Jul 082011

There are more than 11 million sites in co.cc domains de-indexed from Google search result page in the beginning of July, 2011. Therefore, a lot of webmasters and bloggers who are using co.cc domains complaint the sudden decision made by Google has killed their business because these domains will not receive any traffic from Google.

Why Google Removed All co.cc domains from Results

According to Google, most of the freehost domains have been used as spammy sites and do not provide value (low-quality sites) to the users. Let’s see how Matt Cutts – Google Web Spam Team commented on these freehost.

This article reminds me of a Google webspam point of policy that I’ve been meaning to discuss for a long time. First, a definition: a “freehost” is a domain that will let anyone register a site on that domain. There’s lots and lots of high-quality freehosts out there (wordpress.com comes to mind).
We absolutely do try to be granular, but I wanted to mention that if we see a very large fraction of sites on a specific freehost be spammy or low-quality, we do reserve the right to take action on the freehost as a whole. I think most savvy search/SEO folks would understand this completely, but I figure it’s better to over-communicate than under-communicate.

Does Google really remove all co.cc from the search result?

Let’s do an experiment on Google search result now, just type site:co.cc in the Google search bar and you will get nothing as shown in the below screenshot.

google result of co.cc sites

Try Google Webmaster Tools to Get Index Back

If you are using co.cc domains and you think that your sites provides high-quality contents to the users. You might try to submit a reconsideration request using Google Webmaster Tools account. Refer to the screenshot above that highlighted in red color, the Google sponsor ad mentioned that if you owned co.cc, get indexing and rank data from Google by using Google Webmaster Tools. Kindly refer to official Google Webmaster Blog and submit the request to Google.

Just login into your Webmaster Tools account. Under Tools, click on “Request reconsideration” and follow the steps. Make sure to explain what you think was wrong with your site and what steps you have taken to fix it. Once you’ve submitted your request, you’ll see a message from us in the Message Center confirming that we’ve received it. We’ll then review your site for compliance with the Webmaster Guidelines.

Well, I could not guarantee that Google will re-index back the co.cc sites on its Google Search Results. In my opinion, if your site always provides original and quality articles, you should move to popular extension such as .Com, .Net or .Org domains instead of using free domains such as co.cc.

  4 Responses to “Google Deindexed All Co.CC Domains from Google Search Result”

  1. I tried your steps and created an account in Google webmasters central, and I have fun in determining sites with their page ranks.

    • @steffphani: Great to hear that and hope your sites will get better ranking after joining Google webmaster.

  2. Walao… This is really a serious problem.

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