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And It's Gone...

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Green Arrow, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. Green Arrow

    Green Arrow Newbie

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    Well woke up today and as usual i checked the stats on my websites, everything looked good, untill i checked the stats on my newest site wich have been slowly growing for the past couple of months, 99% of all my Google traffic GONE :crazy: but the thing is my site and all of its pages is still indexed... Is it possible i have been hit with something temporarly? I havent made any major changes to the site for the last couple of weeks, so i find the whole thing odd, when i have similar sites aswell that have been online for YEARS and still getting decent traffic.
     
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  2. tymes90

    tymes90 Regular Member

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    Google will often take newer sites and sand box them for a little while. This may be all it is, as long as you haven't done anything questionable in Googles eyes.
     
  3. drogon

    drogon Elite Member Premium Member

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    there was a Panda update today....maybe it got hit.
     
  4. Green Arrow

    Green Arrow Newbie

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    Hmm yeah possible i was hit by Panda, kinda makes sense. My site could probably be classified as "low-quality".
     
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    R0meo Senior Member

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    might be penalty, might be temporary sandbox
     
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    Endire Elite Member Premium Member

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    Green Arrow,

    Are you saying that for this one day the traffic has dropped off? What are you using to view the traffic levels of the site? It is hard to say if you were penalized or if anything else is happening after only one day. Generally you need a much bigger span of time to determine a trend and causation for any specific action you performed on your site.

    It could also be that since the site it relatively new, it was ranking higher for that reason and is now plateaued and changed position in SERP's. It is also plausible that your site was affected by something Google was testing as they often run tests on select user groups before launching an update. In a nutshell, it is difficult to know what exactly is happening after only one day.

    At about a minute and 20 seconds into this video, Google employees talk about the sandbox in which a subset of traffic is redirected,

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=J5RZOU6vK4Q

    There are also a number of other possibilities like your site being hacked or someone doing negative seo to your site.

    Perhaps you can find an idea here,

    http://searchenginewatch.com/articl...c-Drop-6-Questions-to-Help-Diagnose-the-Cause

    Hope that helps,

    Shawn
     
  7. Green Arrow

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    Yes today the traffic has dropped off, i use eXTReMe Tracking for my stats, and with that you can see where very single visit is from, so i can see now that all of the Google visits compared to other days is gone.

    Well im gonna be paitient and see what happens over the next couple of days, its just tha it kinda sucks when the site was starting to get close to 1K per day from google and then it all goes downhill... Been putting alot of work into the site, updating it with new stuff (manualy) every day. But i do use some blackhat methods to get some extra google traffic (extra keywords/text), but have used these on other sites before and never any problem...

    Going to look true that video and article later might give me some idea, thanks.
     
  8. seoways

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    i guess You would have hit with minor panda update happended today