| 8:34 pm on Jun 18, 2003 (gmt 0)|
>No SPAM, no dodgy tactics, nothing!
Without seeing the site, it is difficult to say what caused the penalty. If you genuinely feel that you have not even brushed against the Inktomi guidelines ask your PFI provider to get INK to do a review of the site. They normally will - and if clean (or cleaned up) will re-include the site.
Yahoo are tightening the relevancy rules on all forms of PFI!
| 8:43 pm on Jun 18, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I just sticky mailed you my url. I look forward to your feedback.
| 9:53 pm on Jun 18, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I have been told that it is possible that my account was red flagged b/c of the first penalty I received. A manual, random review may have been performed this time around and my site was pulled possibly b/c of the fact that it is an affiliate site.
I am finding this hard to swallow b/c almost the enitre web consists of affiliate links.
I am scratching my head as to why I did PFI since 2/3 of my sites that are clean are now banned.
| 11:49 pm on Jun 18, 2003 (gmt 0)|
In your case, PositionTech should have a contact at Inktomi that can tell you exactly what set off the red flag with editorial.
It could also be that some of your affiliates were using not-so-ethical tactics to get clicks.
| 12:02 pm on Jun 19, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I am using one affiliate with my site. I generate leads for them. This affiliate is a big time company in my industry, does not do anything unethical and ranks well in SERPS.
I am leary to ask for a review in anticipation that they will pull my other site for unknown reasons. When I asked the first time around why my site was delisted I got no straight answers. All I got was I am not sure, maybe b/c it is similar to the other site in your account.
This is fustrating cause I am very careful with my practices. I do not exchange links with spammy sites and I do not engage in anything unethical or spammy at all. I see so much junk that should be delisted.
| 12:35 pm on Jul 18, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I noticed today that my final PFI that was doing well in INK is GONE! This site is clean as a whistle!
Its amazing how much spam is thriving in INK!
Keep it up INK, users will realize the junk that is existing and jump ship.
| 3:01 pm on Jul 18, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Here is a little update.
Just got off the phone with Position Tech.
The possible reasons they gave me were as follows:
1. They said:
too many hyphens
4 total hyphens in domain in question, but it is a 5 word search term. Also, I see tons of sites with 5 and more hyphens. Do you think INK would eliminate only paid sites with too many hyphens? What does eliminating good, clean sites with 4 or more hyphens accomplish?
2. They said:
burp in the system and I will see site again after weekend.
I doubt this is it, but I hope!
3. They said:
Told me to change my Title tag.
Site was ranking well before it dropped. Unchanged Title tag would not cause a drop.
4. They said:
I can understand a drop in rankings for stale content, but not a drop to not being returned in reults.
I am 3 for 3 with getting PFI sites dropped! INK is being a little too aggresive don't you think?
Has anyone else had PFI sites dropped for unknown reasons?!? I can't be the only one!
Input is appreciated.
| 5:18 pm on Jul 18, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Four hyphens? That's just awful. There's NO WAY you can have four/five hyphens in a URL and not be up to no good.
They might've told you to change your title tag because you had a non-relevant title.
| 5:33 pm on Jul 18, 2003 (gmt 0)|
"Four hyphens? That's just awful. There's NO WAY you can have four/five hyphens in a URL and not be up to no good. "
I am not up to no good. Yeah there are a lot of people that keyword stuff domains (keyword-keyword-keyord-differentkeyword-differentkeyword-differentkeyword.com) and the sites associated with these domains practice shady tactitcs. Not me.
I have a five word domain with 4 hyphens (this-makes-absolute-total-sense.com). My business is my livlihood, and I DO NOT practice any shady tactics at all.
I am in negative awww if I am penalized for having a content rich site, with lots of good links pointing to me, that offers a lot for users, but has a 4 hyphentaed domain.
I don't see any weight being given to domain names any more. Leave it up to the user, if you don't like my site name, then don't shop/visit there! But most users want quality, and don't care about a sites name at all!
Filter the spam, not the legitimate!
I would like to hear if this happened to anyone else.
| 10:47 pm on Jul 18, 2003 (gmt 0)|
About the hyphens in the domain name : for argument's sake, let's just pretend that you AREN'T using that domain name for anything shady. I'm guessing that you're targeting return visitors since your domain name *isn't* keyword rich... I don't know of too many people that would remember domain names with like 4 hyphens in them.
And if you say you don't see weight given to domain names anymore, maybe you're not looking hard enough. From what I understand, it'll weigh nicely in your favor if you've got keywords in your domain name.
| 12:08 pm on Jul 19, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Interesting situation you have there Textex.
I have to agree with MakeMeTop, Yahoo appear to be tighting the relevancy rules significantly and is also handing out harsher penalties to those that are caught using questionable tactics than previously.
However your clean sites shouldn't be having these problems. Have you actually been removed from the index or simply fallen dramatically in the serps?.
If its simply a big drop in rank then revise your SEO and get more links.
If you have been removed from the index, then my first guess would be a hiccup and wait as Postech suggested. If you don't reappear in a short period of time request Inktomi review your site and if a reasonable explanation or outcome isn't forthcoming demand a refund for those pages.
To suggest having four hyphens as the cause is laughable and certainly not in their terms of service.
| 12:16 pm on Jul 19, 2003 (gmt 0)|
"Four hyphens? That's just awful. There's NO WAY you can have four/five hyphens in a URL and not be up to no good."
"About the hyphens in the domain name : for argument's sake, let's just pretend that you AREN'T using that domain name for anything shady."
