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Total index pages dropped from 440k to 74k in 3 weeks, help... I'm about to jump

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Money Over Morals, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. Money Over Morals

    Money Over Morals BANNED BANNED

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    Hi all,

    I run an ecommerce business, we have 500k products online.

    We never managed to get google to index everything on our site, for some reason they indexed 440k and left it at that.. which remained pretty stable until 3 weeks ago...

    It has fallen drastically, right now we are at 74k index. Here is a download of the chart from web master tools.

    Date total indexed
    7/13/14 53382
    7/20/14 351639
    7/27/14 447832
    08/03/2014 443132
    08/10/2014 442867
    8/17/14 440259
    8/24/14 428994
    8/31/14 111340
    09/07/2014 111339
    9/14/14 78406

    The site itself is very young but I have invested heavily into it. Far too heavily to have this fail on me.

    I don't know what could be causing this to happen, we have done zero link building, we have been very very whitehat. We put too much time into this to risk shady tactics.

    Traffic is dropping, search impressions are have dropped 80%

    HELP!!!!
     
  2. arganrecords

    arganrecords Elite Member

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    How are structured tags and the contents of the pages of the products?

    I mean where yo take or create H1, H2, H3 etc and where you take the descriptions and images of the contents?
     
  3. FBGuru

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    What are your bounce rates like? I guess a large portion of content on each page is similar to one another and the panda algorithm got triggered.

    Improper Canonicalization will also make you lose the index. Check your URL structures as well and make sure each and everyone of them are unique.
     
  4. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    You would be best served having a professional look at that site for you directly if you have invested heavily into it and it is losing pages in Google's index.
     
  5. mickyfu

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    Do you have masses of 404 errors, they may be the problem. If the Google Bot comes across many errors on a site, it stops visiting it.
     
  6. archon10

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    Last time I saw this, the owner of the ecommerce store failed to mention that they had put 301 redirects into place from www to non-www like a month ago.
     
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    For a big eCommerce site you have to care alot about structure and a good sitemap + speed and error codes.
    -=-
     
  8. medw1311

    medw1311 Newbie

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    Are you using Google Webmaster Tools and if so is there any info in there such as warnings or errors etc?
     
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  9. SEO Power

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    Are you using duplicate product descriptions? Could be the reason. Any WMT messages?
     
  10. sarav

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    You should be seeing explanations of these in webmaster tools.
    If you don't have Google Webmaster tools. I urge you to get yourself into it.

    Fix the issues mentioned in crawl issues section and go from there.
     
  11. Money Over Morals

    Money Over Morals BANNED BANNED

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    I have web master tools - no messages no warnings...

    To be honest It could well be duplication, our site is not like other ecommerce sites. It works through catalogues rather than categories, so descriptions and pictures are not necessary and 90% of the products don't have them... This could be the issue, we are working on changing this.

    I'm too tired to reply and give more information now, I feel like taking an over dose.

    I will reply to each of you in the morning, thank you for your help so far guys.
     
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