Why is my deleted site still showing when someone searches on the web?

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First off, I really like YOLA.

But, I recently had a problem: I deleted a website and it disappeared from the list of sites in "MY YOLA."

The real problem was that from time to time, some people were still able to access it. And that is a big issue for me and this website. Yola says this was a minor bug that has been fixed. Has anyone else faced this situation?
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Nazlie

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Hi Gary

Your positive feedback is appreciated.

However, I do understand your frustration about your problem. It is confusing that a site you had deleted is still showing up in search engine results. Unfortunately, this is the nature of search engine indexing and is beyond our control. It can take some time for search engines to 'catch up' with the changes you have made and that is why it is still showing up on the web. As soon as the search engine crawlers re-spider your site and see that is is no longer online, it will update the index and your site will no longer show up in the search results.

I hope this explains search engines and deleting sites, to some extent. If you have any questions or further concerns about this, please post it on this thread.

Thank you
Nazlie
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Nazlie said that it takes time for search engines to catch up to changes made to websites. However, the site was deleted on or about Feb. 18 and it was still available on or about Mar. 10.

How long does it take for search engine crawlers to re-spider a site?.

Also, the site was deleted from my yola's listing of my websites and when I entered the address in the address bar of my browser, I got the "This sub domain is available" screen.
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Hi Gray (sorry, I see I called you "Gary" earlier)

I have responded to your email as well.

It can take a few weeks or sometimes months for the search engines to re-spider the index and for the for the changes to update. As I have mentioned, this is something out of our control. As I said in the email, you can let us know the domain name and we can check on the status for you. If you like, you can respond via email as I understand that you may not want the domain name displayed in a public space like this forum.

When you delete or unpublish your subdomain, it will immediately become available for someone else to use. If you would like to keep the subdomain, there is something you can do to retain it:


  • Create a one-page site. You can add a message to notify visitors that the site is not available.

  • Publish the site and choose the domain name that you would like to keep.



I hope that you are able to use this workaround. If you need more help with it, please either respond to the email I sent you or add comments on this forum thread.

Thank you
Nazlie
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hi Nazlie - I just sent an email to you with the web address that I would like you to check - thanks for your prompt attention to this matter