Just recovered from Penguin

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by eugenekhay, Jun 6, 2012.

  1. eugenekhay

    eugenekhay Regular Member

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    So my site got hit on May 8th and I went from about 50 hits a day to 2 90% of my hits were organic. This is a site where I sell some products, but it really wasn't driving too much sales they were all coming in from Amazon directly, so I just forgot about it pretty much. I had an intern do some random linking in a non SEO way as suggested by somebody on this forum. I made some minor changes to some content on the homepage which was a bit too keyword rich and also I deleted a plugin and all posts created by a plugin that I purchased here installed called Keyword explosion which pretty much created posts to using long tail keywords and redirected to my homepage. Today I randomly go onto my analytics just for the hell of it and see this:

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    I am back on the first page for one of the main keywords I was targeting, but no other words have really recovered. I spent about $350 on services for that main KW right before my site went down and was up to the 8th position and now I am back to #8.

    So In my case I think that it might have been because of either the plugin that posted poor content or not enough anchor diversity, which I doubt because when looking under webmaster tools I have like 1000 different anchors linking to my site. The intern only built about 150 links additionally after my site went down.

    I hope others in my position will also see positive movement soon!
     
  2. JimmyConway

    JimmyConway BANNED BANNED

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    Congrats man. I wasn't affected by it personally, but I seen people getting hit left and right by it and I am glad to see people overcoming its garbage. Nice work.
     
  3. eugenekhay

    eugenekhay Regular Member

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    Thank you for the kind words
     
  4. mallett

    mallett Newbie

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    Looks good, I wish that my sites recover soon
     
  5. jovic70

    jovic70 Guest

    Tnx for sharing this info
     
  6. dp40oz

    dp40oz Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Yea, this also shows something that a lot of people overlook... Penguin focuses on onpage factors as well as offpage factors.
     
  7. lanbo

    lanbo Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Did you just buy new backlinks to the site?
     
  8. ryannull

    ryannull Senior Member

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    Sounds like your intern did some anchor text distribution.

    Did your intern use raw urls for anchor text?
     
  9. eugenekhay

    eugenekhay Regular Member

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    This is what I had done:

    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...nguin-safe-backlink-building.html#post4204597

    But I think the main thing that did it was the on-page factors. I had a few thousand BLs to my site so I dont think that the 150 that my intern created could have done much for diversity.
     
  10. IceWarm

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    What actually is this penguin thing?
     
  11. -ReX-

    -ReX- Power Member

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    /facepalm
     
  12. Typlo

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    Maybe the only way you'll know if you've recovered from Penguin or not is after the next time they do a Penguin update. I guess a lot more sites will get hit too, as a lot seem to be seeing good results with old methods in this apparent intermediary stage between updates.
     
  13. JERnie19

    JERnie19 Regular Member

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    ^agree with the above.

    It's good that you're site is recovering. But another wave might come from Google and bring it even down or up.

    I believe there are a lot of other factors at play here that we don't know about. So we can't assume anything yet.
     
  14. manny521

    manny521 Supreme Member

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    yeah, i cross my fingers every time i check my serps...its the most stressful time of the day for me...