Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by adrenalin, Sep 13, 2011.
Content the same? Anything else change?
How long ago was it? It should more than likely bounce back.
Strange.. Make sure the theme did not change the site structure too much. Some themes are also designed more with SEO in mind ie. load time, anchor text to home page in banner, text in header, and many more factors...
u might have created duplicate content while re arranging your site.
change it back and wait, see if your rankings recover. then review the situation when your better informed.
Usually they say give it a couple weeks.
I've been planning a redesign for months and am worried as well, as I have numerous top 10 rankings, some for very competitive keywords, and I'm worried about losing.
Google acts pretty strange. I have one site where I rank 9 for product review, but the product keyword dropped from page one to 100.
Maybe you changed structure slightly.
There's been a lot of action with Google recently, I'm seeing some drastic fluctuations in which Google's displaying localized results for keywords that really don't need localized results, ex: SEO related keywords.
Chances are though you weren't affected by this, and it was probably your redesign. My question for you though, did your redesign mean new URLs? If so you've probably lost the "value" of those old links that you had since your new URLs are different. If you did change the URL structure I would either revert back or attempt to 301 each and every old URL and point it to the "new" variation of the URL or the homepage.
Else, wait for 1 week before posting. Don't even think at making an conclusion, before 7 days passed.
If 7 day's passed and it remains, there is seriously s.th. wrong.
if a site is making money, don't redesign it.
If you redesign a website, you have maybe a 5% chance of upping its revenue, 5% chance of staying the same, and a 90% chance of losing almost everything.
Even if you do it exactly the way you're supposed to.
Oh, sorry bout that. I did not redesign the urls. Wanted to do the design upgrade first, then the urls at a later point (with 301, canonicals etc).
In that case chances are it has something to do with the way your linking architecture is on your new design.
Meaning maybe your old design had a larger Category section than before and you've since removed those links with the new design. Now Google has a harder time of getting to the category pages and subsequently your internal posts.
While you've submitted sitemaps and maybe Google's seen your posts since the redesign it doesn't mean that you haven't lost the value to those pages. Keep in mind that PageRank is like water, and each link is funneling a little bit of that "water" down to internal pages. If there isn't a way for that PageRank to drip down from links on your site than it has less and less PageRank and thus ranking power.
This usually happens if some pages just got mixed up or some links got added or removed. So make sure that the number of links in every page before and after the re-design were the same. If there is any change in the number of links per page then this is the reason of our de-indexing.
Redesign should not be effecting your ranking unless the changes change the way the phrase or kw being displayed. At least that is what been told by my sifu..
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