Google Blacklist

Sat Oct 8, 2011

How does it happen? I don’t know, but for some mysterious reason, my cv has not only disappeared from google’s index, googlebot will not—under any circumstances I can create—follow a link to it.

This blog was the victim of a php-injection scandal a year or two ago, but I did manage to clear it out, and every single other page or post I’ve made here is still in the index. I created a new cv page to test my hypothesis that the url was blacklisted, and, sure enough googlebot merrily retrieved it.

As far as I can tell, it’s in the yahoo and bing indexes, and I don’t want to make it seem like this is some kind of big deal; but I did amuse myself by considering the possibility that the algorithm had decided my cv wasn’t impressive enough to be indexed under any circumstances. Not probably the best way to establish and maintain digital humanities cred. . .