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    Sudden Ranked Drop? Google Algo Update?

    Anyone have updates? My site is :poop:. Has been audited by 2 people I know/trust and they can't find anything wrong.
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    Sudden Ranked Drop? Google Algo Update?

    I don't get how you guys think switching domain is the solution, unless you think it's a penalty. I have genuine white hat links on my existing domain. To switch domains would be a major loss for me.
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    Sudden Ranked Drop? Google Algo Update?

    What date did it originally drop? For the 4 that are back, what date did they drop? Of the 2 that are not back, when did they drop?
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    Sudden Ranked Drop? Google Algo Update?

    Are you saying that your internal link anchors were exact match, you had too many keywords within your content and after fixing this, your site has been re-indexed and is back to normal? How long did it take to bounce back?
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    Sudden Ranked Drop? Google Algo Update?

    It could still be an algorithmic penalty. Mueller said something like "if pages don't get a decent amount of traffic we will remove them from GSC reports". So it's possible the algo has said "these pages are too keyword dense" or whatever reason and devalued them, and then GSC has some trigger...
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    Sudden Ranked Drop? Google Algo Update?

    I am not convinced that there is no issue at all - there's still some weird stuff going on with the index. Maybe it's just to mess with us. For me mobile friendly issues persist even when every other tool/bot finds my site fine. If it's not a "bug" then it may be reduced crawl budget due to...
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    Sudden Ranked Drop? Google Algo Update?

    Yeah, my site is 95% money content. I like to think it's well done/impartial (we include products without affiliate programs) and often mark them as "best", even though we don't get a commission... but maybe it's a bad signal. Some other things I'm thinking: - keyword density might be too...
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    Sudden Ranked Drop? Google Algo Update?

    I'm not celebrating, but today I've seen the biggest improvement in rankings since January 7. There is a lot of shuffling going on for my keywords right now though. My rank tracker will pick up my site in position 1 and 5 hours later my site is nowhere to be seen.
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    Sudden Ranked Drop? Google Algo Update?

    Some of my pages are 404'd in the cached pages. What does this mean? When trying to get around paywall pages to view some articles in the last week I have noticed more major sites with cache version 404s. I don't know if it's linked though.
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    Sudden Ranked Drop? Google Algo Update?

    I think the same way. Seems this is a mobile friendly bug. My site was using <picture> tags to load webp images and Googlebot-Mobile couldn't load them. I've gone and removed all "advanced" speed optimization from my site for now. No minification, inline everything, no webp.. that type of...
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    Sudden Ranked Drop? Google Algo Update?

    On what date was your site removed from the index? Have you made any changes since that date?
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    Sudden Ranked Drop? Google Algo Update?

    Are there any similarities on our sites? Everyone who has been hit by January 7, are these all Wordpress sites (mine is).
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    Sudden Ranked Drop? Google Algo Update?

    I'm outside of USA most of the time but site is hosted there and targets mostly Americans (English). My largest competitor is actually selling gambling links from his site (and anything else he can). But it has history and trust, so I guess Google prefers that right now. Same. I have some...
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    Sudden Ranked Drop? Google Algo Update?

    The idea is that everything is in the HTML - as few files are loaded upon page load. If Googlebot is having trouble loading say, 80 files upon page load (CSS, JS, JPG, etc files), then by adding the contents of those 10 CSS files directly into your HTML, now it only has to load 70 files. It...
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    Sudden Ranked Drop? Google Algo Update?

    Yes it's the same for me.. Agreed. But I do still think this is coming from a lack of crawl budget and then ability to render pages correctly. So I have learned a valuable lesson: inline as much CSS as possible.
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    Sudden Ranked Drop? Google Algo Update?

    Today, my site passes all tests. It's been in decline since Jan 8, so even if everything is perfect I expect it will be at least a week to see any effects.
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    Sudden Ranked Drop? Google Algo Update?

    This is the one difference, I can't find any of my content plagiarized. What happens when you use the Mobile Usability Tool on 10 of your pages? Are they all mobile friendly? If they aren't what errors are they giving?
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    Sudden Ranked Drop? Google Algo Update?

    Signed up for this single reason, your posts and a few others have been really helpful. I have an affiliate site..... great content, "light gray hat" links but barely enough of them to trigger anything. Searching for my domain (site:domain.com) has results down to 12 pages, even though Google...
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