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Website De-Ranked, I'll Pay Someone To Figure Out Why

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by romocop, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. romocop

    romocop Registered Member

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    My site's URL (web address) is: http://bit.ly/fmehmK

    I've built this website from the ground up over a year ago. Within a few months it started ranking extremely well on it's own for very competitive key phrases. From time to time, we write short blogs. The main focus of the site is to generate leads, but it offers a lot of good information as well. This niche can be kind of hard since it targets people 65 and older (who generally are not very computer savvy), so it's usually sort of difficult to get targeted traffic.

    Anyways, about 2 1/2 weeks ago, we noticed a drop in traffic so we check the rankings and we moved from #1 to the 7th page for our keyword. We had several theories on how this happened; the one that made the most sense to us was a competitor trying to hack our website somehow to de-rank us (even made a post about it: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Webmasters/thread?tid=543a95cdf19383a5&hl=en). We checked over our code, and sure enough we found malicious code on it that made our site look like a porn site (link to description of code: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7402301/hackers-have-added-content-to-my-php-files).

    We cleaned up the site, took off all instances of the malicious code, and submitted a request for reconsideration. A week goes by and we get a reply that says we are still in violation, but we don't know why.

    Can anyone look over our site to help us out a bit? It is costing our business a ton of money in a time where it is the most busiest of the year. I don't mind paying someone that can figure it out. Thanks.
     
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  2. SuperLinks

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    What kind of linkbuillding were you doing? I just used Blekko and found that
    most of your links were from really crappy article directories. Some that have
    even been deindexed.

    Let's start with that....
     
  3. romocop

    romocop Registered Member

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    We used a service called submit edge, and at some points in time also did an xrumer blast (only once last year before panda) and occasionally senukex blasts.
     
  4. SuperLinks

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    That's likely your problem. One reason you need to be REAL
    cautious when you head over to the Google webmaster forums
    and ask questions.

    Anyways - I'd recommend building out some quality backlinks.
    The days of dominating competitive SERPs through article submissions,
    XR, and SEnuke are over.

    Tough niches need quality backlinks. Quality backlinks = high PageRank
    links.

    The biggest problem though is that you've already submitted a reevaluation
    AND they responded that you are in violation. Likely as a result of your links
    as I don't seen any violations on your site.
     
  5. fathobbitsss

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    Hmm,

    well your on page 7 and not banned (which is bad but could be worse).

    I am thinking that the malicious code triggered a manual review, and in that manual review process they also reviewed your backlinks and devalued the spammy ones?
     
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    romocop Registered Member

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    Thanks for the quick responses. Here's something we also noticed, on our webmaster tools, we have 270 404 not found pages, but they are pages that the malicious code created on our blog. I think they were comments, or tags, but I've deleted them and installed security plugins as well, but they are still coming up as crawl errors in webmaster tools. Any way to tell google that those pages are not there anymore?

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  7. SuperLinks

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    Resubmit your sitemap to Google
     
  8. SuperLinks

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    Actually just dove into things a little deeper, its apparent you created
    some type of link farm, which is clearly a violation of Google's TOS.

    While it isn't extensive and you do different IPs for each site. They
    are pretty apparent since they use the same layout on each site.

    Again, I can't emphasize this enough. Don't go to Google i.e.
    submitting a Google reinclusion request IF you aren't playing
    by the rules. That will really screw you over after a human
    takes a look at your site and backlinks.
     
  9. romocop

    romocop Registered Member

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    I have already, twice.

    We do have two sister sites, but all of them all have different content on each. If this were the case, don't you think those other sites would be de-ranked as well?
     
  10. koconder

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    Please sen me a PM with all details an ill put togther a forensic seo report, ive had to do this for a few coprate sites!
     
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