My site uses the premod version of phpBB SEO with default settings for everything. It is still indexed by Google, but it won't show up in the rankings. What are the most common reasons for phpBB SEO users to have this happen? I'm not breaking the guidelines btw (no keyword stuffing, cloaking, link building etc.)
Here's what I wrote on the official webmasters forums:
My domain is http://www.diablo3forum.co.uk
It was on page 1 of google not two days ago, and now has disappeared from the rankings altogether.
I did a site: operator search and my site is still there. However, when I just search my domain name, my site doesn't come up.
I have no messages/alerts in my Webmaster Tools panel indicating that I have breached the rules. I checked the quality guidelines thinking I might have accidentally triggered the site to be down ranked. I found that the forum software I was using was pinging google every time the sitemap was updated, which I thought went against one of the guidelines. I have now turned this feature off and sent a reconsideration request detailing the issue and changes made.
Also, my site uses phpBB - am I likely to have created duplicate content inadvertently? I've run phpBB systems before and never had this issue.
Can someone let me know if I have taken the right steps to getting things back to normal? Apart from the google pinging, my site is in line with the guidelines as far as I can see. It's really frustrating that the site has gone down now of all times, when people will be looking for a Diablo 3 forum just after release date. My site has been a labour of love for 2 years and this is incredibly demoralising.
Building on what I've done above, is there anything else that could be problematic?
Also, one more question:
I want Google to crawl my HTML and RSS sitemaps, but I don't want them to show up as search results. How do I configure it so that the sitemaps continue to be crawled yet standard google searchers won't see the sitemaps in the search results?