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On Feb 9th early in the morning sometime my site dropped from page 1 to page 5 for no apparent reason. We were ranked #7 and now #47 for a top 10 searched keyword.
The weird part was this, we recently had an offer on our website. The party wanting to buy asked if we could run Google Analytics, so we did.
After 4-5 days of running analytics the drop in rankings happened. Has anyone had a similar experience? Could Analytics have thrown a flag on my site for any reason? Is google just being crazy right now?
Our site does not use any illegal/suspicious way to increase rankings.
I am completely confused and aggravated!
On the other hand, if you have not noticed any fluctuations in your spot for a long time and it has suddenly ocurred and nothing huge has been changed, it is far more likely that GA does in fact have something to do with it.
I personally removed GA and all webmaster tools a few months ago after experiencing a catastrophically bad drop on more than one site.
Site dropped down for 6-12 spots. After i removed the Google Analytics, after ~10 days site got back to normal spot.
Then for test - i added back Google Analytics and site dropped down again.
Now i am testing to see if my site will go up again within few days after removing Google Analytics.
I definately dropped right off the scale after adding Google Analytics - I wondered what was the problem I removed it about 5 days ago but things are still extremely bad, I hope it gets better.
i removed it after a week or so and it went back up and has stayed there ever since.
have sitemaps for a number of sites and never had a similar effect from that.
My speculation at the time was that it may have been because we only get about 500 visitors a day - actually not bad for the sector but google may view it as low and therefore downgradable. But Ive no idea.
What I know for sure is that was the only time we moved off the top in about 3 years.
Thats also why I dont have anything to do with google, not that Im spamming, but with all that info they get you never know what happens to your site and thats just to big a risk, when google rules the net.
now think about that befor signing up for anything with a SE.
I also signed up for Google Webmaster Tools, submitted a site map and all is going well.
Still no deep content pages are indexed in Google for anyone that read my other thread.
Here a hint, why do you think google is trying to get webmasters to sign up for everything, its JUST to monitor everything you do...but with all that info they get you never know what happens to your site and thats just to big a risk, when google rules the net.
That occurred to me some time back but I decided it was just paranoia. You could actually name benefits from them knowing this, most notably that the website is cared for and nurtured, updated regularly and current if nothing else.
But i your case i am wondering if that party requesting you to sign up for analytics, maybe misused that information?
Did you check the ones that we're now on top of G?
Wasn't it just a trick to lower sales price?
Especially the quick and sudden change does support that theory.
Maybe there were new sites added to the index that we're better optimized than yours..
For the record i use most of their services and have not experienced huge fluctuations in rankings, in any case not in the long run.