The online IT&C store, Insoft, was recently banned from Google. See it (or not) here.
This could be because they recently (2-3 months ago) purchased site-wide text links all over Softpedia, Kappa, Acasa, Legaturi and other huge romanian or international portals.
It seems that the recent SEO spam filters, which Google is applying to non-english websites, are prooving to be effective as Matt Cuts states here and here.
Users who find themselves banned from Google, can always fill in a reinclusion request form.
Edit 02.02.2006: It seems to me that they recently (as shown in this Google Groups discussion ) duplicated their whole notebook category and sub-categories, in a 100% similar category, by replacing only the word “notebook” with the word “laptop”, in the new laptop category. This too might be one of the reasons for their website banning.
As always, i really want to warn the owners of the websites that currently have site-wide links towards the online store Insoft, about removing their links. Websites that link to other penalised/banned websites, can at their own turn, be penalised or banned.
As for the theory that “someone who hates me, banned my site somehow” , here is the answer from Google Webmaster Facts :
- Fiction: A competitor can ruin a site’s ranking somehow or have another site removed from Google’s index.
- Fact: There’s almost nothing a competitor can do to harm your ranking or have your site removed from our index. Your rank and your inclusion are dependent on factors under your control as a webmaster, including content choices and site design.
If I find more, i’ll post it here.