Why Digg Briefly Disappeared From Google's Search Results?

Mar 21, 2013 | 1,550 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Lot of online users realized that Digg went missing from the Google search results on Wednesday morning. It has returned in Google now. In just a matter of few hours lot of speculation followed with many concluding that Digg has been penalized for various reasons. So what really happened? 

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Digg users who searched for the social news site on Google were unable to find the website on the top of the search results. Even when they searched for the keyword “Digg” the Google's search result provided links to  Digg Wikipedia page, Digg Twitter account and other Digg-related websites, but no result for the actual Digg site. This led to lot of discussions on forums, everyone speculating the reason behind this 'presumed' ban on Digg by Google. Many people even questioned that the reason behind Digg's removal from Google was the fact that Digg is planning to build an RSS platform right after Google announced that it is taking the Google Reader off the market.

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However, this was not the case. Digg as well as Google have confirmed that Digg did went missing from Google due to a mistaken malware problem. 

The head of Google’s Web Spam Team, Matt Cutts has conveyed the following message:

"We're sorry about the inconvenience this morning to people trying to search for Digg. In the process of removing a spammy link on Digg.com, we inadvertently applied the webspam action to the whole site. We're correcting this, and the fix should be deployed shortly."

And of course, Digg swiftly went back up on Google search results. 

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Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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