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One of our main sites has vanished in the last week. During the last few days, its been there one minute but gone the next, now it really seems to have vanished. This could not have come at a worse time, its like a nightmare...
What I'm confused about is the timing. Normally sites get dropped (for whatever reason) during an update - so why now? Any ideas?
I dropped from #2 in Serps to #41.
During the past few days google has dropped me from the Serps for my Kw. My PR is still (6), and the site can be found in google when searched for the url.
I have a question: I have about 6 link pages with about 40 links per page. These are sites of interest to my customers i.e web design and seo firms. There is no mention of links, more like resources.
Should I Drop these pages completely? or just sit it out like everyone out and sweat? and wait for the update to happen.
There was an enormous conspiracy theorists' thread about 'Links' pages and whether they were being penalised during May.
Most sensible SEOs said no way and eventually Google Guy waded in and said don't be daft, twice.
Still you could always use your spare time, while waiting for Dom to stop arsing about, to turn those 40 links into 40 separate pages. Each can target a slightly different search, whilst making more useful content for your visitors too?!
Just an idea...
I decided to painfully go through the links. Tons of 404 error pages that I was linking to as well as some bad neighbourhoods....with pr0 "links pages".
Jaffstar, hit undo. Those pr 0 pages you are linking to are probably perfectly fine. GoogleGuy has even said so. That is what suggy meant.
In fact, other conspiracy theorist might say that Google would penalize anyone who dropped links to pr 0 sites because those people were only linking for pr.;)
So we left a message with Google Uk who called us back very quickly (all praise to them). The person contacted sent on our request to the relevant person in Google (USA) - but is still awaiting a response from their main office (1 week later).
The feeling that I've been getting is that the recent (multiple) changes have resulted in a flood of requests/questions to google - grinding their customer service to a halt. Has anyone shared this experience or is this normal?
The reason I'm asking is that this could have a serious impact on the time taken to reinclude sites.
- But Im sure that we're banned - other sites we have still appear. The site doesn'teven appear when www.<companysite>.co.uk is entered - and we still show a PR6 using the googletoolbar. Wouldn't even mind if it at least showed up when users entered www.<companysite>.co.uk (we employ over a 100 people and the site is very popular) :(
Anyone know how to get Googles attention?!
I am still at PR(6), I find my url when I search "www.name.com", but nowhere in the serps.
I also lost a few urls which were very very clean. As much as you hate to hear it, I would be patient.
Thats tough, I know...with 100 ppl and everyone wanting answers!
You can try google adwords, they have reduced their min bids to $0.05 also try findwhat.com and overture.
The difference with playing a pay per click model vs. free traffic from google comes down to a three letter word!
I doubt guys on google getting free traffic pay much attention to that word. When you are paying per click, you need to get conversions, if you dont, change, change , change, until you do ,OR until you run out of money.
I'll just need to be patient and calm :)
I'm looking into PPC and have used it successfully before - but its very competitive in my industry - especially with espotting-type "search engines" appearing on adwords.
The real problem for us is Googles dominance - despite front page listings for top keywords on just about all the other SEs (after PPC ads) the vast majority of our search engine traffic (uk) comes from Google.
On the plus side we've got a strong brand to fall back on that generates most of our traffic - and we can now look forward to learning all about ROI as we tackle Overture!
Same thing happened to us. We were #1 for our keyword phrase, and now in half the datacenters we're not there at all. If you search allinanchor:keyword phrase , we're still #1 (in ALL datacenters) but in the SERPS, we're not there.
Nothing we've done that I'm aware of to stir up any penalties. No hidden anything, no link farms, etc...not even a links page...
Funny thing is, we can be found if you search the first word in our keyword phrase, in the same postition we've been in. You can search the second word in our keyword phrase and it's also in the same postion in the SERPs...but try putting em both together and no go. :(
[edited by: drewls at 11:57 pm (utc) on June 12, 2003]
They've told me on the phone that they've been completely swamped with emails - probably to the extent that it could take a very long while to go through them all. Perhaps they've opted to remove/reduce the filters for the moment and take a look at the thresholds of them (not being able to get through all the emails). Every indication from Google I've had seems to say that they place a lot of value on good service and communication so this could make sense. It could also just be that there getting round slowly to look at all the reinclusion requests.
I'm probably completely wrong and should expect all three of our sites to dissappear soon :) It's a nightmare when they change several things at once!
For example, where our 'index' page used to rank Number 1 (with a PR5) it is now not ranked at all, but a 'sub-page' ranks number 1 in its place. Unfortunately this is not the case for all of the keywords where we ranked number 1!
We still have the PR5 for the index page - so any ideas why this has dropped so significantly?
Same here, but I wouldn't see pre-Dominic state, we are back to the Dominic state...
I am sure it will not last............
i feel like G has missed the index page for some reason, but has tried to find other pages to replace it - so why would it 'miss' it?
I say 'missed' because it has replaced the index page with sub-pages, so i presume that it still likes the site, but it skipped the 'index'.
what does everyone else think?