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Last week we closed the door on spidering our search results and began returning HTTP 404 for those pages in an attempt to snuggle up to Google once again. Immediately our Yahoo traffic went ZERO. I mean not one of our legit pages that used to bring a lot of traffic is bringing even one user. Slurp has been spidering the site like mad since we made the change and our pages still appear to be in the index when I do an advanced search but no traffic.
Has anyone experienced this kind of shake up? Should I just be patient?
In other words you need to be careful when you make changes. Changes do not cause poor rankings, misconceived changes & mistakes do. I would get back to basics, create good unique content and recruit links.
As to why you got hit, we have a pet theory (not necessarily subscribed to by a majority here), that adding too many pages too fast can get your site killed in G.
Dup issues could be another explanation for your troubles.
Could even be too much too fast at G, and dup at Y! And those are just the obvious places to start looking. :/
That sounds reasonable.
In my experience a google sandbox doesn't apply to a redesign. It might take a month to two months to get the new stuff indexed and ranked, but that's the same as the way it used to be, which depends on what part of the indexing cycle you redesigned and how often your site is scheduled for a full crawling.