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WTH Happened?!

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by signthe, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. signthe

    signthe Newbie

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    Hi,

    Something happened to me to one of my websites i don't update which has been around for about 7 months.

    It suddenly (for 2 days) ranked for the keywords it supposed to (number 2) beating BIG sites. I got like 700 clicks from one keyword but then 2 days later.. dust.. gone from the rankings.

    I didn't touch the site before it randomly ranked and i didn't touch it before it got thrown out of ranking.

    Can anyone explain WTF happened?
     
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  2. ExtraWinner

    ExtraWinner BANNED BANNED

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    Maybe somebody spam your backlinks to remove competition....
    When you put your domain name in google do you see it??
     
  3. signthe

    signthe Newbie

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    Yes.. and it oddly ranks for the keywords just far far far far back :/

    Edit: *the competition .. well.. the top page is FULL of large websites such as sidereel, hulu, etc. Theres no "personal" website on the first page
     
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  4. ExtraWinner

    ExtraWinner BANNED BANNED

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    It comes out first when you type in your domain name??
     
  5. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    I have a site that does the exact same thing... I get good yahoo and bing traffic and every now and then I get a google burst and a boat load of traffic.

    I have no idea what causes it, I just appreciate the burst and the revenue associated with is.
     
  6. signthe

    signthe Newbie

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    yep, first. The domain isn''t black listed if that what's you think.
     
  7. howdoyou

    howdoyou Regular Member

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    that happends to me once in a while too.
     
  8. Metalstar

    Metalstar Registered Member

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    I have a site that ranks first for one of my keywords for a couple weeks that gives me 2500-3500 visits a day. It then drops of the face of the earth for a month or two and then repeats all over again.
     
  9. Emkiyu[A]

    Emkiyu[A] Registered Member

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    Some things happen without valid explanation. Some people call it mysterious. Google is mysterious.
     
  10. kulotski

    kulotski Newbie

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    I gotta agree on this one. For white hat folks, this is the silver lining but it just takes a lot of time and patience - two things that clients usually don't have an appreciation for.
     
  11. xxxxxxxxJJxxxxxxxxx

    xxxxxxxxJJxxxxxxxxx Newbie

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    I'll second Emkiyu. Drives me bonkers
     
  12. bizroot

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    Got same situation several times... I have some theories and I am still testing them so will not comment on it right now... Check your backlinks in that phase you might see some difference...
     
  13. signthe

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    It happened again two days ago (for two days). Now its gone again! WTH Google.
     
  14. turokman555

    turokman555 Newbie

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    My guess - is that it's part of googles algorithm to find the best site.

    Think about it, how can a computer tell a good site from a spam site? It can't, and if it could it could always be manipulated.

    If you want to know the best site overall for a specific keyword - look at the Bounce Rate and Avg Time on site.

    All my sites consistently bounce around the SERPs - the ones that stay #1 all have one thing in common - < 30% bounce rate, and average time of 3-4 minutes per visitor. This was the big G testing your site, and seeing how well it would perform if it was #2 for that keyword.
     
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  15. webdesignsbyapw

    webdesignsbyapw Junior Member

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    Maybe Google changed their Algorithm.. lol
     
  16. SpeedDemon

    SpeedDemon Regular Member

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    That is completely normal, and I guarantee your website will come back. It might not be today, tommarow or next month. Eventually it will be back and higher then ever.
     
  17. signthe

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    Thanks for the feeback! I don't know where my site is in the SERPS atm. i think it's like page 100 or something lol. It's just odd how it comes back for 2 days every like 4 weeks.

    Although what turokman says kinda makes me see it differently. I have a different website that has 20% bounce rate with visitors average time of 4mins.. and its Rank 1-3 (matches what he says)
     
  18. signthe

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    it's done it again for 2 days! that's the third time since this thread. What is google doing! :eek:. Crazy thing.