Starting March 12th, I saw our Google traffic drop to almost nothing overnight. I started playing detective and found the following in Webmaster tools:
in Diagnostics > Web crawl
Web crawl errors (404 errors) with URLs such as the following:
The full list included over 6,454 404 errors! They seem to have started around Mar 10, 2009.
I also performed a site:example.com search to see indexed pages and found over 1,870 pages (whereas webmaster tools confirms only around 153 pages). After the majority of our pages in the first 10 or so SERPS there are pages such as the following:
that redirects to
I am not really sure what has happened but our site (still showing PR5) has lost almost all traction in Google. However, our rankings in Yahoo seem still solid with tons of rankings in the top 5 positions, sometimes multiple listings. We were even stronger in Google before this happened.
Can someone shed some light on what has happened? I am desperate to receover as the phones have lieterally stopped ringing :(
[edited by: tedster at 12:17 am (utc) on Mar. 27, 2009]
[edit reason] switch to example.com - it cannot be owned [/edit]