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WebDesigner fucked up my Clients SERP

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Inviz1, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. Inviz1

    Inviz1 Registered Member

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    Basically my client was ranking around 3-4 for a medium competition local business, his domain was let's say www.site.com, he hired a web designer who redesigned his website and now he created the website as site.com, went to google webmaster removed www.site.com property and added site.com property and sitemaps for the same. He didn't redirect www.site.com to site.com. Fast forward a month later the client's website ranks 45 at SERP and he hired me to get his site back at #3.

    I went to ahrefs and checked his www.site.com had around 800 backlinks, checked every one of them and they were good directory, press releases, local news sites, etc but site.com had 60 backlinks. Went to domain health check and saw a lot of duplicate content being shown as www. and without www as google was treating them separately.

    Now, since I figured out what the web designer did, how do I go about recovering the damage?

    Things I have done:
    • Added www.site.com as a property on google and set www. as preferred domain.
    • Added these 2 rewrite rules to .htaccess
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        RewriteEngine On
        RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.
        RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.%{HTTP_HOST}/$1 [R=301,L]
        
        ErrorDocument 404 /index.html
        
    Apart from these is there anything else I can do to recover his SERP?
     
  2. Stan8818

    Stan8818 Newbie

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    I think above that you should report to your client what was the proplem, lol)) and punch the designer in da face


    Also, you can google for some services that might help you reindexing the site faster... aaand check the sitemaps
     
  3. CialisBilligInternet

    CialisBilligInternet BANNED BANNED

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    Lol designer must of been savage.
     
  4. ThopHayt

    ThopHayt Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Don't complain, without that idiot webdesigner they wouldn't have hired you. I wouldn't mention much to the client, just act like it was difficult and they will be happy.

    Sounds like an easy fix too.

    -ThopHayt
     
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  5. Inviz1

    Inviz1 Registered Member

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    Well I wasn't complaining, I just wanted some help if I should do anything more than change htaccess and change property preferred domain.
     
  6. ThopHayt

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    Yeah it sounds like you know what to do. I'd start with the basics and change everything back. And make sure the sitemap is right and nothing else was screwed with, look for orphaned pages and 301 them.

    -ThopHayt
     
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  7. GoDesain

    GoDesain Regular Member

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    you should 301 redirect www non www ( naked domain )
    you can ue htaccess on apache or nginx.conf if using nginx...
     
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  8. Inviz1

    Inviz1 Registered Member

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    So, you recommend me to use naked domain but just 301 www. domain and it should do the trick?
     
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    asap1 BANNED BANNED Jr. VIP

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    Just 301 all the old urls to the new urls.

    Nothing else you can do really.
     
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  10. Finn

    Finn Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Sounds like a great designer. :D
     
  11. GoDesain

    GoDesain Regular Member

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    it about you my friend... if you like www in front, restore your old config ( htaccess or nginx )
    Please make sure, this not about www only.. also check new template structure and compare pageload with old and new domain
    if you like naked domain.. use 301 redirect... from www to non www
    wait few days.. hope your rank will back... also check on google webmaster where is dead link...
    and convert all dead link to 301 redirect.. check on "moz.com" for 301 advice..
     
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  12. nicelord

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    And now the designers are care about domain name.
     
  13. Inviz1

    Inviz1 Registered Member

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    I have added a rule in htaccess to redirect all 404 dead links to my homepage

    Code:
    ErrorDocument 404 /index.html
    
     
  14. GoDesain

    GoDesain Regular Member

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    if your page still exist, better redirect to 301..
    example : old ( www.site.com/my-web-page ), and new ( site.com/my-web-page )
    if really dead or not exist use 404 and link to 404 page instead your homepage..

    301 = same content but change location
    404 = will life in search result max 30 days and then gone
    410 = burn faster than 404
     
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  15. xinga

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    If I was you i'd contact the designer and ask him for his other clients ;-) ;-)
     
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    Man, you're lucky. After all this said and done, and your client back on 1st page, you can use this as good case study to fish other clients.