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Penalized by Google or just bad SEO company?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by CEPI, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. CEPI

    CEPI Power Member

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    I own a franchise of a much larger company. To make a long story short, the corporate decision makers chose to use a random SEO company, actually two guys who don't seem to know what they are doing. The corporate site has dropped 36% in the past 3 months for google keywords, and my local franchise site isn't even on the first 5 pages for a very low, very specific keyword/phrase search.

    I want to know if there is a way to see if these guys are using blackhat techniques and screwing our whole company making google penalize us, or if they just kind of suck in general? I mean for $6,000/month we should be seeing a lot more than this BS and I want to get these guys fired!

    If you think you have some methods to find out, please let me know here or by PM, I don't want to post the company name in public forum here.
     
  2. SEOSPERM

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    Check the backlinks your site is getting from (Check it out in ahref, majesticseo.com)
     
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  3. CEPI

    CEPI Power Member

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    I just took a look on there, but to be honest, I am not an SEO guy and don't really get what I'm looking at. I don't see anything weird with backlinks from what i can see. Just basic stuff and websites I already knew our link was on.
     
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    Ask them for report man- whatever they have been doing, Just have a look at it whether they've done anything good or bad
     
  5. Danny1111

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    Seems like they aren't doing anything .. The WH way to,do things these days is with content and sharing it as best you can.

    so you should be writing as much as you can .. And building up authority .. This pays off over time.... Links are necessary but people will grab your content if it's good.

    also contact bigger sites and get reviews etc.
     
  6. bandorsson

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    If you are not getting any new links in ahref data then I guess you should ask them regarding the in-depth report of what they have done or what they are doing..

    May be you are getting downside because of no new activity in link building..or may be because they are using all blackhat..
     
  7. Jodly

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    Yeah. Send me the URL of both sites, and I'll review the backlink profile, and give you my opinion on what they have done wrong.
     
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    $6,000 a month you say and you are seeing drops in rankings?

    It looks to me like a rip off to be honest. With that kind of money you should be starting to see some great rankings.
     
  9. BlackSEOBelt

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    You may use this checklist to analyze the quality of your backlinks (the guide if for Webmeup but you can use any other backlink tool to run the check e.g. Ahrefs, Majectic or other):

    http://webmeup.com/seo-guide/review-your-own-backlinks.html

    If you detect lots of links that come from low-quality or irrelevant websites, have spammy/commercial anchors, etc. you need to contact your SEO agency for explanations.
     
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    Two dead giveaways of a bad SEO job:

    Check the anchor text. Is it related? Or is just comment spam links?

    Check the domains. Actual links from related sites in your industry, or crummy directory submissions. Possibly more comment spam. What's the company? I'm sure someone here would be happy to point out which one's which in a second. You don't have to identify your branch.
     
  11. smartalex

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    Yeah, 6 grand is a lot of money. You should have seen some results by now if the SEO guys are any efficient. Like the other guys above said, there are many great SEOers who would be willing to have a look at your link for free.
     
  12. Traffic Travis

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    You can always run an analysis of your site using Google Webmaster or Traffic Travis :)

    You will need to check on your on page and off page campaign and look for possible code errors to see why your site is not ranking. Then of course, like everyone here says, you need to run a backlinks check to see the quality of links. If you see some unnatural backlinking or spammy links you will need to remove these links.

    Then of course while doing that, focus on building more quality links from content marketing and social media marketing.

    I hope that helps.
     
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    Just PM me your website URL and will help you to get out of this.
     
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    easy , get a serpbook subscription and track your ranks.

    before giving them next payment ask that where are results?
    there are many people who get fucked by "gurus".

    can you pm me some info. i may be able to tell if it's a google slap.
    usually after a penalty site moves down in 1-2 weeks , but your site looks like moving down a bit slow.
    -=-