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I've read about this redirect code on your website:
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.aeispeakers\.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://aeispeakers.com/$1 [R=301,L]
I' ve created .htaccess file in the same directory where all files are added code above, it didn,t work for couple day and today our server is down, index page is not accessable, I just deleted .htaccess file and want to know what went wrong??
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by:duz
ID: 13988041
idiotsavant0207 -

Why do you want to do this redirect?

- duz


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by:idiotsavant0207
ID: 13988235
because of our website is not on Google for about a week and nobody can give me an answer how to get back on Google and I am just trying to do something , and I found this http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web/Online_Marketing/Q_21333422.html .....
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by:duz
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idiotsavant0207 -

Well you should be very glad that it did not work because it would have got you into even more trouble than the hidden text.

Instead of slowly destroying a perfectly good site piece by piece because you don't have any idea what you are doing why don't you employee a professional to do it for you?

- duz

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by:HeadIdiot
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Brother Idiot -
STOP cutting code before you ruin your site!
First... put a link on this page to your site so we can take a look at your code.
Second...give us the link you want that page to redirect to.
Third...carefully explain the reason for your redirect.  (for example: Are you pointing several domains toward the same site?)


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by:idiotsavant0207
ID: 13995732
First... put a link on this page to your site so we can take a look at your code.
http://www.aeispeakers.com

I am trying to get back on Google and found this on your site:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web/Online_Marketing/Q_21333422.html
Solution Title: Site not showing in Google anymore?
1. Delete all outbound links pages.

2. Delete the robots.txt files, interesting content but not valid :)

3. Put in a 301 redirect from http://www.cyberereminder.com/ to http://cyberereminder.com/

Then you will be back in a few months or less even.

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by:duz
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idiotsavant0207 -

>I am trying to get back on Google and found this on your site:
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>http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web/Online_Marketing/Q_21333422.html
>Solution Title: Site not showing in Google anymore?

The problem they had was being sandboxed, your problem is that your homepage has been removed from Google's index because of hidden text. Different problems. Repeat - Different problems.

As I said above if you try to apply a solution that has nothing to do with your original problem (particularly a 301 redirect from www to none-www as you asked about in this question) then you will get into even more trouble.

I repeat: "Instead of slowly destroying a perfectly good site piece by piece because you don't have any idea what you are doing why don't you employ a professional to do it for you?"

- duz


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by:idiotsavant0207
ID: 13996347
your problem is that your homepage has been removed from Google's index because of hidden text.

Could you please be specific and what should I do to get back on Google - should I remove meta keywords, or shoulld I just wait if Google will spider our website someday?
thanks
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by:duz
ID: 13996931
idiotsavant0207 -

>please be specific

You had hidden text on your home page until a couple of weeks ago.

Google doesn't like hidden text and removed it.

If you search for your home page Google has removed it as a penalty http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&c2coff=1&q=www.aeispeakers.com&btnG=Search

>should I remove meta keywords

If you mean the Meta keywords TAG then it doesn't matter.

>shoulld I just wait if Google will spider our website someday?

Yes it should be quite soon (a month or so). Use the time to make sure your site is clean of any other tricks that Google doesn't like. Get some new inbound links.

- duz
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by:idiotsavant0207
ID: 13997257
idiotsavant0207 -

>is there any way to find out what we did wrong?

How recently did you remove this hidden text from your home page?

motivational speakers famous public speakers keynote speakers great public speakers. motivational speakers
famous public speakers keynote speakers great public speakers. motivational speakers famous public speakers
keynote speakers great public speakers.

- duz

I am sorry, I think I misunderstood because I had this text in meta keywords and I removed it about 3 weeks ago. But I never had any hidden text........?
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by:duz
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idiotsavant0207 -

>I never had any hidden text

This was your home page on Nov 20, 2004.  Notice the text at the bottom that follows <p><font face="arial" color="#FFFFFF"" size="-2">

That was hidden text.

