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Big drop in Google ranking - June 27?

from first page PG to dust speck in the distance

     
8:37 am on Jul 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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My Dutch content site seems to have suffered a big drop in Google ranking. This must have happened a few weeks ago.
Several of my articles did really well, PR in the first 5 hits, or at least on the first page. Now they have dropped several pages. At first I thought I must have been blacklisted or so but I can't think why. The only thing I could come up with was that I added alt texts to a few images on the site. I can easily change that of course.

I looked into it and I cannot find the reason at all. I signed up for google sitemaps but it does not report any errors or faux pas'.

So I don't know where to look now. Any input very much appreciated!

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11:46 am on Aug 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Same here. My site was ranking very well for almost a year for certain keywords (the site has been online since 1998), then June 27th killed it completely, then July 27th it came back, and today its gone again. Roller coaster.....
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likewise my site went 27 june back 27 july now gone again 17th august! no major changes during this time
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Well mines back to where it was prior to July 27th - looks like thats across all the data centres i can see at mcdar - very quick turn around but looks like some changes in the rankings which reflect a bit of a blend between pre and post july 27th

is anyone else seeing a blend of pre and post july 27th - or am i imagining it

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Mine site dropped back down again also. It is now back down like it was between June 27th to July 27th. My site:command is back to all supplimentals again also. This is really starting to get old!
2:08 pm on Aug 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Our are (mostly) back to pre-27 June levels (whew!)

Here's a theory --

Perhaps the 27 June (and 27 July) updates were to try to deal with MFA (made-for-AdSense) sites? And those updates to the algos were deemed "not optimal" for either search or for Google's revenues?

Do any of you who've seen a drop/recovery or whatever, have lots of AdSense pages which *might* be construed by a (non-thinking) GoogleBot as being "made for AdSense"?

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"today its gone again. Roller coaster..... "

I sure am getting tired of this ride.

2:19 pm on Aug 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I think is a fight against that subdomain tricks and artificial link schemes specialy those from footer.

If a site rank well only in 72.14.207.104 DC then is a filter in action.

3:04 pm on Aug 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I am not in 72 either... But rankings have dropped to pre June 27. Up and down we go again! This is the third or fouth time in an year.
4:17 pm on Aug 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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gone june 27, back july 27 gone August 17 ... feels like nightmare for a hard working publisher.
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Although some of you may not feel consoled by this message, take heart that multiple webmasters have been going the ups and downs with these data refreshes.

Could anything scare you more? No? What about a situation where only your site disappears?

While obviously concerning that the refreshes can be so wild in their fluctuations, the very fact that they have been negatively affecting strong content sites should tell you that the liklihood of being permanently penalized is relatively low.

Just like last month, and the 17th of June, and like the 27th of Sept when it happens yet again, just watch and try to figure out what is going on. 3-5 days later you should have a greater understanding, and hopefully regain your positions.

Cygnus

5:55 pm on Aug 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm hoping we can focus this important conversation into one thread. Right now we have several going and that makes it too easy to overlook patterns and insights -- let's take it here:

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