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Why Have I Lost Almost All Google Traffic Starting Aug 17
cynthiap




msg:3098299
 10:23 pm on Sep 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi there,

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.

Am I allowed to put my url in my post?

Thank you
Cynthia

 

BillyS




msg:3098355
 11:27 pm on Sep 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

>>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 30 day penalty is a myth.

>>Am I allowed to put my url in my post?

Nope, that's against the rules here.

There are a lot of folks around here talking about August 17th, you might want to see if you have something in common.

And...

Welcome to WebmasterWorld!

AlgorithmGuy




msg:3098426
 1:03 am on Sep 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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.

cynthiap,

Too little to go on.

Can you be more specific?

Write a more general observation of events that led to your site tanking in google.

Ma2T




msg:3098430
 1:17 am on Sep 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

Welcome to the club :/, the same happened to me also.

For the last week I have been trying to solve / change anything it could be, and hope when they next update to climb back up.

I think my content might be too similar, well, not the content, but the meta description. I have removed this from all pages 'part from index page.

Also added non www to www redirects, made titles more unique, modified some graphic alt tags (less spammy). Changed Navigation links to make more unique and less keywords...and some other things.

I'm guessing and hoping, but maybe you could try some of the same if you think it might apply to you.

Jane_Doe




msg:3098475
 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.

cynthiap




msg:3098544
 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.

Thanks again

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[edited by: tedster at 4:45 am (utc) on Sep. 27, 2006]

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