Alright bear with me on this one it may sound unbelievable but i still want to let everyone know my expirence
So i'm writing a paper for my marketing class so i figured a good idea would be to do some small testing to show how easy it is to generate traffic through different strategies online and one of the strategies i have in the paper is "commenting on popular website"
So i took a small blog i haven't really done anything in a while and used it as my "test dummy" since the site had virtually no traffic. I wanted to show the large increase in traffic that was possible from posting comments on popular videos with the url and doing nothing else what so ever. Everything was working as planned, i posted about 30 comments on videos with the sites plain text url using this format www.example (dot) com. (you'de think this would do nothing obviously since its just text and no search engine is going to "follow" that. So everything is going as planned and over the next 24 hours i had 250 uniques all from direct type in traffic so everything looked good for the paper ( and yes it was spamming but i didn't have ads on the site and it was for school im sorry if anyone gets mad about this)
Anyways the later that next day i realize my site has been dropped from google into the supplemental rankings i assume since it still shows up for site:www.example.tld but all of the keywords that had rankings before are gone from the first 900 plus results.
Realistically i figured it was just a chance thing since general knowledge says google wouldnt be able to read this kind of stuff and apply a penalty because of it...but i was still wondering since it was just that perfect of timing so i tried the same thing with another site that i had that i really didnt care if it was 950'd or whatever so i went about it again with a new domain.
And guess what... the EXACT same thing happened traffic spike next day site is supplemental?
It got me thinking that there could maybe be some validity to this.. i know it sounds crazy but twice in a row both with the same exact pattern? While yahoo rankings haven't changed what so ever
I keep thinking of how google owns youtube and that could possibly have an effect or possibly how the quick jump in direct traffic with low time on site from visitors had an effect since both sites had analytics installed? I'm not sure.
I know this sounds crazy i just wanted to share it with other people in case there might actually be something behind it and google some spam detection things going on that webmasters in general haven't caught on to yet, i mean in all honesty it wouldnt be hard for google to crawl youtube comments for spammed url's in common formats ( www.example (dot) com or www.example,com)
Well thats all i got and i don't have anymore "throw away" sites to test on so my testing is done but i really think there might be some validity to this even though it sounds pretty far fetched