LinkedIn found itself deindexed from Google search results on Wednesday, which may or may not have occurred due to an error on their part.
The telltale sign of an entire domain being deindexed from Google is performing a “site:” search and seeing zero results.
That was exactly the case with LinkedIn earlier today:
There were no results for LinkedIn in Google from early morning to mid afternoon on Wednesday – roughly 10 hours in total.
There’s no doubt this had a significant impact on LinkedIn’s traffic for the day, but the site itself was still accessible.
Users could still visit LinkedIn by navigating to the domain directly, or by clicking on links elsewhere on the web.
To be clear – the site was not down, it was just de-indexed from Google.
How Did This Happen?
The question of the day is how did this end up happening in the first place?
Neither LinkedIn or Google have officially commented on the subject at the time of this writing.
However, there are a couple of possible explanations.
LinkedIn May Have Removed HTTP Version of Site
John Mueller published a tweet this morning which may have been indirectly aimed at LinkedIn.
It’s possible LinkedIn inadvertently removed itself from Google’s index by removing the HTTP version of its site in Search Console.
If that’s the case, which has not been confirmed, LinkedIn may have done so in an effort to canonicalize the HTTPS version of its site.
Mueller explicitly states: “Don’t use the removal tools for canonicalization.”