The search forums are ablaze with discussions of Google possible dropping a hundred directories from its search results. It was first brought to light by Barry Schwartz when he found a WebmasterWorld thread where search engine optimization professionals had noted that a number of free directory submission sites were a no show on Google.
Terry Van Horne then tested 500 directories and the results showed that 16% of them had been delisted from Google. As of now, there has been no comment from Google on the issue. But the de-indexing of over 100 directories has been noted.
The questions that arise now are:
- Were these directories were ever listed in Google?
- Have they been de-indexed following the Penguin update or the Panda Refresh or is it a spam-blog update or a step against unnatural links?
If you have seen any directories being de-indexed, please share your experience here.Google De-indexing Free Directories?,