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Minor losses in ranking for 1 keyword

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by lolseo, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. lolseo

    lolseo Power Member

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    Hi guys,

    Just a question about one of my pages that has dropped ranking.

    The page that has dropped ranking is my most popular post on my site. Its seen it get over 700 views a day on some days.

    I targeted 3 LSI keyphrases for this page

    Keyword 1 was 2n'd, dropped to 3rd, now im 4th.

    Keyword 2, I was 3rd and dropped straight to 8th a few days ago, and maintained this position.

    Keyword 3, this phrase was always changing between 1-3 and is now at 3 (although i don't see this as a drop)

    What im concerned about is keyword 1, which has dropped twice, and keyword 2 which went straight from 8th to 5th.

    I don't believe its a pentalty, as i've not "dropped off google" and all my other keywords are fine, (some of which i hold the number 1 spot for)

    The only thing ive changed in regards to links going to this post is as follows.

    Earlier in the week/late last week, i changed some of the links on my tier 1 web 2.0's. Some of the pages had just 2 links, one to my money site and one random external link. I added in a 3rd link onto some of these older web 2.0 posts (which has given my new money site in the same niche good results)

    Im not sure if adding the 3rd link has weakened the link juice and has caused a drop in rankings, or if it could be something else.

    After not building any links to this page now for probably 4+ weeks, this week i've slowly began adding more links pointing to it from my web 2.0's. Whilst i haven't spammed my money keyword, im using naked urls & brand name as anchors both at the end of posts and in text just to offer some variation. I plan on posting blog comments over the next few days just to add some variation to my anchor spread. (Im not concerned if the blog comments are no follow)

    Any insight as to what could have caused these drops would be much appreciated, and any help as to what i should be doing would be great.

    Thanks people.
     
  2. lolseo

    lolseo Power Member

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    Holy non-answers batman.

    Board is so quiet lately :/
     
  3. lolseo

    lolseo Power Member

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    Bumping this up again for a response
     
  4. Zso

    Zso BANNED BANNED

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    Not a penalty but a link devaluation. You're also building weak backlinks so not much power for the rankings.

    I'd suggest to stop creating any web 2.0 blogs, instead you could create a few guest posts on decent/authority sites and also look for decent power backlinks. It could be possible to rank again with a couple PR 3 or PR 4 backlinks and maybe one or two guest posts. You'll be surprised how your rankings will jump back and even better.

    Good luck
     
  5. nikita12

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    Unfortunately, that's not enough information to let anyone make an educated guess. Out of your 3 keywords only one has fallen 5 places. This could be because of a very small penalty or just a natural degradation of freshness score.

    If the keywords targetted are keywords dependent on freshness (and not evergreen keywords) then fluctuations in rankings is natural. It tends to be easy to reach close to the top, but over time the ranking decreases.
     
  6. suziq

    suziq Newbie

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    Just skim read this but they don't appear to be significant drops, you're talking minor positional changes.. Sit tight and don't force it, anything more and you could drop further.
     
  7. lolseo

    lolseo Power Member

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    All 3 words have climbed up by 1 ranking each.

    Good advice regarding the guest blogging, ive been lacking doing that but will definitely start doing that more often.

    Thanks