- duz


<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//IETF//DTD HTML//EN">

<html>
<head>
<BASE HREF="http://aeispeakers.com/">

<meta name="description" content="AEI Speakers Bureau: a full-service lecture agency dedicated to providing the best speaker for your event.">
<meta name="keywords" content="lecture agency, lecture bureau, speakers bureau, speaker bureau, entertainment, entertainers, humorists, experts, seminars, lecture, speaker, speakers, speech, speeches, speech giver, meetings, conventions, planners, keynote speakers, keynote speaker, celebrity, celebrities, trade shows, AEI, AEI Speakers Bureau, American Entertainment International, Sports, Adventure, Achievement, Business Leaders, Change, Children's Interest, Education, Creative Thinking, Innovation, Current Events, Politics, Customer Service, Diversity, Economics, Finance, Music, Futurists, Healthcare, Fitness, Medicine, High Technology, Science, Hollywood, Human Interest, Humorists, Leadership, Marketing, Motivation, Negotiation Skills, Negotiation, Quality, Sales, Stress Management, Teamwork, Women's Issues, Robert Ballard, Ballard, Titanic, Neil Armstrong, David McCullough">
<title>AEI Speakers Bureau</title>
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</head>
<body bgcolor="#FFFFFF" onLoad="MM_preloadImages
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    <td class="SpeakerBio">AEI Speakers Bureau<br>
      214 Lincoln Street<br>
      Suite 113<br>
      Boston, MA 02134<br>
      Phone: 617-782-3111 <br>
      Fax: 617-782-3444<a href="mailto:staff@aeispeakers.com"></a></td>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
    <td class="SpeakerBio">Member of:<br> <img src="iasb.gif" width="88" height="41"></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
    <td>&nbsp;</td>
  </tr>
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    <td colspan="2" bgcolor="#006699"><font class=verysmall
      face=verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif color=#ffffff size=1>© 2002 American
      Entertainment International, Inc.</font></td>
  </tr>
</table>
<p><font face="arial" color="#FFFFFF"" size="-2">This free script provided by<br>
motivational speakers famous public speakers keynote speakers great public speakers. motivational speakers
famous public speakers keynote speakers great public speakers. motivational speakers famous public speakers
keynote speakers great public speakers.
</font></p>
</body>
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by:idiotsavant0207
ID: 13997808
I do not know where you got this page, and I maintain this website for about 2 month and we defenetly don't have it since then. And last time our index page was crowled - April 20th, 2005. Could it be something else?
Thanks.
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by:duz
ID: 13997951
idiotsavant0207 -

>where you got this page

Waybackmachine http://www.archive.org/

>Could it be something else?

It depends on what changes have been made and then unmade etc., but without knowing exactly this data it just looks like classic removal for hidden text.

- duz
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by:idiotsavant0207
ID: 13998598
I also submitted to a lot of search engines later, could it be a problem with Google?
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by:duz
ID: 13998663
idiotsavant0207 -

No, you don't need to submit to any search engines it is a waste of time.

- duz
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by:idiotsavant0207
ID: 13998697
If we do not get back on Google in a month, should I try to add our url to Google or should I whrite them on help@google.com or it is better not to bother them?
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by:duz
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idiotsavant0207 -

You can send an email now but under no circumstances resubmit.

Send it to webmaster@google.com with the subject line 'Reinclusion Request'.  Explain in detail that you have recently taken over responsibility for the site, removed hidden text and that you are very sorry it happened etc.

- duz
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by:idiotsavant0207
ID: 13999125
duz
I'll do that even i didn't remove any hidden text. My question - is there any service that could check our website on changes that  google wouldn't like? And also if hidden text wasn't a problem will Google crowl us again?
Thanks
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duz earned 2000 total points
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idiotsavant0207 -

>is there any service that could check our website on changes that  google wouldn't like?

No there is no such thing. Google says what they don't like here http://www.google.com/webmasters/guidelines.html

>will Google crowl us again?

Yes I would say so.

- duz

PS Read this free tutorial http://www.seo-guy.com/tutorial.html before you even think of making any more changes.

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