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and they are ranking higher than us
looks like your competitors have simply bought some links
Yeah, but that doesn't explain such a major drop. If you've got a squeaky-clean "white-hat" site and it drops from 14th to 43rd, that would mean that 29 of you competitors bought links simultaneously and all 29 did it in a fashion that tricked Google into giving them credit for those paid links. It's a virtually impossible scenario.OK agree; then it is either that you have lost a very valuable link or it is an algorithmic drop that can be identified if you get enough traffic to statistically be accurate against Google algo dates. If you use Google Analytics there is a free "Penguin Tool" to plot against all Google updates.
[edited by: Johan007 at 12:22 pm (utc) on Apr 17, 2015]
EDIT: I have white hat site that got hit because one of my editors had published his own articles (with permission) from a newspaper he wrote for. That newspaper a couple of years later publish his articles online and I was Panda hit. Doh!
you better be able to honestly gauge whether or not it deserves to rank.
So if your going to question everyone content each time they post a question it is going to get tiresome here. Stick to the facts. I tend to side with you on this Johan007. Given the data, lets try to diagnose the problem if it helps the OP.