My Rankings Won't Return - Did My Cracked Theme Do This?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by mohnikinsiz, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. mohnikinsiz

    mohnikinsiz Regular Member

    Dec 17, 2011
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    I have installed a cracked theme on my site and I can't seem to get my rankings back (all out of top 100 from google for weeks, but yahoo and bing still OK) and starting to wonder if it's due to the theme that my rankings are so poor. I have a site that's fairly new (like 10 weeks) and it uses the same theme.. and not once have any of my keywords that I am targetting been in the top 100 on that site (usually if it's a new site it can dance a little and show up on at least like page 3 sometime)

    Here's what I did with my old site that changed to this theme.

    - Changed Homepage title, description and keywords. I have now also changed the text on the homepage.

    - Removed all my meta keywords on the site

    - Changed my meta titles and description on most url's so they are not keyword stuffed

    - Changed navigation (due to the theme) and make sure that the navigation is not keyword stuffed

    - Varied anchor text from outbound links, no more than 30% exact match.

    I guess I might have made a mistake changing to this theme.. I noticed that it has indexed some of my category pages, and some category pages doesn't include anything (which I assume is bad). It also indexed my contact page, privacy page, tos page. I have removed them from the sitemap and put "nofollow" on them but thats after I realized they were indexed.

    Is there any way that I can see if it's actually something in the code of this cracked theme that's causing the ranking to be shit? Or given the fact that I'm still ranking in yahoo and bing, would that be a signal that it's not something dodgy with the theme? But instead maybe just due to the actions I took above that's causing my rankings to be no where to be soon on google?

    I don't want to be pulling my hair anymore. Any help is appreciated!

  2. chris1025

    chris1025 Regular Member

    Jul 29, 2011
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    this is a classic example of don't fix something if it's not broken scenario. i hope that you will get your ranking back :)
  3. mazornus

    mazornus Newbie

    Nov 15, 2011
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    Changing the title tag usually makes my site (if it's new) go out of the rankings for 2-3 weeks. Don't do it unless you really have to.