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Losing google organic traffic

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by darkmobius, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. darkmobius

    darkmobius Regular Member

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    I've been getting some 3 digit UVs for the past few months, but starting in mid Janurary, I've lost basically all my google organic traffic and I have no idea why. Some of my pages that used to rank high in search are now no where in sight. Can someone care to explain why??
     
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    pm me your site. ill have a look.
     
  3. imfh

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    Which sites have replaced your rankings? You need to look at the sites you've lost your positions to and see what they are doing differently than you. What type of marketing strategies are your new competitors doing? Did you stop promoting your site? There could be many factors to cause you to lose rank...
     
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    When did you first index the site? If it was recent your site could've been sandboxed by google.
    How competitive are your keywords?
     
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    I believe it's sandbox, lots of my new websites experience the same cycle.
    They work great for the first few weeks or first month then the ranking might drop to no where.
     
  6. darkmobius

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    first index the site? back in august 08 so its been doing ok for a few months til recently (around janurary) that it started to suck
     
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    Where were most of your incoming links coming from?

    Some of these may have been devalued lately...
     
  8. darkmobius

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    i'm not sure, but you guys are probably right that my site is in sandbox, guess its time to forget about this and concentrate on making more content
     
  9. Sweetfunny

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    It sounds like a minus penalty, all your keywords have probably dropped back in to the 100-200 range and beyond depending where they ranked before.

    The whole sandbox is a bit of a myth if you ask me, Google is going to great lengths to index and return fresh sites and pages.

    Have you made any changes to your site in the weeks prior to the rank drop? It's a bit hard to suggest anything specific without knowing the URL.
     
  10. darkmobius

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    my site is on my sig
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    and no i haven't touched the layout before the rank drop, at least not that I remember
     
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    Are you applying much on page optimization? The reason i say is i have seen massive differences in rankings when i fully optimize the page.
     
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    Your Niche is too vague. The competition would be immense.
    The site is not clear on what it offers, the home page isnt relevant to any particular product or topic, What keywords were you ranking for? Are you scraping the content or writing it?
     
  13. Sweetfunny

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    Ok instead of doing massive snap changes, it's best to do a few things at a time and monitor how it goes for a few days to a week.

    First i'd fix the Meta Keywords on your homepage, there's 100's of them plus they are really repetitive and very unrelated to your blog like:

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    web designer, web designers, web designs, web design companies,
    That's a small sample, they go on and on but your blog seems to be about Tech, Games etc.

    Also, add Nofollow to all the TopSite buttons/links if you can (about 15-20 in total) plus add Nofollow to all your social bookmark links on every post that people use to bookmark your posts. There's no need to send out juice to those.

    Plus it's a good idea to remove the Meta widget, and bookmark your admin panel instead. That will clear 4 more links, which wipes out about 40 needless outbounds all up.

    You only have 1 link to the homepage, and it's anchor is simply "Home". So down the footer where your copyright is, hyperlink it to home using your main keyword(s). Like:

    © 2009 Tech Reviews (With Tech Reviews linked)

    Makes those changes, monitor it a week or two and see how those ones go so far. The spammy keywords possibly done it, but it don't hurt to clean up the needless links also.
     
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  14. darkmobius

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    thanks sweetfunny,

    i do agree on my keywords, that was just too much, it was done a long time ago when i thought having more was better, which is obviously not the case.

    I've also fixed up the footer's for "© 2009 The Web Tech Reviews" with a link

    finally i have also cleaned out the Meta section.

    Hopefully this will do something about my ranking. I really appreciate your help.
     
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    I think people need some more info to help. What sort of SEO strategy were you following from when you started until now?
     
  16. Sweetfunny

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    Yeah that looks heaps better, also throw some nofollows on the affiliate banners just under your YouTube box. Also something strange too, you have some text links in <noscript> tags such as one with the anchor "Weight Loss".

    Google does read the content of that even though the links aren't visible on the page, so i'd either hyperlink them properly or remove them all together. The noscript has been abused, so having "Weight Loss" links in there may cause probs. I've tanked a test site screwing with noscript before.
     
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  17. darkmobius

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    yup got rid of those too, good catch! They had absolutely no relation to my site's niche anyway. Thank you
     
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    thanks again Sweetfunny, Its been less than a week and I've already started seeing significant amount of search engine traffic from google, not yet back to my peak amount but at least its going back up sharply! Thank you again.
     
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    Excellent news, and you're welcome.

    The 1 week was an estimate before noticing some sort of positive change or not. The more authority a site has, the quicker it responds but at the same time the more it can get away with too.

    Things "should" keep improving as Google crawls and cache's more and more of your fixed internal pages. By 3 weeks, hopefully it will be the same or even better than it was before.

    Looks like we nailed all the major problems first go.
     
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    It may be due to Google penalization. Your SEO practices and link building practices may getting penalized by Google.