Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by chad362wiley, Aug 7, 2012.
I have a site that I think is penalized. How do I tell if it is?
I'm wondering this too. Just earlier today i was ranking on spot #10 on page 1 for my domain keyword and now when i search i can't find it in the keyword search in the top 5 pages at all. I did a fiverr blast gig with a lot of links just recently and i'm wondering if that caused it. Is there a way to fix it?
Make sure your site is not banned by searching site:yourdomain.com. If you see your site its not banned. But can't say its not penalized. IF your site is penalized your organic traffic will be dropped.
If you use G analytics see if there is a decrease in organic traffic. If not use other tools to check its organic traffic.
Most of the webmasters get email from google when there site is penalized.
*Sites using webmaster tools only receive mail from google.
Thanks a lot for the info i'm glad to know that! I had checked it before and the pages were still indexed when it was doing it but It's strange all of a sudden it's back to normal and in the same position as it was before. So it seemed to be penalized for like 24 hours or less, is this normal sometimes? I checked on three different computers too to be sure it wasnt ranking before
There seems to be different grades of penalty but if you want to know if you're screwed just type in your site name and see if it ranks anywhere in the top 10. If it's even mildly unique it should. So if your domain is primatreadmills.com and you've done any decent linking to your site you should find yourself easily just by typing "prima treadmills" (no quotes).
I had a site a few months back ranking first page for a high competition phrase. It went to the last page for a single day right before an update then came back to page one for a week or so. After that it was pushed to something like page 60 for the main money phrase (and only kept sliding from there). It was almost like a manual penalty that wasn't applied properly the first time. The site is still completely indexed but might as well not be because it gets no traffic now and does not come up in the top 100 when searching for the site name. That one day penalty was a harbinger in my case.
Do a search in google for site:yourdomain.com
1) If your site is not listed, then you are banned
2) If your site is listed, but your homepage is not listed as a first result then you have a penalty.
I'm going to say that #2 is not exactly reliable. The site I described in my earlier post has the homepage come up first using a site:domain.com search and it definitely has a penalty. It even comes up first with a straight domain.com search.
First check your current rankings then remember it's serp position, then do this
If the current SERP position is lower than the results on the search query above then your site is penalized or affected by dance or penguin. I just got this data from one of the members of BHW. I just forgot his BHW name and post.
When you lose rank, it is not neceserily that your domain has penalty.
It might be that some of your linking partners has a penalty/ban, and google is not counting those links towards you so you lose rank.
Maybe try using majesticseo.com/ahrefs.com, take a list of top 20-30 backlinks, and check if they have a penalty.
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