eCommerce site hit by penguin? Add new (blank!) product pages to get ranked again.

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by kasabian21, May 6, 2012.

  1. kasabian21

    kasabian21 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Feb 19, 2012
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    I lost not only my main keywords, but also pretty much all minor keywords as well so I decided to experiment on my site. I deleted one of the product pages and created a new one, albeit it with a slightly different name (my shopping cart always adds a number to the end) added a product picture but NO content, NO meta description, NO keywords, NO title either (it was simply given the anchor text as its title automatically)....3 days later it's ranking number 4 for the keyword. Whether it'll stick I have no idea, but this just shows a) how f*cked up this update is and b) penguin can be fought back against.

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  2. ComputerEngineer

    ComputerEngineer Senior Member

    Apr 25, 2012
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    Pretty good sum up. For just penalizing smart people and forcing medium & small business to use ad-words, they totally screwed
  3. manny521

    manny521 Supreme Member

    Sep 15, 2011
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    Yeah, is one thing that I am thinking of doing...I have five money product pages and I think all I have to do is change the url's of these pages and I think the new urls will come back and rank just fine...

    It seems the filter that goolge applies only applies to specific pages on your site, not necessarily on the whole thing...
  4. Mortz

    Mortz Registered Member

    Sep 7, 2010
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    We tested this but 301 redirected the old URL since a lot of our money URLs are tagged through out white hat backlinks and forums. It didn't make a difference but it's possible the 301 redirect also carried over whatever penalty was applied.

    Our landing page is doing well and climbing daily. We've been diversifying the backlinks to it. We just don't have enough backlinks on all our various product pages.