Since the 1st of May my home page has disappeared from serp's for high competitive keywords and even for searching my company name. The strange thing is, my blog (domain.com.au/blog) is showing up on page 3. Why do you think my homepage has copped a hiding?
My domain is relatively new (only being added to google index 3 months ago). Do you think this is a panda/penguin hit on my keywords & linking or something else? (I only have 112 backlinks and they are from my other WP blogs)
Also, from this time last month I've noticed a 7% increase in international traffic.
Especially with relatively new sites, home page disappearance can be a bug - there are several areas in Google's back end that can blow up like that if there is an incomplete data post from one data center to another. We watched it happen a couple years ago when data center watching was a major hobby around here. Unfortunately, it's no longer a practical pastime.
I'm not saying it isn't a penalty - but it is also potentially a bug and if so, it tends to clear up over time. Especially so, if you build great content and market it well (social media especially) so that over time your trust and backlink profile gain real authenticity. I'd say STOP "building links" that you can control directly.
Thanks for your reply tedster. I had an inkling that it may have been a datacenter syncing issue. Only because I've been monitoring a fair few keywords and during the last month they have been bouncing around all over the place.
I've contacted Google via their re-consideration form so I'll wait to see what/if they come back with.
Google came back to me about my reconsideration request and said there were no manual spam actions found. After my first post here I also sent a private message via google+ to matt cutts. About 8 hours after that message my home page started appearing when searching my company name. Coincidence?
However, It's still not showing up for the high competitive keywords. Category pages are showing up for the keywords but not my homepage.