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Scary loss of traffic = current state of extreme panic

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by ballbag, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. ballbag

    ballbag Junior Member

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    I started an ambitious new site at the end of Jan and I have been seeing lovely growth ever since. However, last night all of my search traffic was completely killed! And with that commissions. I had reached about £20 per day until today! :(

    Everything about the site is whitehat; all of the content is manually written by me and I haven't been doing any weird backlinking strategies. I am getting a tonne of backlinks from blogs, twitter and some mainstream news sites have actually reviewed my site - so, to all intents and purposes, Google should like my site.

    Everything is still indexed, it's just that search traffic has vaporized overnight. Am I experiencing some sort of Google dance? Can I expect this to be a temporary glitch and for it to recover? How long does it usually take for things to return to normal?

    I'm going to continue adding content anyway, as I have been every day. I don't want to appear to be changing the behavior of the site, right?

    Here is a screengrab of GA organic results from launch until today:
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    I would really appreciate some insight on my situation as I am experiencing an horrific sense of dismay and panic at this sudden downturn! :(

    Thanks in advance...
     
  2. Knoxgates

    Knoxgates Supreme Member

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    Have you added your website to Webmaster tools. If yes, then login and check whether you have got any message regarding this website.

    Also check whether your rankings are stable or dropped from the serps.
    Are you using Adsense on this blog or doing affiliate marketing.
    Is the site new or old established website.
     
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  3. ronmojohny

    ronmojohny Regular Member

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    I think you are experiencing the "Google Honeymoon" period for new sites; you rank very quickly, and then drop off.. start building backlinks, and adding fresh, unique content daily, and you will start climbing back up.
     
  4. IKbentim

    IKbentim Power Member

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    First take a paper bag and breath in and out in it for a while.
    You're having a panic attack!

    It's just a day, no need to worry just yet. Have you checked your rankings and your google/webmaster page?
     
  5. ballbag

    ballbag Junior Member

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    Hi Knoxgates, I actually confirmed my site on Webmaster tools this morning in reaction to this. There was nothing in there critical of my site, but maybe it takes time to update if I've only just confirmed?

    As far as ranking goes, one of my major keywords is still where it was and the other has vanished. All of my long tail like ones seem to have dropped off - and these are where I got all of my traffic from. Like I said though, all of my site's pages are still indexed.
     
  6. Master_Howl

    Master_Howl Newbie

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    You were making 20 gbp with only around 100 pageviews a day?

    Any tips?
     
  7. Knoxgates

    Knoxgates Supreme Member

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    When was the last time you built backlinks to this site. Wait for few more days, site might be dancing at this movement. By the time build few more backlinks till it gets back.
     
  8. ballbag

    ballbag Junior Member

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    Thanks guys. I'm just addicted to looking at stats and watching my commissions come in, so I was sickened to see that drop! :confused:

    I'm hoping it will recover if I carry on as normal. I'm very sure I haven't done anything wrong in Google's eyes.

    If I carry on as normal, in your experience how long should it take to recover to my normal rate of traffic? I'm aware that may be difficult to answer that as it might vary a lot?
     
  9. Patel

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    That does not look normal..
     
  10. ballbag

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    I am using a big partner on CJ. Payouts are £6 per lead :)
     
  11. IKbentim

    IKbentim Power Member

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    Don't worry so much, it will end up hurting more and it will cloud your focus! Like others said, build some backlinks and update your site with a new article.

    Also it sounds like your putting all your eggs in one basket, you might want to start looking around for other opportunities. Not everything lasts forever and it's always nice to have a plan B,C,D,E,F,G etc.
     
  12. ballbag

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    To be honest, I haven't built any backlinks myself. I've been lucky enough to be getting loads of backlinks from people picking up on my site. Got some high profile mentions on mainstream news sites which spawned a whole load of other write ups on blogs / twitter etc.
     
  13. Knoxgates

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    You didn't mention whether this site is new or old.
     
  14. ballbag

    ballbag Junior Member

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    Yeah, I said in the first post that I launched end of Jan. Early days still, I'm sure!?

    Is a glitch like this likely to recover with a quick jump back up to where I was, or is it more likely that I'll crawl my way back up to where I was? How long might the recovery be?
     
  15. Knoxgates

    Knoxgates Supreme Member

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    Start building backlinks. Diversify your backlinks and build it daily. Don't just build backlinks 1 day and stop the other day. Start getting 10-20 backlinks everyday.
     
  16. bugsyy

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    This happened to me too for 4 of my sites .. big drop in traffic from 350-500 a day to 10-20 . I will keep adding high pr backlinks and unique content hopefully its just a dance
     
  17. ballbag

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    Thanks for the insight guys, but can any of you suggest how long it might take to match my previous position if I do continue adding content and gaining quality backlinks?
     
  18. ronmojohny

    ronmojohny Regular Member

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    depending on the traffic and competition, you can do it in 3 weeks to 3 months.
     
  19. ballbag

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    :eek: OK, I was hoping maybe a day or two, but I'll stick with it!
     
  20. Fwiffo

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    is your cj affilate link rel=nofollow ?

    not having an affiliate link nofollow has been known to do it....

    keep in mind if there's something on your page that's throwing google off, it won't change back until google reindexes your page - when this happens, the urge is to make quick changes with the hope it comes back, however realistically you need google more than google needs you....