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What should I do? Help SEO experts

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by tony20, Jun 30, 2013.

  1. tony20

    tony20 Power Member

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    Hey

    Ok, here's the deal.

    I had a 8 year old website for my business. I was always between No1 - No3 for lots of my local service keywords. Also was No1 in google places, again for different services I provide.

    Website is PR2.

    All my content is unique and what I believe has good on page SEO. I also have over 1300 backlinks.

    Anyway, about 3-4 weeks ago Joomla must of had some kind of update and completely ruined my site! I mean there was no content there! I was just getting error messages where the content used to be and all you could see was my header. I couldn't get in touch with my old web designer who created it 8 years ago and my webhost where total shit and could not help! Since there was nothing for google to crawl, I started dropping in the serps, from No1 to No4 to No7 to No8 to now bottom of page one (for my main keyword) and some of my other keywords and not on the first two or three pages!

    I have no experience with joomla so I created the site again within a couple of days in wordpress! The site looks better than ever. I have my own blog that I am updating, I have extra pages, better everything really! Not over stuffing keywords, links to my social sites i.e. fb, twitter, youtube channel etc etc.

    The site is still not climbing in the serps however!

    Here is my main problem.

    I registered with webmaster tools and its telling me that I have 48 crawl errors! The site is not that big so 48 is a lot!

    My old site had article pages and even my main "services" pages and contact us page, about us page etc. All had the .html prefix at the end of the URL!!! So even though I used the same page names, the URLs are all going to be different! Some of those pages also had backlinks! I.e. www.mysite.com/service.html => becomes www.mysite.com/service

    So I am now 301ing the old urls to the most obvious pages of my new site and marking as fixed on webmaster tools.

    I had 25 articles on my old site. I wanted to slowly drip feed my new blog (www.mysite.com/blog) with one article a week. So I had enough articles for 25 weeks. But I am now forced to upload them all within the next couple of days, then putting 301 redirects on the old urls.

    Do you think google with punish me for all this new content at once? I wont be able to put that amount of content up in the future, maybe one article/blog post a week.
    Also, do you think I'll get my serp position back once I have created all the 301 redirects? Anything else I should do? I want to keep it as white hat as possible as my business (and this site in question) is my main income!!

    The annoying thing is that the sites in front of me in the serps are total shit!! One site looks like it was maybe by a 5 year old back in 1999! It has a keyword density for the main 3 word keyword of 7%!! Mine is 2% and I thought I was on the edge!

    any help/advice would be very very grateful!!
     
  2. dbshoupe

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    301 redirecting is a great start but in my experience it won't send all the link juice to the new page. Some will be lost. You should be able to add a ".html" ending to your URLs in WordPress so if you can recreate your old urls it may help. Beyond that can you check to see if your bounce rate has jumped or if your time on site has dropped? If so Google may not think your content is as valuable as before.

    If you continue creating new content your site should fully recover eventually. But between now and then you are just going to have to keep working at it.
     
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    redirecting is good and give the website a little time. it takes time to rank and i dont think g will have any concern of what you do.
     
  4. tony20

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    thanks mate.

    I presume I could add the ".html" when I hit the edit page/post button. But to be honest, I don't really like the prefix at the end of the url, I'm hoping I can do without it.

    I've got 15 articles still left to add to the site. Its so annoying as I wanted to spread those articles over a few months, Not dump them in a couple of days :(
     
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    anyone else got any ideas?