I think you should read this page [webmasterworld.com...]
your comments suggest you have never seen it.
| 12:30 pm on Jul 19, 2003 (gmt 0)|
When I search for my URL, I get my site returned. But when I search for my site in SERPs for desired terms, I am not listed at all. My sites have not dropped in results, they are not even there!
| 1:53 pm on Jul 19, 2003 (gmt 0)|
>"Four hyphens? That's just awful. There's NO WAY you can have four/five hyphens in a URL and not be up to no good. "
Seems a little under cooked to me. I have a number of domains with 6 hyphens and the page names have another 3 or 4.
Of course you need to have a non SE indexed short domain name for other forms of advertising pointing to the same site, but at $8 per domain name who gives a hoot?
>I could really care less about INK except for the fact that Yahoo! is going to be under the influence soon!
Hmmm....18% of my SE traffic currently comes from INK backfills on MSN, I care lots about how that performs. Possibly add on Y! in the future and getting INK right is critically important.
On the subject of why a PFI site has been dumped.....I doubt it has anything to do with the PFI element. I don't use PFI at all and INK indexes every page for free, although it only ever shows a couple when asked directly about how many pages are indexed!
INK is fickle, it is not abnormal to see a site appear and disappear once in a while. It seems to mainly hit sites less than 12 months old, after a while sites seem to become permanent fixtures and impossible to destroy.
Even the new ones always seem to come back again without any changes being made, it is just something you have to accept as part of the free traffic INK provides.
| 2:43 pm on Jul 19, 2003 (gmt 0)|
"On the subject of why a PFI site has been dumped.....I doubt it has anything to do with the PFI element. I don't use PFI at all and INK indexes every page for free, although it only ever shows a couple when asked directly about how many pages are indexed!"
"INK is fickle, it is not abnormal to see a site appear and disappear once in a while. It seems to mainly hit sites less than 12 months old, after a while sites seem to become permanent fixtures and impossible to destroy. "
So, are you saying INK will periodically drop sites for no apparent reason, and eventually they will re-appear? Are you saying this is true for PFI sites too?
When you say "appear and disappear" and "dumped" do you mean completely out of index, or just SERPS. As mentioned, my site returns when I search for the URL but is not in SERPS.
Clarification is appreciated. Thanks!
| 9:14 pm on Jul 21, 2003 (gmt 0)|
That means you got slapped with an editorial action.
| 2:59 pm on Jul 22, 2003 (gmt 0)|
What should we do now? Should we inform Ineedhits / PositionTech? Or just wait ...?
| 3:11 pm on Jul 22, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Lets calloborate and see if we can find some similarities.
Did you engage in any spam?
How many hyphens in your domain?
| 4:19 pm on Jul 22, 2003 (gmt 0)|
You should probably hit up whoever it is that's including your XML, who in turn should get in contact with Inktomi editorial.
| 10:54 pm on Jul 22, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Position Tech will not get in contact with INK and claim to know nothing and have nothing to do with the issue.
| 2:25 am on Jul 23, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Are you sure they didn't just SAY they called Ink & gave you the run-around?
| 4:38 am on Jul 23, 2003 (gmt 0)|
2 hyphens in my domain name and 2 to 3 in the filename.
I never spam and never bid in any PPC. PFI is my only source of traffic.
Pretty strange. When I do a URL check, it is in MSN but those keywords that I used to score top 10, now gone. From the results returned, I dont see the top 10 belongs to INK customers.
| 1:15 pm on Jul 30, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I've only ever had a problem with one page (out of about 200 pages I've ever submitted) but it was a similar story.
When the page was first submitted, PT reported tons of hits for the first few weeks, then zilch! I checked and sure enough the page was nowhere to be found in Inktomi. I contacted PT about this, and they said the page was listed but just not receiving click-thrus.
I didn't buy this becuase it just happened to be the best performing page I've ever had for click-thrus. I thought it might be some kind of penalty for hyphens etc (it had 4 hyphens) but PT wouldn't answer me. I don't think they have a clue, to be honest.
Anyway, this page was missing from the radar for almost 6 months, then pow! it was suddenly back a few days ago, and guess what? It's racking up more click-thrus than any other page (just as it used to).
I don't know what's going on and PT aren't any help, but I don't believe it's got to do with hyphens. I've had several other pages (some from the same domain as this particular page is from) with 4 hyphens in the filename, and they've never had a problem.
| 1:34 pm on Jul 30, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Did you make any changes to your page prior to it being reinstated? If so, what kind of changes?
| 7:27 pm on Jul 30, 2003 (gmt 0)|
It looks to me like it's an issue at Inktomi, not PositionTech. I know I sound like a broken record for saying this, but I'm pretty sure it was an editorial action for keyword stuffing, cloaking, and/or anything else that goes against Inktomi's policies.
I THINK (not even close to being positive) Inktomi editorial randomly goes through sites/pages flagged with editorial actions to see if the issue has been resolved.
| 9:28 am on Jul 31, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I haven't touched the page after the initial optimisation 6 months ago, and there's nothing unusual about it.
Standard stuff - keywords in page title, meta description, H1 headline, keywords in first paragraph, and in link text.
If it's been penalised for 4 hyphens, why haven't the other 3 pages (from the same site), also with 4 hyphens, been penalised?
Inktomi being weird?
| 10:56 pm on Jul 31, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Does anyone have a contact for Ink or PT for this type of issue? 3 of my 5 PFI pages are gone now! I have been in the index for less then a week, now only two pages remain. Did I just lose $75?!
| 11:07 pm on Jul 31, 2003 (gmt 0)|
My guess is that whoever it is that's providing your PFI isn't charging you a CPC. Am I right?
| 12:16 am on Aug 1, 2003 (gmt 0)|
You might check the logs for this type of referrer:
These are what you will see if you've had an editorial review.
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