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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!
[edited by: engine at 1:33 pm (utc) on July 21, 2006]
[edit reason] No urls, thanks. See TOS [webmasterworld.com] [/edit] [/edit][/1]
First thing to acknowledge is that Google sometimes makes mistakes. Also sometimes things happen mysteriously and then go away just as mysteriously. In addition to these possibilities, completely out of our control, you can go over your site for any technical issues that might have just begun to show their effects. Here are some threads that are worth a close reading:
Checklist for Sudden Drops in Rank [webmasterworld.com]
Dropped from Google - a checklist to find out why [webmasterworld.com]
Dropped Site Checklist [webmasterworld.com]
The url-only problem [webmasterworld.com]
The search continues. I am gonna remove the alt texts anyway, even though it's minor, only 3 elements on a page.
I really don't know what's the cause of it, but maybe if you can PM me the URLs, I can look for similarities?
[edited by: Armande at 10:15 am (utc) on July 27, 2006]
[edited by: Nick0r at 11:44 am (utc) on July 27, 2006]
My site is still listing for all other pages not in that directory.
Any of you notice this directory thing?
Anyone mind PMing some URLs? I don't think it's over optimization because some pages that got hurt aren't optimized at all.
[edited by: Soze at 12:16 pm (utc) on July 27, 2006]
Obviously some sort of filter that doesnt like the pages? - the fact that they provide information on the subject and links to other pages about it is no longer relevent.
I did see this about a week or so back on an earlier page, it went from 2 in the serps to 40 and has slowly drifted back, its now at 9 for the same term. This page hasnt been hit again.....yet
I do wish Google would stop f@cking about with the index trying to stuff genuine webmasters - since BD roll out, the index has been nothing more than a complete unstable shambles imo.