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Website hurled into oblivion

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by rebelwax, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. rebelwax

    rebelwax Newbie

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    I currently have a website that's been thrown way back in the serps for months now. It ranks in the 700's for it's domain name too... which really shouldn't be the case. I've asked google and they said there was no manual review done on the site so it's probably something in the algo that tripped it. Big help that is. Should I abandon ship? Can I register a new domain name and just copy the site over (no 301 redirecting though)? I know that kills all backlinks but it might be a better idea than just letting it sit and rot.
     
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    It could be a number of things, but without seeing it anyone would just be guessing.
     
  3. rebelwax

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    I don't want to post the link here for obvious reasons but maybe I can PM the URL to someone who can help.
     
  4. richinca

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    Think about what you did just prior to the drop in the SERPs - figure out when goog visits and find the visit just prior to the drop, that date is the last date you may have changed something causing a penalty (goog date).

    I once added SEO SearchTerms Tagging 2 wp plugin and a few days later - Wam! :eek:

    On another site I tried to get creative with categories and noindexing and a few days later, Wam! :eek:

    The point is, you may have changed something, even slightly, and caused the drop in rankings. Review everything you did prior to the goog date. Look particularly at things that affect site structure.

    The good news is once you find and fix it, and goog visits, your rankings should return quickly. :D

     
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  5. rebelwax

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    It's been so long now that I can't remember. What I do remember is that the rankings would skip from page 2 or 3 back to page 70 or 80. Back and forth for about a month. I thought it was just doing it's regular dance. Then unfortunately it stopped.... on page 70.

     
  6. Longover

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    Could be any number of things. Google is tossing sites around like crazy right now. You could try adding content over 7 days. Promote one or two of those pieces of content and see what happens in 7-14 days. But it is really hard to say what is going on and this is just guess work without a site to look at.
     
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    Drops like that are always temporary in my experience. Keep pushing on.
     
  8. rebelwax

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    I have about 20 articles on the site. I'm thinking of trying to add another 20 or so and see if that helps. I don't understand why it happened... no scrapebox or xrumer blasts to it, so I'm stumped.
     
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    I have a few categories on my site and some of the articles are in multiple categories. I was just doing a search for the first sentence of an article in google and I noticed my site had like 4 pages indexed for it. 1 on the homepage, 1 on the actual article, and 2 categories. Would it be wise to put a "noindex" on all of my categories to avoid this? Would something like this trigger something in the algo? Seems pretty retarded if that's the case.
     
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    Well... after many months of being in the penalty box. Today looks like i've been released! Good thing I didn't give up on the site!