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Sure, this sounds like sour grapes, but since May 21, traffic and revenue dropped off a cliff. It's no longer worthwhile to update my site. Just as an explanation, I took what was once a subscription-based service in password protected pages and converted to publicly available pages with adsense. It was good, increasing income every month until Bourbon devastated it.
I've tried what I reasonably could but am at a point now that I am seriously considering chucking the entire site as the revenue isn't even worth thining about at this point. Anybody who has any reasonable ideas, please post or sticky me.
Bummed out and depressed...
So does that mean if you start using sitemaps and Google suddenly "discovers" 1000 new pages on your site (or even someone elses site) which were there for years, but which they just didn't know were there all along or index before, and of course they all link back to your home page as they did for years, and this suddenly raises your backlinks from say 300 to 1,300, that you'll get penalized for Google's former inadequacy?
Sounds like a major #$%& bug to me!
And as far as adsense (a dozen or so posts back), I'd like to point out that I was the first on this forum to suggest it as ONE of the mitigating factors and that my ex-employer (still a PR6) never had a problem staying in the top of the ranks until they added Adsense...
Just dropped by to see if anything had changed around here. It hasn't. :)
My sites are finally coming back into some of the datacenters. They were gone since mid-June.
Me, too. After disappearing from most SERPS on June 16, my "dead" site is back in full force. Since mid day yesterday, I have regained top-ten rankings and some of my old #1s. Google referrals are up by several hundred percent in the past 24 hours.
It's like a switch was thrown yesterday. Others will weigh in, and we will soon come to the conclusion if a major new update is underway. But in my little corner of the Google universe, big things are happening, no doubt about it. I'm psyched!
it's like a switch was thrown yesterday. Others will weigh in, and we will soon come to the conclusion if a major new update is underway. But in my little corner of the Google universe, big things are happening, no doubt about it. I'm psyched!
It does indeed look like an update, my site is back to 1st and 2nd positions (i.e. pre-bourbon) and my forum is no longer penalized. I hope this isn't just a fluke. :)
I am not seeing any changes :( I am really hoping you are right though.
My site (well, one of them) tanked in mid June as well.
My fingers are crossed for all of us.
Funny we made some small changes and were going to implement some much bigger ones over the weekend. Not sure what to do now, will wait and see...
Here's something I've noticed over the course of the last couple updates: When we're ranking well, a search for "site:mysite.com someterm" usually returns what I would consider the most relevent page as the first result. When we're ranking poorly, the same search buries that relevant page under tens or even hundreds of pages on our site that may mention the term offhand.
Have any of you who are seeing changes today noticed this sort of phenomenon with your sites?
Since May I've been scouring my site clean of links to questionable sites, removing boilerplate text where possible, redirecting domain.com to www.domain.com, etc. I actually had to rewrite 50 short articles because so many sites had copied them verbatim that I would never be able to get them all to remove that duplicate text. Got my fingers crossed that I never get hit by this kind of thing again.
Now, I don't know whether it was anything I did, or just google reshuffling.
(and I did complain A LOT, so to those who chided me for that... raspberries!)
Looks to me like a manual fix as nothing moved besides my site, in one case from #168 back to #1.
Got hit hard by Boubon. Also I thought I had a minor ban Eg. when searching for my "mysite.com" I was not no. 1.
I made some changes to my site:
- Fixed the "www" and "without www" in .htaccess.
- Added 100+ pages more unique content on the site.
- Removed any not closely related navigation from the main navigation and put it in groups more related to that subject to not confuse Google bot.
- Used my DMOZ title and description for my index page.
Thats all and now I'm back even more visible in the SERPS than pre Boubon. Also I am back in top spot when searching for "mysite.com".
Today is a good day:-)
Good luck to everyone else.
My personal opinion (without any proof) is that this is a filter thing, where Google may have considered the site as over-optimized or spammy. Since June 16 I have got rid of anything that might appera "unnatural".
Perhaps Google checks these criteria on a periodic basis rather than continuously?
On June 16, at the tail end of the Bourbon update, one of my sites disappeared from most SERPS, and my Google referrals dropped to near zero ... Now, since about mid day yesterday, I am back in the SERPS ... I don't know if a "penalty" has been lifted (perhaps in response to e-mails I sent to Google last month), if the many, many changes I've made in the past 30 days are now taking dramatic effect, if this is a routine post-Bourbon adjustment, or if a major new algorithm update is underway.
Exactly the same here. This has happened to me twice now. My personal opinion is that this has nothing to do with PR or changes in the Google algo, but is due to changes in the filters applied.
I suspect I have accidentally exceeded some criteria (or criterias) that Google uses to determine "natural" sites from spammy or over-optimized sites. I have now made changes to make sure the site fits in to a more natural profile.
But whether this has brought my traffic back, who can say?
I suspect that if all of us who have shared a Bourbon near-death experience were to compare notes, we would still be clueless about what we did or didn't do to make Google unhappy with us, or to earn back their favor. From our perspective, there may not be any rhyme or reason to this. It could simply be that we were all incidental collateral damage in the war against scrapers et al. Google changed parameters in their algorithm(s), produced some skewed results, observed their mistake(s), heard (and maybe heeded) our outcries, then finally backed off some or many of their changes. There are probably many Bourbon victims who died then were born again and did nothing substantial to cause either result.