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Common symptoms in the Allegra update?

Perhaps it's possible to nail down some specifics

5:54 am on Feb 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

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After all of the posts complaining about drops in ranking or the complete disappearance of sites, it would seem that nobody has looked at what possible combinations of factors may or may not have contributed. Or, if someone did on a particular thread, I didn't see it.

Anyway, I just thought I'd throw out some particulars about my "disappeared" site, and see if anyone else finds one or more areas in common. Maybe there's a way to fine-tune our kvetching.

My site:

1. Submitted to Google on June 14, 2004.
2. Admitted to ODP/Google directory in December 2004.
3. Dropped from ODP early February (explanation: not the right category; please resubmit)
4. Dropped from Google directory the very same day as #3, and disappeared from SERP's that same day.
5. Pages went from top twenty in Google's SERP's to #495 or worse. Home page is #88 for a search on the unique company name.
6. Site deals with a subject not allowed by Adsense (guns).
7. Many pages are dynamic; however, those pages are not the ones I'm targetting for search results.
8. Roughly two-thirds of the pages are descriptions and specifications of products taken (with permission) from particular manufacturers' sites. Similar content ranges from 37% to 58%.
9. Approximately 80 pages are reprints of press releases from political advocacy groups; similar content for those press releases versus the groups' press release pages is roughly 88%.
10. A small amount of content is roughly 40% similar to another website I run, although the IP address is nowhere similar.
11. Site has approximately 150 outbound links, most of which are reciprocal. According to Yahoo, the site has 740 inbound links. If I run the "repeat the search with the omitted results included" option, Google shows over 5,000 results for a 1500 or so page site.
12. All reciprocal links are from sites that are on-topic or close to on-topic (Alaskan fishing charter tours seem close enough to Colorado hunting tours to be on-topic).
14. Inbound links are from sites that have PR and don't look like spam.
15. No paid incoming links.
16. The site has a large number of incoming links from my signature line on a variety of on-topic forums. (I have probably over 10,000 posts on a number of forums, all of which have my link in my sig line).
17. The site doesn't employ cloaking, redirects or other questionable techniques.
18. I have used--and paid for--press releases for the site through what I've been told are reputable press release sites. These press releases show up multiple times in searches for my site, since numerous other sites in the industry post them on their PR pages.

So, for those who are still suffering through Allegra, how many of the above points match your site? Or what other points are there about your site that you think may be affecting it?

There's a common denominator somewhere. It could be a combination of #2, #10 and #16, or some other random combination. But, if we can eliminate some factors, it makes paving the road ahead a bit easier.

All ideas are very much welcome.


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