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I should explain 'mostly' above. My site had thousands of pages indexed.
Now when I do site: Google does show an accurate page count (in the thousands which it used to have) but when I try and scroll through the pages, Google only shows me about 150 page are in the index.
These lost pages are not in the index (despite the accurate site: ) because when I search for snippets that are unique to those pages, Google returns no results.
My homepage is still in the index along with those 150 pages. My homepage still ranks for a very competitive term. It is second for a query with 240K results (last week this same query showed 2.4 million results).
My referrals from Google are now less than 1% of what they were prior to 7pm EST.
I am hoping this is an issue of Google temporarily losing a site.
I really don't think this is a penalty issue, just a lost site issue. Would like to know if anyone else is experiencing the same thing.
I made this website for six month,and everyday,google bring about 1000 ip to me,and this namber is rise up everyday,but today,I found my traffic is fall down so much from google,so I visted www.google.com and use "site:www.mydomain.com",then it reply nothing to me,did google kicked mysite out,or it just a "Sandbox effect",and what should I do now~? :(
[edited by: tedster at 5:00 am (utc) on Dec. 14, 2007]
A few points:
1. A search for the title of my forums returns pages from RSS indexing sites like boxxet and few pages from technorati
2. inurl:my_forum.com : Six results along with the Omitted results text. Clicking on it gives 127K pages.
3. site:my_forum.com : Flatuating from 108 K to 148K.
4. The main keyphrase I ranked in the top 10 : Now not in the first 15 result pages.
I'm waiting and watching closely. A few things I suspect:
1. Recent server change and a few hours of downtime.
2. High server load and thus very slow page loads in the last two weeks due to the import of other sites to the server.
3. Corrupted sitemap gz files due to a bug in the vBSEO sitemap generator. Fixed now.
Googlebot and for the first time Yahoobot is spidering my forum like mad now. 4-10 hits /second from googlebot. Hmm.. I dunno what's happening.
Feeling a bit better now as all 4 of my sites are back showing the exepcted number of pages in the index for the site command.
However, previously all 3 out of the 4 sites held many page 1 positions for many terms but they are all on page 6 or 7 of the results now.
A sign of encouragement from Google, but we need to get the rankings back too. I hope that this will adjust itself back to 'normal' over he next few days.
Anyone else who has had this happen to them? Where they got moved from page 1 to page 6 for all their terms but never got de-indexed by Google in the last 2 weeks?
[edited by: tedster at 7:31 pm (utc) on Dec. 14, 2007]
Same here, site back but now all terms are on page 5-6 instead of page 1.
Same here. Very quality website and it's main category pages were those dropped while other pages have not been dropped nor seen any decrease in rankings.
Specifically for those who are seeing their pages ranking around page 6 now and which were formally on the first page... do you have repetitious keywords in internal links on those pages?
For my main category pages on this site there is a chunk of around 15 links which all use the same keyword + location. I've seen this cause problems before.
As do I. But I also have sites that did this, this was changed, and they got all their traffic back within a couple days.
Interesting to note, thanks. I don't think that is an issue with my site. I will let things sit as they are for a while, but of course, this might be something to try later.
My pages are back in the index, just no traffic yet.
Today night i have changed all my subdomain-links to another domain (no important links... only just for tracking, and how ago... with rel=nofollow).
I hope this will help... i should see results within 2 or 3 weeks :)
Top 9 links includes technoarti, boxxet, some google groups and RSS directories...
What the heck?
I removed all the paid links and blog podts. Let's see what'll happen..
How about you guys? Did the sites showing up on searching for Titles?
[edited by: Hemanth at 4:42 am (utc) on Dec. 18, 2007]
So a reconsideration request to force a physical review of the site (if you have removed all those questionable backlinks that is) would seem to be the only way to eliminate this penalty, right? I'm not in a hurry to submit a reconsideration request until I am sure all the backlinks that "might" be causing the problem are found and eliminated, or at least modified with a no-follow tag.
My question is this?
How do you frame the reconsideration request? Especially if you are an SEO yourself, caused the penalty, and are going to be held to a higher standard by Google when they read the review? Any thoughts on that? Do you use the "sorry we linked to a bad neighborhood" argument and we have eliminated all the links that "may" have caused the problem and oh yeah, sorry, we won't do it again?" Or What?
Want to compare reconsideration strategies? Anybody?
I also have a #1 ranking for a popular query with 3.2 million results.
The pages which disappeared and came back do seem to have the -50 penalty, although, sometimes they appear higher (better than) the -50.
superbitz, assuming this is the result of link profiles is speculative and a theory I don't really buy into.
If that were the case, I would not be ranking #1 for a big search term like that.