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Did my site get screwed over by G?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by seoguy81, May 1, 2012.

  1. seoguy81

    seoguy81 Power Member

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    Hi Guys,

    I think I can wait no longer. here is the issue i'm facing.


    • Since Friday (27 April) I noticed an almost 30% drop in traffic.
    • If that wasn't bad enough, I published 3 articles (unique) since then and none of them rank in the top 10 pages (which is weird considering that prior to 27th April, my article would show up in a span of an hour or two and ranks reasonable well within the top 5 pages). Only my digg/stumbleupon submissions show up (between page 1 - page 3)
    • Searching for my site name (which would result in #1 position) I am now on #3. The first two showing backlinks from a paid directory and a social networking site

    Could someone shed some light here, if the above are effects of the Penguin or is this just a mere penalty?

    The last SEO activity done was to social bookmark web 2.0 articles using BMD (about 1200 success) and blasting them with SB.
    I checked my robots.txt and GWT but there are no messages/warnings

    Is there any way I can get out of this shithole?

    Please help!

    Edit: As a comparison, the 3 articles are showing up on #1 in Bing for their relative search terms.
     
  2. mccullum

    mccullum Power Member

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    30 percent is not that big a drop, considering most people affected by penguin are experiencing 60 to 90 percent drops. I think your site has been affected by penguin but has a lot of chances it would get back to normality soon. Whereas for sites that experienced larger drops, like mine, the chances are slim. Or at least it would take several months to regain some of the lost traction.
     
  3. seoguy81

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    Right now i'm not really sure what to do. Since Friday all the tools are sitting idle. Any recommendations? What's of biggest concern is the articles not being indexed at all. First article, I thought I was targeting a competitive term, but 3 articles in a row of which all 3 are showing #1 in Bing is a bit devastating. Also the drop from #1 to #3 for my site's name is starting to get worrying.
     
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    Hoping one of the Sr. members could give some insights on this...
     
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    if your using scrapebox for link building then there is your reason, do real professional web design and white hat links only, never use trashy links ever
     
  7. BLIXX

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    You have a penalty/Trust filter applied to your root domain.

    Yes.

    There won't be: There is no recourse and/or notification for Penguin-issued penalties (per Matt Cutts).

    Patience, observation and objectivity.

    Bing is a dynamically generated engine and filters all links it deems as superfluous. You are ranking on content + links Bing is counting + dynamic metrics in Bing.
     
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  8. seoguy81

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    I dropped to #4 searching for mydomain now.

    Interesting point is that my site has language specific sub domains as well and traffic has been increasing for those sub domains. I always heard of sites getting hit by Google but this is a first.

    On another note, my site has over 1000+ articles since 2009... and the relative growth in traffic for the regional sub domains makes me wanna switch over by translating the rest of the content.

    I guess i'll have to ask the inevitable question.. is there a way to get out of this?
     
  9. BLIXX

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    Of course. The question is how you are defining "get out of this" and the extent to which you are willing to sacrifice for your domain and whether or not that sacrifice is worth it from an ROI perspective.

    You have to determine how your niche has offended as a group: Don't compare your site to sites outside of the ambit of your site's niche. This entails a link profile analysis of the new top 10 and aggregating patterns and commonalities. Toss-out anomalies such as 4 month old domains that are riding-high on the honeymoon; search for common denominators; extrapolate logical consistencies from those common denominators: Again - patterns. Algorithms are Mathematics: Predictable and certain in their outcome.

    The biggest mistake people are making right now is missing the forest for the trees. If - for whatever reason - you cannot replicate what the winners have done, you have exactly 2 choices: 1.) Wait-out your penalty; or, 2.) Move on to the proverbialy greener pastures.

    EDIT: You have a 3rd option (in the event that you do not care about the long-term (1 year+ [roughly]) credibility of your site): 301 redirects from authoritative domains.
     
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    I would recommend to wait and see for some days. After that you can start afresh to build high quality links again. Makes sense?
     
  11. bigfoot1

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    That sucks man.

    The new Penguin update seems to be very random, people are getting penalized for good sites while some people's crappy sites are doing well.

    Myself, I've had some sites go up and some go down.
     
  12. boosters

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    My all keywords are also down.. Shit!!!

    Lets see some proper SEO..
     
  13. AdisLCS

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    Penguin caused lots of havoc, I hope next update is a sea lion or batman. ( in real life I like penguins & support related causes).

    Anyhow, I think one danger might be to jump to conclusions and make bad decisions. There is some bouncing going on and many ppl are sitting on the sidelines to let the dust settle. I understand it is hard "to sit tight" but at least let's make sure we make a calculated decision.

    I am looking into alternative to Being G's bitch, not just that but also traffic in general. There are many more sources of traffic out there than seo. Heck I made most money when I had no idea what meta tags were or even knew what SEO stands for.

    SEO is a love / hate relationship and its not for everyone. It is dynamic, exciting, rewarding and sometimes painfully frustrating. It is there to stay in one form or another. We should not fear the changes but rather expand our horizons and embrace the changes with smart calculated decisions.

    good luck
     
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  14. seoguy81

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    Another day!!!

    So the rankings have kind of improved. #1 result shows my twitter profile and #2 is my website.

    Noticed just a little bit of increase in the daily traffic. What's sad is that for some search terms, an old site (3 years old) that I had sold (with the current owner just letting it be) seems to have improved in its rankings.

    I suppose this whole week will see the 'dust settling down'

    In the mean time I did buy some BST's.. .gov links with anchor text and raw url + private pr posts.