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Was there a backlink update recently?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Anatomize, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. Anatomize

    Anatomize Newbie

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    I've been doing a lot of reading/research post penguin. I'm trying to find out if my clients' websites have been hit at all or if its just a backlink update/google dance which temporarily dropped them down (as has happened many times in the past).

    I noticed some clients have completely disappeared off major keywords, but they are still ranking in the top 10 for others. Most of their keywords (consisting from exact to some long tail phrases) have dropped down a tad (going high 2nd page - high 1st page), and some top keywords are not even in the top 1000 any longer. However, only one of these websites took a major hit in traffic, while the rest are still either seeing an uptick in traffic or only a very mild fluctuation (I'm finding this part in odds with being hit by Penguin).

    Lastly, I did a backlink check for all of my clients, and every single one suddenly went from an average of about 300-600 links (give or take depending on the site) and they're now sitting at a range of 600-1600+... the former number of backlinks they had since around January - February - March up until this month, when all of the backlinks suddenly went skyhigh. This also seems weird to me because I have read in certain places that many links have been discounted by Google?

    Can anyone explain this anomaly to me? I have been in the game since around 2007.. I've had a tonne of experience with many different websites in different industries.. and this is the first time I've seen something like this.. I'm not sure if I've been semi-penalized or what.. any clarification would help!

    Thanks
     
  2. myhomestartup

    myhomestartup Regular Member

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    I'm sorry that I don't have an answer for you, but I too am experience similar happenings.

    All of my videos suddenly jumped up in rank out of the blue (from sitting still for months) about a week ago.
    Some sort of change had to have happened.