Has anyone seen a penalty from the big G that impacts only a specific path and all pages contained within that one path, while other paths perform normally or even better?
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Msg#: 4676205 posted 7:55 am on May 31, 2014 (gmt 0)
I've seen penalties just for a specific directory often.
I saw auch a penalty for a big player in Germany when Panda 4.0 was rolling out last week. Even ten years ago I had this kind of behaviour [webmasterworld.com].
If it's a penalty then rankings from pathA is completely gone. In this case I guess that rankings won't come back even if you change the content. If it's just a decrease then it might just a result of a change in the ranking algorithm and rnaking might be recovered by modifying the content.
Msg#: 4676205 posted 4:42 pm on May 31, 2014 (gmt 0)
Thanks for the response doc_z.
When doing a search for site:root/patha/ all of the pages are still indexed.
For some searches for content contained in /patha/ we still rank well, but since we are gradually and consistently loosing landings (5-10% this day compared to same day last week) I'm assuming that eventually all pages contained in /patha/ will drop significantly.
When this happened to you years ago, did you ever test changing /patha/ to /newpath/ to see the results? It's an option on the table we are considering.
Msg#: 4676205 posted 7:19 am on Jun 1, 2014 (gmt 0)
I wanted to write "I saw such a penalty for a big player in Germany" but my fingers are sometimes faster than my brain ;-) (indeed my mind changed the language).
In the example I mentioned all pages were still indexed but there are not ranked anymore (which means no listings in the first 100 results; before the update they had a thousands of top ten rankings). In the meantime I saw that they try to fix the problem by removing the pages in the directory with the penalty (you'll get a 404). However, the other directories are still there and ranking well.
Yes, years ago I moved just from one directory to a new one and rankings came back after a while. However, I think these days it's getting more complicated... I would move the content and also try to improve it.