Planet13 - 5:16 pm on Sep 3, 2010 (gmt 0)
Hi there, Everyone:
I wonder if I might have destroyed our "authority" in google's eyes by submitting or site to one of those "get listed in 50 directories for free" services.
Our site has been around since AT LEAST April of 2000 (according to wayback machine and whois lookup, but I really think we first started it back in 1998). And we have been linked to from Wikipedia and some other big name sites, but probably only have less than 200 unique, decent quality domains that link to us.
Yet with all this emphasis on Authority sites ranking better in google, since Mayday, our hits and SERPs seem to keep slipping.
There hasn't been a "nose dive," just slow, continuous slippage, I guess.
So would submitting to those free directories actually hurt your authority? And if so, should one submit a reconsideration request?
Thanks in advance.