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Lost Complete Site Today In Serps
Is it an Algo Tweak?

 5:18 pm on Jan 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

I can't understand ALL my pages disappearing in the serps at once in one day.
Checking Webmastertools all pages are still listed and everything looks okay.

Anyone else experiencing this? Could it be a Algo tweak and my site (absolutely all white hat) will eventually get back in serps?

Thanks in advance for any feedback.
Fish Texas



 6:04 pm on Jan 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

Does anything show for site:example.com


 6:56 pm on Jan 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

I found the culpret, My site was copied and redirected with pop up ads.
I reported it to Google Spam with all the info.

Have two further questions...
1. How long for Google to investigate, take action and get my site back in the serps?

2. Can I name the offending site thief here?

Fish Texas

[edited by: tedster at 7:18 pm (utc) on Jan. 21, 2008]


 7:21 pm on Jan 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

Sorry, we don't allow any details about such sites here - we'd be flooded and manipulated both!

Google usually will not make a quick manual change, because they prefer to use spam reports to improve their alogrithmic detection - in their terms, "that approach scales better". But in some cases, I have seen the problem addressed within 24 hours of filing a normal spam report, not using any special communication channels or anything like that.


 7:33 pm on Jan 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

thank you Tedster, I did submit a spam report. You say as little as 24 hours in some cases.
Question...what is the max time you are aware of to get back in the serps?
I mean, do I take a week off and go fishing?...month?
Thanks Fish Texas


 7:54 pm on Jan 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

How the heck you copy a site and redirect to pop up ads... actually... more importantly - How do find out if that's happened to you?


 9:00 pm on Jan 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

since it is not your fault, I'd file a reinclusion request too to get their attention.


 9:01 pm on Jan 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

Walkman...did that too.

Mr.Stitch...copied right off the web I believe.

When you lose your all your google traffic in one day...turn over every rock to find the reason.

Check your serps often and check the bottom url. If it's not yours, someone got to you and is making money from your traffic with pop ups selling anything and everything.

I caught this the first day, so the loss of income will be minimized.
Still losing a bunch though.

Most people assume something is wrong with their site when they lose their pages in the serps. Check everything.

Some folks go weeks or months without checking anything, meanwhile some thief is making money from their traffic.

Fish Texas

[edited by: Fish_Texas at 9:06 pm (utc) on Jan. 21, 2008]


 9:05 pm on Jan 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

Maximum time can be many, many months (or, shudder, even never).

If your site was copied, I definitely urge you to be proactive. Check out the threads in the Hot Topics area [webmasterworld.com], which is always pinned to the top of this forum's index page about "Defending your rankings."


 9:09 pm on Jan 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thank you tedster, will do.
Fish Texas


 10:59 pm on Jan 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

Fish - Actually, I was wondering exactly how YOU came found the the culprit.

Did you do a search for your major keywords, and come across this site that looked just like yours, but with a different URL and popups?


 11:17 pm on Jan 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

Traffic stopped this morning.
Went to Google Search, typed in kw's I knew were high ranking, Bingo, saw my listing on page 1. HOWEVER, the url at the bottom was not mine...
Did a 'Whois" on domain name and turned that in to Google Spam via Webmastertools, along with copy of serp returns with their url showing. Also found their hosting company and reported them. One consolulation is, only my index page is showing up for a few kw's,
so they are not making much money off my site.

All I can say is learn how to protect your site. It could happen to you if you rank high in Google.
Fish Texas

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