I'm new to this forum and there's a lot about SEO that I don't know yet. But I do know the basics. I have a site about 3 years old. I had worked my way painstakingly up to a PR of 4 and was getting about 500 uniques a day. Most of these uniques came from google. I was on page 1 or 2 of google for almost all of my keywords. Then on Aug 17 something happened. Google stopped sending me traffic. They only send me on an average now about 11 a day. I'm nowhere to be found for my keywords.
I don't understand why the sites on page 1 are on page 1. Most of them have a lower PR than I do, they don't have original content, they have almost no incoming links.
I posted this same question in the Google Webmaster forum and someone told me that they thought I had been hit with a 30 day penalty for an affiliate link. The day I lost my traffic I had just added an affiliate link to my site. But I removed the affiliate from my site and waited 30 days and I still don't get any traffic.
I'm lucky if I can get 100 uniques to my site now.
Can anyone tell me what other possible reasons this could have occurred. I've read all Google's rules and I haven't violated any.
Msg#: 3098297 posted 2:21 am on Sep 27, 2006 (gmt 0)
In my experience, usually when you have a sudden drop like that it means your site has some kind of penalty. You may not have changed much to your site, but Google's criteria as to what does and does not deserve a penalty tends to get tightened up over time.
Msg#: 3098297 posted 4:06 am on Sep 27, 2006 (gmt 0)
Thank you to all of you who who've responded.
AlgorythmGuy, That's all there is to tell. The only thing that I changed when the drop in traffic occurred was that I added a new affiliate link to my site. The drop in traffic happened immediately after adding the affiliate link. But I removed the link and my traffic didn't come back. It's been a month a half since I removed the link.
I have an information rich site that google says they like. I have all original content on my site. I sell my own digital and print products. Prior to this drop in traffic I had only one other affiliate link on my site. I had added it two weeks prior to the drop in traffic. That particular link didn't seem to make any impact, unless it took them two weeks to catch it. The drop didn't happen until I added the second affiliate link.
Prior to this drop of traffic I had steady traffic from google for the past 6 months.
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[edited by: tedster at 4:45 am (utc) on Sep. 27, 2006]