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Start Fresh - Or revive an old site?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by trinpol, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. trinpol

    trinpol Newbie

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    Hey guys.

    So about 6 months ago my site was #1-#3 for 10 mid competition keywords.
    It was doing well.
    Then google's famous updates came along and screwed it all up - I'm sure many of you can relate.
    I can't even find my site in the top 100 search results - although it does still show up #1 for the main keywords of the site.

    I want to get back into the same niche as it was quite profitable.
    So my question now is does it make sense using the same site
    or should I just start fresh?

    I used a lot of spammy backlinks, and crap content the first time around.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Panther28

    Panther28 Elite Member

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    Do both
     
  3. navimeister

    navimeister Regular Member

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    Best advice!
     
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  4. SEO_Alchemy

    SEO_Alchemy Senior Member

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    Agreed.

    A little confused by this part though:
    If you mean that when you search "thisismysitename.com" or "thisismysitename" it comes up as # 1-5 .... that's always going to be the case regardless of if your site has been penalized or not. Only time that stops is when you have been de-indexed. But if you can't find your keywords in the top 100, you have a penalty, and I would actually concentrate more on a new property/or properties. The penalized site site might or might not come back, betting everything on it would be a mistake.
     
  5. SEO Authority

    SEO Authority Senior Member

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    It's okay if your site was penalized by Google - when you are sending better links, Google will recognize it and
    use your site's old domain authority along with the new links to rank it higher.
     
  6. SandraElam

    SandraElam Registered Member

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    Starting fresh site is a good option if you have time and money....

    Otherwise reviving the old one is also a good option....
     
  7. belibis

    belibis Registered Member

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    reviving old one. heard someone said google se favour older site.
     
  8. Glassy

    Glassy Junior Member

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    Clone the site, canonize the site and then build some safe and varied high PR links to the new site.
     
  9. moon612

    moon612 Junior Member

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    old site google loves them and new sites take to long to build unlike an old site that has the back links that are solid.
     
  10. bluewolf08

    bluewolf08 Newbie

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    Just buy domain with same in .net or .org and move all content new one and start fresh. So your articles dont get wasted