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Is the website getting penalized? Please help

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by melody daniel, Jan 24, 2020.

  1. melody daniel

    melody daniel Newbie

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    Please forgive my English.

    Months ago I and a friend paid an SEO company to handle building backlinks to our website. At first, it was a jolly ride, The backlinks started to work almost immediately because the website (a very large blog) was already 2+ years old then, there were visible improvements in ranking and traffic and everyone was happy.

    Fast forward to few months ago; we started noticing gradual drops in traffic, simple research showed there was a minor Google update, things were bound to fluctuate right? well, our website continued going downhill, Google console was all green, there are no penalties, but how can that be when contents ranking 1st position are no longer on the first page?

    We became suspicious of the SEO company and the sort of links they were building and decided to investigate as things hit an all-time low - traffic dropped from 20k pageviews a day to around 2k only.

    It turns out that this company was building really spammy backlinks, and Google has obviously noticed. :weep::weep::weep:

    At the moment we've hired someone to filter all the bad links (they're really big) so we can upload them to Google disavow tool, but we've just discovered a new issue, Google doesn't crawl and index new posts automatically anymore, we'd have to request to crawl the website from Google console :weep::weep: I dunno if that's some sort of Google penalty or something's been messed up in the on-page optimization?

    Google console is still showing all greens :(:( and we don't know what to think?

    What steps should we take after we've disavowed the links? can the website ever rank again? is it really penalized, seeing as Google console isn't showing anything to suggest such?
     
  2. bahus

    bahus Senior Member

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    Your loss of traffic doesn't have to be link related. Last year Google has made a lot of updates to their algorithm. Find out the dates the updates occurred and see if your traffic loss correlates with them.
     
  3. moneyflower

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    I can see that you are from the land of the rising sun. Is the SEO company a Nigeria company? Are they on the first page of Google when you search for SEO company in Nigeria?

    So sorry to hear about your site. Indexing issue and traffic drop sounds more like a technical SEO issue to me not off-page. It's hard to tell without seeing the website.
     
  4. melody daniel

    melody daniel Newbie

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    No it's not a Nigerian company, they're Indian.
     
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    1) install yoast premium you’ll find it here, 2) secondly add fresh content and buy strong backlinks from here, I would recommend homepage pbns, niche edits and guest posts slowly over a period of time you’ll recover
     
  7. melody daniel

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    These will be hard. The blog is not based on WordPress. I'll take a look at the backlinks here. Though I'm now skeptical about purchasing backlinks.
     
  8. doctor john

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    20k traffic was spam traffic(most of it) so forget about that.Start taking backlinks from high DA websites in your niche.Yes you need to be patient as you have disowned the spam backlinks and its google update as he said so can be just because of it.


     
  9. WebMath SEO

    WebMath SEO Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    You can get the traffic again by building fresh content.

    Almost it is content marketing.

    The content should be more lengthy and do all the SEO updates.

    Keep updating the sitemap and fetch with google.

    So that you can possible to get again.
     
  10. melody daniel

    melody daniel Newbie

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    85% of the traffic then was organic, so I'm not so sure about the spam traffic part.
     
  11. melody daniel

    melody daniel Newbie

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    Alright, thanks very much.
     
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    WebMath SEO Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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  13. PersistenceAttacks

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    As everyone said, loss in traffic does not mean penalty of website. You have also not said if the link building was happening continuously or you did 2 years back and stopped after it started getting traffic. There were many algorithm updates recently, it could be that your website got caught up in algo updates. What are those spammy links: Are they profile type or sort of done with GSA? I mostly do link building on my own and I have seen many times website attracting spammy links without me building it. So check, if that's the case.

    Instead of disavowing, see if you have login details and you can get those deleted