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One link on my home page dropped me 620 places?

 12:34 pm on Mar 31, 2006 (gmt 0)


I have for the past few months ranked around #10 for a very competitive keyphrase. On 27th March I added to the index page a 2 line text line to a new internal page and the very next day I dropped to #630 for the same keyphrase!

Is this typical or a coincidence?

I have removed the text/link and the new internal page now, should it goe back to the previous ranking anytime soon?

I am panicked here and will be very poor if nothing changes lol

Thanks for any help you can offer.




 5:57 pm on Mar 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

Google doesn't count the value of links that quickly unless it is a major news story.

It was something you did... I would say about two months ago.


 9:40 pm on Mar 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

it could also be a hijacker or someone who copied your content. Search for major lines of text in google, in quotes.


 3:02 am on Apr 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have found a site that has copied the first paragraph from my home page and it was cached by Google on the 26th March, we dropped 620 places a few days later.........would this be a likely cause?

How do I let Google know about this and what steps should I now take?

Many thanks for all you help!



 3:16 am on Apr 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

Try contacting the site owner first. This happened to me about a year ago with two sites. I was actually able to get the owner of one site to remove the copy. I reported the other site to Adsense support because they were also displaying adsense illegally. That took care of the other site. Everything was back to normal within 2 months.


 3:29 am on Apr 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

Many thanks for the advice, I hope that it does the trick as in 2 months time this will have cost me around $16k in lost earning from this site.



 6:22 am on Apr 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

Try to change this paragraph, hunting the site owners or waiting for google to do the work for you can take some time. When it happens to me I just sit for 15 minutes and write a better paragraph. I know it might sound like folding but when you need to support 30 families...there is no time for principles games.

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