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Google dropped my site - too many outbound links?
Links to my users' blogs
ebloggy




msg:711201
 10:52 am on May 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

I run a blog site that allow users to create their own blogs.

Recently, I added an Alpha Index, linked to by my front page. This Index contained all the blogs in my site.

Because my users' blog addressess are [*.example.com,...] where * is their usernames, I believe that Google may be penalizing me for a sudden surge of outbound links.

As such, my rankings have dropped from #1-#2 for a couple of terms to page 10-15 of the SERPs.

However, a search for www.example.com/alpha.php shows no results (i.e. Google seems not to have indexed my Alpha Index).

If I have indeed been penalized, is there any way I can remove the penalization?

[edited by: ciml at 12:53 pm (utc) on May 17, 2005]
[edit reason] Examplified [/edit]

 

hunderdown




msg:711202
 1:58 pm on May 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've never heard of anyone being penalized for outbound links--will be interested to hear if this really could be the cause.

hutcheson




msg:711203
 2:11 pm on May 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

My wild guess is that you just exported your PR.

hunderdown




msg:711204
 5:13 pm on May 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

My wild guess is that you just exported your PR.

But if that's true, then why don't all directory sites have PRs of 0?

tedster




msg:711205
 7:30 pm on May 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

Directory sites don't usually have a subdomain for each category - but in this example, all the links go to a different subdomain. I'd say exporting all the PR is a very real possibility here.

ebloggy




msg:711206
 6:43 am on May 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

That may be true.

Assuming that I remove the subdomains and modify all links to www.example.com/blog.php?username=username.

Am I still going to get a PR drain? My main intention for the Alpha Index was to get blogs indexed, but apparently it seems I can't do that without adversely affecting my site.

By the way, Google is still freshly scanning my site each day, so it may indeed not be a penalization after all.

On top of that, I have moved to page 14 (from page 15 previously) for the term 'free blog'.

However, if you were to search allinanchor: free blog [google.com.sg], I notice my site at a very high position on the 1st page. While I understand that allinanchor positions do not accurately represent the SERPs, but the allinanchor page [google.com.sg] does accurately represent the SERP for the term 'free blog' just before my site was dropped.

Moreover, my site is still having a pagerank of 6. Unless, of course, Google is not updating its PageRank in the toolbar.

Finally, I have heard that PageRank does not adversely affect the SERPs (at least not to a large extent). For such a large drop (page 1 to page 15), do you think it is still a PR drain, or do you think it points to a penalization?

221b




msg:711207
 7:19 am on May 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

check better
[webmasterworld.com...]

glengara




msg:711208
 9:33 am on May 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

*do you think it is still a PR drain*

To be honest, I can't see a correlation between the two.

My guess is, if you have any other potential links schemes in play, this Alpha index may have tipped your linkage pattern into disrepute.

Using sub-domains may have it seen as an artificial attempt to Big-up the site.

221b




msg:711209
 10:09 am on May 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

"Using sub-domains may have it seen as an artificial attempt to Big-up the site"
I completely disagree .I have a competitor in my industry right on my tail ,he uses for every "widget" a subdomain ie
blue.widgets ...green.widgets and so on
well he's at tops,sometimes after me or sometimes one step behind me.

ebloggy




msg:711210
 5:14 am on May 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

Well, removed my Alpha Index, and still no changes for the past few days.

Either I have been penalized, or perhaps I'm in the sandbox for adding too many links.

Anyhow, Google refuses to reply to my email.

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