onlinesource - 4:23 am on Sep 19, 2013 (gmt 0)
@jimbeetle. I say Penguine 2 because right after the drop I had read an article that said something like "Google released the installment of Penguin 2 today". It just so happened to be on the same day we dropped. Actually, Matt Cutt's blog was flooded by outraged people who saw a drop... right around the time we did. I just believe our drop is related to these changes by Google.
As far as the timing of the drop in Google vs. the day the server going down, I felt it was odd at the time but it just may be inconsequential.
The date the server crashed was July 11th. I know I still have the text I sent to my partner, the night my site went down. Reading them now, my hosting company claimed that the "the rack was bad". We were not "hit" or "attacked" and I remember thinking that was good news. You see, we had been getting "hit" for about a year prior from somebody trying to crash the server. Often it just takes us having to reboot the server, but this was a rack issue (at the time).
As far as Anlytics go when I run an "overview" from July 9th to July 12th, I see on the 9th we had 879 visitors, the 10th 716 , the 11th 409, and the 12th 372. It just kept going down and down from that point on as we continued to loose keyword power. Now I can't pinpoint a time with Analytics so I don't know if the drop happened right when it crashed... but I remember I telling my partner, "looks like the site is back up" and his response was "nobody is on the site" and later "I just checked Google and we are nowhere for "fake widgets"". I know it is odd that the site would go down and we could crash, but sites deal with possible outages all the time.
As far as impressions go, on 7/9 we had 150 impressions for "fake widgets". On 7/10 90, 7/11, 30 7/12 30, 7/13 12, 7/14 16 (had gone up?), 7/15 12... I could go on and on. It looks like on 8/1 we had 12 impressions for "fake widgets" and then... 5 which resulted in 0 clicks. In fact, the 8/1 was the last day we got any clicks for the keyword.
I hope this isn't all rambling and actually can help make sense of my issue.
As far as co.uk goes, I mean yes it is unique content. It is a shopping cart like amazon.ca or amazon.com that sells a lot of same products. Although I have a lot of unique articles on co.uk and such, there is some content that may match. As far as links, there is nothing on the co.uk site now pointing to the .com site (there was in the past, which is why I feel that the .co.uk site might be the issue). As far as matching content, it is my understanding that when sites are hosted on separate DOMAINS they are therefore not considered duplicate content.
As far as redirects... it is a bit of mess. I think my shopping cart requires special coding to make this work and I am having a big of a headache trying to figure this out. Basically in the htacess file, if I create a 301 redirect line, it sends people to the new url but it adds ?sef_rewrite=1 to the end of the url. Very weird. I'm trying to get the developer to make sense of it. In the meantime, I have 189 not found errors. Like I said, these are mainly odd generated urls that are now SEO friendly urls but the cart can not make sense of a simple 301 line.