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F---ing Google Just Smacked Down My Whitehat Blog

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by MrDee23, Jun 1, 2009.

  1. MrDee23

    MrDee23 Newbie

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    I'm an angry boy right now. I have a two year old blog, which I have been working at very seriously for the past three months. I have made daily posts, sometimes two or three, and worked hard to create a great authority site for my niche. (major league baseball)

    I've been happy with the results and watched my rankings, traffic and affiliate sales (mostly Ebay and Amazon) consistently double from month to month. Lately my new posts were being indexed almost instantly and every post that wasn't targeting a super competitive keyword phrase was landing on page 1 of google.

    I've worked hard and I tried to do it all whitehat. I wanted to create an authority site that would stand the test of time and would be a good resource. I've done no link exchanges, comment spamming, link buying and have never used duplicate content.

    Where did this get me? Like I said, I was seeing great results from my hard work and steadily increasing natural search traffic. In May, I had my best month by far and even tripled my previous best in affiliate sales for the second straight month.

    Then on May 30th - CRASH. My site fell out of the Google rankings. Not out of Google completely mind you, I still have nearly every single page indexed, but they are completely lost and buried so far noone will ever find them. My traffic literally went from an average 100 unique visitors a day to 2 a day overnight.

    :wt:

    All these great first page rankings are gone. People who have bookmarked or written about my posts are still visible on the first page. Links to my blog from social news Digg-type sites are on the first page, my blog that is being written about is nowhere to be found. I'm gone. Just when things were at the best .... GONE.

    I'm mad as hell at f---ing google. Of course there's no way to find out what happened. Like I said, I've tried to keep this completely white hat in every way. I worked hard and tried to create unique content and post on subjects that weren't on my competitors sites. I looked at my blog every day to see how I could make it better and worked hard to do so.

    And Google f---ing killed it.

    It's almost funny to me, because I was about to do a post asking "how can I take my blog to the next level now?" because it seemed like everything was going so great. It seemed like making an income online was finally starting to seem like a possibility.

    F--- you Google. I played by the rules and for who knows what reason, got slapped. Maybe it doesn't pay to play nice. Maybe you're trying to tell me that next time I should go blackhat all the way. Is that what you want? Okay, fine. From now on I'll never worry about your f---ing bullsh-- rules again.
     
  2. tivowatcher

    tivowatcher Junior Member

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    I just had this similar thing happen last Sunday.

    Not quite as advanced a blog as yours, but one that was whitehat none the less and about 1 yr old.

    It came back today after being completely out of the hunt.

    Kinda freaked me out for a week and definitely has me thinking "go wide instead of deep".

    In other words, throw up lots of autoblogs instead of 1 or 2 blogs that you slave over.

    Dunno - maybe that's just 7 days of anguish talking. :)
     
  3. Micallef

    Micallef Supreme Member

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    It's possible that you will return to your original position. Google rankings are volatile. However, if you really have received the much dreaded google slap, you can submit a reinclusion request. If you do this, someone from G will manually review your site and choose whether or not to reinstate it in the SERPs. The waiting time is measured in months, but if you've been playing it white hat, this could be your best option.
     
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    c0ntenth|ef Power Member

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    that sucks to hear about your blog, do you have any idea what you did to violate something? i would stay away from comment spamming as a link building method just a suggestion :)
     
  5. xgnux

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    You should check if someone copy your blog or leech your blog posts....
     
  6. Albert

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    This has once happened to my whitehat seo, don't fuss about it, Google will change it back in a few days or weeks, or better yet suggest for a reinclusion. Type site: your domain and see if it isn't unindexed. If it isn't, it is a good chance that it just a dance, and in a few days or weeks, your true rankings will come back.
     
  7. MrDee23

    MrDee23 Newbie

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    Yeah, I've always felt like I should diversify more. On the other hand I was putting a lot of effort into this one blog because it was showing results, so I was trying to expand on what had proven to work.

    I think you're right, it's time for me to get serious about a few autoblogs. I've been thinking about that for awhile, I just wasn't completely sure how to start. I also figured I would build a "clean site" from the ground up so I really understand the process. So instead of building those autoblogs I just kept working on my whitehat authority site.

    Maybe it will jump back into the rankings, I've definitely seen that happen on other peoples sites before. It's easier to tell someone to "wait a week and see if your rankings come back" (I've actually done that before) than it is to wait out that week when it's your own site.

    Maybe it will come back but in the future I definitely need to put my eggs into a few different baskets. ;)
     
  8. MrDee23

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    I'll be keeping my fingers crossed buddy!
     
  9. MrDee23

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    I don't believe it was comment spamming. I do make a few comments every week but it's always been what I thought was "natural"; less than ten comments a week and good "adding to the conversation" type comments.

    What could it have been? Someone whom I had look at it said she thought that it may have been flagged as a "thin affiliate site". That made me wince because I didn't think so, but then again, it's all in the eye of the beholder, which would be google, so that could be the issue after all. I never meant for it to be a "thin" site but as time went on, I added more affiliate links to my posts. This made me more money so I kept doing it. Maybe I "crossed the line", I really don't know.
     
  10. MrDee23

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    Now this I hadn't thought of. Thanks for the tip, I will look into it. :)
     
  11. john.morrison

    john.morrison BANNED BANNED

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    First of all, I understand your pain and it will be alright. There are lots of factors that could lead to this.

    1) Google is recalculating their results for the most relevant content. So, your site got lost a little.

    2) Other competing sites are popping up related to your niche (prolly stealing content), so Google is testing if their content is better than yours. (the dance)

    Like the guys above said, submit a request to google and let them take a look. However, don't put all your egg in one basket, make sure you got traffic from various sources!
     
  12. MrDee23

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    I followed your advice and it still has as many pages indexed as it did previously. So in your opinion I would take that to indicate that it will recover. Thank you, I hope you are correct.

    I will try and wait it out. It's just so frustrating because it had been doing so well recently. The blog made as much in the last week as it did in total over the previous 12 months. So I was getting really excited about it before it disappeared.

    Time will tell.....
     
  13. blackhataffiliate

    blackhataffiliate Senior Member

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    Your site should appear in a few weeks with an improved ranking. This happened to one of my sites on the last dance and the site was gone for almost a month. Then it appeared in #2 for its keywords (up from #8). I dont know why they remove the sites, but it is freaking annoying.
     
  14. d3t0x

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    that would suck so much man, I would be really angry if I was in your situation too. Google will probably move you back, it may take a couple of weeks though.
     
  15. xanax

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    same shit been happening to one of my blogs as well.... pages are still indexed but fallen off SERPS ... they magically reappear on n off... its crazy i wish it would just stabilize