I ahve seen a few other threads here that have been related to this but not quite the same.
I ahve a PR 5 site that has two separate and distinct themes. Both themes used to rank unbelievably well in Google, now only one of the two themes does, ever since Dec 4th.
Our site has 9000 pages when I do a site:www.example.com and site:example.com and it was not de-indexed by Google since this happened.
Has this happened to others?
Is this a big Update?
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(I don't know if our bid drop in the SERPs is realted to tthe fact that we have 2 different thmese, but if so, here are the details:
Theme 1: is anout widgets and I have a lot of backlinks that are widgets-realted and the homepage is totally about widgets. It has about 100 pages dedicated to this theme.
Theme 2: is about foobars and I have far less backlinks that have the foobars theme. However, I have about 8500 pages about the foobars on this domain.
After a week and a half ago, I still rank for highly competitve terms for widgets, but dropped to page 4-7 (depending on total number of results in Google) for hundreds of foobars-related terms, and this stinks.
I need to get the foobars theme to rank again, and I know my site has a lot of power since it ranks #1-3 for widgets terms that yeild millions of reuslts. Any suggestions?
One theory was that on my main homepage (which was exclusively about widgets) I had a footer that contained lots of links to my foobars pages and that since Google discounted paid links (and these looked like paid links since they were not realted at all to the widgets theme) so that the power of my PR 5 homepage no longer passed to the foobars pages.
I added some foobars links embedded in the main content of the homepage to see of those pages would rank and they did not. Now I have melded the two themese together on the homeapge (quite hard since they're not related) and am waiting to see how Google reacts when it indexes the new version.
* Does anyone know how Google treats 2 different themes?
* Has that changed recently?
* Is this an on-page factor that I can change (like melding the two topics together on the homepage) or is it exclusively an off-page thing where I need to change my backlinks profile?
* Would a 301 redirect from the homepage to an inner foobars homepage work?
* Does this sound like we got hit by a manual penalty? And if so, what should I do next?