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Trying to Recover from a Google Penalty for 6 months already

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by and5rey, Apr 30, 2015.

  1. and5rey

    and5rey Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Here's my story:

    My affiliate website was penalized by the Penguin update in April 2012 and since then the traffic was dropping more and more.

    When my website was not penalized yet, it averaged on about 700 daily unique visits and the traffic was coming from many similar long tail keywords. It was an authority website. I was #1 on Google for many long tail keywords.

    I disavowed some of my backlinks and there was a slight improvement in traffic from Google in April/May 2014, but it was just a very little improvement. 98% of my backlinks were natural. The not natural 2% were removed.

    It was still not so bad, even if my site was already penalized by Penguin, until the following happened:

    At the beginning of June 2014 my website lost all traffic from Google. it was probably caused by thin content that I had on my website. I had there just a few low quality articles. Also, all the content was written by me and was not very good.

    There is no any message or a manual penalty in my Webmaster Tools account. Also, my website still is indexed on Google and I still have some rankings for some of my keywords, but I'm somewhere on the 5th-20th page.

    So then I decided to completely rebuild my website. On October 8th, 2014 I removed all the low quality articles and I hired a professional native English writer to write new quality articles for me. I also used a new premium WP theme to make the website look more professional. More people have told me since then that I made a great progress with this website.

    Do you think my website could still recover? I'm already waiting for more than 6 months since I made the radical changes.

    I know I should probably start a new website, but this niche has become really competitive over the years and I'm afraid I would not be able to replicate what I had done. I created this my website back in 2008 when there was little competition in this niche and I gained natural backlinks.

    What is positive is that I still have good rankings on Bing and Yahoo, but the traffic from these 2 search engines is not enough.

    Anyone here on BHW has been in a similar situation? Have you recovered from a Google penalty?
     
  2. Xplore

    Xplore Newbie

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    Move to new subdomain or domain?
     
  3. kunu56

    kunu56 Junior Member

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    SEO has changed a lot since 2008. All my sites got penalties every time google do an update. and all I do is the easy fix below. ( some sites recover by natural.. used disavow on some and nothing happend).
    There are hard fix and easy fix.
    - Hard fix is what you are doing now, remove bad links, adding quality content...bla bla. To success you must know latest seo practices and be able to define the problem... then wait google ( a month, year.. who knows ) !!!
    - The easy fix is just do 301 redirect to a new domain, you will get your previous ranking withen 2 weeks. Although you should remove the 301 redirect after while.

    gl
     
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  4. and5rey

    and5rey Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I consider trying this, but if I remove the redirect after while, I will lose the rankings again, won't I? - because when I remove the redirect, the backlinks will no longer be redirected to the new domain.
     
  5. drogon

    drogon Elite Member Premium Member

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    Best Fix for Penguin affected site (especially one that is not really making you any money anyway) is to start with a fresh domain and fresh content (if old content was bad) and fresh new links. The time you spent trying to recover since 2012 you could have been used to build a new site with better quality all round.
     
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    V Elite Member

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    I don't know much about google penalty because I never got hit, but if you were waiting from 2012 to get your rankings back, you should have worked on another site instead of just waiting. In these 3 years, you could have even ranked your new site for some KWs by now. :)
     
  7. johnbaldry99

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    Good move to redo all your content.
    The one last thing (and its a biggie) you have to do is build your backlinks.
    You simply have to buy top qulity links to your site.
    If it makes good money then consider this an investment.
    dont expec to recover just because you rank in bing and yahoo
    As a starter take look at the back links of your top competiton and approach them to post your link in an article etc
     
  8. RTSteam

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    I agree. It is a good move to redo all your content. And I also agree that you have to build your backlinks. But this time, you would need to exert a lot more effort than before because you have been hit by Penguin so bad - so bad that you have been in the penalty area for 6 months already.