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How will this affect my rankings?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by lpsierra, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. lpsierra

    lpsierra Regular Member

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    Well I screwed up my site. I tried changing the db prefix for wordpress using this plugin but it screwed everything up somehow. Which then forced me to reinstall wordpress. The latest backup unfortunately place right when I reinstalled wordpress which sucks because I can't get my posts back.

    However, I have some of my articles saved in .txt files (writing articles on notepad ftw!) and right now I'm currently reposting them on my site.
    There are some problems though. The URLs are going to be different for most of them (because I haven't memorized or kept a list of the URLs), also the featured images are going to be different and the post date will all be of today's date instead of ranging from December which is when I started.

    That said, I have just started ranking for some keywords and now I'm worried that all my efforts have gone to waste because of this. How bad will this whole situation affect my rankings? Also how else should I continue from here?
     
  2. Endire

    Endire Elite Member Premium Member

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    Lpsierra,

    Sorry to hear you are having issues. If all the URLs for your site got changed, you will effectively lose traffic from your position in SERP's. You can get this back by redirecting the old URL's to the new ones however I know you mentioned that you don't have these any longer.

    A couple things you could check. Did you ever make a sitemap of the old website? If so, your URL's will be in there. Alternatively, use the site: operator in Google to find most of your old URL's. It would be a tedious process of copying and pasting them all into a .htaccess file for redirection but at least you would get your site back. I would also do this sooner rather than later so all those don't disappear from the index.

    You could also look into link sleuth and see where that gets you in finding all your URL's,

    http://home.snafu.de/tilman/xenulink.html

    Hope that helps and good luck,

    Shawn
     
  3. futurestunner

    futurestunner BANNED BANNED

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    you screwed everything even you had chance to fix it. do you still have backup of your old database and file? if yes, it can be done in few few mins
     
  4. lpsierra

    lpsierra Regular Member

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    Thanks contentauthority. I'll look into that tomorrow. I contacted hostgator and they said that my site has a backup from yesterday so I submitted a ticket for a full restore. If that works then yea I'll look into that. But I also bought another domain for a different niche so if I am totally screwed over then I'll be starting over and using this new site as my primary.

    And futurestunner, no I don't have backup files. Luckily hostgator does though and it's from yesterday morning.

    But yeah I learned my lesson: always make backups