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Can A Site's Downtime Affect Rankings?

Search engine ranking takes into account a site's downtime, according to Matt Cutts. In a YouTube video, he explains how Google bots might take into account Web sites it previously crawled and indexed, but can no longer find. Cutts explains when a Web site goes down for a day or two it shouldn't hurt search results, but when it's down for several days, Google will likely drop it from the rankings.

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