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WMT Sitemaps -- This is a bad sign....

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by quietlearner, Jul 18, 2015.

  1. quietlearner

    quietlearner Junior Member

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    I switched sitemap formats a few weeks ago on my Amazon site, from a static placeholder to one that is updated constantly.

    But look what's happened the last few days!

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    Oddly though I've gotten record numbers of clickthroughs the last few days and my site has over 390,000 pages indexed. Does this look like the beginning of being deindexed?
     
  2. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Has your website's traffic dropped (not your CTR, but the traffic) at all? Out of curiosity, what were those 20,000 pages that were dropped? Were they pages with thin content or duplicate content (category pages, tag pages, etcetera)? If so, you may have been hit with an algorithmic penalty.

    Also, you have 67,000 pages submitted, yet only around 40,000 pages were indexed (according to your sitemap) before your big drop. The last time I saw that many pages submitted and indexed like that was when one of my clients hired me to fix their hacked website. I'm not saying your site is hacked, I'm just curious about those pages.
     
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  3. quietlearner

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    No no, they're all legit, unique pages but possibly could be considered thin content. It's an Amazon affiliates site that's just highly optimized to show up in search results for nearly anything you search for and has around 390,000 products indexed.

    It's a custom built Python based website hosted on Google App Engine with no administrative interface or way to modify the content. The chances of getting hacked are nill.

    The site's sitemap is made up of about 60 individual sitemaps broken down by ASIN specifically to avoid duplicates.

    Checking Google my site still shows 390,000 indexed and like I said, I had record clickthroughs in the exact same period. Weird!!
     
  4. quietlearner

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    This is surprising, apparently Google was just playing with me. It looks like some sort of reverification of links or correction but I'm back up exactly where I would've been anyways.

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    So if this happens to anyone else, it shouldn't be that big of a worry.