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One link on my home page dropped me 620 places?



12:34 pm on Mar 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I have for the past few months ranked around #10 for a very competitive keyphrase. On 27th March I added to the index page a 2 line text line to a new internal page and the very next day I dropped to #630 for the same keyphrase!

Is this typical or a coincidence?

I have removed the text/link and the new internal page now, should it goe back to the previous ranking anytime soon?

I am panicked here and will be very poor if nothing changes lol

Thanks for any help you can offer.



5:57 pm on Mar 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Google doesn't count the value of links that quickly unless it is a major news story.

It was something you did... I would say about two months ago.


9:40 pm on Mar 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

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it could also be a hijacker or someone who copied your content. Search for major lines of text in google, in quotes.


3:02 am on Apr 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I have found a site that has copied the first paragraph from my home page and it was cached by Google on the 26th March, we dropped 620 places a few days later.........would this be a likely cause?

How do I let Google know about this and what steps should I now take?

Many thanks for all you help!



3:16 am on Apr 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Try contacting the site owner first. This happened to me about a year ago with two sites. I was actually able to get the owner of one site to remove the copy. I reported the other site to Adsense support because they were also displaying adsense illegally. That took care of the other site. Everything was back to normal within 2 months.


3:29 am on Apr 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Many thanks for the advice, I hope that it does the trick as in 2 months time this will have cost me around $16k in lost earning from this site.



6:22 am on Apr 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Try to change this paragraph, hunting the site owners or waiting for google to do the work for you can take some time. When it happens to me I just sit for 15 minutes and write a better paragraph. I know it might sound like folding but when you need to support 30 families...there is no time for principles games.

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