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Why am I filtered, and how to get out of it?

 9:00 am on Oct 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

I recently found one of my sites is hidden very deep in the Google SERPs. Doing site:domain shows pages indexed. But if I search for my domain name, or specific titles/descriptions that are indexed, they show up on about page 67.

Googlebot is still crawling the site, but doesn't seem to have added any pages since this happened.

Here are some things I may have done wrong:

1. The site is only a few weeks old, and I got quite a lot of links from 'do-follow' blogs (about 200) I didn't mean to get that many, but some sites show my comment on everypage in the sidebar.

2. The site is mostly built on a database of place names, the titles and descriptions are nearly the same on everypage i.e "Lovely great Widgets in Placename..." with only the placename changing. I was also using the placename a lot in headings and text on the page, but I have cut a lot of this out now.

3. I had a lot of internal links, I didn't realise this was a problem until I started reading about filters. I have since removed a lot of the internal links, and gone for more of a breadcrumb navigation.

4. I messed some of my scripting up, so Googlebot found a few hundred 404s before I realised and fixed it.

5. There were 2 duplicate pages which I didn't notice for a few days.

Can anyone suggest which of these is the most likely culprit of the problem? I guess all of them adding together doesn't look good... Am I doomed to be hidden in SERPs for months, or forever?

I am ranking O.K in Yahoo, but who cares :s



 11:29 am on Oct 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

What else is in your link profile besides the blog comments?

Google is not nearly as impressed by self-generated links as it used to be. You'll need a lot more than just links in blog comments for Google to take you seriously.

the titles and descriptions are nearly the same on everypage

So what is the value of your site, exactly?


 2:18 pm on Oct 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

The link profile is pretty much all blog comments and a few directories.

The site does have a blog section with unique titles and descriptions on each page. The majority of pages are location specific with user generated content, with the generic titles.

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