How To Check If A Domain is Blacklisted by Google

Did your search engine traffic suddenly drop rapidly or are you about to purchase a domain name? it is always wise to check if your domain name has been blacklisted or DE-indexed by Google?

Be informed, there are several other reasons your website traffic could be dropping rapidly but it doesn’t hurt to check if your pages are still being indexed by Google.

How To Check If A Domain is blacklisted by Google

Manual Method

Simply perform a search in Google with “” i.e.

If no results are returned and your pages have already being indexed by Google previously, then there is a pretty good chance that the website has been removed from their index.

If you use this method to check for a new domain, you probably won’t get any result, as there are no posts or pages for Google to index yet.

Automated Methods

Visit Is My Website Penalized or type in your URL address and click search. You would get a message telling you the status of the domain name.

The best way to keep track of changes or get more information on your domain is to use tools created by Google. In this case the Google Webmaster Tools is your ideal tool.

Google Webmaster tools would show you links to your site, your search queries, site health, 404 not found pages, server errors and many other useful information on your website.

Submitting a sitemap to Google, frequent posts, a claimed Google authorship account are factors that could get your pages indexed faster.

Violating Google Terms of service is the fastest way to get your pages DE-indexed. Engaging in the following practices could lead to your pages getting de-indexed:

Check Google

Google also has a tool that let’s you check if a website is blacklisted due to a Copyright or DMCA claims. (Suggested by Michael Bely)

Paid Links

Google frowns at any form of paid link or unnatural linking, if you have been doing this it is better you stop before you get caught.

Copyright Violation

“Just because it is fine with Google doesn’t mean it is legal”.

Copyright violation is frowned upon by Google, hence you hear Google promoting the use of original content. Copyright violation is a surefire way of getting your pages de-indexed from Google

Masking Keywords

Hiding keywords or phrases with the background color technique is just so wrong and Google already knows about this technique. This could easily translate to your pages disappearing from Google search.

Linking To Spammy or malicious pages

Google, Bing and every search engine hates spam. Always check pages you are linking to, even if it is a guest post, check the links to make sure you are not sending your readers to malicious pages.

Once you have been infected with malware or your site is linking to such a page, you are on a ticking clock.

These are just some of the ways you could get banned, blacklisted, de-indexed by Google. Always make sure you read and understand Google’s terms and keep yourself updated on their algorithm changes. Penguin, panda, hummingbird these are all algorithm changes your should read about as they could be responsible for your rapid drop in traffic.

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93 thoughts on “How To Check If A Domain is Blacklisted by Google

  1. This post is very informative. I recently had a domain, that wasn’t performing as it used too.. yet I couldn’t figure out what happened.. I just followed your steps and have found the issue. Thank you so much for sharing and keep smiling

    • Hey Shalonda, it’s nice to meet you here on Niyi’s great blog sister. Thanks for coming to my blog the other day and my guest contest article at, where I wrote about the “21 blogging mistakes and smart ways to fix them”. Sure you will remember with that.

      Speaking about now, Niyi’s a really cool guy and I’m not surprise his article has actually helped resolved you bug.

      Enjoy the rest of your day okay.

    • Hi this is very useful information, I have check my website it is not blocked with the tools you have provided in your post but still my website home page is not appearing in google for example if i search its not showing my home page, but it is showing only few pages and most of my pages are not index. How can i fix this?

  2. Hey Niyi, I’m so glad to find my way here and for starting a friendship with you. :)

    Let’s talk about this post, it’s short but very massive post. This will be helpful for blogs who aren’t listed on Google.

    I’m glad that mine is, even though I know it is I had to do a check again with your technique and thank God I still am listed.

    Your guide is really timely boss. :D


  3. My website traffic just disappeared and the keyword I ranked on page 1 with I now cannot be found on the first 100 pages. I followed your steps and my site isn’t blacklisted, but what could be going on to make it just disappear for a keyword ?

  4. My blog is indexed, but the traffic is still pretty slow. Im starting to get more from social media, but Google and other search engines still don’t send much traffic to me.

    Thanks for teaching me something new today.

  5. This article is great and carry informative info, I read this article Top to Bottom with many comments, but I come here solve my particular issues.
    I’m not good at English, so pardon me before reading my post. I have some concept about Blogging but have no practical idea with it. Last month I start blogging and posting with WordPress. As I’m not skilled in writing segment so I use The best spinner while write something, and do 100% unique. Presently I face with visitor problem, When I go Google web master tool than it shown index 12, but do not know whats its meaning ? I have seriously need to sell my affiliate product,. Some body help me for going ahead?

    • If it’s a new blog, it will take some time and some quality SEO before you start getting more love from Google.

      Do some research on current acceptable SEO practices and adopt them on your website, you should be fine.

  6. Very informative Article. Now i checked out my all website if its on black listed or not. earlier i found my blog listed on Violation but i removed some copy content. thanks for sharing knowledgeable post.

  7. I just registered 7 years old deleted domain and i can’t find any results in google for site:, is this domain blocked or is this just because it’s very old domain, google removed it’s results.

    • If the domain has being offline for that long, you won’t find it in google index. You should check to know what kind of content was hosted on the domain & how recent is the last index.

  8. Thanks for these useful methods,
    i used these methods and found my other website was blacklisted, The reason was i used Mobile redirect ads, that time i never known that mobile redirect ads will ban me, but after that ban i removed that ads and after 2weeks my ban was revoked. Thanks again.

    • hi Zoya,

      you can check in google by “site:websiteURL”. If google replies your website pages then you are saf, & if not then may be your site is black listed.

  9. Hi all,
    I have recently bought an expired domain name in a auction –
    I have invested 7 weeks to build a new site around that domain (wordpress) and publish it.
    Non of the pages were indexed so I went to “Fetch like Google” and manually submitted pages from the site. After a while I saw these pages (, but after another day the pages I manually submitted, where gone….

    I then started to suspect that the domain I bought is maybe blacklisted or in Google penalty.
    I went to “Manual actions” in webmaster tools and found no messages/alerts from google (No manual webspam actions found). Maybe the former owner of that domain got the messages but I did not get any.

    Is there a way to tell for sure if that domain is blacklisted by google?
    If the domain is blacklisted, how can I recover it from penalty/blacklist? Note that I cannot submit a Reconsideration Requests as there is no message in the “Manual actions” in webmaster tools

    Thanks for your help.

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  11. Very useful and helpful, thanks. Since writing this, have you found any other tools to check if a domain has been *delisted* by google for a specific keyword?

  12. Hi, thanks for this post. How long does it take to recover from the being blacklisted? After reading this, it’s got me so worried. Not that we’ve done anything bad, but what If someone started targeting your businesses or something.

  13. Thanks, I was looking for some method to check whether domains are blacklisted or not, I was going to buy few domains. I found some of these are blacklisted and others are fine. You saved me. :)

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