berrysharpie - 10:57 pm on Jun 22, 2013 (gmt 0)
Thank you for the reply, I appreciate it.
Yes, that is the change that we had done by going to subdomains and then getting rid of the subdomains. Unfortunately we got some help trying to tidy up the mess and when we got rid of the subdomains and went back to all links being under the primary domain, it was advised to us to just let go of all those old links and start anew.
Since we left an old supplier that we feared might have been hurting us (and many others with stupid errors in product descriptions) and moving to subdomains with redirects, we were told that we could very well have just carried the problem along in the redirects.
So we were then advised to switch back to the main site and this time, not redirect so we were starting with fresh new links and dumping the old history.
Naturally this made us nervous but at this point, we were feeling a lot of dread and like we've been completely defeated. So now here we are, waiting for the new links to start to rank. That last change was done mid November and only now are we starting to see quoted search results showing up for those pages that are new.
We aren't celebrating. We fear that our site is dead in the water as regards those new pages and due to that, the rest of the site is just hanging in the balance. We still have traffic and it's not as bad as it really could be but the areas that we need that traffic again are the ones that are "waiting" for Google to maybe do something with someday. Again, those are the pages that have recently showed up in quoted search but I don't know if that means anything anymore.
When we did introduce those new pages, they popped into the SERPS very quickly, ranked very nicely and then maybe 2 weeks later gone. We knew that would happen though. These quoted results are the first and only thing we have seen since November.
We don't want to make any further changes at all. We are too afraid. But if we still have something wrong, then I am not sure what to do. We've run link checkers and everything looks clean, the site is easy to navigate and the sitemap is being downloaded daily and almost every page is fully indexed. All the old pages did pile up as thousands of 404's but that number has been steadily dropping since November.
Everything looks and feels clean, just feeling really on edge that it's too long. Maybe we blew it by ever touching the site in the first place.
Thanks again for the reply.