Sudden BIG drop in rankings

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  1. Cookery Travel

    Cookery Travel Registered Member

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    Have been building PBN links to my site for a while now and it has been ranking in the 1st or 2nd page for several keywords for around a month. However, recently I stopped adding new PBN links for close to a week.

    Now I just checked the rankings and to my horror, many of these keywords DROPPED 20-30 positions to the 2nd, 3rd or 4th pages overnite! It is worth noting that everything was fine around 5-6 hours ago.

    Is anyone experiencing the same thing? Checked GWT, and everything is clear. All the PBN sites are also indexed. Should I continue with linkbuilding, or pause for now?

    Any advise will be MUCH appreciated.
     
  2. whitebaty

    whitebaty Junior Member

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    I think u should pause for about a week and continue then
     
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    It's just dancing and it's normal. You should give it more times to settle down.
     
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  4. Cookery Travel

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    Maybe so, but it was stable for close to a month? Hence I'm wondering if it is still considered a dance. And in situations like these, will you carry on adding links as per normal, or pause for the time being?
     
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    Its just G dance. Cool dude.:)
     
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  6. Cookery Travel

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    Understand it could very well be G dance but still it's kinda worrying on the whole.

    Just to provide some context, here's the timeline of what actually happened:
    Week 1 to 3 - Approx 3 pbn links a week (and some web2.0s), good increase in rankings to 1st or 2nd page for several keywords
    Week 4 - Just 1 pbn link at the start of the week, rankings stay at 1st or 2nd page
    16 hours ago - Still normal 1st or 2nd page rankings
    10 hours ago - Dropped like CRAZY to 3rd or 4th page for many keywords

    Any advise on what I can do now will be much appreciated!
     
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    hippo123 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Did you check your webmaster tools for any google spam warnings?
     
  8. Cookery Travel

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    Yes I checked, no issue. Also, all the PBN sites are nicely indexed.
     
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    Google maybe just realised your site don't belong on the first page.
     
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    drogon Elite Member Premium Member

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    Wait a week or two and dont do anything. G might just be testing you to see how you react. Also make you have not over optimised your anchors.
     
  11. Cookery Travel

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    Thanks for your input. Below are some examples of what I've been doing with my anchors:

    - leading golf coach in Hong Kong
    - best place to learn golf
    - a golf coach for all levels
    - take up coaching for golf

    From what you see, is this considered over optimising?