The 5 year relationship between my dating site and Google has had its up and downs but recently things have got really bad.
It starts with the usual sad story... a sudden unexpected drop in ranking (from 5 to 0)... the anguish... the tormentented, 'what did I do wrong?'....
Then the long, hard struggle to recover.
I put the site on a SEO Detox Diet... remove anything likely to give offence.... submit my abject apology and hope for the best...
Then that little bit of faint hope... gradually building to a cresendo... Yes, I finally got my ranking back to 5...
But, it is not yet a happy ending...
Google seems to ignore me. She never sends visits anything like she used to.
Is it that she can't stand the site of me?
A mutual friend, link:www.mydomain.com, tells me that in Google's eyes I only have one back link.
However, it is not true as I have many relevant back links created over the years. Besides Google knows that is not true or she would never have given me back my earlier ranking.
This is borne out by another friend, 'site:www.mydomain.com singles', who tells me I have around 30 back links for that keyword and around the same for many other related keywords.
A very good friend, inurl:www.mydomain.com, heartens me by saying that there is no one to match my site and that it is unique.
Why is Google being so fickle? Why won't she take me back links? Is this why my organic traffic has gone to compost?
Google is 'a-void-ing' me. She has put my site in a void where it can just about exist but not really flourish.
What am I to do now? My pagerank is back to 5 (and has been for a couple of months) but traffic is still very much at the level it was when it dropped to 0. Is it over between Google and me? Should I write her a poem, send flowers, or what?
In woe and contrition...