If Your Website Goes Down, Does It Effect Your Rankings? Matt Cutts Explains

It may have happened to you. Your website goes down and you are scared for the outcome that it will have on your website’s search engine results. Google have just released a Webmaster Help video where Matt Cutts answers the question: If my site goes down for a day, does that affect my rankings?

To summarise, if your website is down any longer than a day, then it could have negative effects on your rankings (with some allowances). But if your website is only down for around a day, then you should be alright. Matt Cutts also adds that you might want to look around the Google Webmaster forum to see others’ experiences. He notes that there was recently a day where Googlebot itself was having trouble fetching pages. It usually has “pretty good reliability,” though, he says.

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