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I'm among those "victims" of Google changes since Big Daddy. I've fixed everything that everyone has talked about - canonical issues, meta descriptions, different domains pointing at the same site, robots.txt etc etc etc. I mean EVERYTHING. The words of g1smd et al have become the guiding force in my life - thank you :-)
BUT, I've seen no real improvement, and it is now worse than ever - ten days ago we had 200 pages, today we have 57. That's after several months of fiddling, analysis, heartache and stress. Frankly, I'm absolutely desperate, depressed and thoroughly tired of the whole thing.
My question is simple - given that I am not the only one who has fixed these issues, can ANYBODY report any success? Or are we all just wasting our time?
If no-one has been successful, might we be better off looking at it from another angle? Is duplicate content really the issue here? Is it too soon to see any results? Should I just give up?
I'd appreciate your thoughts...
First, I realized there was the www. vs. non-www. issue. OK, fixed that a year or so ago, if not before that.
Then, there was the issue with linking to /index.html instead of /folder/ so I got that fixed.
Now I've discovered that the path to my forum was configured wrong, so the URL had two slashes in it (http:/ /mydomain.com/forum//index.php?) and I'm still trying to fix that because Googlebot is crawling it with one slash and with two slashes!
Then, I find another thread here at WebmasterWorld regarding scraper sites linking to your site by adding a dot to the end of the URL (http:/ /mydomain.com./)! They are coming at you from every direction, and little Googlebot is glad to happily follow along, wrecking your site in the SERPs.
When I get all this straightened out, I sure hope it's all worth it!