berrysharpie - 3:47 pm on Jun 21, 2013 (gmt 0)
About 8 months ago, we made some pretty hefty changes to our URL structure to make things flow more smoothly. We knew this would cause chaos to our site but knew it was time to make this change along with some other updates for our site visitors.
Naturally, we tanked and expected this but we are starting to worry a little that it's taking longer than we had expected. However, maybe 8 month isn't long enough to start worrying so that is why we are just looking for some opinions.
One thing we are noticing that recently a large chunk of pages are starting to show up again if we use a quoted search. We hadn't seen that in a long time when we went checking for pages in the results so we were hoping that might be a good sign. Some years back, we always saw a pattern that if we showed up with quoted search results for new or changed pages, that we had a good chance of some of those pages showing back in the broad search results at some point. We also notice that when they started popping back up with quoted results, it was both for "personalized" and "broad" results which we are also hoping might be promising.
With so many changes though over the years on Google, this could mean absolutely nothing now. So I guess we are wondering if with some more patience, could this be a possible good sign? That Google is starting to recognize these pages?
I'd also like to point out that the entire site hasn't completely tanked, it's just the new or changed pages that we updated. The front index page has sunk but that's also something we expected when we made the changes because when so many lower pages suffer, our index page usually took somewhat of a hit but would eventually bounce back up when enough lower pages came back into the SERPS.
So it's not the whole site that's suffering.
Any thoughts or opinions would be greatly appreciated. If 8 months isn't enough time to panic and if quoted results means anything at all these days or should we dismiss that and not feel any signs of positiveness coming from that.