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Why my WordPress site got de-indexed from Google? What can I do to fix it?

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Why my WordPress site got de-indexed from Google? What can I do to fix it?

SEO is a big thing when it comes to blogging. With google coming out with all these Panda and Penguin updates, new bloggers often get confused. One of our users recently got their entire site de-indexed from Google. In this article, we will answer the question: why my WordPress site got de-indexed from Google, and what can I do to fix it.

There are few reasons why this could have happened. Let’s take a look at the simplest reason:

You accidentally checked the “Ask search engines not to index my site” button under your privacy settings.

Privacy Settings

Whopps, that’s a big mistake. Change the setting, and give Google sometime to re-index your website.

The second issue could be that your site is hacked. Are you seeing something like this on your site?

Google Blacklisted

Log out of your site, and then check again. If you are seeing something like this, then it means that Google thinks your site contains some sort of malware. This is why they decided to de-index you. The steps to clean up the site would vary from each individual hack. This is why we recommend that everyone use Sucuri. Here is an article on 5 reasons why we use Sucuri to improve our WordPress security.

If only certain pages of your sites are deinxed, then we recommend checking the canonical URLs on those pages. Open that page, and view source in your browser. Search for the word “canonical”. If the canonical URL is changed, then you have also fell victim to a sneaky hack. We have seen this on some sites.

Lastly, another reason could be that you pissed off Google by violating one of their many rules. This could vary from site to site. Google generally don’t de-index your site if you are caught buying paid links or something. Normally you just get a penalty for your domain, so it is not ranked high enough. But if you are de-indexed, then we suggest that you get in touch with Google by using the reconsideration form.

We hope that this has helped you figure out why your site was de-indexed from Google. If you have other tips, then feel free to leave it in the comments.

Editorial Staff at WPBeginner is a team of WordPress experts led by Syed Balkhi. Page maintained by Syed Balkhi.

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  1. Franciss Mohanty says:

    My Word press blog and the whole URL’s get de indexed. This blog I had created to support my main site Every day I do 2 post with 2 hyperlink to my main site. All of a sudden my whole blog and posts get de- indexed. I have already checked the settings but nothing I got. Can you help me find possible reason of de -index and how can I make re-index to it?

  2. Dule says:

    Hi guys,

    WordPress newbie here :) I am using one of free wordpress themes on my site and I’ve got indexed by google. But now I decided to buy a new premium theme, so I wonder how will that affect the pages that are indexed by google for my previous theme? And would that create many 404Pages?


    • Nico says:

      themes don’t change the urls of pages.
      Neither changing the theme will make a difference is the content that matters not the theme.

  3. Troy C says:

    Hey guys, you might want to ad that there is a difference from being De-indexed V.S. getting blacklisted or getting in trouble from Google Panda & Penguin.
    Allot of newbie get this stuff confused. I was just about to lay into it, until I realized you said De-indexed. lol.

    Nice little post. I actually lost serious rankings this year because of my own per prob effecting working on the site. anyhoo. great mini tutorial. Keep up the great work .
    Troy C.

    • Editorial Staff says:

      We did explain few reasons why you get de-indexed one being if you violated Google’s terms (i.e bought/sold links etc). Explaining panda/penguin can take multiple articles.

  4. Matt says:

    My wordpress *seemed* to get de-indexed because I had a link to every post on my blog in a widget on the right hand side. This seemed to violate a google guideline that it sees too many links on a web page as spammy. I removed the widget and requested reconsideration and then got indexed again. I don’t think I’ve ever been quite as high in the rankings as I once was, though.

  5. Shelley says:

    Thanks for the info. However, when the post opened in mozilla your site displays in rows of text without graphics and formating. Is there a way to maintain the site display integrity?

    • Editorial Staff says:

      THanks for letting us know Shelley. It probably was an error with our CDN which should be fixed now.

  6. Russell says:

    This is not a “beginners guide” like you say, but a sales letter for Sucuri. You’re an affiliate of theirs, and you are telling people the reason they have been (or might be) de-indexed is that they are not paying for a service. Not on at all.

    • Editorial Staff says:

      We are an affiliate of every product that we recommend on this site, but our relationship with them has no impact on our recommendation. We only recommend products that we use. Secondly, if you read the article properly, then you can see that we are not saying that you got penalized because you weren’t using sucuri. It says you probably got hacked and have a malware. Each malware cleanup steps are different. We recommend that you use Sucuri, and they will clean it up for you. You are always more than welcome to google search and find the steps to cleanup the particular malware that you have. Chances are if you can do that, then you wouldn’t be reading this article.

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