Oops, My Domain Expired & Google Delisted My Site

May 5, 2009 • 8:05 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

A WebmasterWorld thread has a documented case of one webmaster forgetting to renew his domain name after a day or so. Then after the domain name expired, he renewed the domain and got things back up after maybe two days.

The issue was, he also noticed that his domain name was no longer showing up in the Google search results. He said:

I accidentally let one domain of mine expire and renewed it after it showed an "expired domain" message for a day or so. A few days later the site is gone from Google with no traffic at all from this SE. Even when searching for the url my website is nowhere to be found.

WebmasterWorld administrator, Tedster, told the webmaster that in many cases your domain will be lost in Google until you renew it. It might take a few days for the domain to reappear in Google. Tedster was right, a few days later, the webmaster came back in to let us know his site was indexed and ranking again.

Thanks Ted, the site is back indeed with the same traffic it had:-)

Please don't forget to renew your domain name. The couple day loss in traffic might not be the end of the world, but leaving your domain name open for others to grab and use, can be extremely painful.

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No Name

05/05/2009 01:14 pm

The same thing happened to one of my clients. There domain expired for two weeks but it got indexed again however, rankings still did not come back yet.

James Matthews

05/05/2009 06:24 pm

There is a story about a Fortune 500 company that let their domain expire. They say this massive drop in traffic and then realized. One can never be too careful....


05/06/2009 09:56 am

No Name make a reconsideration request explaining the problem. I've had that happen to me once and anfter a couple of days my traffic was back


03/11/2010 10:44 pm

I had this happen. Domain was expired for about 5 days. Domain is still in G, but lost all rankings. Yahoo rankings dropped big time also. Did the current links that were there get discounted once it expired and renewed late?

Jay Seville

03/21/2013 11:24 pm

how to make a reconsideration request--my expired by accident for 2 days and my $200K income to support my 7 kids is dependent on my 9 years of high search engine rankings. Who do I tell that my site is still 9 years old with the same content and to now devalue it?

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