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Simple questions about SEO, need advice

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Divvy, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. Divvy

    Divvy Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Hi guys,

    Since I had a huge traffic drop in February, that I'm having difficulties in recovering it.
    I tried almost everything, but without success.

    I have some more things in mind, maybe someone can help me with that!? Or giving me some lights...



    1- In google webmaster tools I have this message in "HTML Improvements". How to fix that?

    I have the same website translated in 5 different languages. Could be this the reason of the message above? But I'm using this code:
    Code:
    <link rel="alternate" hreflang="fr" href="http://fr.domain.com/" />
    <link rel="alternate" hreflang="pt" href="http://pt.domain.com/" />
    <link rel="alternate" hreflang="es" href="http://es.domain.com/" />
    <link rel="alternate" hreflang="it" href="http://it.domain.com/" />
    <link rel="alternate" hreflang="ru" href="http://ru.domain.com/" />


    2- My website main page have lots of external links, should I use a nofollow tag to all of them? Could be this the reason of the traffic lost?



    3- I have hundreds of affiliate links (urls with my id), and I use them like that:
    Code:
    http://www.domain.com/link/sitename.php
    Could this harm my website traffic?
    Here is the code inside the php file:
    PHP:
    <?Header"HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently" );Header"Location: http://join.affiliate.com/track/XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX" );?>
    Or is better to add the original URL instead of this 301 redirection?



    Waiting for your replies and help, thank you guys!

    Best regards
     
  2. rob1977

    rob1977 Power Member

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    Sounds to me like there is a lot going on. But I'm not entirely sure anything you have mentioned would be a catalyst for a dramatic hit.

    There's no real problem in having foreign language sites.

    You could try changing your links from redirects.

    My feeling is though that if you've had a hit its because of external links or you have been one of the unlucky ones.
     
  3. rob1977

    rob1977 Power Member

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    Forgot about the outgoing links. It may look to the search engines like comment spam.

    Changing to no follow won't help that.

    I'm still inclined to think there is something else going on
     
  4. Nigel Farage

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    Assuming Google Analytics is installed, you should see what is happening to traffic behaviors there. Also traffic should be "sculpted". I would not have outbound links of any sort without some compelling reason. The longer visitors stay on the site, the more inner pages they visit, the more likely they are to convert.

    The easier you make it to leave, and the more you give them reasons to do so, the more they are going to leave.