Hmmm, there seems to be a conspiracy brewing. One day I'm blogging about how I'm ranking pretty good for some searches in Google (considering that few read or link to my blog) and the next day Google no longer acknowledges my existence. The three of you that read my blog on Saturday probably think I'm crazy!

Soon after I blogged that entry, Google has removed my blog from their indexes! What did I do? Did the big brother bots of Google notice that I used the wording "Google bomb" and remove me as if they were the TSA and I was trying to carry some toenail clippers onto an airplane? So I sent the following email to Google:

Subject:What happened to my blog?

Dearest Google-folk- It appears that my blog ( http://panela ) has been dropped from your index. This happened soon after I blogged about how my website was ranking high in google ( ). Would that entry have something to do with my removal from your indexes? I'm sure the few viewers (you could count them on your fingers) of my blog don't really care too much, but it is a shame since my blog does happen to be the only website detailing how to use the Rocbox mp3 device on Linux. Please let me know why google thinks that my blog no longer exists.

yours truly, Matt

In less than 5 minutes I recieved a canned response stating the following:

Thank you for your note. This is an automated reply to your inquiry about your site's inclusion in the Google search results. When webmasters write to us that their site has fallen out of our search results, we often find that it's still included.

To quickly determine whether your site is currently included in our index, perform a Google search for its entire URL. For example, a search for [ ] returns the following result: If your site returns as a result, it's included. While we're always working to include more content in Google, sites can occasionally fall out of our search results. Our spiders regularly crawl the web to rebuild our index, but keeping tabs on eight billion pages is tough work, and they may miss a few. As for the sites they find, updates to the content of pages often result in ranking changes. Normal changes include, but aren't limited to, addition of new sites, changes in the ranking of existing sites, sites falling out of the index or getting dropped for particular keywords, and fluctuation between old and new webpage content.

Please be assured that these changes are automated. It is certainly our intent to represent the content of the internet fairly and accurately. Our crawlers aren't bullies; they don't pick on particular sites. Also, please note that Google's advertising programs are independent of the process by which we assemble the Google index. Participation in an advertising program does not affect inclusion or ranking in the Google search results. We understand that these changes can be confusing. If your site's well linked to others on the web, it's likely that we'll add it again during our next crawl. While we can't guarantee that any page will consistently appear in our index or appear with a particular rank, our Webmaster Guidelines, available at, offer helpful tips for making your site crawler friendly. Following these recommendations should increase the likelihood that your site will show up consistently in our search results.

Regards, The Google Team

I followed their advice and my site does NOT exist as of 11:30pm in their index! Just for fun I'll list some of the searches that used to (as in they did 2 days ago) return my blog in the top 10 results: