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Rankings disappear suddenly, does anyone know why?

2:29 pm on Feb 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Our website was having some quite nice ranks (for some of our important keywords) on Google for a while and then all those ranks disappeared overnight!

During the time that happened, we didn't change anything on the website, although we did change the keywords before that and we were still having good ranks after the changes been done. Also, we are certain its not a Google Ban as we can still be found by our website name in Google which indicates that we are still indexed and included by Google. So we only lost all the ranks on all of our keywords but that's quite enough to destroy us already ;-(

We were hoping the ranks would come back after Google's next Index, but after a couple of Index recently, that doesn't seem will happen.

Does anyone know why this 'ranks disappearances'happened suddenly and how to fix that?

Many thanks in advance!

3:25 pm on Feb 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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you are not alone dear friend, it seems every one who are seeing TBPR of their sites turning Grey, are having same problem. me too :( . Its a google's Googly.
4:10 am on Mar 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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First check out Google's webmaster Guidelines to make sure you haven't broken any of Google's rules.:

Have you linked to any bad neighborhoods? check every link manually to be sure.

If none of those apply to your website then look for scrapers (copies of your website) by searching for lines of text on your pages in quotes.

It could also be a malicious redirect from another website causing Google to think another site now owns your content.

5:51 am on Mar 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Take a look around the Hot Topics area [webmasterworld.com], which is always pinned to the top of this forum's index page. There's a lot to digest in there, including a section called "DEFENDING YOUR RANKINGS"