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Pushed Way Down - Strange Ranking Behavior...

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Longover, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. Longover

    Longover Power Member

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    A few days ago I linked to a local site that I own with a few high PR blog posts. Nothing excessive. The posts were readable and I also linked to a few authorities in the posts too. A few of these posts are actually showing on page 1-3 and have live links to my site's page.

    My site stayed around position #3 for a few days and then dropped way down into the 400's.

    I've been doing SEO for awhile now and this is a little strange for a few reasons:
    A) New content on my site isn't being indexed. I posted an original article on my site when I saw this happen and it hasn't indexed in over 48 hours. After posting it, I social bookmarked it with imautomator to help it index.
    B) 400+ for my site is really weird. I've had sites dance down to 100-200+, but never as far as 400.
    C) The page indexed for that keyword at position 400+ is my root domain. It's the non-www version even though I have wordpress set to www.

    So is this some type of penalty? Or is this a different type of Google dance that I've never seen before?

    PS:
    This is a biggie that I was stupid not to add above. A day or so after I noticed that might site jumped to pos #3, I changed my meta description slightly. I included an lsi keyword. So now that I remember doing that, it could have potentially forced Google to reanalyze my site and decide to reindex it.
     
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  2. Longover

    Longover Power Member

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    I will watch my rankings over the next week to 2 weeks and report back here with what happens. I think that Google is just being a little "slow" and perhaps a little confused about my site. Not sure if I tripped a penalty, but that would be sweet if I did - reason being that I know exactly which links resulted in the ranking change... lookout competition. But I doubt that being the case here.
     
  3. Lecca

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    Shit like this happens all the time. I had one of my sites that was ranking on the front page catapulted at the back of the serps (#800 or so) while my privacy policy was ranking #100 LOL. I kept building links and adding content and it came back on the front page in a week or so. Strange stuff like this happens. Just don't abandon it and you''ll see it ranking again.
     
  4. Longover

    Longover Power Member

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    Yeah, I've bounced off of page one before, but never like this. Thanks for sharing your experience. My plan is to keep feeding content into my site, setup an senuke campaign or two, and also some high pr contextual backlinks.
     
  5. Longover

    Longover Power Member

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    Ok... bounced back to page one already...

    A few days ago, I setup a campaign in Senuke that would basically:
    1) Post my content to social network sites --> money site
    -this content was original and spun on a sentence level
    -this project is still running for a few more days and success rate is OK
    -because senuke does not have a way of checking live links in your URL list, I occasionally go into this tier 1 and remove dead links. I also go in and change my anchor texts from using the entire article title, to anchor text that is relevant to my niche.
    2) Take those SN links and link to them with: social bookmarks, more social networks using different content, indexer, and ping. I also plan on doing a scrapebox blast to the tier 1 links in a few days.

    So I'm likely to bounce around some more, but the moral of the story is that Google just got confused. Must have been the high PR contextual links that messed with their head. I'm going to setup a consistent flow of links for this site and it will get up to position #1 in a few weeks.