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I have a site which got hit on sept 22 Jagger1 and never came back. I believe that I went a bit too crazy with link building and built like 500 links per month for the months of August-Oct. Prior to Jagger1 my site was on page1 and now dropped to page 80 or so for my major keywords. Site is a Pr6 still and several thousand backlinks.
What I need to know is a couple of things.
1. I believe a lot of other sites had same issues but no one ever mentioned if they ever got their site back where it used to be?
2. What speed of building links per month is a safe one. Dont tell me 20 because keywords I am trying to optimize are very competitive and 20 links per month wont do it even in 5 years.
3. So if someone was hit and got it back. Did it come back to exactly where it used to be or even higher and how many links were acquired from the time it got hit and then got back to its original rankings. Please specify monthly or weekly speed.
4. How long it took since the site got penalized and got back? Can it come back in next update example if a site got hit in Jagger1 and say link building since then has been slowed to less than 50. Can I expect it to be back in next update? Or is it gonna be several updates till I would have to wait.
Could someone please share their experiences?
One site we worked on, effectively went back into the sandbox for nine months after triggering some sort of link build penulty - to many links to quick, it then came out fighting!.
This isnt a Jagger thing, its been this way for the last couple of years i think, you just got caught in it. Its bad look because others in your sector may be doing the same and not caught out.
I dont think you will get a model answer to this as i think it could be a case that google looks at sites in your sector, how quickly they gain links and if it thinks your site is getting them far to fast, suspects you of buying in links and whacks you!
Anyway, in time the site will be back out ranking but you will have to wait a while imo. If the positions you previously had that were top 10 are now 200+ you have been whacked back in the sand imo!
What we tell you doen't really matter. How old your site is, where are the links from, and how google views them matter. Google isn't stupid, they now count links and dates first appeared, and they could care less that your competitors have more links and you need to catch up.
My ancient main site is in the box for 4 months now (by accident /my fault) and I've been lucky that site #2 is doing pretty good, despite being much inferior in terms of content. I removed the links /fixed the mistake a week after beign hit and I'm hoping that the next update will fix it, but no one really knows. It could a 3-9 month, or more, penalty, that will not go away before the time expires. Only google really knows, and for "mydomain.com," I rank #50 or so.
Rich, did you remove the links or simply left them as they were..?
I can't prove this, but I'm convinced that getting those factors right is more important than just "how many" links.
More than 60% of links came from quality websites yes.
Did a good proportion of them come from pages where the relevance/theming would have a clear and logical connection with your site's topic?
I would consider 40% of links to be very very relevent. Another 30% to be pretty relevent. And last 30% to be not relevent
Did the majority come from sites that were clearly external to your own networks, both your own sites or others you've exchanged links with?
Yes 95% of links were from sites which were clearly external from my own network.
Assuming your penalty was linkage based, I'm sort of surprised you don't see the three way linking as a possible factor despite the C class thing....
With that said. I firmly believe that the issue is more related to speed of links. And all I am wanting to know is that if anyone got their sites to their full rankings back after being hit in that situation and what did they do in order to get it back.
So I had them remove those pages, and then begged and pleaded and stamped my feet and begged and pleaded some more with Google, and they put the site back in a week ago. Not great rankings as yet, but at least they are back in and being spidered (slowly at first, but it's picking up)
I can only think it was the links that put them in the penalty box in the first place, and the removal of them that got them out. Took me about three weeks to get them back in after I discovered the problem, but they were totally out for almost two years before that.
FWIW and YMMV.
[edited by: netmeg at 4:07 pm (utc) on Jan. 30, 2006]
It's like going to the doctor and saying "this is what I have," and not listening to his opinion :-).
Of course we're all speculating, but the idea that Google, with those smart PHDs, can't detect link schemes it's not something I'm willing to accept. That's all they do all day, try to spot patterns, and something tells me that by now they do have a pretty good idea.
More than 60% of links came from quality websites yes
And the rest ...?
I'd bet that the three-way links are a major part of the problem.
It's a matter of proportion, and "signals of quality". One here and one there won't be an issue if you're doing enough other things right, but with too many your overall pattern becomes unnatural. Also, by linking to sites that practice three-ways you'll often be linking to sites with unnatural link patterns of their own. Again, a few of those won't cause problems, but getting too many in your mix will raise red flags, regardless of what speed you acquired the links.
Thing is, unlike normal reciprocals 3-ways are deceptive by nature, and may well be seen as a more serious breach of the guidelines.
But to get back to your speed thing, from what I've read so far it's mostly conjecture on what factors may trigger the "sandbox" based on circumstantial evidence, again no set answer.
I am sure there is something wrong in my strategy and it is due to unnetural linking patterns true. If my strategy was working so great I wont be asking you guys for help would I?
What I am trying to get help on is that what should I do from this point onwards to try to get the best shot at getting back to old rankings.
3 months X 500 links = 1500 links
1500 X 60% = 900
Are you trying to say you got 900 inbound links from 'quality' sites in your area of interest over a three month time period? If it smells like spam...
If it was one site or a few that linked you, I would recommend asking them to remove the links, but I don't see how that can be done with links from 1500 or so sites. Last time my site came back, it was after I removed, what I thought were, the offending links. Maybe it would have come back regardless, but I didn't want to take a chance.
Another thought: are your anchor texts for all those links "too perfect, too often"? Adding more variety in the anchor texts you control might help to restore a more natural balance.
If you are basing 'quality' just on those criteria, then you don't have 900 quality links. Just because a site has a PR of 4 it doesn't mean that PR is worth much if it is coming from just one external link.
On top of that you have 600 links that are even worse than the supposedly quality 'links'.
Personally, I'd try to get rid of all of those links and work on content. If Google is penalizing you for spamming, simply waiting won't help.