Directory submissions killed my site

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  1. xhenxhe

    xhenxhe Newbie

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    A few years ago I had a site that I had built that was about two years old. All of a sudden it started to get good traffic from google and I started making money from it.

    I decided to hire a freelancer to do a bunch of directory submissions for me to hopefully get it to perform even better. It basically killed my site. I went from about 200 hits/day to 10-20 hits/day.

    Now its about 5 or 6 years old. It's only a PR 1. I get about 10-20 hits per day.

    If I totally messed up my site by having someone do a bunch of directory submissions, couldn't I theoretically do the same to a competitor to drop them in the rankings?

    What would you suggest I do now to revive my traffic with this site?
     
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    ┼blackrat┼ Senior Member

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    Theoretically you could, but you would go to hell for that.

    Man which directories did you submit your link to? Chinese?
     
  3. xhenxhe

    xhenxhe Newbie

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    hehe... possibly. I don't see any backlink data for what I paid for so they've probably all since been banned. I didn't really get a report of where they were submitted. Live & learn.
     
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    oh indeed. i'd think a report would be the minimum they could provide you for this kinda service..
     
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    but directory links ant all that powerful so i guess it was not that
     
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    What kind of competition happened with those keywords, I wonder? If you were only doing directory submissions after you were already ranked it could have been a lack of fresh content, and other people outmaneuvering you with SEO.
     
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    Someone needs a Spammy Directory Submission service that automatically blasts your competitors URL to the most spammiest, worst, lowest ranking directories on google :p
     
  8. xhenxhe

    xhenxhe Newbie

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    Nothing changed with the content. It a site that got updated every day. I guess it was not much of a value add site, so I assume once I did the directory submission blast it triggered my site for a review it got "sandboxed" (I know, there's an ongoing debate as to whether such thing exists)
     
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    how big was the submission blast? did you made any other linkbuilding before or did he blasted 10000 spammy directorys links on a site that only have a few links before? i think the amount on new spammy links relative to the amount of existing links can be the problem. on a good site with a good linkprofil and history, a few spammy directory submissions doesnt matter.

    i would continue linkbuilding and try to get high quality links.