and my websites traffic started increasing. I was happy to see that my couple of sites were earning about $100 per day with a good amount of traffic. When the Christmas season started my daily earning was more than $400 per day.
Everything was fine when one day i saw that i was not getting any traffic from Google. Only few hundred people from Yahoo and Bing. I checked my sites on Google and found that my websites were De-indexed. I was shocked because I had lost about 90% of my earnings. I was now getting about $50 per day, instead of $400 per day.
I was not able to figure about why this happened and started finding the reasons so that i may correct them ASAP. My websites were opening correctly and very fast on all browsers in all countries. So, I was not able to understand why Google have DE-indexed my websites.
Now it is a long story how i spend countless hours and many days to find out what was really happened. But what I learned is explained below, shortly:
When my website traffic started increasing, the Godaddy hosting server applied some sort of blocking script of firewall that started blocking Google Bots. Because i was updating my websites everyday the Google bots were visiting my websites after every few hours. To decrease the load on their servers Godaddy blocked these Google Bots. Now Google bots were coming after every few hours but were seeing no content for my site. This process was going on but i did not know anything. No alert from Google, no message from Godaddy. My sites were opening correctly in browsers, so I thought everything was just fine.
Actually Google bots were redirecting to some strange URLs on my website that actually did not exist and were returning 404 errors for legit website pages (for Google bots only).
But after many days of finding no content on my website, due to blocking by Godaddy, Google thought that my websites were permanently deleted and had no content. At that time my websites were de-indexed from Google search results and I lost my $400/day earning without any fault.
When I contact Godaddy team they denied and said that there was no such issue from their side , blah blah…. But if you search online you will find countless similar stories about Godaddy hosting services.
So, you see how I worked hard for many years to earn legit money online and how Godaddy destroyed everything within few weeks with silence. After my websites were De-indexed, I tried everything to get them back in SERPs but i was not successful to get the same previous search results rankings.
So, it is my humble request to all those who want to make websites to earn money online, don’t ever use Godaddy hosting account.
P.S: The Godaddy’s domain names service is really good. I always buy domains from them.
New Update on this Post on 31 May, 2013:
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