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Need Advice : One of my site's has been penalized

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by veboo, Aug 6, 2015.

  1. veboo

    veboo Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    One of my new client's site seems to be penalized and when I type the site url in google the site wont showup in the the first page. Maybe it is sandboxed.

    It is a domain name like abcdcountry.com

    How ever the site is still indexed about 30 indexes. The previous SEO GURU has ruined the site and I have been given the task to rebuild it.

    And we own the domain name ex: countryabcd.com as well. So I thought of migrating from abcdcountry.com ---> countryabcd.com

    1. So what I need to know is will there will be a duplicate content issue on content after we migrate the site to the new domain?
    2. And in order to avoid so duplicate content issue if we point them using 301 Redirects will the penalties also may passed to the new domain?

    The URL structure will be mostly vary in the new domain as we are using WP and the old domain had Joomla integrated

    Need some guidance here :)

    Thank you
    Veboo
     
  2. Jack Torrance

    Jack Torrance Power Member

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    Error. Can't view webpage. That's probably why the ranks are gone.
     
  3. lion1978

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    1. No there wont be any duplicate content issues since a 301 is a perminant redirect.
    2. penalties won't be passed on at least not in my experiance, though from what I read in your post it would seem like it's only the root domain that has a penalty.

    Have you tried both the www(dot)clientdomain(dot)whatever and the clientdomain.whatever in google and did you type it like "clientdomain.whatever" this can have an effect sometimes, I've seen on a number of sites that the root domain doesn't rank on page one of google but when you type "root domain" it comes up as the very first thing.
    The difference between the two querys is that the "clientdomain.whatever" will search only for the actual domain where as clientdomain.whatever will also search for mentions of the domain.
    another query you should try is site:clientdomain.whatever this will bring up any and all pages indexed by google on that particular domain, if for instance the root domain doesn't show it has been penalized if it does show it's just a matter of poor seo on the domain
     
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  4. lion1978

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    I don't think the domains mentioned by OP are the actual domains
     
  5. bartosimpsonio

    bartosimpsonio Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    If the 1st site really is penalized (manual action) and you 301 it to the brand new one(with zero links), it'll destroy the new domain as well because the new domain doesn't have enough authority.
     
  6. veboo

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    Thanks for this mate :)

    Others too. Thank a lot
     
  7. veboo

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    However I do have a question mate. If we do not use 301 s wont there be a duplicate content issue?
     
  8. Asterixpro

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    If your site got penalized like that, it sounds like an algorithmic penalty. Have you logged into Google Webmaster Tools? If you got a manual penalty you'll have a message in there.

    depending on the authority and work that entails moving sites, I would say it is better for you to pull the complete backlink profile (using something like Majestic or hrefs) and conduct an audit.

    Sweep through the whole link profile and create a list of "bad links" this includes sites that you think are penalized and sites where your links are too obvious and spammy (exact matches etc)

    after that you should save them and submit them to your disavow file: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/disavow-links-main

    the core idea is for you to find the link that is triggering the penalty and getting it removed. That should lift the penalty.

    also DO NOT 301 the old site to the new before cleaning the link profile and adding the bad links to your new site's disavow file, as this would bring down the site too.

    remember that you will lose the authority that those links are bringing you, so you'll have to build more links to offset. Branded links work.

    hope that helped
     
  9. Bladharkje

    Bladharkje Regular Member

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    What's more interesting... You are just another SEO Guru (like the former one) who gather clients but have no clue what you are talking about or doing? You shouldn't sell SEO services if don't know how to do it m8. Just my 2 cents.
     
  10. upstarter

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    You nailed it dude.