I think I need a new category called “hosting blues”, even though this time it isn’t exactly a hosting problem. So I was concerned that my site traffic seems to have taken a plunge and realized that my usually sizable in-clicks from good ol’ Google has dwindled to nothing. Quite alarmed, I did some quick investigating, verifying that I’m in fact no longer listed on Google, then verifying that I’m in fact not in violation of any Google quality guidelines, and eventually came upon the terrible truth. Yes, my free pseudo-domain provider has run afoul of the Google overlords with, apparently, it’s enormous base of abusive clients, and Google has responded with a sweeping ban that has also snared the sprinkling of innocent fish (read: me) as part of the punished collective.
I’ve since submitted a humble reconsideration request to the overlords, here’s hoping they will have mercy. Just the thought of having to belatedly buy a real domain and deal with the transfer makes me sick to the pit of my guts.
Have mercy, o Google.