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What kind of penalty is this?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by subpop138, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. subpop138

    subpop138 Junior Member

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    I've been slowly ranking this site since April. All of my targeted keywords were steadily increasing in the SERPS, and then about 24hrs ago all of my keywords dropped off of the charts except the ones targeted on the home page. The first 2 keywords are targeted on the home page, and all of the other keywords have a specific page on the site targeting just that specific keyword. The home page is the only one that ranks now?

    I've seen the google dance plenty of times and that doesn't feel like what's going on here. ALL of the pages other than the home page completely dropped off the serps at the same time. I could see if the entire site was penalized, but why would everything except the home page be penalized? I have no idea why this happened and I'm hoping someone here has seen this before and can give me an idea as to what's going on.

    Things that may help figure it out:
    All of my other sites are still ranking the same or better.
    I have no messages for this site in GWMT.
    This site was also affected by that weird Adwords issue that caused 0% CTR for the first 3 days of the month, but the CTR has been normal since.
    One of the pages that dropped has 0 external backlinks to it(makes me think it's not a backlinking related penalty).

    Well, give me your best guess as to what has happened here. I'm open to suggestions and I'll answer any questions.

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  2. assphuck

    assphuck Senior Member

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    Google has been rolling out an extended update that is supposed to end sometime this week. Whether it's related to that or something else is anyones guess. Any message in WMT? If not, ride out the storm. Your ranks may return in a day or two. Good luck
     
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  3. subpop138

    subpop138 Junior Member

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    Nope, no WMT messages. I've had individual keywords drop off for a day or two and then come right back, but never all sub-pages at literally the exact same time. Something about that is strange.

    The most recent linking I've done for this site is to create 10 2.0's and blast/rapid indexer them with SB to get them indexed, but they're still not indexed so I don't think that's the issue. Also, all of those 2.0's were pointing to a single sub-page so if anything I would have expected just that page to dance.

    Who knows?, hopefully you're right and this is just the update shaking out and my ranks return.

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  4. verilix

    verilix Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    24hrs isn't cause for concern. I've had sites rankings drop out for a week+ for no reason, with no warnings, and no changes, while still returning to the same rank as before the disappearance.
     
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    i also see some problem with my keywords rankings ,
     
  6. YellowHats

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    This recently happened to a site I was working on for a client. Results were steadily improving and then one day, everything with the exception of brand keywords dropped completely out of the SERPS (>500). I panicked massively for 3-4 days trying to figure out what happened and then on the 4th day all the results came back even stronger than before.

    Wait it out a bit before starting to make all kinds of drastic changes...
     
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