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How using google analytics have effected my rankings

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by pietpatat, May 23, 2013.

  1. pietpatat

    pietpatat Regular Member

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    I have always been sceptic about using analytics on my sites because I don't want google to know my real bounce rate and such.

    So I have this little e-commerce site that has been ranking pretty decent for the last 5 months. Now I wanted to get a little bit more info that some of the analytics alternatives are not giving me so I was like what the hell, I'll just add google analytics. 5 days later this happend:

    Keyword 1: 4 > 13
    Keyword 2: 3 > 7
    Keyword 3: 1> 10
    Keyword 4: 1> 3

    Pretty much all the keywords I was ranking for pretty stable for 5 months dropped 3-15 spots 5 days after addding Google analytics.
    Amount of organic searches I'm getting now:
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    I don't this is a penalty or a penguin 2.0 slap or anything. It's just that google now knows the real bounce rate of the site ( ~65% ) and was like that is to high, time to adjust your rankings.

    Hope this is a lesson for some of you and don't make the same mistake I made.
     
  2. tjapado

    tjapado Junior Member

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    to bad this is at the same time as penguin. Personaly i think its more likly to say its because of penguin. Its just a feeling
     
  3. pietpatat

    pietpatat Regular Member

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    Yeah kind of hard to say what is the problem now. I feel that if it was penguin the site would be slapped much harder. Haven't done much research into penguin 2.0 so don't know how other people have been effected. Like if they are also set back 2-10 spots or just have completely been slapped 50+ spots.
     
  4. WeBlack

    WeBlack BANNED BANNED

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    Don't you think it is because your competition doesn't sleep?
     
  5. Ash2012

    Ash2012 Regular Member

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    Tough timing on your test I gotta say.
     
  6. procam

    procam Senior Member

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    Bounce rate can be high because you're offering exactly what the visitors is search/looking for. Why would they need to go deeper into your site if the page they are on does the job?

    I have a site with a bounce rate of 71% and Google never slaps nor penalizes my site because of bounce rate.
     
  7. mego818

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    I really doubt it was analytics. Why don't you use the analytics trick shared on here to lower your bounce rate instead of hiding it?
     
  8. Izzma

    Izzma Regular Member

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    Aside from OPs topic, I don't use Google Analytics just because of the "trust issue". However a great alternative to Analytics is Piwik.

    @OP you should check out the script. They provide a very detailed analysis of your traffic.

    Just a suggestion :)
     
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