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My Interpretation: I feel the sites are back again. The cache is missing. This may be because the sites are now being treated as new sites and since the google has found extensive backword links for the site it must have sandboxed the site.
Well, i am keeping my fingers crossed. Has anyone else seem simmilar thing or been able to recover from Florida setback?
Another site got hit, much for some of the same things - I've never made the modifications, it's still so far lost in outer space even NASA couldn't find it if they tried.
i, however, was never dropped from the index, only pushed down 4 or 5 hundred spots.
All of a sudden I was gone for about two months, maybe three. Then I was back. Maybe got a few more backlinks to my page but that was about it. It was not a large amount. Perhaps like 5 or so.
I DID experiment with one test page. But nothing I did seemed to matter or influence the serps. The only thing I did was rewrite some copy for the page though.
I had 50 pages all wel ranked I have only one in number 1 and only one other page on Google.
Tell you the truth ive given up on Google, the Alog is just to dam shaky and unstable, ive switched to Yahoo which Im happy to report list me well on all of my keywords.
Plus also I can sleep at nights not having to worry about losing my site etc.
Looking at the pace the goolge is going i feel that by mid August all the penalised site should be back in SERPS.
Note: There is this intresting thing. Even though yahoo and google have parted thier ways i saw this strage phenominan. Sites penalised by google have also got the same treatment with Yahoo. Has it happened with anyone else too.
The reason I left the site alone is that someone was constantly "swiping" from it. I was being watched like a hawk and it was a horrible feeling. In fact, I caught all the pages being downloaded in FP. The keywords I used, some of the copy and phrases I used, analyzing the "optimization" and trying to emulate it. So I left it as is for them to copy away, which they did in addition to a couple of other things on their site that weren't too smart. So now, in spite of a lot of relevant inbound links and excellent PR, they've got big problems and have lost all the rankings they had, big time.
Doing very vell on Yahoo. My visits are 50% lower then before florida and most of the trafic is comming from Yahoo.
In google we still come in #1 for our 3-word search terms. Just nothing for our 2-word search terms. We regularly publish news on our site and google no longer returns those pages for 2-word terms (or atleast not before 400-500). Pages that reference our pages are returned in the top 20.
Has google instituted some kind of blocking system for 1 and 2-word search terms for commercial sites to "encourage" people to use their ads? We broke down several months ago to use their ads, since we cannot get back at all for our original 2-word terms.
I did this just by getting inbound links from competitors who were still ranking well (I guess so-called authorities). I had to pay dearly for some of these links, but it worked.
Example. To rank well for CITY WIDGETS, I first got inbound links from WIDGETS authorities because it was easier (they weren't direct competitors). Very quickly my site reappeared (but ranked low) for this term. When I got a few links from other sites which ranked well for CITY WIDGETS, my site shot up to page 1. And when I managed to get (i.e., buy) links from the (previously) #1 and #2 sites, my site finally made it to #1 (two days ago).
This had the effect of also causing my site to reappear for the term CITY (started on page 10, now on page 2). It is next to impossible for me to get links from my competitors for this word, so my progress has slowed.
I am quite confident that if I now get links from well-ranking WODGETS sites, and then follow that up with a link from a top-ranking CITY WODGETS site, my site will rocket up for the CITY WODGETS phrase. I plan to do this for all my important keywords. I believe that this will eventually bump me up for the term CITY as well, but that progress for the single word will be less rapid.
Background: Back around Florida/Brandy, my site was completely dropped from Google for all the important keywords that I was optimized for. It was only linked from one other site of mine (a single link), had no duplicate content, and did not link out to any of my sites. It had the standard "Title, H1, anchor text" structure, all unqiue content, nothing fishy that I was aware of, but only around 30 or so medium-quality inbound links (relevant, but usually about COUNTRY). It kept a top-5 ranking in Yahoo for 95% of its keywords (and still does). Gone in Google for ~5 months, but now basically back to where I was before I wasted the better part of 5 months trying to figure it out. Well, I drank a lot, and that was sort of fun. I still have a bitter taste in my mouth for Google (or is that from the tequila?). None of my other sites which I have not touched have reappeared.