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Site Hit by January 10th Update, What are My Options?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Quattroporte, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. Quattroporte

    Quattroporte Regular Member

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    I cannot figure out why my site got hit, hopefully somebody can enlighten me:

    1. I created a multi-niche site, with over 25 niches are related to mobile gaming (each page being a different game).

    2. Each post had a 400-500 word article hand written by me.

    3. I kept the keyword density to around 1%-2%.

    4. I built about 50 backlinks to the site. Each link was done by me, with high quality content. I used Article Directories, social bookmarks, web directories, press releases, basically the "high quality" tier 1 platforms.

    On January 10th, the site took a huge hit in traffic. None of the backlinking I did seemed to have even worked, as Google Analytics told me almost all of my traffic (about 1.5k-2k UVs/day) was coming from long tail keywords that I didn't know (coming under the "not provided" term).

    One last thing I'd like to mention, is I haven't updated this site since August. Does Google penalize sites for not updating? If they did, I wouldn't think it'd be on the exact same day they happened to roll out another update to their algorithm (January 9-10).

    I've disavowed all of the links I previously had built to it a couple weeks ago, but it looks like nothing is changing. Do I have any options here?
     
  2. Heatz

    Heatz Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Does Google penalize sites for not updating?

    From my personal experiences and testing, yes.
     
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