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other pages with other keyword searches are still ranking OK, it's just this one term that's dropped (my big money-maker) ..
is this normal in MSN? do they give some sort of penalties or something? I changed my Title and H1 text a day or two ago.. could this have been what caused the drop?
I changed my Title and H1 text a day or two ago.. could this have been what caused the drop?
Yes i did the same change and my ranking was slightly lowered in SERPs from #1 to #6. When i restored the old H1 and title tag i was back in my top position.
One more thing i have noticed on MSN is that they do give more importance on how your inner pages are linked to your homepage. Did you do any such changes in internal linking?
Guess some that was temporary blip and/or some work is going on.
I read the article about this thread on seoroundtable literally right after I added a new H3 tag at the top of my page containing my keyword in a headline.
This is no exaggeration.... literally less than an hour later I went from the #1 spot for my keyword to completely gone.
When I do a site:mydomain.tld my site is still in the index with all of it's pages.
Weird it's like MSN has an ultra-paranoid H tag setting so if anyone tries to manipulate their rankings with an H tag you're immediately penalized.
I'm estimating about about $25 to $30 in losses per day as well because of this :(
Hopefully by monday morning i'll be back to my rightful spot of #2 or if i'm lucky, #1 ..
I never thought i would rely on MSN so much, but a huge part of my traffic and earnings comes from THIS particular page and MSN search traffic.. I'll never say anything bad about MSN again!
--after further research it looks like msn has two results in there for our homepage now...
Not good. Might be a dupe penalty now that they accidentally indexed the front page with two different urls?