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We published a big portal with a price comparison on December 2005 in Germany and we were happy that we got a lot of visits of the Google bot very soon. But now we think we got a penalty because we used the Amazon Datafeed (AWS).
Can anybody help us to solve the problem? We have the following questions:
a) How can we definately check if it is really the DC penalty or just the sandbox?
b) Our portal is very big and a lot of pages use the product descripion of Amazon. Would the Google penalty also effect pages without Amazon content?
c) We will now remove the detailed product descriptions from Amazon. Is this enough to eliminate the DC penalty? How long will it take?
d) How should we do the removal of the Duplicate-Content-Pages? We plan:
- Delete the pages, Google will get 404
- Establish new pages without the Duplicte Content!
Is that the best way?
Thank you for your help!
The question is - what IS the best solution? I am on the verge of deleting roughly 50,000 pages, adding a custom error page, and a progressive rebuild starting with the top level categories, and working down (using different fielnames than the current pages). Has anyone experienced Google's reaction to such a massive slaughter? Timeframe involved in seeing results? Is it worth it trying to salvage the domain and PR - or is it a lost cause?
It is a Amazon Associates. I'm a Amazon Associate too and have a smiliar site driven by AWS/ECS.
But what makes you think you've got a DC penalty? Your site is less than 4 months old. In my understanding, at this stage, the low ranking may be simply a sandox effect. Another question is whether you've got enough backlinks in such a short period to rank high even disregarding the sandbox.
I am eager to hear answers to all the questions asked in this thread.
Yes, we do not have enough backlinks yet.
But as G began to spider our page we had a really good position in the results. But after a week we vanished from the first pages to very bad positions. I am not sure if this happend because of Amazon DC or sandbox?