Help me please: Accidentally noindex my WordPress, and Google remove my Home url from search results

One of my site is 2 years old and was all HTML static pages. All the pages were indexed and ranked well for some keywords (mostly for home URL, which is something like http://www.my-domain-name.com )

This Monday, I installed WordPress to this domain, removed the index.html static page, and walked away.

Tuesday night, I noticed that I accidentally set the Privacy in WordPress setting to "noindex", so I corrected the setting to allow search engines to show/index in Privacy (I would like my blog to be visible to everyone, including search engines (like Google, Bing, Technorati) and archivers ).

Didn't think that was a big deal, since I only had the noindex meta tag for only a day. - But I was wrong...

Wednesday, I felt like checking my site in Google, so I just searched one keyword, and I was shocked to find out the Home page url is not in any Google search results any more for any search term, even for site:my-domain-name.com. It may have been de-index because of my previous Privacy setting.

Then, I checked the following places to make sure I do not have other things to stopping it from Google:
1. I view the code of home page, I do NOT see meta noindex, nofollow there, which is good.
2. I check robots.txt, and it is allow: ./, which is fine too.
3. I checked in Google webmaster tools, fetch as Google bots, for the home page, it returns the right content.
4. I checked all other static html pages that were there in Google before installing the WordPress, they are now all still indexed in Google and are ranked for the terms that they are supposed to., which means Google does not de-indexed my site completely (good news), instead, Google only de-index my Home page url, which is something like: http://www.my-domain-name.com . NOTE: for all the existing html static pages, I only deleted index.html, and I still keep all other static html pages under public_html.
5. I just re-submited my sitemap in Google webmaster tools.

6. Now, I ran out of ideas, what else I should check? Did I miss anything?

I felt so guilty about my mistake of the nonindex setting, and would really appreciate the experts on this board to give me some advise to bring the Home page URL back to google search results.

If the only thing I can do now is just to wait, how long would be the wait?

Background info: in Google webmaster tool, it says the site has 20k backlinks; and there are more backlinks coming in on regular basis from other blogs. The site is PR2. Sorry I cannot post the site URL here, but would be happy to share in private message if you want to look at it.

Thank you for your time reading it.

  • Jonathan
    • The Incredible Code Injector

    @winning,

    The general answer is "the bots will discover the change sooner or later and they will refresh their index"

    So it's impossible to say, The best thing you could do, you've done - submitted a sitemap, this tells googlebot that there is unlisted content that needs to be indexed.

    I would say 24 to 48 hours, depending on your how often you were indexed prior to last week, how often you updated content, how many incoming links you have, how well structured your site is etc etc. The Googlebot uses an algorithmic process which is beyond most of us, and is entirely out of our control :wink:

    The bots are also smart, and I'm sure it takes into account that people make sites no-index by accident. Won't be long before you were right back to where you were. And then you'll rocket ahead. Google loves wordpress, and the dynamic, ever changing pages it brings :wink:

    Jonathan

  • winning
    • The Incredible Code Injector

    First of all, thank you all for the help :slight_smile:

    UPDATE:
    Someone oversea said they could see the site when searching for site:my-domain-name.com , just wondering why Google does not show the site for the visitors from the Home Town of the business.

    p.s.
    I went back to Google Master Tools and had made sure the "Geographic target" is still United States.

  • winning
    • The Incredible Code Injector

    @Kruzen,

    Can you explain why I will have 404? Compared to the time when WordPress was not installed, the difference is now I have deleted only one html page, which is the static index.html - the old home page file/content. All the existing URLs were/are in Google are still there, since I keep all the static pages (except the index.html) even after I installed the WordPress.

    Another question:
    Do I need to 301 index.html to index.php?

  • Jonathan
    • The Incredible Code Injector

    @winning,

    I believe Kruzen was under the impression that you had removed all the html pages and transferred the content to wordpress. So you would have had 404 for the missing html files.

    But since you haven't done that, no worries. As for the one page you deleted. I wouldn't worry about it :wink: It's google's job to find content, and to provide the best suited content for a particular search. So if your content is targeted (good content for particular subject) then google will ensure that it does it's job.

    Jonathan

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